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The Phenomenon

Do not go outside. Do not look at the sky. Do not make noise.

After a chilling Silent Hill-esque siren noise, these words are your first impression when starting the science-fiction podcast “The Phenomenon“, and I freaking love it.

Good day friends!

Today I wanted to share an awesome new podcast with you all, because I binge-listened to it in one evening and squealed with delight once the latest episode was released. That’s how I figured out that it was a worthy suggestion for anyone looking for a new serial-fiction podcast.

If there’s a type of story that gets me hooked immediately, it’s when the world as we know it ends and humans are forced to survive, endure and fight for the survival of our species. What makes it even better is when you introduce supernatural forces that prove that they didn’t travel all that way to make nice and be friends.

Episodes are roughly 20 minutes long, and follow the struggles of people from all around the world, where each story line adds a piece of information to build a fuller picture of what is happening during the invasion.

I have to say that I’ve listened to a lot of fictional podcasts and tend to be fairly picky when it comes to audio quality and sound design, because I feel like that’s the kind of thing that makes or breaks the experience of the listener. I’m happy to report that “The Phenomenon” does not disappoint, and is not only really sound-rich, but the voice actors (of which there are many!) are diverse and very talented, so it’s easy to get wrapped up in the story.

I cannot wait to hear what happens next as the story continues to unfold, and strongly recommend that you start listening to this podcast when you’re sitting in your car,  in the dark, in a new place so that you’re out of your comfort zone. Okay, those things aren’t totally necessary, but it’s how I started listening to it and trust me, it really adds to the ambience of the whole end of the world thing.

Head on over to your favorite podcast app and subscribe to the “The Phenomenon” and tell me what you think! Comment below with your thoughts, or come find me on Twitter (@podcastmind) or on Facebook. I also love getting suggestions for new listening, so feel free to tell me about your favorite podcasts.

Until next time friends,

Cheers!

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4 Podcasts That Will Inspire You To Be A Better Blogger

Good day fellow podcast friends!

Today I wanted to highlight some great podcasts I’ve been listening to the last several months that have inspired me to work towards becoming a better blogger. I started this blog back in October (happy three month blog anniversary to me! *self-five*) because before I started university, I was a really creative person.

I wrote, played and performed music, I dabbled in drawing and occasionally wrote the odd short story. However, the more of these stories my mom finds in my old room, the more I realize they were basically just Tomb Raider video game fan fiction, and that the characters were pretty 2 dimensional.

After finishing school and not constantly having my face in a scientific paper or thesis, I started to feel like I kind of lost part of myself through the process of getting those very expensive pieces of paper (AKA my degrees) and wanted to do something that would help fill that void.

I was also looking for something that could possibly lead to producing income to help pay for some of the things that have been stressing me out financially, like student loan debt, my upcoming wedding and saving for a home. After a lot of internal debate, I was finally inspired to start this blog, so of course my next step was to search for podcasts that would help get me started and to stay motivated.

So let’s get into this!

Do You Even Blog

Hosted by the one and only Pete McPherson, whose podcast and blog were started because he wanted to teach and help others to become successful bloggers that produce good content. He is a super honest guy that talks about his successes and failures, and turns those things into teaching moments for the rest of us out in the blogosphere.

Pete interviews successful bloggers like Michelle Schroeder-Gardner from  Making Sense of Cents, Nick Loper from Side Hustle Nation and so many other of the blogger greats, and together they give the audience real and actionable tips to work towards success.

I’m one of those listeners that really likes hour long podcast episodes and will for sure listen to every single minute, and Do You Even Blog does not disappoint. He does have a good mix of long and short episodes, updates frequently with bonus content and has in-depth interviews with the guests on his show.  If you’re too busy to listen to a full episode, he provides break down of the major takeaways at the end and writes them up on his blog.

Pete loves the blogging community, and is really supportive to people that reach out to him. He’s personally responded to every one of my questions and comments, and is just really passionate about helping people meet their goals. Go listen to Pete, get some great advice and tell him I sent you!

The Influencer Podcast  

Okay, if there’s one thing that I’m not great at, it’s social media presence and engagement, but it’s something I’m working on. That’s where Julie Soloman and her expertise come in. Her podcast takes a deep dive into marketing, entrepreneurship, and social media, where she uses her skills as an influencer and publicist to help her listeners build a community with their audiences, and talks about how that can lead to success.

