Podcast recommendations: My Favorite Murder, The Murder Squad, and My Death Row Pen Pal

March 31, 2020 | By Jim Stovall | Filed in: journalism.

My Favorite Murder is hosted by a couple of young women, Karen Kilgariff and Georgia Hardstark, whose language may not be suitable for your grandchildren (or you). That stuff gets old pretty quick, but they may mature into a style that is more in keeping with the seriousness of their subjects.

On the other hand, they may not, and their voices may grow on you.

In any event, it’s a good, fast-paced listen, describe in their own words this way:

. . . . Since its inception in early 2016, the show has broken download records and sparked an enthusiastic, interactive “Murderino” fan base who came out in droves this spring for the sold-out nationwide tour.

A top 10 regular on iTunes’ comedy podcast chart, My Favorite Murder has been featured in Entertainment Weekly, The Atlantic, Nylon and Rolling Stone magazine. Source: My Favorite Murder — Exactly Right Podcast Network

Most of the episodes are pretty long — an hour-and-a-half or so — so you may want to try one of the mini-episodes.

So you (maybe me, too) want a bit more seriousness in your true-crime podcasts: Check out The Murder Squad with Retired Cold Case Investigator Paul Holes and Investigative Journalist Billy Jensen.

This is an old-fashioned procedural show with good stories and good guests:

Each week listeners ride shotgun as Holes and Jensen attempt to solve the crime using a variety of methods, from old-fashioned detective work to advanced technologies including familial DNA searches, social media geotargeting, and maybe most important—the skills of their listeners who send in tips and theories, becoming active members of The Murder Squad.

It’s here: https://www.exactlyrightmedia.com/the-murder-squad. And there are lots of episodes available.

Speaking of voices and style My Death Row Pen Pal features Rebekah, a Manchester, England, woman who decided to start a correspondence with someone on death row. Very weird, except she isn’t. She’s not looking for romance (she married) but has a variety of motivations.

The man she finds to write to is on death row in Texas, and by episode three, she is traveling to the U.S. to meet him. I’ll leave it at that, but you should try it:  https://www.bbc.co.uk/sounds/play/p08548tn

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