Category: Podcasts

3 Spooky Podcasts

If I know anything about our readers, it’s that as soon Labor Day has passed and a slight chill hits the air, it’s time to get ready for Halloween. Suddenly your Netflix queue is filled with scary movies, your house is covered in fake cobwebs and real animal skulls, and all you want to do is suck the marrow out of this all too short season as much as possible.

Well friends, let me add to your current atmospheric choices by suggesting a few things that are a bit unnerving and creepy to keep you company during your darkening commute and warm mugs of pumpkin-spiced drinks.

spooked

Image: Snap Judgement and WNYC Studios

Spooked – What I love about this podcast of true-life supernatural experiences is that each experience is told by the person who experienced it. The variety of voices is engaging and the fear in their voices rings genuine. Regardless of whether you believe in curses, hauntings, or the like, these stories are fascinating.

Suggested episode: This podcast is barely 2 months old, but my favorite episode so far is “The Curse.” A man tells the story of how his mother was cursed. It’s not only creepy to think of the powers some people claim to have over others, but it’s also heartbreaking to hear the story of a small child who believed he was witnessing the death of his mother.

 

 

nocturne

Image: https://www.nocturnepodcast.org/about-nocturne/

 

Nocturne – Less about ghost stories and more about all the things that happen in the world while most of us are asleep. The stories range from being lost in the inky blackness of the ocean to big rig night runs, but regardless of the content, each episode illustrates how nighttime experiences are unique and intriguing.  If you want a podcast that is filled with ambiance and is perfect for listening to while drinking tea and watching the sunset, this might be a perfect match for you.

Suggested episode: “Episode 16 – Standing Over the Bed” tells the story of a man who suffered from night terrors and paralysis so brutal that they not only threatened his grasp on reality but also caused him to question his relationships with his loved ones. This episode disturbingly graphic as it describes how sleep can become your enemy.

 

 

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Image: https://player.fm/series/stuff-they-dont-want-you-to-know-1659658

 

Stuff They Don’t Want You To Know – I know there are an awful lot of “How Stuff Works” podcasts out there, but if you really want to stay up at night worrying about things you can’t control, then this might be the podcast for you. I mean, I’m personally not much for conspiracy theories, and with the world as it is right now, I’m not even sure why I have this on my list. I suppose I just want to be sure I’m covering enough ground to creep everyone out. The episodes range from the silly (The Search for Bigfoot) to the timely (how vulnerable is your personal information online).

Suggested Episode: “The Sick, Sweet Secret of the Sugar Cover-up” I personally find the things that have a direct effect on my life to be the most worrying and upsetting. This podcast covers the history of sugar and how it was deliberately sold as an essential part of our diets by powerful lobbies/trade groups and backed by a lot of money. Sugar is in so much of what we eat that it’s interesting (and important for some of us) to make sure we are aware of how free sugars can affect our health.

What creepy or spooky podcasts are in your playlist? Share below to make sure that none of us get any sleep this season!

 

 

 

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Cartoon Sara Listens to Three Podcasts: Faith in Humanity Edition

Hardly a week goes by where I don’t see some friend on my social media accounts looking for new podcast recommendations. Personally, I’ve been seeking out podcasts that highlight the positive, tales to soothe a troubled mind in an increasingly troubled world and remind me of the good that still exists in it. These are three that have made it into my listening rotation and may be just what you need to add to yours.

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LoC Podcast, episode 1: Mildred Louis on magical girls, creating independently, and diversity

Agents of the Realm, copyright Mildred Louis.

This week I’m excited to introduce our first Ladies of Comicazi podcast!

In what I hope will be the first of many, our inaugural podcast is an interview with the incomparable and astoundingly talented Mildred Louis, author and artist of the web comic Agents of the Realm. (Feel free to check out The Red Menace’s review of Mildred’s first collected volume of Agents!)

So join us as we discuss animation, geek out over Sailor Moon, and imagine how hard it must be to have to save the world on a regular basis.

(You can catch Mildred in person at the Massachusetts Independent Comics Expo, October 29-30, 2016 in Cambridge.)

A special thanks goes out to Aayesha Siddiqui  for producing, recording, and mixing this podcast. An additional thanks goes out to Canopy City for once again providing us the space to conduct our latest shenanigans.

Music credits: 80s Quiz Show Loop and Videogame-ish Intro, both by Christopher from Sounds Like An Earful. Both tracks are Creative Commons licensed (CC BY-SA 3.0), as is our podcast.