4YE Quicklist: 5 Podcasts To Indulge In For Your Commute, Road Trips Or Nights In

We are fast approaching perfect podcast listening season. Down where I’m from, it’s getting colder, the days are getting shorter and there’s nothing better than curling up with an interesting podcast, a bevy of your choice and some choccie or ice cream. Up in the northern hemisphere, holidays are about to begin. That means long road trips, cruising in the car and plenty of time on your hands.

While not so long ago, podcasts were generally reserved for nerdy topics, nowadays there’s a podcast for absolutely anything your heart desires. So if you’re looking for something new, want to revisit some old friends, or just looking to kill some time, here’s what’s kept me listening over the past few months.

Dirty John

I first heard about this podcast last New Year’s Eve when chatting with my cousin and some of her friends, but I didn’t have a chance to check it out until last month and boy was that a mistake. If you haven’t listened to this one yet and love true crime, stop reading and head on over to iTunes or Spotify and rectify that immediately. Released in October 2017, the podcast hosted by the Los Angeles Times investigative journalist Christopher Goffard tells the story of the exploits of John Meehan (Dirty John), in particular his relationship with businesswoman Debra Newell and her immediate and extended family. Told over six episodes with a bonus live panel from January this year, the podcast is filled with interviews with the key players as the story unfolds. So gripping and just unbelievable what John gets away with, Bravo has commissioned a series based on the podcast starring Eric Bana as Meehan and Connie Britton as Debra Newell. You can listen to Dirty John on iTunes, Spotify and Wondery.

Still Watching: Versace

We’ve made no secret here how much we loved The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story, so I was so excited when Vanity Fair critic Richard Lawson and senior writer Joanna Robinson announced they were producing a 10-episode companion podcast. Each Versace episode is given it’s own episode where Lawson and Robinson discuss the episode in depth, the accuracy of the events portrayed referencing back to Maureen Orth’s book and other sources. They then interview people associated with the series on that episode, the series as a whole and a ton of behind-the-scenes trivia. The guests, including Maureen Orth, Darren Criss, Edgar Ramirez, Ricky Martin, Cody Fern, and Matt Bomer, are interesting, insightful and really giving in discussing the material and their experiences. If you loved the series, this is the perfect companion. Note, they are now discussing Westworld, but the Versace episodes are still available, you just need to scroll down. You can listen to Still Watching: Versace on iTunes.

The LadyGang

Love pop culture, gossip, brunching with mates over mimosas? Want the 411 on beauty treatments, hormone imbalances, and living your best life? Then this is the podcast for you. Hosted by Glee’s Becca Tobin, Entertainment Tonight’s Emmy-winning Keltie Knight and girlboss Jac Vanek, the ladies invite their friends, therapists and stylists to shoot the breeze giving a raw and often hilarious insight into their lives. You can expect to hear everyone from Becca’s Glee co-stars, including Darren Criss, Lea Michele, Jenna Ushkowitz and Jane Lynch, to RuPaul, Spencer Pratt, Destiny’s Child’s Michelle Williams, Jenna Fischer and Derek Hough and many more. With over 100 episodes in their back catalogue, this will keep you entertained for hours. Plus, the ladies have just been picked up by E! to do a TV series based on the podcast. New episodes are out every Tuesday, with a Quickie episode released every second Thursday. You can listen to the LadyGang at The LadyGang website, PodcastOne, and iTunes.

The West Wing Weekly

It is one of the best TV series of all time and given the current state of politics in the US at the moment, who doesn’t want to escape back to a time with Bartlet and co? Well this is the perfect companion podcast to the series and worth a rewatch as you listen to the episodes. Hosted by actor Joshua Malina (who starred in later seasons of The West Wing as Will Bailey) and superfan, musician and composer Hrishikesh Hirway, each episode is dedicated to an episode of The West Wing. Similar to Still Watching: Versace, the episodes are dissected, fun facts and trivia is shared along with behind-the-scenes anecdotes and guests associated with the series (or super fans like Lin-Manuel Miranda) pop in to discuss the episode and the series as a whole. At the time of writing, they are currently up to season 4’s penultimate episode, “Commencement”. New episodes are dropped each Wednesday. You can listen in on The West Wing Weekly website, iTunes, and Spotify.

Undisclosed

If, like me, you were absolutely addicted to the podcast Serial and the story of Adnan Syed, then if you haven’t checked out Undisclosed, you are missing out on so much of the story. Hosted by Syed family friend Rabia Chaudry and Colin Miller and Susan Simpson, all three are lawyers and bring some amazing insight into the case. The first season focused on Adnan’s story, with special update podcasts whenever there are any new developments in the case. Since the first season finished, the trio has highlighted other cases of wrongful convictions. I have to admit that the recent cases have not captured my attention as much as Adnan Syed or season two’s Joey Watkins, but I think that is because each case is only a couple of episodes and they have done a whole series on cases out of Philadelphia and they all just seemed to merge into one. The first two seasons are definitely worth checking out. New episodes are out Tuesdays with an episode Addendum released the Friday following. Undisclosed can be listened to at The Undisclosed Podcast website, iTunes, and Spotify.

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Clare Sidoti is 4 Your Excitement's Editor-at-Large. In addition to 4YE, she has previously worked at PopWrapped as a Managing Editor and the UK's Kennel Gazette as an Editorial Assistant. Clare has a BA (Theatre and Film Studies) from the University of New South Wales, Australia and an MA Theory and Practice of Human Rights from the University of Essex, UK. She currently works promoting and advocating for the Arts, Social Science and Humanities sector in Australia and New Zealand. You can find her on twitter with her eclectic musings on the arts, entertainment and human rights. Some of her favourite topics to cover include Darren Criss, Chris Colfer, Glee and Star Wars.
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