October Podcasts & Busy Lives!
I took a break from the blog in August and September so I did not release any Podcast articles. Now that many of you are starting to travel once more and/or many of you are back to daily commuting, I have some great new Podcasts to keep you captivated and entertained as you slowly adjust to these new daily routines once again.
1. Queen of the Con: The Irish Heiress - Hosted By Johnathan Walton for AYR Media & iHeartRadio.
In this brand new Podcast Queen of the Con: The Irish Heiress, reality TV producer Johnathan Walton tells us the story of how he became best friends with a self proclaimed “Irish Heiress” by the name of Mair Smyth. Mair was friendly, charismatic and extremely manipulative. It is only after Johnathan has loaned Mair over $65,000 that he begins to uncover the truth about Mair and to realise that she is a serial con artist:
“Mair Smyth came into the life of reality TV producer Johnathan Walton as an angel, promising salvation and friendship in a time of need. And not just an everyday angel, a glamorous one—with a storied family in Ireland who is fighting her over a whopping $25 million inheritance. But one day, after trying to help Mair out of a legal “snafu,” Johnathan accidentally learns the truth about the woman who has become his best friend: she’s actually an international con artist who has scammed him and a slew of other victims out of hundreds of thousands of dollars, from Los Angeles to Belfast.” (Source here).
2. Casefile Presents: The Labyrinth - Hosted By Laura Richards for Spotify Studios.
In The Labyrinth Podcast crime analyst Laura Richards leads an investigation into the 2015 mysterious disappearance of Janet Castrejon from a remote area of the Chiricahua Mountains in one of Arizona’s National Forests:
“… Janet Castrejon disappeared in 2015 while she was camping with her family in a remote location near the Chiricahua Mountains when she seemingly vanished into thin air without anybody noticing. It turns out other similar disappearances occurred nearby around the same time, prompting questions as to whether there may have been a connection between them.” (Source here).
In this Podcast you will hear directly from members of Janet’s family as well as from members of law enforcement that were involved in this case. I found this Podcast really gripping from the start. Not only do they discuss Janet’s disappearance but the Podcast also looks into the many cases of missing people from US National Parks in general and we also hear from some of the family members of other missing people.
3. Suspect - By Matthew Shaer & Eric Benson for Wondery & Campside Media.
Another great Wondery and Campside Media Podcast. Suspect is a:
“… story of cutting-edge science and mislaid justice, race and policing, and the kinds of weighty choices that cops and prosecutors make every day in cities and towns across the country — choices that, once made, are impossible to reverse.” (Source here).
If that quote hasn’t grabbed your attention then let me rewind slightly, back a few years to when journalist Matthew Shaer received a letter:
“… from a man who was awaiting trial for a murder he swore he hadn’t committed.” (Source here).
Intrigued, Matthew decides to investigate this case further and convinces reporter Eric Benson to help. The only evidence against the man awaiting trial for murder is:
"”Touch” DNA — traces of human matter so small and complex that they require algorithmic software to make sense of.” (Source here).
And the crime he is accused of committing?
“… a brutal killing at a Seattle Halloween party in which every attendee had been in costume, and more than a few guests had attracted the interest of police investigators.” (Source here).
So, Suspect is:
“… the story of what Shaer and Benson found.” (Source here).
And as you might have already guessed, it is a story well worth listening to!
4. My Therapist Ghosted Me - Vogue Williams & Joanne McNally - Global Media & Entertainment.
A complete change of tone for this next Podcast recommendation. My Therapist Ghosted Me is a comedy Podcast hosted by Model/Radio/TV Presenter Vogue Williams and Irish comedian Joanne McNally. Vogue and Joanne are great friends and this is obvious from the easy banter between them, constantly ripping the pi*s out of each other which makes for highly entertaining listening.
