When we think of bingeing something, Netflix or another streaming television service probably comes to mind. Or maybe you love bingeing all of the Star Wars movies (even those three that shall not be named), or you could technically binge a book, I suppose.
If you don’t already have podcasts in your mass consumption rotation, though, I’m here to tell you that these 8 are as easy to swallow whole as anything you’d pull up to watch.
8. Dr. Death
A true-crime podcast with a twist: the broken healthcare system allows a doctor to torture and kill patients.
This is a serial killer that you’ve never met – Dr. Death is Dallas neurosurgeon Christopher Duntsch, who maimed or killed 33 patients while hospitals shunted him around and didn’t communicate about his issues in order to avoid the paperwork.
7. Root of Evil
The Black Dahlia is one of the most infamous murders in American history, and this podcast dives straight into the shocking, jaw-dropping intergenerational family trauma as it investigates the murder that stunned LA in the 1940s.
6. Broken Harts
In 2018, a white lesbian couple and their six adopted black children were found dead in their car at the bottom of a California cliff. Police deemed it a murder-suicide, and the podcast digs into the complex social issues that could have led to the tragic event.
5. Slow Burn: Watergate
Regardless of how interested you are in politics, this podcast provides some excellent historical context for the modern world. Even if you think you know everything about Watergate, this podcast will probably surprise you.
4. You Must Remember: Charles Manson’s Hollywood
You might think you know everything about the Manson murders, but this 12-part podcast series offers a unique and revealing take on the entire situation. Not only that, but you might be surprised at the Hollywood icons who invited him into their inner circles.
Every American should give this a listen as it tells the story of the people who’s blood, sweat, tears, and hope built America. If you think you’re aware of the extent to which African slaves shaped America, well, you’re about to be gobsmacked by everything you weren’t taught. Again.
2. A Very Fatal Murder
If you’re into true crime and your partner prefers comedy, this podcast is the perfect mashup. Onion Public Radio brings you a pitch-perfect satire of the true crime podcast phenomenon, providing a funny and at-times uncomfortable look in the mirror.
1. Uncover: Escaping NXIVM
You might not have heard of the bizarre sex cult creeping its way through Hollywood, but after you give this a listen, you won’t be able to forget it. Back in 2018, Smallville actress Allison Mack was arrested on charges of human trafficking, and eventually the story of a MLM sold as “female empowerment” that was really a sex cult began to emerge.
Definitely a little something for everyone, and my to-listen list just got longer!
Have you listened to any of these? Would you add anything else to the list?
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