11 Animation Podcasts You Should Definitely Be Listening To

In honor of #InternationPodcastDay I decided to show some love to some of my favorite #AnimationPodcasts through out the day on Twitter. Here’s a recap!

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The Animation Network with Kris Wimberly:



Looking to break into the Television Animation Industry? Or just love hearing people talk about jobs in animation? Storyboard Artist Kris Wimberly interviews people within his network bringing you loads of information you didn’t know you were missing, and inspiring you to expand your network. I should also say, Kris has a very soothing voice.



Hear it for yourself!

Rubber Onion Podcast

A variety show-like podcast hosted by Stephen Brooks and his best friend Rob Yulfo. Stephen and Rob cover various topics such as animation news / current events, troubling subjects within the industry, and burning questions that listeners send in. All with perfectly imperfect comedic timing.

Tell em I sent yah ;)

Toon Talk Weekly

Join hosts Jake and Brad as they discuss a different animated tv show every week!

Listen Here!

Straight against the Curve

Pixar Character Designers  Deanna Marsigliese and Zaruhi Galstyan, interview character designers/artists working at Pixar, digging into how they got to Pixar and what character designing means for them! Sometimes digging in a little too deep.

 So AWESOME!

The Toon Goons

Nicky, Nina, and Toooooooch put a critical perspective on children’s animation and discuss how it effects the pop culture landscape at large! They discuss animation news, and recap their favorite aired cartoon episodes of the week.

Aww yeah! take a listen!

Animation Ninja

Doug Bressler aka Doog of Doogtoons intereviews animation professionals 1 on 1 on how to survive and thrive in the industry.

Listen up!

The Peg Bar and Grill

Interview some of their favorite animators and animation professionals working in the industry. I can listen to them speak all day! UK

Listen Here!

Oatley Academy Podcasts

If you ever considered working in concept art, storyboarding, animation pre-production, etc etc, You’ve probably come across Chris Oatley’s plathera of podcasts. Chris interviews top animation artist working in the industry, giving you tips and tricks on improving you work and breaking into the industry.

Listen Here!

The Animated Journey

Every week Angela Entzminger interviews a professionals working in Film/ TV/ Games/ and Animation.Her guest have very inpiring stories and tips for breaking into their respective industries. And just like Kris, Angela voice is very relaxing!

It’s true just listen!

Talkin’ Toons with Rob Paulsen

Voice Actor legend Rob Paulsen (Pinky- Pinky and the Brain, Carl - Jimmy Neutron)  along with his guest talk about their experiences as Voice Over Artist.

 Get ready to Geek out!

Skwigly Animation Podcast

Skwigly podcast discusses animation from independent to main stream. Join Ben Mitchell and Steve Henderson as they interview animation professionals working all across the globe!

Listen here!


Thanks for bringing such amazing podcasts to the internet!
Add more shows I didn’t get to mention! I’d love more Animation Podcasts to add to my playlist!

Podcast rec list

My old podcast rec/request list is still getting notes so I figured I’d make a new list with everything I’ve downloaded since then. Favourites are italicized*.

For updates, please check @insomniac-podcaster.

Audio drama (Fantasy)

  • Alba Salix, Royal Physician* - Follows trials and tribulations of Farloria’s head witch of the House of Healing, Alba Salix. It is a 6-part mini-series (+ bonuses) with no future episodes currently planned.
  • The Behemoth -  15-year-old Madyson tells the story of the Behemoth, a large, lumbering beast that has emerged from the waters off of Cape Cod. It will be a 20-part mini-series.
  • Hello From the Magic Tavern - An improv comedy podcast hosted by Arnie, a man who accidentally passed through a portal into the land of “Foon”. Every week Arnie interviews patrons of the Vermilion Minotaur tavern including monsters, wizard, and adventurers.

Audio drama (Horror)

  • Alice Isn’t Dead* - A truck driver searches across America for the wife she had long assumed was dead, encountering not-quite-human serial murderers, towns literally lost in time, and a conspiracy that goes way beyond one missing woman along the way. This podcast is produced by the same people who brought you Welcome to Night Vale.
  • Archive 81 - These are the recovered tapes of missing archivist Daniel Powell, posted by a well-meaning friend hoping to locate him.
  • Help Me - Nicole investigates the mysterious death of her friend Olivia and possible link to a dangerous entity. It is a 15-part mini-series with no future episodes currently planned.
  • Limetown* - Radio host Lia Haddock investigates the sudden disappearance of the residents of Limetown. It is a 7-part mini-series (+ bonuses) with future seasons (and possibly a TV show) in the works.
  • Return Home - Jonathan Baker returns to his home town after being contacted by a mysterious entity. Episodes are broken up into multiple parts aired every week, with breaks between episodes.

Audio drama (Pseudo-radio show)

  • The Black Tapes* - (horror) A weekly radio show hosted by Alex Reagan that investigates unsolved paranormal phenomenon documented by the Strand Institute. They also produce TANIS.
  • The Message* - (sci-fi) Nicky Tomalin documents the work of a team of cryptologists as the attempt to decipher an alien message. It is an 8-part mini-series.
  • Good Morning Zakera Ward - (sci-fi, Mass Effect) A morning radio show set in the Mass Effect universe. It is an 11-part series that appears to have ended abruptly, but is still worth a listen if you’re a fan of the games.
  • King Falls AM - (sci-fi/fantasy) A late-night talk show from quaint town of King Falls that is frequently interrupted by peculiar happenings and paranormal events.
  • TANIS - (horror) A docu-drama series hosted by Nic Silver exploring the myth and conspiracy of Tanis. They also produce The Black Tapes.
  • Welcome to Night Vale - (cosmic horror)  Community radio updates for the small desert town of Night Vale, featuring local weather, news, announcements from the Sheriff’s Secret Police, mysterious lights in the night sky, dark hooded figures with unknowable powers, and cultural events.

