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5 podcasts that are well worth your time

5 Podcasts That Are Well Worth Your Time | Chiaki Creates chiakicreates.comThe Black Tapes
A serialised docudrama from Pacific Northwest Stories and Minnow Beats Whale. Journalist Alex Reagan investigates The Strand Institute and its founder Dr. Richard Strand, who according to his Twitter account is a professional paranormal sceptic. The story telling style echoes Serial which combined with the creepy feel of The X-Files makes this an addictive listen. It feels like an NPR podcast and that’s a compliment. TBTP is fictional but no one working on the show is going to admit it because blurring the line between fiction and reality is the whole point. Normally, I don’t listen to fictional podcasts but TBTP is extremely well-produced and exceptionally engaging.

Love + Radio
An otherworldly NPR podcast featuring in-depth interviews and stories on an eclectic range of topics, from the seedy to the sublime. Each episode blends fact and fiction, and have a theme, for example ghosts, online dating or secrets. The interviews have a wonderful musical quality to them which is achieved through audio production techniques. As a listener you feel like you’re travelling down a spiral and you end up with the realisation that people are rarely the way they first appear to be.

Astonishing Legends
Scott and Forrest take us on a journey through legendary strange and unusual events throughout history. They interview people who’ve experienced the unexplained up close. They remind us that it’s okay to laugh at these stories and respectfully, at the people that tell them too. The theme tune is suitably spooky and the show is very entertaining. Naturally, I started with the Shadow People episode in bed by candlelight.

Tanis
Another serialised docudrama from the creators of Pacific Northwest Stories. It’s impossible to explain what Tanis is about because Tanis is unknowable, an elusive but endlessly fascinating myth. This podcast is a way to explore information, conspiracy and ultimately, truth. Blurring the line between fact and fiction, it will have you searching for answers and looking up the information they give you. Like with The Black Tapes Podcast, no one working on the show is going to admit that it’s fictional, but you will find yourself not caring because it’s absolutely spellbinding.

Liar City
People lie all the time, but the most interesting thing is what comes after. The truth. This is a podcast about lies, scandals and conspiracies, and the most notorious liars in history. It’s an informative and seemingly well-researched show, and there’s always something that we can learn from these stories. If you, like me struggle to understand why people lie, you will find LC very intriguing. The Satanic Panic episodes are outstanding.

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5 fun podcasts for morbid people

5 Fun Podcasts For Morbid People | Chiaki Creates chiakicreates.comBizarre States
“Jessica Chobot and Andrew Bowser lift the veil and showcase the hauntings, urban myths, unsolved murders and general oddities that everyone has experienced but no one wants to talk about.” They read creepy listener stories and discuss weird news stories on almost every episode. The theme tune is suitably spooky, and the hosts are very funny and engaging. This Nerdist podcast is seriously addictive and you’ll soon find yourself binge listening through the whole archive!

Coroner Talk™
“A podcast dedicated to the men and women in the field of death investigation.” This is an educational podcast for coroners and death investigators, but even if you’re not in the death field, it’s mesmerising to hear them talk about past and present cases. There’s a lot to learn from what they have to say, no matter what job you have. If you’re as morbid as I am, you’ll love this podcast.

The Mind of a Murderer
A six part Investigation Discovery podcast. Narrated by criminal psychologist and trial consultant, Dr. Michelle Ward who interviews convicted murderers to gain insight into what drives people to commit murder. Dr. Ward takes us on a fascinating psychological journey and her direct approach is refreshing. This is another binge listen. Begin at the beginning and go on till you come to the end; then stop. If only there were more episodes!

Here Be Monsters
“An unusual podcast exploring the dark corners of the human mind and new frontiers in science, art and philosophy through visceral storytelling. We tend to produce pieces about science, drugs, death, religion, politics and medicine.” Jeff Emtman created this well produced show in order to face his fears and to help others work through their own anxieties and fears. HBM is about the unknown, about monsters in a non traditional sense. There’s a lot of first person storytelling and the sound design is outstanding.

Criminal
“A podcast about crime. Stories of people who’ve done wrong, been wronged or gotten caught somewhere in the middle.” The host, Phoebe Judge, has a compelling voice that draws you in. This is a different kind of true crime show as we hear the story surrounding the crime and how it affected someone, rather than a factual retelling. At first, the short length of the episodes put me off so it took me a while to get into Criminal, but it’s a really good podcast. Start with the Dear Sheila episode.


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5 podcasts that will make you think

5 Podcasts That Will Make You Think | Chiaki Creates chiakicreates.comInvisibilia
From NPR News comes Invisibilia which is Latin for “all the invisible things”. Lulu Miller and Alix Spiegel, who helped create This American Life and Radiolab, perfectly combine narrative storytelling with new psychological and brain science. This is a probing podcast about the intangible forces that shape human behaviour such as ideas, beliefs, assumptions and emotions. It will make you view your life from a different angle.

You Are Not So Smart
David McRaney explores topics related to cognitive biases, heuristics and logical fallacies through interviews with scientists who research how the mind works. At the end of each episode McRaney shares a piece of self delusion news and eats a cookie baked from a recipe sent in by a listener. YANSS is a wonderful celebration of self delusion. Start with the enlightening Learned Helplessness episode.

Death, Sex & Money
“Anna Sale talks to both regular people and celebrities about the big questions and the hard choices that are often left out of polite conversation.” Topics include relationships, mental health, family, money and work. This is a podcast about making it all count while we’re here. It’s intimate and occasionally uncomfortable to the point of being cringey.

Nerdette
Greta Johnsen and Tricia Bobeda nerd out about things we watch, read, listen to and encounter. They mostly interview people of the female genre covering topics such as science, death, feminism, cults and much more. The listeners get homework at the end of each episode. My favourite episodes are the interviews with Caitlin Moran, Margaret Atwood, Caitlin Doughty and Alexandra Petri.

