by Dan Delgado
Anytime I go to look for a new podcast it can become an intimidating chore. much like the days of selecting a VHS at a good ole Blockbuster Video, the selection can be completely overwhelming. In an attempt to help alleviate some of that stress I am providing you (free of charge!) a list of podcasts that I have really enjoyed this year. Here they are, in no particular order.
This is a show that really belongs on a list from last year but I didn’t discover it until 2018 so it’s here. Uncivil is a show that takes a look at the Civil War and dispels some of the myths that have been built around. Education and eye opening, each episode tells you something you didn’t know but probably should have. And hey look at that logo, it won a Peabody!
Check out Uncivil here.
I do not watch soccer. Okay? Got it? I don’t. Which should tell you just how interesting this show is since it’s about the USA’s disastrous 1998 World Cup. Host Roger Bennett’s enthusiasm and great interviews with members of that World Cup team make this a great and easy listen. Personally, I have a thing for fiascos so the appeal was right there in the title.
Check it out here.
Glynn Washington’s intros on Snap Judgement are always stellar. I just love listening to that guy dish out a story. Here Washington is hosting a 10 episode podcast on what happened with the infamous Heaven’s Gate cult, a group that took their own lives in 1997. Heartbreaking and always engrossing, this is one of the best listens of the year.
Check it out here.
This podcast’s release was perfectly time. Right after going through the cult of Heaven’s Gate, I stumbled upon The Gateway. This show is taking a look at a potential cult going on right now. Is Teal Swan a scam artist, a cult leader, or a genuine spiritual guru? Host Jennings Brown does a deep dive into Swan and her group to try to find some answers. One thing I really liked about this podcast was Brown’s genuine interest to find out what is going on with Teal Swan. Though he certainly comes to many conclusions during the show, it seems like he was going in fairly open-minded.
Check out The Gateway on Stitcher here and on Apple Podcasts here
Additionally, if you liked The Gateway then you should also listen to this episode of Shoot This Now (itself a great podcast!) which features Brown and his podcast producer, Jessica Glazer. Check that one out here.
Have you ever wondered what it be like to be on the first exhibition to Mars? I certainly haven’t, but The Habitat told me about it anyway. Here we have a small group of people who go through a simulation (on Earth, fyi) of what it would be like be on the red planet for a year. Yeah, that’s right a year. Each episode, while always interesting keeps making me happy to be on this spinning planet of love called Earth.
Check out The Habitat here.
You Must Remember This
After a too long hiatus You Must Remember This has returned has picked up right where it left off, giving us great stories of Hollywood’s first century. This season’s episodes, all about fact checking Kenneth Anger’s infamous book Hollywood Babylon, is just a fascinating listen. For anyone who likes show business, I cannot recommend this enough. Host Karina Longworth always exhaustively researches each episode and is one the more knowledgeable hosts you’ll find out there.
Check out You Must Remember This here.
This is the coolest podcast going. Period. A true crime podcast that focuses on rock stars? Sounds like a good beginning, but then you add in some great production to this truly insane stories and toss in the too-cool-for-school delivery of host Jake Brennan and you have a podcast that you can binge all day long. I honestly do not know why this podcast isn’t a bigger deal than it already is.
Check out Disgraceland here.
The first season of Slow Burn focused on Watergate and was shockingly addicting. Fortunately for me, all the episodes were already out on that season and I can gobble them all up quickly. Now Slow Burn has just returned with a new season about Bill Clinton’s impeachment (is Andrew Johnson going to be season three?) and I’m stuck waiting week to week like everyone else. The first season was great deep dive into Watergate and gave you much more insight than just what you know about Woodward and Bernstein. I expect this second season to do the same about the Clinton Impeachment.
Check out Slow Burn here.
The RFK Tapes
A podcast about the Kennedy assassination? Oh wait, the OTHER Kennedy assassination? Okay let’s do it. Shame on me for having never listened to Crimetown, the makers of that podcast who happen to making this one. It’s a hard sell on a conspiracy here. After they caught the guy on the scene with the gun in a room full of people. After an episodes or two you may find yourself leaning the other way. That name is serious though, there is an abundance of tapes from 50 years ago on this subject that you likely have nor heard. It really the usage of this audio from years past that sets this one apart. Hearing RFK’s killer, Sirhan Sirhan, going under hypnosis in 1968 to find out why he did it is not something you’ll forget.
Check out The RFK Tapes here.
I will admit it. This is a total cheat, since this is my podcast, but come on give it a shot! A storytelling podcast about some of Hollywood’s lesser known stories with a charming host (!) and some interviews mixed in and you have your next favorite podcast! Well, that’s the idea at least.
Check out The Industry here (or hit the home button on this page).
Okay so that’s my list. What do you think? What podcasts am I missing out on. Come on, I know you have some recommendations too so let me have me have ’em!