Audio drama (Sci-Fi)

  • ars PARADOXICA* - A journey through spacetime and the Cold War with Dr. Sally Grissom, a physicist send back in time when an experiment goes awry.
  • The Bright Sessions* - The recorded therapy sessions of Dr. Bright, who provides support for patients with unusual talents. ((It’s more of a paranormal drama that a true sci-fi)).
  • The Bunker - A breakfast radio show broadcast back in time to us from the post-apocalyptic year 2414. It’s a 12-part mini-series, and the developers are currently working on another sci-fi series that will be titled Mars Corp.
  • EOS 10* - The adventures of two maladjusted doctors, their medical team, and a hypochondriac ex-prince aboard an intergalactic travel hub.
  • Kakos Industries - Corporate announcements for Kakos Industries, a corporation dedicated to helping you ‘do evil better’.
  • Liberty - Tales from Atrius, a colony cut off from humanity and racked by civil war, and the surrounding lawless expanse known as the Fringe. It consists of multiple mini-series.
  • Sayer - Acclimate to life on Earth’s man-made second moon, Typhon, with the assistance of the self-aware AI SAYER.
  • Thrilling Adventure Hour - A podcast in the style of an old-timey radio show consisting of the regular sub-series ‘Sparks Nevada: Marshall on Mars’ and ‘Beyond Belief’ as well as other segments.
  • Wolf 359*** - Follows the crew of the U.S.S. Hephaestus Research Station as they orbit around the red dwarf Wolf 359. This is my all-time favourite series - you should be downloading it right now… unless you’ve already heard it in which case you should definitely treat yourself and listen to it again.

Informational

  • Dan Carlin’s Hardcore History - As the title implies, this is really hardcore history. Episodes are exceedingly well-researched and is surprisingly easy to listen to considering the density of the subject matter.
  • Lore - A podcast examining myths and folktales alongside the true dark stories that either inspired or arose from them. A chilling listen that also has a TV show in the works.
  • Myths and Legends - Re-tellings of both popular and obscure legends that make them very accessible to a modern audience (i.e. people like me who DON’T read Beowulf in it’s original Old English for fun in their free time).
  • Sleep With Me* - Honestly, I have no idea what this podcast is actually about because Ackerman’s ramblings are so soothing I’m usually asleep shortly after turning it on. If you have insomnia and problems falling asleep to silence (like myself), this is a must-download - it’s more engaging that rain/wave/whale noises but you don’t have to worry about missing anything.

Literature

  • Escape Pod - Every episode consists of a sci-fi short story from a variety of sub-genres, and they are generally 30-60 minutes in length. If you enjoy Escape Pod, also check out their fantasy (PodCastle) and horror (PseudoPod) podcasts.
  • The NoSleep Podcast - Narrations of short horror stories posted to the NoSleep reddit board. It’s featured horror stories for every squick and trigger imaginable so be careful with this one if you aren’t into hardcore horror, and definitely heed the warnings at the beginnings of episodes.

True Crime

  • Serial - I don’t think it’s possible to be a podcast fan and not have (at the very least) heard about Serial. If you haven’t listened to it yet, definitely give it a go - there’s a reason it was at the top of the (Canadian) iTunes store for close to a year. It’s produced by ‘This American Life’, which is another professionally-produced podcast worthy of downloading.
  • Someone Knows Something - A series produced by CBC that examines unsolved cases of missing or murdered individuals.
  • Thin Air Podcast - Two English majors investigate cold cases by examining evidence and interviewing people involved with the original investigation.

Pending - I either haven’t started these or haven’t listened to enough to categorize them, but most have been rec’d by multiple sources so check them out!

  • A New Winter - A first-hand account of the unsolved murders and disappearances of 25 people in a small UK village.
  • The Cleansed: A Post-Apocalyptic Saga - (audio drama - sci-fi) An epic post-apocalyptic saga set in a world ravaged by fossil fuel scarcity.
  • Greater Boston - An audio drama set in Boston that blends the real and the unreal, the historical and the fantastical.
  • Hadron Gospel Hour - (audio drama - sci-fi)A sci-fi comedy/adventure following a duo of scientists stranded ouside of spacetime in the Hadron Bunker.
  • Jim Robbie and the Wanderers - (audio drama - sci-fi) Follows two female musicians travelling surreal America with their robot companion, Jim Robbie.
  • Monster Talk - (informational) Examines the science behind cryptozoological and legendary monsters. 
  • The Night Blogger - (audio drama - paranormal) It appears to follow blogger Brian Foster’s encounters with the paranormal.
  • Our Fair City - (audio drama - sci-fi) A campy (their words), post-apocalyptic audio drama.
  • Pete’s Paranormal Chronicles -  (audio drama) In 1996, Pete Schwartz began work on a documentary series called Pete’s Paranormal Chronicles, but his sanity began to unravel during the production of the program and he became completely immersed in a nationwide conspiracy.
  • The Twilight World of Ultimate Smoothness - A podcast chronicling the decline and fall of radio veteran Greg Willis. It is a 6-part mini-series.
  • Ruby: The Adventures of a Galactic Gumshoe -  (audio drama) Ruby is a hip, tough-talking detective hired to track down the malefactors who are manipulating the media on the planet Summa Nulla (the “high point of nothing”).
  • Unexplained - (informational) A podcast about strange and mysterious real-life events that continue to evade explanation.

