The Podcast List

I love listening to podcasts. To me, it’s a step up from listening to music and a step down from watching a show. With music, I can get pretty lost and tune it out. With a show, I find myself wanting to actually look at the screen to know what’s going on. With a podcast, I get the best of both worlds. Something interesting to listen to coupled with the freedom to move about the room (or otherwise) without feeling like I’m going to miss something important. With a few years of listening under my belt, I’ve got the ultimate podcast list for you!
Ultimate Podcast List
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Podcasts I’ve listened to and loved (or currently listen to and love):

Story-based (one story/theme, told episode by episode)

Dirty John
Serial, Season 1
Up & Vanished, Season 1
Missing Richard Simmons
Murder on Orchard Street
Monster: The Zodiac Killer
Broken Harts
Dr. Death, Season 1
In The Dark, Season 1
Missing & Murdered: Finding Cleo
Uncover: Escaping NXIVM
Someone Knows Something, Season 2
Accused, Season 1
The Dropout
Gladiator: Aaron Hernandez and Football Inc.
Happy Face
The Teacher’s Pet
Bear Brook
A Killing On the Cape
22 Hours: An American Nightmare
The Shrink Next Door
To Live and Die in LA, Season 1
Over My Dead Body
Who the Hell is Hamish?
Chameleon, Season 1
Your Own Backyard
Gangster Capitalism, Season 3
Dr. Death, Season 2

Theme-based (different stories told episode by episode, but in the same category of content)

My Favorite Murder
Serial, Season 3
How I Built This
Stuff You Should Know
This American Life
Crime Junkie
Armchair Expert with Dax Shepherd
True Crime Obsessed (and their Patreon)

Podcasts that have been recommended to me*:

Real Crime Profile
Boss Files
Girl Boss Radio
Young House Love
The Eric Metaxas Show
The Happy Hour with Jamie Ivey
Wine and Crime
This Is Why You’re Single
The Black Tapes
True Crime
Wrongful Conviction
Time Suck
74 Seconds
The Next Right Thing
Thinking Sideways
Terrible, Thanks for Asking
30 for 30
Generation Why
The Popcast
Missing Maura Murray
Pod Save America
Martinis and Murder
Alice Isn’t Dead
Already Gone
The Moth
Small Town Murder
Queen of Crime
Happier by Gretchen Rubin
Off the Vine
Sword and Scale
Counterclock, Season 3
Tom Browns Body

I haven’t personally listened to any of the podcasts in this list, so I can’t speak to the content, language or quality!
*based on my preference for true crime and/or learning something new
If you’re more into books, check out my Books I’ve Read and Loved posts. If Netflix if your thing, I have a list of 20+ Things to Watch on Netflix, too!


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  1. 11.29.17

    Great post! Stumbled upon this post from BlogLovin' while I prepare for my trip back home to Wisconsin from Georgia! I am currently listening to The Struggle Bus podcast on Spotify right now but looking to find different kinds to fit different moods. I will definitely check out your suggestions as well as the rest of your website 🙂

  2. 11.30.17
    Brittney said:

    Listened to Dirty John per your sister's blog post about it and now I'm going to go onto Serial because of your recommendation. Thanks for the list!! Excited to listen

  3. 12.2.17
    Lindsay said:

    Holy moly this list is awesome. I've been trying to get into podcasts lately and wasn't sure where to start. This list is perfect and I'm so excited to listen to one of these!

  4. 12.3.17

    Listened to a few which were great – but this list is a God send, looking forward to adding a few to my list!


  5. 12.5.17

    I work in a lab- and am by myself (or with a single co-worker) most of the time and I LIVE for podcasts! My faves are on your list, but I would highly recommend "On Drugs" for a look inside the who, what and why of certain legal and illegal drugs (it helps that I'm in pharmaceuticals!) and would also highly recommend Lime Town…which is on your list, but definitely deserves a top spot! Cheers!

  6. 12.11.18
    Carrie Naff said:

    Are you watching Dirty John on Bravo?!?!

  7. 2.7.19
    Jess said:

    HIGHLY recommend Sword and Scale too!

  8. 2.7.19
    Kristina said:

    Heavy weight! You have to add it to the list. It’s not true crime but it will make you think!! So good!!

  9. 3.29.19
    LaDonna said:

    I came over from Kate’s story about podcasts. I love true crime podcasts and shows. One of my favorites is Crime Junkies because of the different story each time. I’ll be checking out some of your choices now too. Thanks!

  10. 7.10.19

    I listened to several podcasts on your list. Dirty John and Serial all 3 seasons. I wanted to send you a few recommendations also. While I love serial killers and crime stuff, sometimes a feel a little down or depressed when I get too much of it and I need to change it up a bit. I know that your are a spiritual person, as I have follow both you and Kate for a while. The links below are for 2 different series of messages, one from Pastor Greg Laurie and the other Pastor David Jeremiah. They are about Revelations and how the prophesies in the Bible are in the works. They are both very fascinating to me and I have learned a lot I didn’t know. I though you may enjoy them as well. Thanks for your recommendations!

  11. 11.28.19
    Melissa said:

    You MUST start Case Files next! Just go ahead and binge that one. My FAV. Generation Why is also REALLY really good!

  12. 4.1.20
    Trina Young said:

    I reference your list all the time when I’m finished with a podcast, such a great list. I appreciate you putting this together! #jobwelldone

  13. 2.12.21
    Jen said:

    Thank you for this list! I’ve read many of your recommended books but had no idea you also have a list of podcasts! I just searched your site on a whim lol

  14. 8.30.21
    Molli said:

    You would like Culpable! It’s wild