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In Lore, Aaron Mahnke tells true-life scary stories based on urban legends and supernatural folklore. This is an on-going series, with episodes being released bi-weekly — the most recent one came out on Monday. Mahnke is a writer of supernatural novels, which lends to his ability to flesh out these horrifically true stories into a narrative.

Release timing? Every two weeks

Length? 15 – 20 mins

Where? Spotify, iTunes, lorepodcast.com

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Each season of this podcast — hosted by Sarah Koenig — focuses on a different criminal case. The first season focused on Adnan Syed who had been found guilty on account of killing his ex-girlfriend, Hae Min Lee, in 1999. We are now on the second season, which focuses on Bowe Bergdahl, the U.S. soldier who walked off his post in Afghanistan in 2009 and was captured and held by the Taliban for nearly five years.

Release timing? Weekly

Length? 30 mins – 1 hour

Where? iTunes, Stitcher, Pandora, serialpodcast.org

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Mystery Show

Starlee Kine solves every day mysteries. Listeners are able to submit personal mysteries that have plagued them for years, as long as the answer is not easily google-able. Thus far, there are only six episodes, but season two is in the works.

Release timing? TBA

Length? 30 mins – 1 hour

Where? iTunes, gimletmedia.com

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Mike Duncan is currently in his fourth season of this podcast series that examines political revolutions around the world. Duncan is rather serious in his delivery, but this is a strength, given that podcast’s content is focused on historical information and analysis.

Release timing?


Length? 30 – 40 mins

Where? revolutionspodcast.com

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As described on their website, Criminal consists of “Stories of people who’ve done wrong, been wronged, or gotten caught somewhere in the middle.” For those of us who are still reeling from the first season of Serial, Criminal is a good replacement. This series is in its third season now.

Release timing?

Every two weeks

Length? 20 mins

Where?  iTunes, Soundcloud, thisiscriminal.com

Photo Credit: Patrick Breitenbach

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