5 Podcasts You Should Be Listening To
May 10, 2017 (83 Comments) by Evan Coughlan

If you’re fond of listening to an aul’ podcast or two, you’ll understand the struggle of trying to find one that you’re willing to listen to. If you are struggling, we’ve made a few suggestions that we think are well worth a listen. Check them out!

An Irishman Abroad

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Hosted by stand up comedian Jarlath Regan, An Irishman Abroad is a weekly podcast which comes in the shape of a long form interview with an Irish person or someone of Irish heritage who has achieved recognition outside of Ireland. The podcast is particularly interesting as Jarlath does not hold back in his questioning of guests about controversies in their lives, but does so in a respectful way that makes the guest feel at ease and allows them to tell their story.

After listening to an episode of An Irishman Abroad, you walk away with a lot of knowledge on the person interviewed and an appreciation for Jarlath as an interviewer. If you’re looking for a steer in the right direction, this writers favourite episodes are the kidney donation episode, the Emmet Kirwan episode and the Gabriel Byrne episode.

Serial

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Now this is one that you may end up getting addicted to very quickly. Serial is an investigative journalism podcast hosted by Sarah Koenig, who narrates a non-fiction story over multiple episodes. There are two seasons of Serial, the first season deals with the 1999 murder of teenager Hae Min Lee in Baltimore, Maryland and the conviction of her ex-boyfriend Adnan Syed who was given a life sentence for her murder despite pleading his innocence. The series follows Koenig as she starts to put the pieces of evidence in Adnan’s conviction together and ultimately see if he’s guilty or not.

Serial has been described as an ‘audio game changer’ and has helped the popularity of podcasts skyrocket over the past few years. Season 1 of Serial is the most listened to podcast of all time with over 80 million downloads over the past two and a half years. While season 2 of Serial is interesting, it is unfortunately not as compelling and thought provoking as season 1. With a third season coming later in 2017, get yourself on the Serial bandwagon and find out what all the fuss is about.

Stuff You Should Know

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Often abbreviated to SYSK, Stuff You Should Know is an award winning podcast by the HowStuffWorks website. The podcast is hosted by Josh Clark and Charles W. “Chuck” Bryant and is one of the most popular podcasts in the world. The podcast, released every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday, educates listeners on a wide variety of topics, often using popular culture as a reference, giving the podcast comedic value. Episodes are normally around 45 minutes in length, although for more in-depth topics the show occasionally runs long as an hour or more.

The hosts believe the show is so popular as they are ‘definitely not experts’ on the subjects they explore and are just guys who enjoy research and are naturally curious. With over 700 episodes to choose from, SYSK is one of the longest running podcasts available today. So if you ever want to become better informed on a subject, then take some time out to listen to SYSK.

S – Town

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S-Town is an investigative journalism podcast hosted by Brian Reed, and created by the producers of Serial and This American Life. In 2012 horologist John B. McLemore sent an email to the show This American Life asking them to investigate an alleged murder in his hometown Woodstock, Alabama. After a year of exchanging emails and several months of conversation with McLemore, producer Brian Reed travelled to the small town in Alabama to investigate.

S-Town is an incredibly captivating podcast as within one episode you are truly captivated. Told over seven episodes varying in length from 50 minutes to an hour, you learn a lot more than you bargained for about Woodstock, Alabama and the people in it.

Someone Knows Something

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Someone Knows Something is a podcast by Canadian award-winning filmmaker and writer David Ridgen. Using investigative journalism, Ridgen narrates a story about people disappearing over multiple episodes. So far, there have been two seasons of Someone Knows Something, with both seasons focusing on one disappearance each. Ridgen becomes close with the families of the disappeared individuals as he helps them try and find out what happened to their loved one.

The first season focuses on the June 12, 1972 disappearance of Adrien McNaughton, a five-year-old boy who vanished during a family fishing trip in Eastern Ontario. While the second season focuses on the disappearance of Sheryl Sheppard in Hamilton, Ontario. Sheppard went missing on January 2, 1998, two days after her boyfriend, Michael Lavoie, offered a proposal of marriage on a live TV broadcast. With some assistance from Sheppard’s mother, Ridgen looks into the case as well as the backgrounds of both Sheryl and Michael.

Episodes for this podcast are much shorter usually only lasting between 20 – 35 minutes, making it an excellent podcast to binge-listen too. Everything on our list is available on iTunes and Google Play Store so why not let your podcast addiction start today!

