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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.


  • 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.


  • 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~

Can I just say how unbelievably happy I am with all the canon lgbta+ representation in podcasts? Almost every podcast I can think of has at least one lgbta+ person, and they’re main characters.
To all the podcast creaters: thank you. It means so much to me.

The Penumbra Podcast just announced that they’re rewriting the first episode of juno steel and making it more gay and i could not be more excited to see what changes are made (but also all i can think about is):

Juno Steel and the Case of the Murderous Mask

2 Murderous 2 Mask

Juno Steel and the Case of the Murderous Mask: The Gayening

Juno & Steel

Juno Five

Murderous & Mask 6

Steel 7

What do you call a martian anthropologist with lung problems?


fun Penumbra name things: Mercury is god of eloquence (and therefore poetry, aka storytelling). He’s the god of luck and of thieves. And centrally, he’s a carrier of messages, the god of travelers, and a psychopomp, a guide for the souls of the dead – Mercury’s the guide-god, the guy who sets the lost back on their path and gets them there safely, which he does in both the Aeneid and the Odyssey (if you count Hermes). So it’s entirely appropriate that Mick Mercury is the one who gives Juno the verbal ass-whooping that sets him on a track towards trying to do something productive about stoppping Miasma, rather than wallowing in that weird patented stew of self-pity and self-hatred he’s got going on. And if that path leads him straight back to a certain thief, well.

(he’s also a god of commercial success. whoops.)

@imjusthereforthepodcast‘s tags: that fucking nerd i love peter nureyev so much i also enjoyed this he’s such a theater kid i would pay many dollars for a penumbra high-school theater AU like a lot of dollars

I… Don’t have an excuse for this but I’ll accept those lots of dollars in cash

  • Oldtown Secondary is a pretty old school. Everyone’s known each other since they were kids, the halls are meaner than some streets down town, and the student body is relatively small due to high drop out rates
  • So when a certain Peter Nureyev transfers in at the start of his grade 11 year it expectedly causes quite the stir. He talks a lot about a lot of things and nothing all at once, and so it takes a little while for people to catch on that they don’t actually know a thing about him
  • He spends a lot of time in the theatre and quickly becomes a fixture of the department
  • You know who else is a fixture? That’s right, Juno Steel. Juno is a senior on the tech crew, in charge of light design. He joined during his freshman year because it kept him out for long, odd hours and any hours not spent suffocating in that cramped little apartment with his mother was time well spent
  • His best friend is the stage manager, Rita, who is scatter-brained and tangential on the best of days but hell if she isn’t good at her job. Other than her he doesn’t put up with a lot of people their age. He’s as nice as he can manage with the younger students who join up on the crew because he sees some of himself in those eager-edging-on-desperate offers to stay late and help out. 
  • Juno is almost always the last one to leave. He’s meticulous about the designs and when he’s done with that he checks everything over because lord knows Rita always forgets one thing or another. He doesn’t mind taking that extra time because in the end it pays off.
  • Peter also tends to stay late, as it happens. He likes sitting on the stage and looking out at the empty auditorium. Sometimes he does his homework there and revels in the vast quiet of it all. 
  • Other times he tries making small talk with Juno. Juno absolutely does not do small talk. Peter, of course, knows this since he asked around about the scoop on the brooding light tech that smiles at young students when he thinks no one is looking and snarks at everyone else. All the same he really does try because half the fun is in the challenge.
  • Peter leans over Juno’s shoulder at the switch board and they are just so close and the building feels so quiet and nope, Juno is not going to act any more interested than he would with a plank of wood.
  • Except that a plank of wood doesn’t quote Shakespeare into his ear like it’s natural language or smell like something intoxicating he can’t quite name. No sixteen year old has the right to be this charming and yet… 
  • Peter asks Juno out a little before the winter break and Juno’d be a fool if he’d say no. They go ice skating, something Juno grew up doing only to find out that graceful Nureyev had never set out on a rink in his life. They get cheap takeout and spend the night laughing about school gossip and Juno’s old stories about the neighbourhood. 
  • Edit: the lovely @typehere452 suggested their first first kiss being in the lighting booth after first dress rehearsal and I liked that a lot so credit where credit is due, thanks!
  • Their first public kiss is at a cast party Juno got dragged to by a combination of Peter and Rita’s whining. Juno drinks more than a little to deal with the crowd of theatre kids who he admittedly doesn’t like that much for spending so much time with them. Actors, right? Half way through the night, Peter settles himself on the couch beside Juno, and Juno doesn’t even realize they’re actually kissing until Peter’s slid half into his lap and a number of their classmates are cheering sarcastically near them

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