As always, if there’s a podcast you like that’s missing from this list, please drop me a line (message, ask, fan mail, raven, etc. etc.) and I’ll check it out! I’ll also be adding a podcast link to my blog featuring this list with updates. Enjoy~

dailydot.com
'The Black Tapes' is a 'Serial'-style podcast that will scare your socks off
If you like being terrified, this horror documentary series is definitely the podcast for you.

If you’re searching for something scary to get you into the Halloween spirit, it’s time to start listening to The Black Tapes Podcast. Framed as a Serial-esque series hosted by reporter Alex Reagan, it feels like what might happen if a perky NPR journalist decided to investigate the Blair Witch Project.

The Black Tapes Podcast was originally billed as a profile of paranormal investigator Richard Strand, a character partly inspired by the real-life skeptic James Randi. But things take a turn for the disturbing when Reagan discovers Strand’s file of unsolved cases, the so-called Black Tapes. Despite his best efforts, Strand hasn’t been able to find a scientific explanation for this unsettling collection of seemingly supernatural events.

As Reagan begins to investigate these cases herself, her interviews with witnesses and academic experts feel so realistic that some listeners fail to realize that the podcast is a work of fiction. In the vein of the icon of audio drama Orson Welles’ The War of the Worlds, the best kind of horror story is one that you can almost believe is true.

The podcast borrows much of its inspiration from “real” paranormal events and artifacts, from the urban legend Slender Man to medieval Satanic mythology. Some of these details will undoubtedly be familiar to horror fans, but the documentary format and creepy atmosphere are more than enough to make Black Tapes frighteningly addictive.

In an email interview, we spoke with creators Paul Bae and Terry Miles. In order keep the mystery alive, they never admit that The Black Tapes Podcast is anything less than real.

Read more.

If you liked Netflix’s Stranger Things, here are some podcasts you might enjoy:
  • Welcome to Night Vale (the community news of a small city in the American Southwest where all conspiracy theories are true and a part of every day life; BONUS - canon interracial gay couple as the main couple)
  • The Message (70-year-old message from outer space, cryptology, things are not as they seem)
  • Limetown (everyone in small town disappears and no one knows what happened to them; follow an intrepid journalist as she investigates)
  • The Black Tapes (sister show to TANIS; demons, investigation into the unexplainable, asshole Alpha Skeptic, and the journalist who tries to sort this all out)
  • TANIS (sister show to The Black Tapes; conspiracy, truth, and the investigation of what Tanis really is, plus an “information specialist” named Meerkatnip)
  • Archive 81 (found footage audio series where nothing is quite as it seems and there’s a building that isn’t exactly right)
  • Alice Isn’t Dead (from the people behind WtNV, a truck driver tries to find her missing wife and she runs into a lot of conspiracies along the way)
  • Within the Wires (again, from the people who brought you WtNV, instructional audio guides that slowly reveal a personal story and the revelation that the world the podcast is set in is that great)
  • The Bright Session (imagine what it would be like if the X-Men went to therapy)
  • The Behemoth (a girl and her monster walk across America)
  • Wolf 359 (the absurd misadventures of a small band of eccentric characters on board the Hephaestus Station in orbit around the dwarf star, Wolf 359, where it’s all fun and games until it’s not and the Blessed Eternal just wants a night light)
Some thoughts on Podcasts and women

In my post looking for more podcasts to listen to I mentioned my preference for Podcasts with "at least one female host/regular guest”.

Now, of course this doesn’t mean “Podcast with Woman equals Good” and “Podcast without Woman equals Bad”. In fact, some of my favourite podcasts that I’ve been listening to for years don’t have any female hosts, or maybe just a female guest every now and then.

But there is a trend - that’s not surprising at all - if you look at all the "10 Podcasts You Should Listen to” lists: Most of these podcasts are hosted by men, or at least mostly by men. Not because men are better at what they are doing, but because that’s how our society seems to work - unfortunately.

Going through the podcasts I regularly listen to, I realised that - no matter how much I try to support women in creative jobs and comedy, I still always end up with:

  • a big amount of podcasts hosted exclusively by men
  • some podcasts that have female guests every now and then
  • a few podcasts that have like one female host among three or four men
  • and a very small number of podcasts hosted exclusively by women.

So what I’m trying to do at the moment is looking specifically for podcasts by and with women. I’m not saying I’m not gonna try podcasts with just men as well. But let’s just say a podcast with just male hosts has to be very very good to make it on the list of stuff I listen to frequently ;)

BREAKING NEWS: “Alice Isn’t Dead“ to launch March 8th

The series continues Night Vale’s journey into the weird heartland of America, with Nicole playing a truck driver who sets out on a cross-country search for a wife who was formerly presumed dead. Along the way, she’ll meet characters, creatures, and conspiracies spawned from the annals of weird fiction—an aesthetic that should be familiar to fans of Night Vale.

Alice Isn’t Dead hails from Night Vale creators Joseph Fink and Jeffrey Cranor and features music by Night Vale composer Disposition. The podcast will air an initial season of 10 bi-weekly episodes written by Fink, running March 8–July 5.

In a statement, Nicole said she was drawn to Fink’s creepy writing, which blends homespun Americana with plenty of horror and supernatural elements. “When I first read through the scripts,” said Nicole, “it was on a beautiful sunny day and I still felt creeped out. The food I was eating got cold, but I just couldn’t stop reading.”

The series will be the first non-Welcome to Night Vale show produced by their new podcast platform, Night Vale Presents. It will star Jasika Nicole (Fringe, Scandal, Welcome to Night Vale) as a truck driver who traverses America in search of her wife, who was previously presumed to be dead. According to a press release, Nicole’s character “will encounter not-quite-human serial murderers, towns literally lost in time, and a conspiracy that goes way beyond one missing woman,” so it sounds like it’s right up the alley of fans of the duo’s first series.