She has conversations with a wide variety of successful influencers, whose careers range anywhere from YouTube, blogging, marketing or owning their own businesses. They have detailed discussions on how you can keep up with the ever changing marketing trends, how monetize your blog, which social media platforms to use for your business, how to engage with your audience to build loyalty and grow your influence.

I like to listen to this show when I feel like I’m lacking motivation and need inspiration to work on my blog during the evenings after I’m off from my full-time job every day. Not only is Julie really likable, but she kind of forces my brain to think more like a marketer, than just being a creative person flying by the seat of my pants.

Her podcast seems to be directed more towards women, but I feel like anyone could listen to it and gain something positive from it. She genuinely wants to help people find success and I really find that this comes through in her podcast. So, if you’re like me, and need to learn more about getting your content noticed and finding affiliates, add Julie’s podcast to your feeds, and let me know what you think!

The ProBlogger Podcast

I had heard a lot of really good things about this podcast, and definitely wasn’t disappointed! The ProBlogger podcast is jam-packed with relevant and actionable advice that directly helps people to create better blogs. The host, Darren Rowse, combines teachable moments based on his own experience, and also features bloggers from a huge variety of niches at different levels progress and success.

Something that I really like about this podcast is that Darren will give listeners challenges they can achieve daily to produce better content, improve reader engagement and increase blog growth and make money. I always scroll back to the very beginning when I start a new podcast and was excited to see that his first 31 episodes are his “31 Days to Build a Better Blog” challenge.  He has TONS of content and advice freely available on his podcast, with over 200 episodes roughly 15-20 minutes long to listen to.

I’ve got a long ways to go before I catch up on the latest episodes, but I’ve started implementing the advice and challenges to my own blog, and I’m super excited to see where it goes! Head over to your favorite podcast app and try listening to a few episodes. I guarantee that you’ll be able to find something you could implement on your own blog.

The Goal Digger Podcast

I recently discovered this girl boss podcast, and it had me hooked immediately. Host Jenna Kutcher, a talented and savvy entrepreneur, treats each episode like a workshop that provides free content that will have the highest impact to improve your business. She provides tips that will increase your productivity, help you deal with that work-life balance, and will give you strategies to help you tackle your goals.

It’s not a podcast directly dedicated to blogging specifically, but offers advice and inspiration to women in many areas of business and life that can be applied to how you can manage and market your blog as a business.

Something else that really stood out for me in this podcast, is that her episodes can get very real. Some of the experiences discussed on the podcast are her own personal struggles, or it’s a conversation with another entrepreneur who is sharing their story of coming back from failure, or why it’s important to get out of your comfort zone.

I’ve really enjoyed what I’ve heard from Jenna so far, and I think she’ll help keep me on track to crushing my goals for 2018. I think she can help you too, so go listen right now and let me know what you think!

So, are you ready to feel inspired and start writing that blog you’ve been thinking about? Well get to it! Let me know your thoughts or feel free to leave a comment below. Want to get a hold of me? Check out my Contact Me page and come like my new page on Facebook!

 

 

The Big Loop

Hey friends!

How’s everybody doing with their New Year’s resolutions? I’ve been working on meal planning and prepping, and just trying to eat healthier in general. I’ll admit that today I was HANGRY because I’m trying to get used to not constantly shoving cookies into my face, so to all the people who have had to interact with me and have no choice but to feel my hungry wrath, sorry. Give me another week and I’m sure I’ll mellow out.

Today I wanted to share with you The Big Loop, a fantastic newly released podcast that I have been loving. I’ve wanted to write about this particular podcast from the moment I first heard it, but thought I would give it a bit more time so that I would be able to be more comprehensive. After hearing their latest and I think my favorite episode “Goodbye Mr. Adams”, I knew that I just had to sit down and write to get the word out about how flipping GREAT this podcast is, before it burst out of my chest and killed me. Too dramatic? Never. And how dare you.

This biweekly anthology series was created by executive producer and The Black Tapes co-creator, Paul Bae, who is an awesome human being for sharing his creativity with us all. I would describe The Big Loop as being set in a universe where anything and everything is possible.

Each episode is its own unique experience that ranges from weird, heart wrenching, to hilarious and just completely captivating. The one and only down side (and I’m really reaching here) is that each season will only be six episodes, but honestly it’s very obvious that so much work goes into each piece. After I listen to one, I have to re-listen to it and then think for a while about what happened and how it made me feel.

