In case you very much have been living under a rock, or you just don’t follow me on ANY social media platform, I love podcasts. I spend all day every day listening to them. It is only a little bit of an addiction, but I have spread my wings a little bit recently.
I’ve written about some of my favourite true crime podcasts in the past, you can find these posts here and here.
So as well as my usual addiction to true crime podcasts, I’ve been listening to some more storytelling podcasts too recently, some really bloody good ones.
Please excuse the quality of the photos in this… ipad camera’s are not the best and I didn’t have my trusty photographer on hand today!
Larger than life by the LA Times
Larger than life is a podcast about the life of Big Willie Robinson, a street racer from LA. After the LA riots in the 60’s, Big Willie wanted a way to unite people across the city, from any race, class and gender. The Brotherhood was a club with an open membership, anyone who wanted to be in it, could be.
Big Willie’s story is incredible. He did some amazing things in his life. At one point, he united the Bloods, Crips and the Cops through street racing. Yes, the crime, street racing. He even managed to get the mayor on board because of the profound affect he had on street racing in LA.
Street racing was regulated and safe, gang and drug crime had been reduced in the city, and he had opened the Brotherhood Raceway Park.
Larger than life is probably one of my favourite podcasts, and would recommend it to anyone who wants to listen to the life story of a very interesting man.
Room 20 by Wondery & the LA Times
For more than 15 years a man has lied in his bed hospital bed identified as Sixty-six Garage. Mr. Garage was in an accident, and had been unconscious state for 15 years. At the time of his accident he had no ID on him, and was suspected to be an illegal immigrant crossing the border from Mexico.
Mr. Garage was popular with the staff at the hospice, and when a journalist goes in to visit him she discovers that he isn’t fully unconscious, he’s trying to speak.
Not only that, but she finds out who Garage finally is, reunites him with his long lost family and finds out what really happened during his accident.
Room 20 is emotional, and at times a bit graphic. You can hear some of the machinery throughout it which can be a bit hard to listen to. There are high points throughout, for example when one of the other people in the hospice makes an amazing recovery. It’s definitely worth listening to.
Confronting O.J. Simpson: with Kim Goldman by Glass Productions
Think you know all about the O.J. case because you watched the Netflix show? Wrong. There are so many things that get released in this podcast that were left out of court, left out of the press and IMO show that he definitely killed Nicole and Ron.
This podcast is so bloody emotional, it is told by Kim Goldman, Ron’s sister and focuses on telling us all about Ron. A side we don’t really hear very often. It’s always ‘that guy that died with OJ’s wife’ or sometimes, he is simply left out of the narrative all together.
You hear from Ron’s dad, his friends, witnesses, jurors and the prosecution in the case. There is so much that the public don’t know about this case.
I only cried roughly 5000 times when I listened to it, and SOBBED walking home listening to the final 4 minutes of the last episode. Those voicemails are so heart wrenching.
Surviving Y2K by Headlong
My all time favourite storytelling podcast is definitely Surviving Y2K. I’ve listened to it through twice because I just love how it’s structured and I can remember the millennium so clearly. I was only 7 but everyone was wild.
It goes into depth about the Y2K bug that was a bug but not really a bug which I found SO interesting as I never really knew what it was before and where all the hype came from.
It tells story of Y2K moments from lots of different people, stories about love, coming out, crappy teenage rebellion, a hostage situation and all sorts. It is perfect.
I would definitely recommend this one for people who want something a little different from their podcasts.
Monster: DC Sniper by IHeartRadio and Tenderfoot TV
This entire podcast is actually crazy. I had never heard about the DC Sniper case before, potentially because when it happened I would have been 9 years old, but I imagine this was world wide news as it went on.
A sniper begins randomly killing people going about their daily lives and is almost impossible to catch because he’s shooting from afar, and at every chance they get they throw the police off. It’s actually fascinating to hear how the police ended up catching the killers and how they ended up committing these absolutely horrific crimes.
The podcast follows the timeline as each crime happens, you hear from police, survivors, the news at the time and witnesses throughout the podcast. Eventually you hear from Lee Boyd Malvo, one of the killers and it’s actually hard to listen to.
DC Sniper has only just finished recently, they have added a couple of extra episodes and I’m catching up on the last few right now. It’s good for a binge listen if you hate waiting for a week for new episodes!
I have about 40 podcast recommendations over on my Instagram story highlights, I pop in a little bit of information about the podcast and a star rating so you can get an idea of how much I liked it (if my opinion matters to you haha!)
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