Podcast Master List

So after being a podhead (idk, is that our fandom name?) for about 3 years now, I’ve amassed a collection of podcasts that I really love, and I would like for people to know more about them. Most of these are storytelling podcasts – I’m not big into talk show podcasts – but still, I really wish this list was around when I was first starting out.

Part 1 // Part 2

Wolf 395

Description: A podcast that follows the adventures of Doug Eiffel, the communications officer for the U.S.S. Hephaestus Research Station – which is revolving around red dwarf star: Wolf 359 – and his co-workers as they find that most ordinary-seeming things have a way of turning into anything but that. 

Why you should listen: Zany space adventures with great dialog done by amazing voice actors. The voice actors are really, really great (I can’t stress that enough). Currently has 25 episodes (as of October 19th, 2015) so it’ll be fairly easy to catch up. Guaranteed to make you cry at some point. SFW.

The Black Tapes Podcast

Description: The Black Tapes Podcast is a serialized docudrama about one journalist’s search for truth, her enigmatic subject’s mysterious past, and the literal and figurative ghosts that haunt them both.

Why you should listen: Do you like paranormal-y adventures exploring weird and eldritch things that you’ve never heard about and never want to hear about again? Yes, you do. The host’s voice is so great too. Relatively new with only 12 episodes (as of October 19th, 2015) and generally SFW.

Kakos Industries

Description: Corin Deeth III is the CEO of Kakos Industries, and he reads the company news on topics ranging from adult entertainment to food to philosophical sabotage. Occasionally, the broadcasts will feature personal musings and elements of a more dramatic nature.

Why you should listen: If you listen to WTNV, this is like the NSFW version of what goes on in Desert Bluffs. Terrific audio with a lot of really entertaining situations. Not for everyone due to it’s explicit content.

D&D is For Nerds

Description: A comedy podcast in which a group of adults sits around a table, pretending to be different people and play some good old fashioned Dungeons and Dragons. Starring Jackson B. Baly as a half-elf wizard, Joel L. Zammit as a halfling rogue, Alli Kathleen as a human ranger and everyone’s favorite DM, Adam.

Why you should listen Even if you’re not into Dungeons and Dragons (D&D), it’s really hilarious to listen to these guys as they play. A great podcast that’s perfect to play while you’re doing housework or something. The players do swear, so don’t play this in front of kids. NSFW (only for swearing).

Imaginary Worlds

Description: This is an informational podcast about sci-fi and fantasy genres, exploring how we create them and why we suspend our disbelief. Talks about everything from Batman, to puppeteers, to famous heroines, and everything in between.

Why you should listen: The host’s voice is like butter. This guy breaks down the psychology behind humans making sexy robots in films and it’s genuinely interesting. Great podcast to relax to. SFW.

The Nosleep Podcast

Description: A podcast that specializes in telling scary stories. These stories are intended to frighten and disturb people (and they do a great job at it).

Why you should listen: This podcast is really creepy. There are a good mix of mediocre stories with a low shock value, but the voice actors and the soundtrack and the background noise and the host’s voice…it’s a super great podcast if you want to be scared. Does contain adult themes, but posts trigger warnings with every podcast.

TANIS

Description: A serialized docudrama about a fascinating and surprising mystery: the myth of Tanis. This is an exploration of the nature of truth, conspiracy, and information.

Why you should listen: this podcast is super duper new with only 3 episodes (as of October 19th, 2015) and it’s really great. A lot like Limetown or the Black Tapes Podcast in the sense that they’re trying to unravel a mystery, but just uncovering more. Great for mystery fans.

Welcome to Night Vale

Description: Stories from a friendly desert community where the sun is hot, the moon is beautiful, and mysterious lights pass overhead while we all pretend to sleep. The host, Cecil Palmer, tells about the weird occurrences around the town of Night Vale.

Why you should listen: People tend to love this podcast, not only for Cecil’s amazing voice and the vaguely disturbing hilarity of Night Vale, but because in the first episode, it establishes a canonly queer couple. Great podcast with a ton of diversity. Generally SFW. 

We’re Alive: A Story of Survival

Description: A audio drama that follows the story of Army Reserve Soldier Michael Cross, as he and a group of survivors struggle to stay alive in the post-apocalyptic, zombie infested Los Angeles. Barricaded in an abandoned apartment building, they all soon find that the zombies aren’t their only threat as their water supply dwindles, and raiders begin to attack.

Why you should listen: This podcast has made me cry so many times. I’ve listened to it three times, and every time though I find something new that I missed before. Great voice acting crew with very diverse characters. Highly realistic. Generally SFW, but does include character death/trauma, some swearing, and disturbing sound effects. (so like, general zombie stuff)

Limetown

Description: Ten years ago, over three hundred men, women and children disappeared from a small town in Tennessee, never to be heard from again.In this seven-part podcast, radio host Lia Haddock asks the question: “What happened to the people of Limetown?”

Why you should listen: The host has a really nice, soothing voice. Very believable to listeners. SFW. Great for mystery and sci-fi fans.

Pseudopod/Podcastle/The Drabblecast/Escape Pod

Description: Podcasts that tell a variety of short stories pertaining to their specific interests (horror, fantasy, miscellaneous stories, and science-fiction). Quality entertainment, all provided by Escape Artists podcasts.

Why you should listen: These are quality stories. So many of my favorite short stories have come from these podcasts. Hosting a very wide variety of different voice actors and writers, Escape Artists will make sure that you’re never bored again. (seriously, they have so many stories) Not all stories are SFW!!