This is the kind of podcast that makes you feel fully invested in it within the first 5 minutes, where each episode is unexpected and is nothing like the one before it. I can’t wait to see what’s in store for the first season finale, and if you haven’t heard anything from The Big Loop, then you seriously need to head over to your podcast app, subscribe and binge listen to the first 5 episodes.

Share your love of The Big Loop podcast with me and comment below, Tweet me, find me on Facebook or send me an email at podcastmind@gmail.com!

Holiday Podcast Specials Worth Listening To

Happy New Year podcast world!

As you can see, I have finally dragged myself out from underneath the rock that was the holidays, which was full of cheer, family time, delicious home cooked meals and plenty of drinking. Unfortunately, it was very difficult to get anything productive done, but hey, that’s what the New Year is for, right? It’s about setting goals and good intentions, and I am so ready to start crushing mine!

Before we completely forget about all of the podcast greatness that is released around the holidays, I want to tell you about a few of my favorites from this year, because even though it’s the first week of January and I’ve kind of missed the boat, I still think they’re well worth listening to.

 NoSleep
 If some of you are sick to death of reading about how awesome I think NoSleep is…I DON’T CARE AND YOU’RE WRONG!  This podcast KILLS at holiday specials (pun intended, obviously), and Christmas this year was no different.

Whether or not you’re a season pass member, you get access to over three hours of content, which was perfect for all of the back and forth driving I did this year. This episode tells six festive horror stories that will make you second guess your holiday decor’s intentions, and will certainly instill in you a deep fear of puppets.

If you listen to NoSleep regularly, you’ll recognize some of your favorite writers featured in this episode, who as usual, deliver some solid content. As great as the Christmas special was, I have to say that the Holiday Hiatus New Year’s Eve episode featuring author C.K. Walker with “The Things We See in the Woods” really did it for me.

There were so many things that I loved about it, including the chemistry between voice actors Jessica McEvoy & Peter Lewis, (who make an excellent duo in this story) and all of the feelings that the author just rips out of your chest. You will feel the feels, I promise.

Terrible, Thanks For Asking
 If there was one word I had to use to describe this entire podcast, it would definitely have to be bittersweet. The title reminds us just how easy it is to say that you’re doing fine, even if you feel like you’re world has been turned inside out.

The podcast, hosted by Nora McInerny, is about being honest with how you’re feeling, and really talking about why that is. Terrible, Thanks For Asking will make you so sad, but I guarantee that you’ll also be laughing your ass off in that same episode.

The Happy(ish) Holidays I (released in 2016) and II (2017) episodes are pretty powerful in a lot of ways, but aren’t really meant to get you into the Christmas spirit.  These episodes really focus on the difficulty some people experience around this time of year, and I feel like they invoke a sense of empathy and understanding for people who don’t react the way you expect them to around the holidays.

Instead of throwing judgement at someone not partaking in the festivities, you maybe realize instead that you really don’t know what’s going on in their lives and that patience and compassion can go a long way. I highly recommend these holiday episodes and can’t wait to listen to more of this podcast, but will probably wait until I feel emotionally stable enough to handle whatever Nora will throw into the mix!

The Truth
 If you’re looking for a good old, heart-warming and hopeful Christmas episode to remind you of true holiday spirit, The Truth’s “Mall Santa” episode is exactly what you need.

It’s a short 20 minute episode about a mall Santa who has lost his way since the days when malls were extravagantly decorated and a visit with Santa was highly anticipated by all the kids. Now that the popularity of online shopping has exploded, the importance of the mall Santa experience has diminished considerably, and Santa is feeling left out in the cold.

I’ve only recently started listening to The Truth, and I have to say I really enjoyed their holiday episode. It has a solid message of hope, and that small things can have a huge impact that bring people a lot of happiness. I’ll definitely be including this podcast with all the rest in my regular rotation of goodness for my head and my heart.

Now that the holidays have come and gone, I can get back into the swing of my regular routine, crush my new goals and listen to a lot more podcasts then I was able to over the craziness that has been the last few weeks. If you know of a great holiday special episode from your favorite podcast, I’d love to hear about it! Just comment below with your recommendation, or come and find me on Twitter or on Facebook.

