Investigative journalism is a powerful tool that can uncover hidden truths and expose corruption. While the traditional media mode of investigative journalism has been newspaper and television, it is increasingly moving to the medium of podcasting.
Countless podcasts interrogate the stories that matter, from true crime to political scandals. I’ve long been a massive fan of this podcast genre, so in this article, I’ll tell you about what I think are some of the top investigative journalism podcasts that are sure to captivate and inform listeners.
I’m Not a Monster
The multi-award-winning series is back to investigate the controversial story of Shamima Begum and distinguish truth from falsehood. In 2015, the disappearance of three London school girls made headlines worldwide, and the media frenzy that followed has persisted to this day.
Nice White Parents
To comprehend the issues with our public schools, it’s essential to examine the most influential factor that shapes them – white parents. The New York Times and Serial have collaborated to produce a five-part series hosted by Chana Joffe-Walt that dives into this topic.
In The Dark
Madeleine Baran and her team of reporters present Serial, an investigative journalism podcast. The first season of the podcast went into the abduction of Jacob Wetterling in rural Minnesota and the accountability of sheriffs in solving crime. In the second season, the team examined the case of Curtis Flowers, who was tried six times for the same crime.
The FRONTLINE Dispatch
The team behind the acclaimed PBS documentary show, FRONTLINE, has created an award-winning investigative series that takes viewers on a journey through various investigations. Each episode follows a different reporter as they explore stories that can take years to uncover. From the long and deadly aftermath of 9/11 to a police shooting in West Virginia with a surprising twist to the harsh realities of life for children living in a Kenyan refugee camp, this original series covers a range of topics that are sure to captivate viewers.
The story of Elizabeth Holmes and Theranos is a tragic tale of ambition and deception. How did the world’s youngest self-made female billionaire lose it all? How did her technology, meant to revolutionize health care, potentially put millions of patients at risk? And how did so many smart people get it so wrong?
The new investigative podcast “Overlooked,” produced by KCUR Studios in collaboration with the NPR Midwest Newsroom, investigates the troubling allegations against Roger Golubski, a former detective from Kansas City, Kansas. Golubski stands accused of a series of grave misdeeds, including the wrongful imprisonment of an innocent individual, exploiting vulnerable women, and instilling fear in the community over many years.
The IJ4EU fund is dedicated to supporting cross-border investigative journalism that serves the public interest. It is managed by the International Press Institute, the European Centre for Press and Media Freedom, and the European Journalism Centre. The fund offers grants to teams of journalists working together on investigations that cover transnational topics, as well as providing editorial and legal assistance.
The Turning: The Sisters Who Left
Former sisters of Mother Teresa’s Missionaries of Charity share stories of devotion, suffering, abuse, and betrayal. They question the line between devotion and brainwashing and what it means to break a lifelong vow.
Chameleon: Hollywood Con Queen
The Hollywood Con Queen was a notorious scam artist who preyed on aspiring actors and filmmakers. The hunt for this elusive criminal is the subject of a gripping investigative journalism podcast called “Chameleon: Hollywood Con Queen.”
William Ramsey Investigates
I came across an independent investigative journalism broadcast called William Ramsey Investigates that covers a wide range of topics such as politics, true crime, history, conspiracies, religion, cults, and even exposes the occult.
Have you ever wondered how well you really know the person you love? If so, you might be interested in checking out Sweet Bobby, an award-winning investigative podcast that explores the world of catfishing. With six full episodes and bonus content available, it’s a must-listen for anyone interested in this fascinating topic.
The U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan after two decades of war culminated in a chaotic scene at a Kabul airfield. While thousands of Afghans who had worked alongside American soldiers as translators, interpreters, and partners were able to board U.S. military planes, many more were left behind despite the efforts of veterans, lawmakers, and senior military leaders. These individuals now live in hiding from the Taliban.
If you’re looking for a one-stop-shop for all our chart-topping and award-winning investigative podcast series, then the Tortoise Investigates feed is the perfect place for you. It’s where you can find all our captivating stories in one convenient location.
Join host Jack Rhysider on a journey through the chilling world of hacking, data breaches, and cybercrime as he explores true stories of the dark side of the internet.
Are you willing to put everything on the line for what you believe in? Whistleblowers is a podcast that dives into the most significant and bizarre lies in history, as seen through the eyes of those who risked everything to expose them.
Al Letson and his team of award-winning reporters at Reveal bring you gripping stories of caregivers, immigrant families, warehouse workers, advocates for the unhoused, and formerly incarcerated individuals who are fighting to hold the powerful accountable. These investigations are sure to inspire, inform, and even infuriate you.