Lore

Description: The truth is out there. The people, places, and things of our darkest nightmares all have real facts at their core. Each episode of Lore looks into a uniquely scary tale and uncovers the truth behind it.

Why you should listen: This podcasts is both informational and freaky. The host has a fantastic voice that’s great for just sitting back and zoning out to. Generally SFW but does contain a few disturbing themes (trigger warnings are provided).


Honorable mentions:

Nightmare Magazine – Horror stories that are really nice to listen to. Not completely SFW due to some adult themes.

Nocturne – A sort of talk show that follows the lives of different people and what goes on when the lights go out. Very SFW (despite what you may think).

Relic Radio – A podcast that plays everything from science fiction, to horror, to slice of life, to mystery radio broadcasts from the 1930′s and onward.

The Secret World Chronicle – So long. It’s great, but so long. If you want something to tackle that’s going to take you at least four months (if you listen almost continuously) and extensive character memorization, then this is great for you. Not good for leisure listening. About realistic super humans (Metahumans) and an alien invasion and time traveling Nazis.

**Many of the podcast descriptions were taken from their websites and/or podcast descriptions in iTunes. 

Podcast Episodes for Witches and Occult Lovers

Suggested by @witchtips and @occultpassion

All completely FREE

* Please note that there is non-factual discussion and cross talk in these podcasts which can sometimes be slightly offensive and off color *

Dolls and Magic - New World Witchery

Magical Occupations Revisited - New World Witchery

Moon Magic - New World Witchery

Pretty much anything from New World Witchery

Protection Magic - New World Witchery

Feminist Witchcraft - Stuff Mon Never Told You

Occult Symbols - Last Podcast on The Left

Nazis and the Occult Part I: Severe and Annoying - Last Podcast on The Left

Nazis and the Occult Part II: White People Nerds - Last Podcast on The Left

Hollywood Witches - Stuff Mom Never Told You

Grimoire: Occult Books and the Magic of Writing - Stuff To Blow Your Mind

Wicca - The Ancient Way - Occult of Personality

Sinister Forces, Occult History, & The Nine - TheCarlwood

Superstars and Satan: Music and The Occult - Stuff They Don’t Want You To Know

Anything from Down At The Crossroads

The Illusion: Alchemy Reborn Through The Occult - History of Alchemy Podcast

History of The Occult - Out There Radio

Magickal Art in the New Aeon - Occult of Personality

Witchcraft 101 - The Unnormal Paranormal Podcast

Witchcraft - BBC Radio 4

Modern Witch Podcast

BONUS Personal Favorite Podcasts

Lore

The NoSleep Podcast

Astonishing Legends

Serial

Stuff They Don’t Want You To Know

Jim Harold’s Campfire

Criminal

podcast recs

i listen to a lot of podcasts, and people have asked me what ones i recommend. so. here’s a bunch of great ones. (list will be updated whenever i remember more, lol.)

FICTION

Welcome to Night Vale - a small-community-radio feel, except that their town is full of bizarre unreal happenings and every conspiracy theory is true. super weird and also funny and also cute and i love

Limetown - investigative journalism done in a very similar way as Serial (except it’s fiction). the entire population of a small town disappears, and a reporter, searching for truth, finds way more than she had anticipated. it’s amazing. short show.

The Message - a team of cryptographers (and the podcast host who is tagging along with them) is set on decoding the first ever message received from extraterrestrial life, and everything gets intense really, really fast. also short.

Wolf 359 - a scifi audiodrama, presented as the logs of a communications officer aboard a ship orbiting the star Wolf 359, documenting the misadventures of the tiny crew.

EOS 10 - another comedic scifi audiodrama, this time about some of the medical staff on a space station. has often been called “scrubs in space”. this one has aliens. 

Alice Isn’t Dead - the story (or road trip) of a trucker who is searching for her missing wife. if you don’t think a story about trucking fits in the horror genre, you’re wrong.

The Black Tapes - about a journalist’s search for truth in bizarre ( likely paranormal) happenings, interspersed with her attempts to learn more about her associate’s shady past.

The Bright Sessions - a scifi podcast that follows a group of therapy patients. each has a unique supernatural ability. the show is both about the patients and their mysterious therapist, dr.bright .

Wooden Overcoats -  a british comedy about rival funeral directors, and the wide array of their fellow eccentric townsfolk, in a small island village

Pleasure Town - about a hedonistic town in oklahoma in the 20th century; the show is the founders thinking back on the town. different episodes incorporate the townsfolk telling their stories.

Kakos Industries - very Welcome to Night Vale ish humor. about a corporation whose goal is to “do evil better”. episodes are supposedly newsletter broadcasts to the shareholders from the corporation’s ceo.

Selected Shorts - short stories, read aloud on stage by various ( and sometimes famous) actors. very wide selection of stories by some really talented authors.

The Nosleep Podcast - like Selected Shorts, except exclusively horror stories (mostly from reddit’s nosleep forum), and not on stage and less famous people.

NONFICTION

This American Life - fascinating true stories, phenomenal journalism, and each episode has a general theme (and usually contains at least a few stories). one of the most highly-rated podcasts, like, ever. plus there’s over 500 hour-long episodes, so you’ll probably never run out, which is awesome.

Radiolab - show format is kind of like This American Life, but with science themes (mostly) and two show hosts. it’s fun, the show hosts clearly enjoy what they do, they’re great at explaining complicated stuff in a comprehensible way. i’ve learned so many bizarre and cool things.