Until next time friends, take care and keep listening!

 

5 Awesome Podcasts That Will Make You Smarter

Good Day Podcast World!

Today I wanted to talk about a subject near and dear to my heart, and that my friends, is podcasts that explore and explain the world of science. So, just a warning to all of you, I’m about to get my nerd on.

As a few of my readers know, (hey fam!) I work on a daily basis in a genetics lab, so a passion for science has been ingrained in me since I underwent about 7 years of post-secondary education. Now that I’ve been out of school for a couple of years, I’ve found that I still have this thirst for learning new things, and just because you’re done school doesn’t mean that you should stop expanding your knowledge!

That’s when I discovered that there were many people out there just as passionate as I am about science who have filled the void with their awesome science podcasts.  Below is a list in no particular order, of some kick ass podcasts made for curious minds. Warning: these podcasts will make you smarter.

Radiolab
 This is the kind of podcast I can spend hours listening to (and have) and still be completely enthralled with it. It combines human interest stories with science using music and sound rich audio. The hosts, Jad Abumrad and Robert Krulwich (and many other awesome contributors!) have this masterful way of explaining complex topics to make it easily understandable and make a huge impact on you.

One of my favorite episodes is Bringing Gamma Back, where in a mice population, scientists found that areas of the brain effected by Alzheimer disease were turned back on by the exposure of flashing lights. Seriously. A light treatment. I was completely fascinated throughout this entire episode, and it gave me a lot of hope for advancing towards some kind of effective treatment one day in humans.

Another great episode that I found to be very heart wrenching and powerful is Playing God. It is more of a human interest piece that tells four stories where people encounter a situation where they are forced to decide who lives and who dies. I really felt the hope and heart break in this piece, which has stayed with me since I first heard it.

I think that one of the great things about Radiolab is that anyone could listen to it and gain something from it. I find this to be true even when there is an episode I don’t think I would really be into, but I get sucked in and find value in every story. Want to learn more about the show and check out their episode archives? Follow this link to their website! http://www.radiolab.org/

Science Vs.
This is a fantastic podcast, where often times publicly debated and controversial topics are unraveled and answered through…you guessed it! Science!  The host, Wendy Zukerman, talks about the latest and most relevant research on each topic, and pits facts against fake news or commonly held misconceptions.

The show is fun, informative, always interesting and I can’t help but laugh at Wendy’s terrible puns, which I enjoy very much. The latest season so far has tackled myths about balding, renewable energy, vaccines and has so much more to offer!

One of my favorite episodes to date is about GMO’s (GMO…OMG?), which addresses the safety of consuming GMO’s  and environmental impact. Its one of the many topics that really riles up a lot of people, myself included.

Science Vs. does a really good job of presenting both sides of an argument, but ultimately only accepts what is based on scientific fact. You can directly access Science Vs. episodes on their website here: https://gimletmedia.com/science-vs/ and sign up for their newsletter.

No Such Thing as a Fish
If you are looking for some super cool fun facts to share at your next gathering, then No Such Thing as a Fish is right where you want to be. Researchers gather together and talk about the interesting things they’ve dug up that week, and what this results in is a hilarious yet very informative podcast.

There is no way of really knowing what each episode will entail until you hear it, because they could be talking about anything from the first lie detector test to primate rock paper scissors, and often times go off on tangents related to one of the facts presented.

It’s a really fun podcast where they don’t take themselves too seriously, and I frequently burst out laughing to some of the ridiculous facts that they find. The No Such Thing as a Fish hosts have this addictive and entertaining group dynamic that makes you want to hit that play button over and over.

You can head over to their website here: http://qi.com/podcast and listen online and find out what else they’re up to.

Science… sort of
This is one of the more technical podcasts out there for the more hard core science lovers. The quote for the show is “things that are science, sort of science and wished they were science”, which is totally apt at describing the show.

Science…sort of is hosted and guest hosted by a number of people, whose fields of study range from paleontology to math, physics, planetary science, engineering, and so many other things. You can check out their website to find out more about the contributors: https://sciencesortof.com/ and find the latest content.

Each episode follows a  theme laid out in a really smart and often pun-y title (and to who ever writes those, you are my hero), where guests will discuss the research being conducted in their own labs. I feel like in order to truly appreciate this show, you do need to have a bit of a science background, because some of the discussions can be quite in-depth.

