There’s nothing I enjoy more than listening to a good podcast. I love doing the dishes and learning about the inner workings of the mind or having a good chuckle on the train to work. And I’m not alone, more and more of us are using our morning commutes to listen to some inspiring and funny podcasts. I must admit, the ones I find the best are the ones that stay with you. The ones that really have the shock factor! They help make my day a little brighter and takes the sting out of doing household chores. So, get ready for it! Here are 7 mind-blowing podcasts:
1. S Town
From the makers of Serial and This American Life, S Town is one of the most captivating and bizarre podcasts I’ve come across. The story is unlike anything you’ve heard before! What starts out as a regular small-town murder mystery falls apart, leaving us with a much more twisted and touching account. Make sure you have a lot of time on your hands because you’ll want to listen to these episodes back to back! Listen here.
This eye-opening and cerebral podcast explores the invisible forces influencing human behavior. The revelations are rather shocking: One blind boy rides a bike using sonar, a whole town accepts and indulges madness and an explorer discovers a brand new emotion. Hosts Lulu Miller, Hanna Rosin and Alix Spiegel shock us with stories of unusual behavior, science, and psychology. There are three series of this, so get ready to be mind blown! Listen here.
3. The Butterfly Effect
Jon Ronson, writer of ‘The Men Who Stare At Goats’ and ‘The Psychopath Test’ is one of my favorite investigative journalists. In this podcast, he takes a look at the porn industry and the effects of one Norwegian boy’s idea to make a buck out of free porn. We are taken on a shocking ride, but not for the reasons you’d expect. The effects of one decision can reach far and wide, bringing us to unexpected places. Listen here.
4. Dirty John
So you loved Serial (if you haven’t listened yet we recommend you go do that first), then continue down the path of true crime with this shocking story. The hype for murderous plots and brilliant investigative journalism brings us Dirty John, a podcast that will shock and enthrall! The story is pieced together from interviews with Debra Newell and her family as they recount the tale of her relationship with the alluring yet sinister John. It’s internet dating gone terribly wrong as fairy-tale romance descends into a tale of dangerous love and deceit. This will have you on the edge of your seat! Listen here.
5. Ctrl Alt Delete
This is a must for any Career Girl. Brilliant topics spanning women and the tech industry, the internet, social media, and feminism. The shock factor is simply in the novelty of this female-oriented show about the modern digital world. Emma Gannon, internet superstar, interviews guests like Tavi Gevinson, Lena Dunham, and Mara Wilson to discuss career, online presence, friendships, life, blogging, writing books and everything in-between! Listen here.
6. Terrible, Thanks For Asking
This one’s a shocker and not always pleasant so brace yourself! Author, Nora McInerny shares a-typical answers to the question: “How are you?”. The stories are far from the mundane: Fine, thank you’. Instead, we are faced with dark and haunting real-life events. The point of the podcast is to break down the stigma of simply having a terrible time. Sharing these awful and shocking stories reminds us that there is no shame in talking about hardship. In fact, vulnerability brings strength and hope. Listen here.
Which ones are your favorites?
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