November Podcasts Are Here!
Here are three new captivating Podcasts that have had me hooked for the last few weeks. I hope you like them as much as I do.
1. Bed of Lies: Blood (Season Two) - By Cara McGoogan for The Telegraph.
There is only one word that accurately describes Season Two of Bed of Lies and that is “gripping”.
“It was meant to be a miracle treatment, but it became a deadly poison. Cara McGoogan investigates the story they didn’t want you to know - and one of the biggest medical disasters in history.” (Source here).
During the 1970s and 1980s in the UK over 3000 people, mostly suffering from haemophilia, were treated with infected blood and/or blood products (Factor VIII and Factor IX) that caused many of those using these contaminated products to become infected with Hepatitis C and/or the HIV virus. Subsequently:
“More than 1500 people with haemophilia in the UK have already died from Factor VIII infections and the number is growing.” (Direct Quote Cara McGoogan Episode 3).
This Podcast takes you back to this time, when contaminated blood and/or blood products were given to patients as a form of “treatment” and the heart breaking consequences that followed.
“How would you react if you were told your days were numbered? - That your life had been cut short by a treatment that was meant to make your life better and that in two or three years you were going to die from a painful and stigmatised disease.” (Direct Quote Cara McGoogan Episode 3).
In episode one we hear from two couples:
“Two young couples, two shock diagnoses. Our series begins with Clair, Bryan, Frankie and Joe - and four young lives turned upside down.” (Source here).
Hearing from those affected first hand is very powerful, as well as upsetting and even enraging. Young couples with their whole lives ahead of them suddenly learn that their futures no longer seem so certain and their lives have been irrevocably changed.
“With that prognosis you would find yourself grieving for your life.” (Direct Quote Cara McGoogan Episode 3).
This Podcast is a must listen. It is well produced and has a great host. It is absolutely enthralling.
2. Through The Cracks - Hosted By Jonquilyn Hill for WAMU 88.5 & PRX.
Through The Cracks is an eight part series hosted by Jonquilyn Hill which investigates the 2014 disappearance of eight year old Relisha Rudd:
“In 2014, a second grader named Relisha Rudd disappeared from a homeless shelter in Washington, D.C. where she had been living with her family. By the time the city formally declared Relisha “missing,” 18 days had passed since the last time she’d been seen at school or in the shelter. Relisha has never been found. Through the Cracks investigates gaps in our society and the people who fall through them.” (Source here).
Each episode discusses a different contributing factor that all relate to Relisha’s disappearance. Jonquilyn takes a deep dive into Relisha’s family and the family’s circumstances when she disappeared:
“A child’s family is their first safety net. When she disappeared in 2014, 8-year-old Relisha Rudd was living with her family at a homeless shelter in Washington, D.C., where a number of people shared responsibility for her. Before she vanished, each one of her family members had already fallen through the cracks in one way or another.” (Source here).
Why was the family living in a homeless shelter at the time of Relisha’s disappearance?
“Before Relisha moved into a homeless shelter, her family lived together in an apartment near Congress Heights. But a chain of events led them to landlord-tenant court, and ultimately on the street.” (Source here).
It is important to know about Relisha’s family and their circumstances at the time of her disappearance. As you listen to each episode you learn more about Relisha’s life and the investigation into her disappearance. A very well produced Podcast that is easy to follow and tells an important story that shines a light on a failing system.
3. Shadow of Truth - From Gramercy Hill, Rebel Way Entertainment & Wondery.
There are only two episodes of this Podcast available so far, new episodes are released weekly. This Podcast investigates the brutal murder of 13 year old Tair Rada. Her body was found inside a locked bathroom stall in the school she attended in Israel:
“It’s one of the most haunting murder cases you’ll ever hear about, and it takes place in a small town in Israel. Tair Rada was only 13-years-old when her body was found inside a locked bathroom stall. She was viciously murdered during a school day, and yet no one saw or heard a thing. The police arrested the janitor, Roman Zadorov, and he eventually confessed, but this was far from being the end of it.” (Source here).
This Podcast is based on a Netflix true-crime series of the same name “Shadow of Truth” and promises to:
“… take you on a journey into one of the wildest and most contested murder cases in the history of Israel, as it reaches its final resolution, 15 years after it all started.”(Source here).
Knowing absolutely nothing about this case I am looking forward to hearing the story in full through this Podcast series.
Updated Seasons/Series From Previously Recommended Podcasts:
Two previously featured Podcasts are back with new episodes!
1. Alan Carr’s ‘Life’s a Beach’ From Travesty Media & Keep It Light Media.
Alan Carr is back with Season 2 of his hilarious travel themed Podcast. New episodes are released weekly.
2. Table Manners with Jessie & Lennie Ware.
This Podcast is so popular they are now on Season 12! Very entertaining and easy listening.