However, the range of study is so broad on Science…sort of that I think anyone who listens can find something of value or interest. A couple of unique things about this show is that they have a Paleopal segment where they answer listener questions and give a Patreon member a thesis title based on the theme of the show. They also really like their craft beer and occasionally experiment with home brews, so they always share what they are drinking and make recommendations to the listeners.  

Science Faction
An archaeologist, a comedian and a scientist walk into a bar…and together they host a podcast. Probably not in a bar, but I have no real way of knowing that for sure.

Science Faction is not for the faint of heart, because it’s really crass and can be offensive. It is, however, very funny and you definitely learn some cool things like genetic drift or new insults to hurl at your enemies.   

Episodes of Science Faction always start with an intro topic, and lately that’s been the evolutionary history of humans, starting with the very early hominid species from our genus. The next segment of the show is called Science Articles, where they pick newly released articles and discuss the research behind them. 

My favorite part of the show is the game “I call BS” where they choose four articles and the comedian and guest scientist have to guess what article is true or what is Bad Science. Even though occasionally some of the jokes make me cringe a little bit, it is really entertaining and I’ve definitely learned a lot every time I listen. You can find every episode on their website here: https://roberttimothy.podbean.com/ or on most podcast apps.

Check out my podcast recommendations and let me know what you think by commenting below, or by finding me on Facebook and Twitter! These shows are well worth listening to, but if you think I missed something, don’t worry. There will be another blog post in the future about some more awesome podcasts that will definitely make you smarter.

Take care friends, and have fun listening!

And That’s Why We Drink

Good day podcast world!

It’s a beautiful, freezing cold day here in Western Canada, and I write this bundled up in front of my fireplace with hot coffee within reach. Today’s post was going to be something completely different, but I recently started listening to a new podcast.

Because of this, I have been caught in some kind of time warp where I have to play one episode right after the other. Before I’ve realized it, I’ve listened to 20 episodes, I’m pretty sure I’m good friends with the hosts and I’ve made a serious dent in my wine stock. I feel like that’s a good sign that this podcast is worth checking out. What is this you speak of, you say? And That’s Why We Drink, of course!

And That’s Why We Drink is a podcast where true crime meets the paranormal, and it is an excellent combination. With their wine and milkshake of choice for the week, hosts and best friends Em and Christine each take us through a hauntingly entertaining story they’ve researched.

I really enjoy their back and forth and always find myself laughing with/at them, while they take me through a paranormal and murder case in each episode. Something that I like about this podcast, is that they always tend to share something about themselves and their lives, which makes you feel like you’re hanging out with a couple of your friends, while also hearing about something horrific that makes you afraid of being alone. So I guess it’s kind of a win-lose situation if you actually are alone, and something they talked about really disturbs you.

I have really enjoyed the Listener Stories episodes, which I think are my favorites, where (spoiler alert) they collect listener experiences and share them with the rest of us. Some of these stories are about lost loved ones watching over who they’ve left behind, but mostly it’s about things you would never ever want to have happen to you.

If you’re not sure where to start, I recommend episode 4: Demon Pigs and a Call from Tamara, where they talk about the infamous and completely creepy Amityville Haunting and the mysterious unsolved case of the Sodder children, who have been missing since 1945 after a fire destroyed the family home. They cover a wide range of cases and topics, and I have no doubt that you would find an episode that would peak your interest.

So go and check out And That’s Why We Drink and comment below what you think! Also feel free to suggest your favorite podcast and I’ll go and listen to it and maybe write about it.

Until next time, take care and have fun listening!

The Generation Why Podcast

Hey there podcast friends!

It is now that time of year (at least in Western Canada) where snow blankets the ground, people forget how to drive and you dress for -20℃ + windchill weather knowing it’s only going to get colder. I personally don’t really mind it. I find comfort in sitting in front of the fireplace with my glass filled to the brim with wine, and my earbuds in place with the latest episodes from my favorite podcasts.

The podcast I want to share with you today is Generation Why, where hosts Aaron and Justin talk about unsolved cases of missing or murdered people. They have also covered well known conspiracies and mysteries, but true crime is their predominant subject matter.

