7 Top February 2022 Podcasts
Lots of great new Podcasts for 2022 although a couple of these have been around for a while but only hit my radar in the last few weeks!
1. Carrie Low VS. - Hosted By Maggie Rahr for CBC Listen.
I binged this Podcast series in one day, I could not stop listening and was so happy that because I was late to discover this Podcast, all five episodes were already available! In the Spring of 2018 Carrie Low was enjoying a night out at her local bar in Nova Scotia. Later that night Carrie is the victim of a brutal assault when she is first drugged and then kidnapped and sexually assaulted.
“Carrie goes to the police to report she’s been drugged, kidnapped and assaulted. But the investigation does not go as she expects.” (Source here).
From the beginning Carrie’s case is mishandled, evidence is lost and many mistakes are made:
“Carrie Low trusted police when she reported her horrific rape. But she says they failed to investigate properly, and only succeeded in traumatizing her further.” (Source here).
A story of true determination and courage on the part of Carrie Low and one which highlights major flaws in the Police system and the continued prevalence of victim blaming in sexual assault cases.
2. American Radical - Hosted By Ayman Mohyeldin for MSNBC.
I have found this Podcast absolutely gripping and have waited impatiently every week for the latest episode to be released! All five episodes are now available.
At the centre of this Podcast is Rosanne Boyland who died at the Capitol Building protests in Washington D.C. on January 6th 2021:
“Rosanne Boyland hated politics. She was shy, and she rarely left her home in Georgia. But then her family got a shocking call: Rosanne had died at the Capitol on January 6, 2021, in the middle of a crowd trying to force its way past a police line.” (Source here).
In this Podcast, host Ayman speaks to Rosanne’s family and friends as they recall the months leading up to Rosanne’s death and try to understand how she went from being someone with little to no interest in politics to attending the January 6th 2021 attack on the Capitol building and all that it represented.
3. Trapped in Treatment - Hosted By Caroline Cole & Rebecca Mellinger for iHeartPodcasts.
This is a brand new docu-style Podcast series from Paris Hilton that sets out to:
“… examine and expose the dark secrets of the “Troubled Teen Industry.”” (Source here).
This first season will focus on the Provo Canyon School that Paris herself attended and of course has already spoken about in her 2020 documentary “This is Paris”. In her documentary Paris:
“… made explosive accusations against a boarding school she attended as a teenager, claiming she was verbally, emotionally and physically abused and left with insomnia, anxiety and trust issues.” (Source here).
Paris speaking out opened the flood gates and it quickly became apparent that her experience was not an isolated one but was in fact almost the “norm” for those who attended the same or similar schools for “troubled teens” throughout the USA:
“Adults and teens across the country are coming out with abuse allegations against the “troubled teen industry,” as it’s called – schools and organizations marketed as boarding schools that experts say lack safety and health regulation and the proper educational and mental health tools to help students and keep them safe.” (Source here).
“… weaves together personal accounts with historical detail and expert opinions to shine a light on what really happens at behavior modification centers and how this billion-dollar industry has flourished for so long.” (Source here).
There are currently two episodes available with new episodes to be released weekly. While Paris Hilton is not hosting this Podcast, we do hear from her frequently in the currently available episodes.
4. Boys Like Me - Hosted By Ellen Chloë Bateman for CBC Podcasts.
Another captivating Podcast that had me hooked from the first episode. Yes, I also binged this Podcast in one day and you can too as all five episodes are available now; a major advantage of discovering a Podcast a month after it has first been released!
In Boys Like Me we are first introduced to film maker Evan Mead. Next we are taken back to the 2018 Toronto “incel” attack that killed eleven people and left many more injured:
“In 2018, a Toronto man drove a van down a busy sidewalk, killing 11 people and injuring many more. He was linked to the “incel” movement, a dark online world fuelled by violent misogyny, extreme isolation and perceived rejection.” (Source here).
The connection between the attack and Evan Mead? Evan Mead attended the same high school as the perpetrator of the attack, he knew him pretty well! Thus, in the aftermath of the attack, Evan finds himself asking some pertinent questions:
“In the wake of the attack, Evan Mead discovers a disturbing connection to the perpetrator. They were former high school classmates; both outcasts, existing together on the fringes of social acceptance. How did two young men who started in similar circumstances, end up on such drastically different paths?” (Source here).
This Podcasts sets out to examine:
“… how socially-isolated young men can vanish into an online world of nihilism and despair that radicalizes them into angry — potentially deadly — misogynists.” (Source here).
There is a lot more to this story then what I have mentioned here so get downloading and clear your diary!
5. Torched - Hosted By Molly Bloom - FilmNation Entertainment.
Torched is a brand new podcast from FilmNation Entertainment. Season one focuses on stories centred around the Olympics. We hear directly from Olympians whose “Olympic stories” are far from smooth. Stories involving illicit drug taking accusations and corrupt referees, you will hear it all!
“Stories of scandal, controversy, and redemption on the biggest world stage: the Olympics.” (Source here).
What you have to keep asking is: “What would the greatest athletes lose… to win?”.
“At the Olympics, everything is on the line: medals, careers, money, reputations. With so much at stake, it’s no wonder things can sometimes go awry.” (Source here).
I am really enjoying this Podcast. There are two episodes available now.
6. Verified: The Next Threat - Hosted By Natasha Del Toro - Scripps Media Inc.
Verified: The Next Threat is a six episode Podcast that takes listeners:
“… on a journey from Russia, to Europe to the United States - to reveal how extremists are learning from each other and recruiting every day for their global fight for white power.” (Source here).
In this Podcast, through exclusive interviews and in-depth reporting the host speaks to:
“… the people at the center of this story - the global extremists, their collaborators in the United States, the government officials trying to counter these movements and people who have decided not to wait for officials to fight back.” (Source here).
“… unpacks this growing global network of groups and individuals who are recruiting and promoting a new transnational crusade for white power. Unlike terrorists and white supremacists of the past, this global movement and its followers are continually shifting, lack formal structure and rationalize collaborations with other enemies of the U.S. So where is all this hate coming from? Why is it bubbling up now and what does it mean?” (Source here).
There are two episodes now available.
If you like this Verified Podcast, be sure to check out Verified: Dust Up.
7. Even the Rich: Kidnapping American Royalty: The Patty Hearst Story - Hosted By Brooke Siffrinn & Aricia Skidmore-Williams for Wondery.
Brooke and Aricia are back with a three part series about the kidnapping of Patty Hearst. On the 4th of February 1974, 19 year old Patty Hearst was kidnapped from her apartment in Berkeley, California by three armed assailants. Patty Hearst was targetted as she is the granddaughter of newspaper publisher William Randolph Hearst and heir to his fortune and her kidnappers want access to this money!
“… kept in a closet for weeks, while her captors demanded millions from the Hearst family and the release of their imprisoned co-conspirators. But after she was released, she shocked the world when she robbed a bank with her captors and announced that her name was now Tania.” (Source here).
There are so many twist and turns in this story it will definitely keep you interested! All three episodes are available now.
More great Podcasts from Even the Rich:
If you are looking for more great new podcasts this month then check out my Top 12 New True Crime Podcasts of February 2022 blog.