"”My Therapist Ghosted Me” is the result of Joanne’s therapist doing just that! Ignoring her calls, refusing to answer the door at the clinic, or speak to her after she’d tracked him down at Enfield crematorium as he scattered his Aunt’s ashes. Despite it all, it’s often said that friends give the best therapy so Vogue & Joanne have teamed up to do exactly that (alongside a generous helping of laughter as that too is said to be the best form of therapy). Together they will give 100% unqualified, unsubstantiated but up front and honest advice on the plethora of issues they and many others continue to grapple with.” (Source here).
Vogue and Joanne have already covered a wide range of topics since they launched this weekly Podcast back in April 2021. If you want some easy listening and a few laughs this is a great Podcast for just that.
5. Reign with Josh Smith - Finery Media Ltd.
While this Podcast launched in January 2021, I only heard about it last month. In Reign with Josh Smith, host Josh Smith has an “unfiltered chat” with a celebrity guest. There are over 20 episodes available and each episode is approximately 40-50 minutes in length.
The concept behind this Podcast is that “Everyone has the power to make it REIGN!” and so in these honest conversations Josh and his celebrity guests show us that:
“… no matter what obstacles life throws at you, you can overcome them and Reign your own life!” (Source here).
I find these chats easy listening, insightful and interesting. My favourite celebrity guests so far have been Jodie Comer (love her), Jesy Nelson and Aimee Lou Wood.
6. Who Killed Emma? - By Sam Poling for BBC Scotland & BBC Sounds.
Host and journalist Sam Poling takes you through the whole story of Emma, her murder and the police investigation into it in this eight part Podcast series:
“A missing woman. A brutal killing. And a world of sex, rape, lies and murder.” (Source here).
It is a tragic story and through her investigation Sam Poling:
“… unravels the impact of a series of coincidences and missed opportunities until a clear suspect starts to emerge.” (Source here).
It is not often that you listen to a true crime Podcast and get to hear from the person suspected of committing the crime directly. This is exactly what happens here when Sam Poling confronts the lead suspect in the case; the man believed to be responsible for the murder of Emma.
7. Casefile Presents: Pseudocide - Spotify Studios.
Another Casefile Presents Podcast that is definitely worth a mention. Pseudocide is “the act of faking one’s own death” and that is what this Podcast is all about. In each episode (there are currently nine available) we hear a new story of Pseudocide.
Episode two tells the story of the death of a young female “internet star” from cancer. Her followers are devastated when they hear the news of her death. But of course all was not as it seemed and with the internet comes internet sleuths and it wasn’t long before the real story is revealed!
This is a good Podcast for dipping it and out of as each episode is unique and so you are not tied to listening to them all (or in order).
8. 9/12 - Hosted By Dan Taberski - Pineapple Street Studios, Amazon Music & Wondery.
The great Podcast host Dan Taberski is back with another super Podcast. I have featured Dan’s work before, he hosted Headlong: Missing Richard Simmons and Headlong: Surviving Y2K (as well as many other Podcasts) and his latest Podcast 9/12 caught my interest for sure.
In this Podcast, Dan Taberski focuses on events that happened on and after 9/12. He interviews a range of individuals about their experiences:
“9/12 is a poignant, surprising, and surprisingly funny seven episode series about people who wake up on 9/12 having to navigate a new, radically altered world.” (Source here).
Six of the seven episodes are available now on Spotify and each is approximately 40 minutes long. A really interesting Podcast where each episode is different, resulting in some sad, some inspiring and some funny stories of life after 9/11.
Updated Seasons/Series From Previously Recommended Podcasts:
Here are two previously mentioned Podcasts that have released new seasons/series and I would definitely recommend:
1. Dr. Death: Season 3 - Hosted By Laura Beil for Wondery.
2. Even The Rich: The Emancipation of Mariah Carey - Hosted By Brooke Siffrinn & Aricia Skidmore-Williams for Wondery.
If you have been following me for a while you will know that I am a really big fan of the hosts of this Podcast, Brooke Siffrinn and Aricia Skidmore-Williams. I think they have a great rapport and this really makes for great Podcasts. They have already brought us on a deep dive into Britney Spears, Paris Hilton and the Kardashians (and many more). In this their latest series they are talking all about The Emancipation of Mariah Carey and I loved it!