So as everyone knows, 2018 was a tough year for me personally. I have made it very well known that music was absent from my life and live shows have been something I have missed out on. However, I listened to uncountable hours of podcast this year. In my car, in the shower, on road trips and while I fall asleep.
Here are my top 5 favourite podcasts of 2018 in no particular order.
Someone Knows Something by CBC Podcasts
Host David Ridgen joins victims’ family members as they investigate cold cases, tracking down leads, speaking with to suspects and searching for answers. There are 5 seasons with 5 different cases. Host David Ridgen is thoughtful, compassionate and smart. David does not back down when faced with some very awkward and uncomfortable situations, and pushes forward to try and get the answers that the families want.
This podcast is addicting, I could not stop listening and waiting for the next episodes to be released. Season One is my favourite and follows the story of the disappearance of five year old Adrien McNaughton.
Armchair Expert with Dax Shepard
Actor Dax Shepard hosts his own podcast with his close friend and co host Monica. Exploring the everyday pitfalls of being human in the real world and the celebrity world. Dax has guests ranging from his best friends, wife Kristen Bell, doctors and psychologists. Dax is humble, honest and freaking hilarious. Dax makes me want to be a better podcast host.
Check out Episode Season One Episode Two where he interviews his wife Kristen Bell and she calls him on his shit. Another favourite in Season One is his interview with his friend Johnny Knoxville, which you can imagine gets real and raw and graphic.
My Dad Wrote a Porno
Imagine if your Dad wrote a dirty book. Think about that for a minute. Gross right? Well that is exactly what happened to Jamie Morton. His Dad wrote a dirty book and he has decided to read it out loud chapter by chapter with his friends James Cooper and Alice Levine. If you are driving while listening to this, be careful because you will laugh your ass of so hard you might drive off the road. British humour is the best and these guys are fucking hilarious.
Nothing Much Happens; Bedtime Stories For Grownups
Ok this one is a bit out of the ordinary for the list. But I am a huge fan. I stumbled on the podcast one night when I was trying to fall asleep and the podcast I was listening to was keeping me more alert than making me sleepy. So randomly I found Nothing Much Happens, chose an episode, and fell asleep hard. Yay! Host Kathryn Nicolai tells a short story in her soothing voice, where, nothing much happens. She takes a basic scenario like laying down for a nap, walking home from work, or reading a book, and describes it in the most calming yet beautiful way. Now I use this podcast when I need help falling asleep, and I also play it for my daughter each night as she goes to bed and she NEVER makes it past the first 5 minutes before she falls asleep. If you or anyone you know need a little extra help falling asleep at night, you need to check this one out.
Favourite episode: The Last Warm Days
Exploring those last moments before the Autumn arrives. Enjoying the smells and sounds in the yard. Beautiful.
Small Town Murder
You may have heard Kristen and talk about Small Town Murder during our earlier episodes. When we took our road trip across the US to see 350 Fest In Chicago during Summer 2017 we listened to almost every single episode of this podcast. Hosts James Pietragallo and Jimmie Whisman are two of the funniest guys out there. Each episode they visit a small town and tell a true crime story that went down. They mock the stupid criminals, the crappy cops, and of course the small town it all happened in. I can’t even recommend one episode for you to listen to because they are all fucking hilarious. Earlier this year Jimmie Whisman tweeted me and it was my fangirl moment of the year.