Serial - this podcast got crazy good ratings, so you might’ve heard of it. it’s classic investigative journalism. essentially, s1 is about a murder case and the reporters digging into whether or not the right guy was convicted.

The Moth - true stories, told live on stage. this show has plenty of normal people telling incredible stories, and it’s also had famous people ranging everywhere from Niel Gaiman, to Steve from Blues Clues.

Invisibilia - the basic premise is that it’s about ‘invisible forces that control human behavior’. episode have ranged from technology, issues experienced by someone who is nonbinary. there aren’t many episodes yet, i’m sad

Snap Judgement - it feels kind of like The Moth, except not on stage, and with a bunch of catchy music in the background. i have only listened to a handful of episodes so far but my mom loves this show so

Criminal - it’s about crime, obviously. each episode is based around one story of a crime, or people involved in crime or crime-related things, etc. surprisingly interesting variety of stories, it’s super cool.

Lore - about the nonfiction history behind myths, legends, and folklore. freaky stuff. probably about as close to real life horror as exists.

……….so, anyway, yeah. there you go! i hope you enjoy, and please feel free to message me about podcasts any time because i like to yell about them 24/7.

Thinking of going vegan for the new year? It’s easy.. these sites can help!

Vegan Kit

Vegan Starter Kit

Veganuary

21 Day Kickstart

List of Food Substitutes

Cruelty Free Product List

Online Shopping Guide

Vegan Snack Box

Vegan Podcasts

Films

Recipes

Happy Cow - search for veg restaurants and health food stores in your area

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True crime documentary master list for crime all you creeps

Originally posted by tugbaheaven

I made a mini list a while ago and thought I’d compile a much bigger list of true crime media for all the crime creeps out there. I haven’t seen everything on here, but being true crime, I guarantee a lot of it is most likely not safe for work nor for the squeamish. Please use discretion. Feel free to add on if something cool was left off.