This is Actually Happening
First person short format storytelling focusing on experiences that have changed people’s lives. The host Whit Missildine has a PhD in social psychology and has spent over a decade endeavouring to understand human behaviour. “Missildine is the founder of the Permatemp Corporation which produces documentary, experimental films, audio and design as a way to explore the more chaotic interiors of the human experience.” Some episodes are very sad but TIAH is an inspiring and empowering listen. If you have a story to tell, you could be featured on the show! Start with the What if your roommate had a deep dark secret? episode.


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5 gruesome podcasts to listen to if you loved Serial

Chiaki Creates - 5 Gruesome Podcasts To Listen To If You Loved Serial chiakicreates.comI miss Serial. There, I said it. I’ve always been a massive true crime fan, so naturally I was instantly obsessed with Serial. I read everything that I could get hold of about the case, even the court records. I was so absorbed in it that I struggled to hold conversations with people who weren’t listening to it and I felt a bit lost when it ended.

If you’re looking for new podcasts to replace the Serial shaped hole in your life, here are my favourite gruesome podcasts. But first, a warning. If you’re of a delicate nature, the three first podcasts especially are not for you. They cover very disturbing topics and they do occasionally get very graphic.

The Last Podcast On The Left
“Ben Kissel, Marcus Parks and Henry Zebrowski explore the horrors of the world both imagined and real.” They talk about murderers, cults, the paranormal, suicide, aliens, creepypastas, urban legends, Satanism and many other topics. This is my favourite podcast. It has the greatest name! I have a very morbid sense of humour and they make me cry with laughter. They don’t spare any gory details. If you only listen to one of these podcasts, make it this one.

Sword and Scale
“Sword and Scale covers the underworld of criminal activity and the demented minds that perform the most despicable and unthinkable actions. A show that reveals that the worst monsters are real.” They use taped confessions and 911 calls, courtroom testimony, interviews and other audio from the cases. It’s perfectly executed and the narrative is wonderful. This podcast occasionally gets extremely graphic.

The Generation Why Podcast
Justin and Aaron discuss unsolved murders, controversies, mysteries, conspiracies and anything that impacts our culture. Every now and then they are joined by experts. It could for example be an author who’s written a book about that episode’s topic. Here are a few episodes that I recommend: Elisa Lam, Rape Culture, The Black Dahlia and Casey Anthony.

Caustic Soda
“A weekly podcast about science, horrible news and humor hosted by Toren Atkinson, Kevin Leeson and Joe Fulgham. Each episode of Caustic Soda takes a gruesome, gory or otherwise horrible topic, such as shark attacks, parasites and radiation, and breaks it down into an easily-digestible bubbling paste of funny!” I heard about this brilliant podcast from someone in the The Last Podcast On The Left Facebook group. It’s like Stuff You Should Know for morbid people.

Thinking Sideways
“Investigating things we simply don’t have the answer to. Sometimes you have to think a little sideways to come up with a plausible solution to the mystery.” Who doesn’t love mysteries! There are lots of episodes about missing people and disturbing murder cases, but there are episodes about ‘nicer’ topics too. Some of my favourite episodes are Lost Boy Larry, Elisa Lam (can you tell that I’m intrigued by her case?), Time Travelers, YOGTZE-Fall and Boy in the Box.


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7 podcasts you should be listening to

Chiaki Creates - 7 Podcasts You Should Be Listening To chiakicreates.comSerial
A new podcast that tells one suspenseful story over a whole season. They simply keep going until they’ve told the whole story. Season 1 investigates the 1999 murder of high school student Hae Min Lee in Baltimore, and her ex boyfriend who may or may not have been wrongfully convicted. This is all about storytelling and it’s done beautifully. I’m completely addicted to this podcast.

How Did This Get Made?
Paul Scheer, June Diane Raphael and Jason Mantzoukas discuss films that are so bad that they’re amazing. They make me cry with laughter every single episode. I spend an awful lot of time talking about bad films because there isn’t really much of a discussion when you talk about good films. I recommend listening to Tiptoes, Jack Frost, Liz and Dick, From Justin To Kelly and The Room to start with.

The Cracked Podcast
Intriguing discussions from Cracked’s editorial team. Cracked is one of my favourite websites and their podcast is equally brilliant. It will make you laugh and you will learn lots of new things. Here are a few of my favourite episodes:
Why Your Brain Is Sabotaging You
How One Logical Fallacy Keeps Making You Wrong
5 Seriously Stupid Movies That Will Be Studied By History
Statistics That Prove We’re Wrong About Everything

Richard Herring’s Leicester Square Theatre Podcast
The hilarious Richard Herring interviews the biggest names in comedy. It’s silly and extremely laughter-inducing. My favourite interviews so far are Edgar Wright, Adam Buxton (all of them), Brendon Burns, Stephen Fry and Ross Noble.

No Such Thing As A Fish
The QI Elves share the best facts that they’ve found out each week from the QI offices in Covent Garden. Learning new things every day is essential for my wellbeing and this is a perfect way to learn random facts. Start anywhere.

The Jeff Rubin Jeff Rubin Show
Jeff interviews creative people who have turned their obsessions into professions, as well as offering expert analysis on geeky things. He’s a fantastic interviewer and asks all the right questions. My favourite episode so far is Hoarders Cleaner Matt Paxton. It made me go “EWW!” out loud in the post office causing some confused looks.

Stuff You Should Know
Chuck and Josh of How Stuff Works talk about well, stuff you should know. I loved What Makes A Serial Killer? and How Panic Attacks Work but it’s super interesting no matter what topic they talk about.