The Bellingcat Podcast
Although this podcast is now defunct… it’s still worth going into the archives of the show and listening to some gripping investigative journalism. “The Bellingcat Podcast” offers a deep dive into investigations that utilize open-source materials and advanced investigative methods to explore various subjects. The first season explores the investigation of the MH17 tragedy, while the second season centers on unravelling the case behind the execution of two women and two young children by the roadside in Cameroon, revealing the identities of those responsible.
The Trojan Horse Affair
A city councillor in Birmingham, England, receives a mysterious letter detailing a complex plan by Islamic extremists to infiltrate the city’s schools. The plan is dubbed “Operation Trojan Horse.” The story quickly gains traction in the media, causing a nationwide frenzy. As a result, the government initiated several investigations, strengthened the country’s counterterrorism policy, overhauled the education system, and imposed lifetime bans on certain individuals from pursuing education.
A group of three close friends analyze famous and infamous public figures and rate them on an 11-point scale to determine the extent of their unpleasant behaviour.
Season Three of the Peabody-nominated series, Gangster Capitalism, interrogates the sex scandal that rocked one of the world’s largest Christian universities, Liberty University, and its former leader, Jerry Falwell Jr. The series features interviews with over 80 individuals, including students, faculty, staff, and high-ranking administrators, revealing the inside story of how power, greed, hypocrisy, and money have shaken the university and its founding family.
Can an American Vice President conduct a criminal operation within the White House without anyone noticing? Can one of the most audacious political bribery scandals in American history unfold before the nation’s eyes while no one is watching? In her original debut podcast, Rachel Maddow from MSNBC discusses a story that was overlooked at the time, going back 45 years to uncover the truth.
The third season of The Dream, an award-winning investigative podcast by Little Everywhere and Pushkin Industries hosted by Jane Marie is now available. In the previous seasons, the podcast explored pyramid schemes and the wellness industry. This time, the focus is on the gurus and life coaches who claim to have the key to living our best lives.
Some questions are beyond the scope of the internet’s vast knowledge base. However, that doesn’t mean we should give up on finding answers. Underunderstood is a podcast that takes on the challenge of answering questions that the internet can’t. Whether it’s a forgotten Reddit thread, a Wikipedia page that leads nowhere, or an unanswered tweet, we dive deep to uncover the missing pieces. Our show is a unique blend of a chat show and a documentary, and it’s always full of unexpected surprises.
Have you ever wondered how to dismantle a criminal network that operates in the shadows? Or how to rescue victims of child abuse who could be located anywhere in the world? Hunting Warhead is a podcast that chronicles the journey of journalists and law enforcement officials on a global mission to uncover the darkest corners of the internet. The revelations they uncover are nothing short of shocking. Host Daemon Fairless interviews investigators, survivors, and even the criminals themselves to bring you this gripping story.
The Missing Cryptoqueen
Jamie Bartlett presents a story of how Dr Ruja Ignatova convinced millions to join her financial revolution, only to disappear later. The story is one of herd madness, deceit, and greed.
The Tip Off
A podcast that offers a glimpse into the world of investigative journalism. In each episode, the show goes into a groundbreaking investigative story and hears from the journalists who worked tirelessly to uncover the truth. You’ll get an inside look at the challenges they faced, the leads they followed, and the tip-offs that led them to the story.
Every scandal has a common starting point – a lie. However, the truth always finds its way out, leading to a series of consequences and public outrage. Scandals have been an integral part of American history, affecting various domains such as business, politics, sports, and society. We are often left in shock as we witness corruption, deceit, and ambition bring down our heroes, celebrities, politicians, and moguls.
The Outlaw Ocean
Ian Urbina, a Pulitzer-Prize-winning journalist and former New York Times reporter, has embarked on a daring mission to explore the high seas, which are beyond the reach of international law and most reporters. Urbina’s years-long journey takes him to uncharted territories, where he investigates a murder at sea, modern slave labour, environmental crimes, and the stories of adventurous individuals.
Renee Montgomery dives into the story of Ora Washington, a tennis and basketball star who was ignored by the world due to the colour of her skin. Despite her remarkable achievements, Ora’s story remains largely unknown to many.
WeWork was poised to make history with a valuation of $47 billion dollars and a highly anticipated IPO. Its CEO, Adam Neumann, was a charismatic leader who believed he could change the world. Along with his wife Rebekah, they had a prophetic vision for the company. However, the question remains: did their vision align with the reality of the company?
August 29, 2005, was a day that changed the city of New Orleans forever. Some refer to it as Hurricane Katrina, while others call it the Federal Flood or the day the levees broke. The nation remembers it as a story of hubris, incompetence, and nature’s wrath. However, the people who experienced the flood and its aftermath have a different tale to tell. It’s a story of rumours, betrayal, and one of the most misconstrued events in American history.
Do you know of another investigative journalism podcast that you think should be on this list? Let me know.