5 Perfect Podcasts to Binge this Weekend

  • Up and Vanished
  • S-Town 
  • Sincerely, X
  • My Favorite Murder
  • Sworn
  • Bonus Podcast:  What Should I Read Next?

Sometimes my eyes need a break from reading! But, chores and driving are absolutely too boring without a juicy book or podcast in my ears. These are my favorites!

UP AND VANISHED just finished its first season and oh my gosh! If you are even mildly interested in true crime/mystery and you aren’t familiar with this one, you’re in for a treat! Payne Lindsay, an everyday guy from Georgia, decides to launch an investigation into the disappearance of beauty queen and high school teacher, Tara Grinstead. Tara has been missing over 11 years and the case is freezing cold by the time Payne begins to look into the story in his Grandma’s hometown. TALK ABOUT PLOT TWISTS! Payne is a very RELIABLE narrator and the events unfold almost real time.  Not a spoiler (HUGE NATIONAL NEWS ATTENTION was given) to say Payne and his novice crew end up solving the case with the killer(s) arrested and awaiting trial at this moment. Start at the very beginning with Episode 1 to literally watch (listen to) the growing pains Payne experiences going from small time film maker to national crime solving hero. Fascinating.

S-TOWN The second season of the original SERIAL podcast, this season is completely different. Please tell me you already listened to Serial, the grandaddy of all podcasts? If not, that’s your first assignment. S- Town, I believe, started out to be on a similarly arced season with a murder to solve in S-town, Alabama. But (major plot twist) this story ends up being something completely different! I can’t give away anymore than that, it is a journey that you will not believe, won’t stop thinking about, and can’t stop talking about. I listened to it months ago and I still am blown away by the philosophical implications it raises about our country. Bookish hint: Hillbilly Elegy by J.D. Vance.

SINCERELY, X is a new podcast done by TED and Audible. It has quickly become my favorite in only four short (30-ish) minute episodes. The series features talks from speakers whose identities are hidden. Holy smokes, these stories will cut straight through to your heart and brain–so compelling! In Episode 2, entitled Pepper Spray, a woman describes what happened when she snapped one day in a retail store.  If you have ever dealt with anxiety issues, you will feel every ounce of her experience. Each stand-alone episode is presented by a victim or a perpetrator or an entrepreneur or an activist or an empath, or….

MY FAVORITE MURDER the app blurb reads: “Lifelong fans of true crime stories Karen Kilgariff and Georgia Hardstark tell each other their favorite tales of murder and hear hometown crime stories from friends and fans.” SO. DRY.  Actually, these two women are both hilarious working Hollywood types (google them). They’re not for everyone, they’re racy, candid and love to curse. They don’t make the murders funny, (no victim shaming ever) but they don’t hesitate to go the extra mile and comment on every aspect of the case they are featuring. I love Karen and Georgia!

SWORN is a spin-off from the UP AND VANISHED series. Listen to Up and Vanished first. Then when you are trying to shake off the withdrawals, turn on SWORN. By this time you’ll love Philip Holloway like he’s your own personal defense attorney and you’ll feel right at home on SWORN. As of right now, there are only three short episodes about The Lake Oconee Murders from Florida. It is going to be another captivating podcast.

WHAT SHOULD I READ NEXT? If you read or blog or blog about reading, you probably know of Anne Bogel. She’s the charming person behind the very popular Modern Mrs. Darcy blog. Each week, Anne interviews a reader and finds out their tastes in books. Then, she makes recommendations about what to read next. I have learned about so many different wonderful books from this show, it’s a no-miss podcast for me. Plus, Anne Bogel has a beautiful voice to die-for!

What podcasts do you love? What am I missing out on? Let me know!




Author: J e w e l s

Professional reader, amateur opinion giver, INFP (mediator personality✌️). Animal advocate, supporter of books and yarn, coffee and Portland. Unhealthy obsession with true crime. Twisty book and movie lovers are my tribe. And my fam is the best!

15 thoughts on “5 Perfect Podcasts to Binge this Weekend”

  1. Teen Creeps = Podcast that talks about YA pulp fiction *highly recommend if you like Christopher Pike and R.L. Stine’s Fear Street
    The Black Tapes = Radio host investigating about unsolved ‘paranormal cases’ referred to as The Black Tapes.
    Rabbits = Virtual reality
    TANIS = Producer of The Black Tapes investigates TANIS. Still haven’t finished this one, so I don’t know what to say.

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    1. Thanks Claire! I started Tanis- I know it’s really popular- I just couldn’t get past the fact it’s so scripted. For me, I guess I prefer non-fiction in my podcasts❤️❤️❤️


  2. These sound good…honestly I didn’t even know there were podcasts like this. I mean, I’ve listened to informational kinds of podcasts, but not fiction. Cool! I’ll check them out 🙂

    By the way, I nominated you for the Unique Blogger Award! There’s no obligation to participate, but I wanted to share the blogging love ❤ If you'd like to see the post, it's here: Unique Blogger Award


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  3. My suggestions are a little different but I absolutely love them.
    1. Myths and Legends podcast… this guy tells myths, legends and folklore from around the world. The retellings are usually hilarious and awesome. Hands down my favorite podcast ever. My commutes have gone from miserable to delightful 😊
    2. The Ancient World: this guy is retired and decided to track down primary and secondary sources and podcast the history of the world in the ancient times. Very interesting and entertaining! Hopefully you get a chance to check one out 😊

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  4. Great recommendations, I love My Favorite Murder and S-Town, and just added Up and Vanished and Sincerely, X…thank you for those! I recently listened to the Fall Line and In the Dark, both I heard recommended on MFM and they were quite interesting, maybe you’d like them if you haven’t listened yet. Both are also missing persons investigations, one with a recent resolution and one still with a lot of questions, both shedding light on mistakes in the investigation and local politics/problems. Excellent post!


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