Documentaries

  • The Jeffrey Dahmer Files (2012): This goes hard and shows Dahmer’s life through the eyes of a detective, Dahmer’s neighbor, and a pathologist. Get ready for REAL interviews mixed with reenactments to relive the summer of his ‘91 arrest. Where you can watch it: Netflix, Hulu, and YouTube
  • Serial Killers: John Wayne Gacy (1999): So clowns aren’t ~really~ scary…except when the clown is a seemingly nice guy who is actually a serial murderer. A&E goes deep into Gacy’s life so you can be even more spooked by his story.Where you can watch it: YouTube
  • Dear Zachary: On Nov. 5, 2001, Dr. Andrew Bagby was murdered in a parking lot in western Pennsylvania; the prime suspect, his ex-girlfriend Dr. Shirley Turner. Where you can watch it: Netflix
  • Just Melvin, Just Evil : A classic documentary about Abuse. Where you can watch it: YouTube
  • The House Of Suh:An exploration of the tragic history of the Suh family and the murder that shocked America. Where you can watch it: Youtube
  • The Cheshire Murders: The circumstances surrounding the small-town murders of Jennifer Hawke-Petit and her two young daughters. Where you can watch it: Youtube
  • Crips and Bloods: Made in America (2008): With a first-person look at the notorious Crips and Bloods, this film examines the conditions that have lead to decades of devastating gang violence among young African Americans growing up in South Los Angeles. Where you can watch it: Netflix
  • This Is the Zodiac Speaking (2007): Released as a feature on the Zodiac (2007) DVD, this doc shows interviews with original investigators from the iconic case.Where you can watch it: YouTube
  • Cropsey: The boogeyman-like Cropsey was just a myth for the kids of Staten Island in the ’80s, until he became a living nightmare and actually started taking children. Where you can watch it: Netflix
  • H.H. Holmes: The first known american serial killer. Where you can watch it: Netflix
  • Killer Legends: a documentary investigating US urban legends. Where you can watch it: Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon
  • NOVA: Mind of a rampage killer. Where you can watch it: Netflix
  • Room 237: Interpretations and perceived meanings of Stanley Kubrick’s film The Shining. Where you can watch it: Netflix
  • The Central Park Five: In 1989, five African-American teenagers are incorrectly identified as suspects in the rape of a white woman in Central Park, quickly creating a media firestorm. Where you can watch it: Netflix
  • Tabloid (2010): he story of British tabloid sensation Joyce McKinney, a former beauty queen accused of kidnapping a Mormon and making him her slave. Where you can watch it: Netflix
  • Aileen Wuornos: a serial killing lesbian from Florida with a really messed up past. There are actually two documentaries about her on Netflix. Take your pick. Where you can watch it: Netflix
  • Ted Bundy: The Mind of a Killer (2000): He confessed to killing more than 28 women in the 1970s. This movie will pretty much make you feel like you can’t trust anyone.Where you can watch it: YouTube
  • Talhotblond: the complex consequences of virtual relationships through one specific Internet love triangle, which ends in murder and incarceration. Where you can watch it: Netflix
  • Tales of the Grim Sleeper (2014): Lonnie Franklin’s DNA matched with over 20 possible murder victims, and Tales of the Grim Sleeper features interviews with people who knew him best — making for creepy insight into one of Los Angeles’s worst murder sprees ever. Where you can watch it: HBO Go
  • Into the Abyss: examines why people kill, and whether capital punishment is ever warranted. In conversations with inmate Michael Perry and those affected by his crime, Herzog delves deep into the state of the the prison system, for an unflinching look at life, death and the value of a humanity, as impacted by a search for justice. Where you can watch it: Netflix 
  • Albert Fish: In Sin He Found Salvation (2007): Okay, so this one is highly disturbing — Albert Fish kidnapped, molested, and murdered CHILDREN, which is probably the most sadistic kind of murderer possible. Watch at your own risk.Where you can watch it: Amazon
  • Serial Killers: The Real Life Hannibal Lecters (2001): If you saw The Silence of the Lambs and thought, This is fucked up, you’ll enjoy this film, mostly because the serial killers discussed in this movie are all equally — if not more — horrifying as the fortunately fictional Hannibal Lecter.Where you can watch it: YouTube
  • Serial Killers: Jack the Ripper (The Whitechapel Murderer) (2008): This documentary interviews experts who pick apart the details of the case of Jack the Ripper, one of England’s most notorious serial killers EVER. There was SO MUCH BLOOD, YOU GUYS.Where you can watch it: YouTube
  • I Survived BTK (2010): Dennis Rader was a respected church leader and family man in his hometown who bound, tortured, and killed victims (hence his nickname, “The BTK Killer”) — all the while tormenting the police with letters describing the murders.Where you can watch it: Amazon
  • The Pig Farm (2011): Robert “Willie” Pickton was a millionaire pig farmer — and one of Canada’s most notorious serial killers. This documentary studies the crimes committed by him and his brother, and will make you question whether or not you should ever trust your neighbors or friends.Where you can watch it: iTunes
  • Carl Panzram: The Spirit of Hatred and Vengeance (2011): Panzram was a serial killer who died in 1930. This is the story of how he befriended a prison guard who suggested Panzram write about how he came to be a murderer. Shit’s fucked up, man.Where you can watch it: Netflix
  • Ed Gein: The Real Leatherface (2004): Though not ~technically~ a serial killer by definition, Gein is close enough, and his story is FUCKED UP. His “necrophiliac tendencies” have inspired horrifying characters like Leatherface in The Texas Chainsaw Massacre. Hell nah.Where you can watch it: YouTube
  • The Real Texas Chainsaw Massacre (2014): Where you can watch it: Hulu
    The Real Texas Chainsaw Massacre (2003): Where you can watch it: Netflix
  • Interview with a Serial Killer (2008): In this jailhouse interview, Arthur Shawcross, the Genesee River Killer, shares candid details of his crimes and his surprising family bonds. Where you can watch it: Netflix
  • Richard Ramirez: The Night Stalker (2004): Ramirez brutally raped and murdered over a dozen people during a two-year period, and was supposedly into Satanic worship. This documentary delves deep into his mind — and it’s obviously terrifying.Where you can watch it: YouTube
  • Gary Ridgway: The Green River Killer (2003): Gary Ridgway was convicted of 48 horrifying murders and confessed to even more — this movie shows interviews with local police and Ridgway’s family members, and it will LITERALLY CHILL YOU TO THE BONE.Where you can watch it: YouTube
  • Confessions of a Serial Killer: Jeffrey Dahmer (1994): MSNBC sat down with the man who raped, murdered, and ate 17 men from the late ’70s to the early ’90s. The scariest part? His overall calmness when discussing the reasons behind his actions.Where you can watch it: Top Documentary Films
  • 30 for 30: Benji (2012): In 1984, 17-year-old Ben Wilson was a symbol of everything promising about Chicago: a beloved, sweet-natured youngster from the city’s fabled South Side, and America’s most talented basketball prospect. Where you can watch it: Netflix
  • My Amityville Horror: About a guy who lived in the famous haunted house as a kid. Where you can watch it: itunes, amazon, (here), or just google it…
  • The Act of Killing (2013): Retired Indonesian death-squad leaders open up about genocide and their favorite ways to kill people based on what they’ve seen in American cinema: musical numbers being among their favorite to reenact — with a brutal twist. Where you can watch it: itunes, amazon, Netflix
  • ‘Paradise Lost: The Child Murders at Robin Hood’ (1996):Three troubled teenage boys were accused and tried for triple homicide back in the early 1990s. Where you can watch it: itunes, amazon
  • ‘Titicut Follies’ (1967): filmmaker Frederick Wiseman uncovers the torture chamber that was Bridgewater State Hospital, a Massachusetts institution for the criminally insane.Where you can watch it: itunes, amazon
  • Shenandoah: A documentary on the hate crime assault and subsequent death of a Latino man in Shenandoah Pennsylvania, including the alleged cover-up and shocking court verdicts. Where you can watch it: Netflix
  • The Brandon Teena Story (1998): Brandon Teena was an American trans man who was raped and murdered in Humboldt, Nebraska. His life and death were the subject of the Academy Award-winning 1999 film Boys Don’t Cry. Where you can watch it: amazon
  • West Of Memphis: The untold story behind an extraordinary and desperate fight to bring the truth to light; a fight to stop the State of Arkansas from killing an innocent man.Where you can watch it: amazon
  • The Imposter (2012): British-American documentary film about the 1997 case of the French confidence trickster Frédéric Bourdin, who impersonated Nicholas Barclay, a Texas boy who disappeared at the age of 13 in 1994, directed by Bart Layton. The film includes interviews with Bourdin and members of Barclay’s family, as well as archive television news footage and reenacted dramatic sequences. Where you can watch it: Netflix, Youtube