When getting to know me, one of the first things to come up is my (creepy) love of true crime. It’s actually how my twin and I bonded with our long-lost-but-forever-united sister, where one of the first topics that came up was how awesome Dateline was, and the fact that we all shared the same dark sense of humor. True Crime: Bringing Families Together….or not. Dammit Jill! Stop being inappropriate!

Anyways, to sum up, (true crime) + (podcasts) = a subsequent increase in Jill’s happiness.

There are a few things that I really like about Generation Why, which is what makes me check in each week to look for new episodes. Many of the cases they discuss have unsatisfying endings, where the killer isn’t caught, the missing person is never found, and justice or truth does not triumph over all else.

Long-time friends Aaron and Justin have an in-depth discussion where they state the facts known, evidence discovered, and talk about the main theories surrounding the case. They end episodes by giving their own opinions on what they think happened based on the evidence, and I find that they do a really good job of covering relevant information.

They are quite respectful of people involved in the cases, and don’t tend to give overly gory details of the crimes. This is something that I gravitate towards when I need a break from other true crime podcasts that tend to include more of the gruesome details. Overall, I really enjoy listening to these guys, and it is definitely one of my go-to podcasts.

Now friends, as I conclude this post with my played out pup by my side, it’s time for you to add Generation Why to your podcast feeds, pop in your ear buds and binge listen to this well-produced show. I recommend episode 248, The Co-Ed Killer. Big Ed is one scary human being and his story is a disturbing one.

Until next time, take care and happy listening!

The Best Halloween Podcast Episodes of 2017

Happy (belated) Halloween podcast world!

The most wonderfully haunting time of year has come and gone, but that doesn’t mean we can’t still experience Halloween cheer.  It’s during this season that many of my favorite podcasts release special Halloween episodes, or just like to scare us all year round. In celebration of this most scary time of year, I wanted to give you all recommendations of the best listening for increasing your heart rate, sweating profusely and crying yourself to sleep. So, read on, and tune your podcast apps to these fear-inducing episodes!
Spooked 
From Snap Judgment and WNYC Studios comes Spooked, a podcast that showcases people’s first-hand experiences of the unusual or supernatural.  Although every episode of this podcast is appropriate for a scary good time, the one stood out to me is “The Summoning”. All the stories in the episode are really interesting but the one that really gave me the creeps was the ‘Dollhouse’ story, which I listened to by myself on a late-night drive and regretted that decision immediately.
NoSleep
As you all know from my very first post, NoSleep is pretty much one of the best podcasts out there, where you can enjoy horror anthologies all year round. They also produce special Halloween episodes every year, and 2017 is no different. As a season pass member, you get 5 delicious hours of bone-chilling content that includes a bonus episode and the recorded version of the live performance they did this year in Toronto, which would have been a super cool story to be apart of the audience for. In short, it’s awesome and you won’t be disappointed.   
Jim Harold’s Campfire
This is a podcast I recently came across when looking for Halloween specials, and I’m so glad to have stumbled across it! It’s a call-in show that kind of has a “Coast to Coast AM” feel, where people talk about their strange or paranormal stories. The Halloween special features some of the hosts’ all time favorite stories, and is the perfect podcast to listen to in the dead of night when you’re all alone…you think. 
Generation Why
 For those of you not familiar with this podcast, it primarily features true crime, although the hosts have covered widely known conspiracies or other mysterious events. The episode you need to go and listen to right now is “The Scream Murder”, which is a real-life case where the killers used the well-known horror flick Scream as motivation to commit a brutal murder. This episode features stuff out of nightmares that actually happened, which is what makes it so scary.  
Astonishing Legends
This podcast is the only one that managed to actually give me nightmares this year, and it was because of their Black Eyed Kids episodes. People talk about their first-hand accounts of their encounters with these strange children who immediately make you feel dread in the pit of your stomach. So, when you hear a knock at your door in the dead of night, whatever you do, don’t invite them in…
So, friends, rush to your podcast app and check out my suggestions. Don’t forget to let me know what you think and if you have a listening recommendation for me, comment on this post or email me at podcastmind@gmail.com. You can also find me on Facebook or Twitter

 

