Our love affair with podcasts runs deep, and this month is no different. Whether you’re keen for a new listen to get you through your workout or if you’ve just burned through your latest Netflix binge, we’ve found this month’s best new podcasts to plug into.
As per usual, we’ve got you covered with a generous serving of true crime and inspiring stories. You know the drill. Fire up the playlist, here are all the podcasts worth bingeing this month.
You're In Good Company
Ok people, there's an array of geopolitical events happening in the world right now and sure, you've invested a few bits here and there but what does it all mean in today's current climate? It can be hard to know who to ask when it comes to geopolitical events and how they affect your portfolio. Enter Maddy and Sophie, two legends who chat through how both governments and corporations are responding to the Russian-Ukraine conflict and what impact this has on the stock market. Listen to You're In Good Company here.
Left Right Out
With a looming election, Left Right Out is just the kind of podcast your ears are in need of right now. It's politics, without the politics—to help you get some clarification around this chaotic world of, well, politics. Hosted by Shameless podcast researcher and journo Justine Landis-Handely, and legendary podcast producer/journo Elfy Scott, the two break down local politics with epic storytelling, hilarious anecdotes and all the pop culture references you need to make sense of the crazy. Listen to Left Right Out here.
The Greatest Menace
It’s the latest podcast tearing up an absolute storm and spoiler alert, it’s not the lighthearted kind. Revealing a pretty gruesome part of LGBTQI+ history in Australia, The Greatest Menace investigates the story behind NSW’s Cooma Prison, also known as the world’s only “gay prison”. The podcast is led by journo Patrick Abboud who reveals that this prison specifically incarcerated gay men, a covert government operation to eradicate ‘the greatest menace to society’—homosexuality. The podcast is explosive and has kind of been heralded as “queer true crime” as it takes you from underground nightclubs and hidden sex haunts to remote parts of New Zealand and England. This one is an Audible Original, listen to it here.
The Trojan Horse Affair
From Serial Productions and The New York Times comes The Trojan Horse Affair—a whodunnit divided into eight epic episodes. If you know anything about the podcast world you’ll know that when the team behind cult podcasts like Serial and S-Town throw down a new investigative journey, it’s bound to be the holy grail of the audio world.
In 2013, a letter appeared on a city councillor’s desk in Birmingham, England, laying out an elaborate plot by Islamic extremists to infiltrate the city’s schools. The plot has a code name: Operation Trojan Horse. The story soon explodes in the news and kicks off a national panic. By the time it all dies down, the government has launched multiple investigations, beefed up the country’s counterterrorism policy, revamped schools and banned people from education for the rest of their lives. Huge. However, the whole thing seemed off—because through all the official inquiries and heated speeches in parliament, no one has ever bothered to answer a basic question: who wrote the letter? And why?
How To Save A Planet
Should you have already watched Netflix’s Don’t Look Up, this podcast rec should really come as no surprise. How To Save A Planet is the non-overwhelming podcast about climate change filled with certified climate nerds, inspiring stories and environmental smarts. The result? You’re not going to feel completely swamped with information overload, rather excited by the prospects of weird energy alternatives and completely across how the Yurok Tribe is reversing centuries of ecological damage to their land. Listen to it here.
Up And Vanished: Season Three
When it comes to true crime podcasts you’re often left hanging at the end of the series, with no resolution. That’s not the case with Up And Vanished and its host Payne Lindsey who’s first season helped to solve the 12-year-old cold case of Tara Grinstead. In season three, Lindsey digs deep into the disappearance of Ashley Loring HeavyRunner, a 20-year-old indigenous woman who went missing from the Blackfeet Nation Indian Reservation in 2017. Lindsey and his team interview her family and people of interest in the case in the hopes of finding out what happened to HeavyRunner. Listen to it here.
Tanya Henessy Mediocre
Our favourite funny gal Tanya Hennessy is back with her newest podcast series Mediocre (which is a word we would never associate with that queen). Teaming up with her equally hilarious mate Adam Cubito, the duo will have you laughing so hard you’ll feel like you’ve just done some crunches at the gym. Each week they’ll drop a new ep, where they’ll talk about everything from philosophical questions and existential crises to LOLs about IBS. Listen to it here.
Over My Dead Body
Podcast legends, Wondery (Dr. Death and Dirty John), are back with the latest installment of their anthology series Over My Dead Body which chronicles people who are pushed beyond their limits and do unspeakable things. In Fox Lake, the series will follow the 2015 murder of a small town cop who was gunned down in a swamp. He quickly became a martyr in the national media, until an investigator uncovered the officer's bizarre and dark past. When the truth comes out, the townspeople must reconcile betrayal, corruption and the secrets of an American hero. Listen to it here.
This new podcast series from The Age and Sydney Morning Herald explore a series of murders and mysterious disappearances of gay men that happened on the southern headland at Sydney's Bondi Beach in the late 1980s and early 1990s. Hosted by Good Weekend deputy editor Greg Callaghan and based on his acclaimed 2007 book of the same name, this five part series is one for all the true crime lovers out there. Listen to it here.
This new documentary podcast is all about lingerie brand Victoria's Secret...and its many, many secrets. The series investigates the origin story of one of the world’s most iconic brands and its effect on American culture, all told by women who witnessed what really happened behind the curtain. Fallen Angel goes back to the beginning of the lingerie megabrand to confront the many ways the brand influenced how a generation of women think about sex, desire, and beauty. Listen to it here.
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