Dope Podcasts 4.0, or, Even More Podcast Recommendations

  1. 2 Dope Queens
    STOLE MY USUAL TERM FOR BEST PODCASTS, but they deserve it! A live set by 2-3 stand up comedians, interspersed by conversations between hysterical hosts and best friends Jessica Williams (of The Daily Show) and Phoebe Robinson (about to have a best selling book okay) who I could listen to joke around about any topic together all day everyday.
  2. My Favorite Murder
    This show reminds me of a line from Titus on Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt: "People love hearing terrible details of news tragedies. One, it's titillating like a horror movie. Two, it makes them feel like a good person because they care about a stranger. Three, it makes people feel safe that it did not happen to them." Two gals gasping over famous murders and listeners calling in with their hometown murder stories. Indulgent and wickedly awful.
  3. Alice Isn't Dead
    Ready for something intense? From the producers of Welcome to Nightvale come short episodes of a woman driving an 18 wheeler and speaking into her truck radio, trying to reach her wife who it turns out didn't die after all. Enter an intense first episode where you will be locked in on this terrifying, beautifully narrated ride.
  4. Embedded
    Kelly McEvers and other NPR journalists go to locations where a story that was told in the news is happening, to learn more by placing themselves deeper in the middle of it all.
  5. The Black Tapes
    The poor man's Limetown. (See my previous Podcast lists) in that it's a radio drama of an investigative Podcast journalist who ends up deep into a story that (now in season 2) takes dark turns. The first episodes were just ok, but I had no wifi this week and was craving a suspense/scary podcast to binge. Once the story starts unfolding I think the main host gets better vocally and I got caught up in the audio "proof" of investigations that is done really well in technical value. I'm hooked.
  6. The New Yorker: Fiction
    Authors who have written for The New Yorker choose a story the magazine published at any point in time, read it, and share their feelings about the piece in a discussion with The New Yorker's fiction editor. An indulgence for those of us who miss taking a really good lit class.
  7. The Author's Voice: New Fiction from The New Yorker
    A writer from one of the newly published fiction essays in the magazine will read their own work. Stands alone. I love short stories and it's like a free audiobook. Lovely.
  8. Wait Wait... Don't Tell Me!
    NPR's witty and ridiculous game show (with a live audience) tests how well you know the past week in news. Kinda. The hosts quiz phone-in players, a panel of humorists, and a known guest, with questions based on the past week in news. I am finally an adult because I found this annoying not to understand at home as a kid. Now the news puns and NPR-people jokes make me chuckle while I grocery shop. ... Yep. Old.