Intense pain is awful. When you don’t have an effective and quick-acting form of medication to combat severe pain distraction can help. I lie down, close my eyes, and put on a podcast.
I like listening to serialised podcasts when I’m in severe pain and exhausted. I curl up on my bed, hug a pillow (or a cat or two), close my eyes and lose myself in the story. I tend to delete podcasts after listening to them so I had to rack my brains for what I’ve been listening to over the last couple of years. What has stuck out is all my true crime choices. I lean towards non-fiction so I find well-produced true crime podcasts easy to listen to as they aren’t too dense. My choices might not be for you and I recommend finding a genre you enjoy and having at it.
For the past two years, Pulitzer Prize winning journalist Ronan Farrow has been following a trail of clues from his investigation of Harvey Weinstein to other blockbuster stories about the systems that protect powerful men accused of terrible crimes in Hollywood, Washington, and beyond…
The story behind the story. If you ever wanted to know how powerful people get away with doing appalling things this will give you some insight.
The Dollop is a podcast hosted since April 2014 by American comedians Dave Anthony and Gareth Reynolds. Each episode centres around an event or person from history selected for its humorousness or peculiarity.
Some of these episodes are hilarious even if you aren’t interested in American history or politics. As Australians, we’ll be familiar with some of the Americans featured. Don’t miss the episodes on Donald Trump, Ronald Reagan, John McCain and Harriet Tubman. When they travel they do a person relevant to that country. Some of the humour (very American) misses the mark for me so don’t be put off if you download a dud one.
The investigation into the abduction of Jacob Wetterling yielded no answers for 27 years. We investigate how law enforcement mishandled one of the most notorious child abductions in the country and how those failures fueled national anxiety about stranger danger, led to the nation’s sex-offender registries and raise questions about crime-solving accountability.
In the Dark may start as a classic cold-case podcast but it quickly evolves into a critique of local law enforcement. The lack of accountability of US Sheriffs is horrifying as are some of the clearance statistics. And, just when you think it couldn’t get any worse, along comes series two.
When the storyteller becomes the story. An oldie but a goodie, this defined how to make a true-crime podcast. MAJOR SPOILER ALERT: do not do an internet search before listening to this. The plot twist is an 11 on the Keyser Soze scale.
The site is behind the LA Times paywall but you can download the series for free. A gripping and disturbing portrait of domestic violence. If you’ve ever wondered how women find themselves living with abusive men, this podcast offers some insight.
The site is behind the LA Times paywall but you can download the series for free. ‘The Language of Rape’ episode is worth listening to in its own right.
Ron Iddles has a 99% conviction rate and is a thoroughly nice bloke. This podcast is based on a Foxtel series and my only criticism is that, being Foxtel, it’s too commercial. I highly recommend Richard Fidler’s interview with Ron for Conversations.