Five Great New Podcasts
Welcome to the 103rd edition of Find That Pod.
I drove across my country this week. By the end of the trip, four days and 4500+ km later, I really just wanted to be out of my car. But the pain of that drive was definitely eased somewhat by a bevvy of fantastic podcasts to listen to that have been piling up in my queue.
So this week, I was particularly grateful to have some of my favourite voices in my ears as I completed the longest road trip of my life.
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The Apology Line
Imagine one day, in 1981, posters start to appear all over New York City encouraging people to call a hotline where they can leave an anonymous apology. About anything. And to anyone. But soon, the apologies that are left on the line become darker and more sinister. And soon the apology makers begin to leave messages for each other, and more importantly for the man that started the line. An incredibly fascinating true crime series from Wondery that will enthrall you from the start.
Cults. They’re a part of the human condition. There’s a pretty big and active one going on in America right now, but I digress. This podcast is a deep and running exploration of the phenomenon of cults. It also delves into specific groups, some of which you may know, and some of which you’ve never heard of.
Evil by Design
From my home country’s CBC, this is a podcast about more than 80 women from around the world who have accused fashion mogul Peter Nygard of rape, sexual assault and human trafficking across many decades. Yup, this is the story of “Canada’s Jeffrey Epstein”.
So how is the experiment that is America and American Democracy going? How has the experiment evolved over time? This incredible podcast from The Atlantic takes a look at modern and not-so-modern quirks of the American system of governance and society and puts them both in a historical and sociological context. Without a doubt, one of the better shows I’ve heard this year thus far.