Astonishing Legends

Good day, my fellow podcast-craving friends!
Today’s post is about a podcast that very recently gave me nightmares and made me a zombie at work the following day, so I thought it was more than worthy of being mentioned here amongst my favorites. I’m talking about Astonishing Legends, a podcast where hosts Scott Philbrook and Forrest Burgess discuss all things strange, unexplained and downright terrifying.
What’s different about this podcast, is that Scott and Forrest will pick some kind of strange event or encounter and spend 3 or 4  episodes on in-depth, entertaining discussion about a topic that can be mysterious, dark and frightening or just fun and enjoyable .
Episodes are any where between 1 to 3 hours in length, and the amount of research and effort that goes into their show comes out in a detailed explanation of history, interviews, different theories and their own opinions on the matter.
There are definitely positives and negatives with this kind of format, but I promise you, it’s mostly positive. For example, if it is a topic you’re not really interested in, then you have three or four weeks of that content where you either listen to it and learn a thing or two, or you don’t and just have to wait it out.
I generally fall into the camp of listening to almost everything because I enjoy the banter between the hosts, and often times I find myself laughing with them. The plus side of this format of course, is that you get 3 or 4 weeks of the most detailed and extensive research on something that fascinates you, that you likely won’t find anywhere else unless you do all of that work yourself.
Something that I really enjoy is that episodes start with a quote from one of their sources and these really get you hooked to hear more of the story. Some of my favorite topics have been Skinwalker Ranch, The Devil & Anneliese Michel, and Shadow People.
The topic I’ve been dying to hear about and my new number one favorite is Blackeyed Kids, otherwise known as one of my worst nightmares, hence the sleepless night earlier this week.I definitely enjoy their running jokes (where are you from Forrest!?) and at this point I think it could be a drinking game for the number of times Amelia Earhart or Mothman is mentioned in many of the mostly unrelated topics, but it makes me laugh and declare DRINK! so I find that I really don’t mind the tangents.
So venture forth, scroll through their episodes and try something that peaks your interest! You will not be disappointed by Astonishing Legends, and I’m sure you’ll find yourself binge-listening from the very beginning.
Happy listening!
Have a podcast suggestion for me? Email me at podcastmind@gmail.com and send me your top picks!

The Black Tapes

Hey there podcast world!

As October steadily creeps by and Halloween lies in wait, I thought I would continue down the dark foreboding path of spooky podcasts to get us into the spirit of the upcoming day of costumes, candy and the urge to visit anything potentially haunted. For these reasons, I decided to go back and re-listen to the first two seasons of The Black Tapes podcast to get the story fresh in my head for the new season.

For those of you who have been living under a rock (like I was just over a year ago) and don’t know what The Black Tapes is, I’ve got you . It’s a docudrama from Pacific Northwest Stories and Minnow Beats Whale hosted by Alex Reagen, a journalist who immerses herself in the task of unraveling the truth.

She is joined by critical thinker and major skeptic, Dr. Richard Strand. He is the president and founder of the Strand Institute, an organization offering a prize of 1 million dollars to anyone who can provide proof of the paranormal. This has led to a rather large collection of what Alex refers to as The Black Tapes, which is video footage sent from people all around the world either trying to claim the prize money, or from people searching for an explanation and help.

This podcast was my introduction into the world of digital audio. My sister had suggested it for one of our road trips back home, and I was immediately hooked and blew through the first season the next couple days at work. It was right up my alley, and had everything I was always been interested in hearing about. Ghosts, demons, mystery, intrigue and a (more than) healthy dose of skepticism.

When the third season finally came out and the notification popped up in my feed, I literally squealed with excitement. It was pretty embarrassing considering I was surrounded by my science colleagues, but I recovered my calm and politely suggested that anyone who interrupted me for the next 40 minutes would receive death glares and exasperated sighs.

There are some particularly hair raising episodes that have disturbing paranormal happenings, and if you’re looking for something to really keep you up at night, I strongly recommend the Halloween episode from season 2. It is seriously nightmarish, and will certainly have you double checking the shadows in your room at night. I cannot wait to hear what they will come out with this year!
If you’re a fan of The Black Tapes and need to fill the dark void it leaves when you have to wait 2 weeks for the next episode, then you’ll also enjoy Tanis (Pacific Northwest Stories, Minnow Beats Whale and the Public Radio Alliance) and Rabbits (Public Radio Alliance). These podcasts are of a similar style as The Black Tapes, and often times you’ll hear some of your favorite familiar voices.
So, until next time podcast world, take care and keep listening!
Have a podcast suggestion for me? Email me at podcastmind@gmail.com and send me your top picks!