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Pods for readers (and writers) without a lot of time

Ugh.  Time is at a premium.  I work full time, go to school, have a boyfriend, family, friends, and a dog…I’m not sure where all the time that technology “saves” has gone, but it’s not here.  I barely have time to clear my mental space, let alone enjoy one of my favorite hobbies – cracking open a book and slipping into another world.

I mean, what’s a reader to do…when you don’t have time to invest in a book?  And what’s a writer to do, for that matter, as writers need to read too.

The magic of podcasts, y’all.  I must admit, I’ve shown up more than fashionably late to the podcast party.  But now that I’m here, I’m hooked.  Best of all – I can make time for the  short episodes.   There’s time in the car (while driving to class and work), time while working out, and periodically during the day if you do any data entry.

Here’s a short list of my favorite crime and mystery pods.

1. Crimetown (5 stars) Season 1 follows the story of Buddy Cianci, the former mayor of Providence, Rhode Island.  It’s a podcast on politics, corruption, the mob, and  investigations.  Crimetown is addictive.  I started listening to this podcast about halfway through the season and quickly caught up….and then was forced to wait a week between episodes (binge-watching Netflix seems to have killed my patience…).  I can’t wait to see what town they tackle next.  I’m selfishly hoping it’s one that I don’t know much about, as I enjoy learning along with my storytellings.

2. Stranglers (4 stars) is an investigative deep dive into the Boston Strangler murders, with engaging interviews from reporters, investigators, children of the original investigators, relatives of the victims, F. Lee Bailey (yes, that one…before the trial of the century, he represented Albert DeSalvo), and recordings/re-enactments of interviews.  I am a (not-so) secret armchair detective, so stories that involve investigations are usually interesting to me.  But, even if you think you know what happened in Boston, it’s worth another look…or listen, in this case.

3. Serial – Season 1 (4 stars) discusses the murder of Hae Min Lee and investigates whether the man who was arrested for the crime – Adnan Masud Syed, Hae’s ex-boyfriend, murdered her.  It’s an interesting piece of investigative journalism, but as a warning….it raises a lot of questions too.  So many, in fact, that Adnan will be granted a new trial.

4. Ponzi Supernova (3.5 stars) takes a deep dive on Bernie Madoff  and the infamous ponzi scheme that rocked Wall Street.  How did he do it?  Why? What happened to his victims and where did they get money to repay some of their losses? Who better to answer these questions than Bernie himself?  Steve Fishman (with snippets of his interviews with Madoff) weave an interesting tale.  Though I should warn you, this podcast won’t do much for your trust issues….