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5 Podcasts You Should Be Listening To
May 10, 2017 (83 Comments) by Evan Coughlan

If you’re fond of listening to an aul’ podcast or two, you’ll understand the struggle of trying to find one that you’re willing to listen to. If you are struggling, we’ve made a few suggestions that we think are well worth a listen. Check them out!

An Irishman Abroad

an_irishman_abroad

Hosted by stand up comedian Jarlath Regan, An Irishman Abroad is a weekly podcast which comes in the shape of a long form interview with an Irish person or someone of Irish heritage who has achieved recognition outside of Ireland. The podcast is particularly interesting as Jarlath does not hold back in his questioning of guests about controversies in their lives, but does so in a respectful way that makes the guest feel at ease and allows them to tell their story.

After listening to an episode of An Irishman Abroad, you walk away with a lot of knowledge on the person interviewed and an appreciation for Jarlath as an interviewer. If you’re looking for a steer in the right direction, this writers favourite episodes are the kidney donation episode, the Emmet Kirwan episode and the Gabriel Byrne episode.

Serial

serial

Now this is one that you may end up getting addicted to very quickly. Serial is an investigative journalism podcast hosted by Sarah Koenig, who narrates a non-fiction story over multiple episodes. There are two seasons of Serial, the first season deals with the 1999 murder of teenager Hae Min Lee in Baltimore, Maryland and the conviction of her ex-boyfriend Adnan Syed who was given a life sentence for her murder despite pleading his innocence. The series follows Koenig as she starts to put the pieces of evidence in Adnan’s conviction together and ultimately see if he’s guilty or not.

Serial has been described as an ‘audio game changer’ and has helped the popularity of podcasts skyrocket over the past few years. Season 1 of Serial is the most listened to podcast of all time with over 80 million downloads over the past two and a half years. While season 2 of Serial is interesting, it is unfortunately not as compelling and thought provoking as season 1. With a third season coming later in 2017, get yourself on the Serial bandwagon and find out what all the fuss is about.

Stuff You Should Know

stuff_you_should_know

Often abbreviated to SYSK, Stuff You Should Know is an award winning podcast by the HowStuffWorks website. The podcast is hosted by Josh Clark and Charles W. “Chuck” Bryant and is one of the most popular podcasts in the world. The podcast, released every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday, educates listeners on a wide variety of topics, often using popular culture as a reference, giving the podcast comedic value. Episodes are normally around 45 minutes in length, although for more in-depth topics the show occasionally runs long as an hour or more.

The hosts believe the show is so popular as they are ‘definitely not experts’ on the subjects they explore and are just guys who enjoy research and are naturally curious. With over 700 episodes to choose from, SYSK is one of the longest running podcasts available today. So if you ever want to become better informed on a subject, then take some time out to listen to SYSK.

S – Town

s-town

S-Town is an investigative journalism podcast hosted by Brian Reed, and created by the producers of Serial and This American Life. In 2012 horologist John B. McLemore sent an email to the show This American Life asking them to investigate an alleged murder in his hometown Woodstock, Alabama. After a year of exchanging emails and several months of conversation with McLemore, producer Brian Reed travelled to the small town in Alabama to investigate.

S-Town is an incredibly captivating podcast as within one episode you are truly captivated. Told over seven episodes varying in length from 50 minutes to an hour, you learn a lot more than you bargained for about Woodstock, Alabama and the people in it.

Someone Knows Something

someone-knows-something

Someone Knows Something is a podcast by Canadian award-winning filmmaker and writer David Ridgen. Using investigative journalism, Ridgen narrates a story about people disappearing over multiple episodes. So far, there have been two seasons of Someone Knows Something, with both seasons focusing on one disappearance each. Ridgen becomes close with the families of the disappeared individuals as he helps them try and find out what happened to their loved one.

The first season focuses on the June 12, 1972 disappearance of Adrien McNaughton, a five-year-old boy who vanished during a family fishing trip in Eastern Ontario. While the second season focuses on the disappearance of Sheryl Sheppard in Hamilton, Ontario. Sheppard went missing on January 2, 1998, two days after her boyfriend, Michael Lavoie, offered a proposal of marriage on a live TV broadcast. With some assistance from Sheppard’s mother, Ridgen looks into the case as well as the backgrounds of both Sheryl and Michael.

Episodes for this podcast are much shorter usually only lasting between 20 – 35 minutes, making it an excellent podcast to binge-listen too. Everything on our list is available on iTunes and Google Play Store so why not let your podcast addiction start today!

Evan Coughlan
Writes about sport and stuff. When Evan thinks of a witty comment it will appear here.

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