My Favorite Podcasts: True Crime
True crime and other nonfiction podcasts were initially made popular by Serial, although I confess to having been bored stiff while listening to both its famed season 1 episode as well as the recent season 3 series around the ineffectiveness of the justice system in Cleveland. For me, a true crime podcast must be salacious and suspenseful enough to keep my attention while also feeling substantive and educational enough to be worth my time. Below are some of my favorites in this genre, and would love to hear any other recommendations you may have.
S Town: While I wasn't a fan of the original Serial podcasts, I did love S Town, which surprised me in that it wasn't a typical crime story. Instead, it's the melancholy and thought-provoking study of a man, who would have been all but forgotten and unremarkable had it not been for a call he made to the journalist who ultimately featured him in this series. It's poignant and surprising, and it's better to go into this knowing less than more. It also features some of the most beautiful art I've seen in a podcast website and icon, which is also perfect in showcasing the ultimate story it tells.
Dirty John: This was the first Wondery podcast I listened to, and I wasn't disappointed. Dirty John is about a man who preys on single older women, in this case getting married to a wealthy older woman. It was made into a Hulu series starring Eric Bana and Connie Briton. It's entertaining and is set to a perfect song and soundtrack (as are all the Wondery podcasts)
Doctor Death: This one's scary, and is a worst-case scenario of being in the hands of someone delusional and incompetent when you're at your most vulnerable. It's more terrifying because it's true, and also sheds light on all the issues in our healthcare system, which has gone from one in which massive lawsuits persist to one which doesn't properly remove doctors that aren't capable of practicing. It does exist as a warning to us all though, to do your research before going under with any doctor.