I’m a podcast junkie. I can’t get enough of podcasts. I listen while I cook; I listen while I walk my dog; I listen while I fold laundry and mop and on road trips and even sometimes when I’m working. There are so many incredible podcasts out there that are worth your time and quite frankly, if you don’t do podcasts, you’re going to have to consider changing that because podcasts, I would suggest, make up some of the best entertainment in the world at present moment. Yes, better than your favourite televisions shows. Better than every movie you’ve seen lately and I’d even go so far as to say some of these podcasts are better than most of the books you read.
While many of my favourite podcasts are American, Canadians have a ton of our own to boast about. Here are some that I really think you should check out:
1. Someone Knows Something – this podcast is released by the CBC and hosted by an extraordinary storyteller, David Ridgen. As a true crime nerd, I was drawn to the subject matter of this podcast but I stuck around for the astounding production value. This podcast is beautiful sounding. You feel like you’re there, with David, in every scene. The first season covers an Eastern Ontario cold case from 1972. It’s the case of a five-year-old boy who went missing. David interviews the family and witnesses, follows leads and even gets a dive team out to search the lake the boy had been at when he vanished. Season 2 takes a close look at the 1998 disappearance of Sheryl Sheppard. Season 3 takes an entirely different turn when David heads south to Mississippi to investigate the murder of two young African-American teenagers that took place in 1964. Back north in season 4, David investigates the letter-bombing death of Wayne Greavette in Ontario. Season five is about to drop on October 16th, and it sounds like he’ll be looking into another Canadian cold case.
2. Grownups Read Things They Wrote as Kids – This podcast is utterly hilarious. If you need something to just pick you right up and get you smiling, you need to tune into this podcast. I really think this podcast could cause world peace. It is exactly what it sounds like. Adults get up in front of an audience and read things they wrote when they were kids. Check out the latest episode:
3. Quirks & Quarks – Another CBC effort, Quirks and Quarks is a science podcast but you really don’t have to be a giant nerd to enjoy it. This podcast is your easy-to-understand, totally entertaining way to stay up to date on what’s going on in science. The best part is that the host, Bob McDonald, talks to the scientists who are behind the research he reports on, so you get a right-from-the-source perspective instead of all those melodramatic headlines you get from other media outlets.
4. Missing & Murdered – Yet another CBC podcast and this one falls into the true crime genre again. There’s a niche topic though, and I think you can guess what it is from the podcast’s name. These are the stories of the countless missing and murdered indigenous women across Canada. Each season deals with the story of one First Nations woman who has gone missing and is feared murdered. The host of Missing & Murdered, Connie Walker, who is herself, Cree, investigates cold cases of missing indigenous women. Season one takes a deeper look at the disappearance and murder of Alberta Williams, a First Nations woman who was killed in British Columbia in 1989. Season 2 is even more astonishing as Connie investigates the untimely death of a 13-year-old indigenous girl who had been adopted out to an American family, separated from her many other siblings. This second season will rock you to your core as a Canadian.
5. Commons – touted as “the only politics show in the country for people who hate politics” Canadaland’s Commons presents stories and topics that deeply affect you as a Canadian. It’s controversial, shocking, and sometimes even terrifying. From a network that is highly critical of Canada’s media, Commons exposes corruption, debunks fake news and opens your eyes to things going on in this country that you may not otherwise have known.
You can check out Canadaland: Commons on iTunes here.
6. Red Man Laughing – Rants and humour from Ryan McMahon, an Anishinaabe/Metis comedian, who focuses on issues affecting our indigenous communities across Canada. While Ryan is entirely entertaining, he also makes you think about things that just aren’t talked about enough in Canada. He’ll take you to uncomfortable places but you’re going to come out better for it.
Check out Red Man Laughing on iTunes here.
What are your favourite podcasts? Let me know in the comments!