True Crime Series 

  • The Jinx: The Life and Deaths of Robert Durst (2015): is a 2015 HBO documentary miniseries about accused murderer Robert Durst,written by Andrew Jarecki, Marc Smerling, and Zachary Stuart-Pontier. The series was also directed by Jarecki, who had previously directed the feature film All Good Things(2010), which was inspired by Durst’s biography. Where you can watch it: HBOgo
  • Making a Murderer (2015): Filmed over a 10-year period, Making a Murderer is an unprecedented real-life thriller about Steven Avery, a DNA exoneree who, while in the midst of exposing corruption in local law enforcement, finds himself the prime suspect in a grisly new crime. Set in America’s heartland, the series takes viewers inside a high-stakes criminal case where reputation is everything and things are never as they appear. Where you can watch it: Netflix
  • Psychic Investigators (2006): Real-life detective thrillers which combine stylized dramatic reconstructions, unique archive and compelling interviews with key characters. Where you can watch it: Netflix
  • The First 48: The first 48 hours are the most crucial in homicide and kidnapping cases, which is the premise of this series. The show is great for capturing the drama of behind-the-scenes detective work because it shines a light into what detectives need to weed through in order to get on the correct trail – and unlike Hollywood dramatizations like “CSI” and “Law & Order,” real-life police work doesn’t come with a 100-percent confession rate. Where you can watch it: AETV
  • Killer Kids (2012): a terrifying and fascinating journey into the disturbing lives of children who commit acts of murder. Where you can watch it: MyLifetime.com
  • Lockup: This TV documentary series is an interesting portrayal of what life is like inside prisons, as shown from the perspective of both the inmates and the corrections officers. “Lockup” is equal parts addicting, educational and realistic. Where you can watch it: MSNBC
  • Murder Maps: This drama-doc series takes us back in time to the most shocking and surprising murder cases in history. Where you can watch it: Netflix
  • I Survived: survivors explain, in their own words, how they overcame unbelievable circumstances – offering insight into what got them through the experience that changed their lives forever. Where you can watch it: MyLifetime.com

Youtubers

Podcasts

  • Lore: the frightening history behind common folklore
  • Last Podcast on the left: covers all the horrors our world has to offer both imagined and real, from demons and slashers to cults and serial killers
  • Generation Why: Two friends, Aaron & Justin, discuss theories and share their opinions on unsolved murders
  • My Favorite Murder: Karen Kilgariff and Georgia Hardstark, two lifelong fans of true crime stories. Each episode the girls tell each other their favorite tales of murder, and hear hometown crime stories from friends and fans.
  • Seriously Strange: Youtubers Cayleigh Elise and Rob Dyke discuss true crime and strange articles in the news
  • Criminal: Stories of people who’ve done wrong, been wronged, or gotten caught somewhere in the middle.
  • Serial: The podcast everyone’s already heard of. Serial tells one story—a true story—over the course of a season.
  • Anything Ghost: listeners share real life stories about ghosts
  • Someone Knows Something: A series produced by CBC that examines unsolved cases of missing or murdered individuals.
  • Thin Air Podcast: Two English majors investigate cold cases by examining evidence and interviewing people involved with the original investigation.
  • Sword and Scale: Podcast covers the ugly underbelly of true crime. Be prepared to never sleep again…
  • Thinking Sideways: Investigating things we simply don’t have the answer to. Sometimes you have to think a little sideways to come up with a plausible solution to the mystery.

 From storytelling to scientific, and everything in between, podcasts are like magazines you can listen to– and completely free! There’s something to suit everyone’s interests, and if you don’t already listen to them, you should give podcasts a try. Here are some of the very best, and all are available on iTunes!

  1. This American Life: NPR’s journalistic nonfiction programme explores human nature and presents fascinating stories.
  2. The Allusionist: a podcast for your inner linguist, all about exploring language, words, and how we use them.
  3. BBC World Service Global News Podcast: straightforward news to keep you up-to-date with world events.
  4. Casefile: a factual true crime podcast exploring past cases in depth.
  5. The Moth: a storytelling podcast recording true stories presented to strangers, which tend to be incredibly entertaining.
  6. Serial: NPR’s serialized podcast exploring a different story in depth each season.
  7. The Documentary: features highlights from BBC World Service’s documentaries and other factual reports.
  8. TED Radio Hour: TED talks without the visual, and broadcast online in a radio format.
  9. UnFictional: a storytelling and documentary podcast which provides real-life stories ranging from the sincere to the comical.
  10. All In The Mind: an Australian programme which explores the brain and human behaviour.
  11. Stuff You Should Know: exactly as the title states, this podcast enlightens the listener on stuff they really should know.
  12. The Nerdist: a hilarious programme featuring celebrity guests with comic host Chris Hardwick.
New Podcast: Within the Wires

I’m really excited to announce our next podcast project: Within the Wires. Look at this beautiful graphic @robwilson-work designed for us.

Each season of Within the Wires takes the form of an instructional audio guide. Season one will be a 10-episode set of Relaxation Cassettes, which unravel to tell a deeper, more surreal, more personal story about you, the listener. Through each episode, you’ll learn more about who you are and what your circumstances are inside this alternate reality. IDK, maybe you’ll even feel more relaxed.

This show is co-written with Janina Matthewson @j9andif. Many of you may know her as the author of one of my favorite books from last year, Of Things Gone Astray. (Some of you - bless you - have PM'ed me and even approached me in person to tell me you read that novel and loved it based on my recommendation. One person even had me sign a copy of it at one of the Night Vale book events last fall.)

Mary Epworth @maryepworth, who has toured with Night Vale as the musical guest and been featured a couple of times on the weather, is composing original music. (Her 

The show launches June 21. We’ll post the first 3 episodes on the Welcome to Night Vale feed. The Within the Wires feed will be up in a couple of weeks with a teaser trailer.

Anyway, there it is. It’s scary and fun to launch a new thing. I hope you like it. 

Since I made a post about Russian Podcasts, I thought I’d do one about German ones too.  Many you can find on  iTunes, on Android using Pocket Casts, or on their own websites/RSS feed. There are several more podcasts in German, but here are a few.

Language Learning

Listening For Beginners-Intermediates

German Only