Sam’s Spring Picks
Recommended recent listens
Hi, Sam here, I thought I’d share a few podcasts that I’ve recently finished and enjoyed. Some are old, others just released this week, but hopefully you might find something new to listen to within these recommendations.
True Crime isn’t my usual go to genre but I do love great investigative journalism hence why West Cork and Who Killed Emma are on my list, both are gripping but sympathetically told.
For insightful analysis of the news headlines I listen to Today In Focus, their recent Freshwater and The Post Office Scandal episodes have been brilliant.
In 2019 I devoured Season 1 of the fiction podcast Passenger List and have been patiently awaiting the launch of season 2 this week. Will the mystery surrounding Flight 702 be finally resolved…..
Having seen that Philippe Sand’s book The Ratline was Waterstone’s Non-Fiction Book of the Month for May, I thought I’d revisit Intrigue’s The Ratline episodes. I loved their Tunnel 29 series and am a sucker for all things WW2.
In the early 70s, Debbie Gayle was one of Britain’s most promising young ballerinas. At the age of 17, she was chosen to go to the Soviet Union and become the first Westerner to train at Russia’s finest ballet academy. It was a dream come true for her, but just a few months later, things took a near deadly turn for her. She made it out of the country thanks to a young girl named Natasha who she never saw or heard from again. In Finding Natasha, Debbie’s son Jake Warren – a journalist and podcaster, sets out to understand the story of his mum’s past, and to find the woman who saved her 50 years ago. 5 episodes.Play
In West Cork, it’s simply known as ‘the murder’. In 1996 French film producer Sophie Toscan du Plantier is found dead near her holiday home. There are no witnesses and no known motive. The police suspect one man in this community but they can’t make a charge stick and he refuses to leave, living under the glare of suspicion ever since. 13 episodesPlay
Winner of the Best Current Affairs Podcast at the 2020 British Podcast Awards, hosted by Anushka Asthana and Rachel Humphreys, Today in Focus brings you brilliant investigative journalism which combines personal storytelling with insightful analysis. this podcast takes you behind the headlines for a deeper understanding of the news, every weekday.Play
A lover of WW2 fiction, I’m now starting to explore the real human stories of that time revealed in podcasts. In this podcast, part of BBC Radio 4’s Intrigue series. Philippe Sands investigates the mysterious disappearance of senior Nazi, Otto Wachter, who was indicted for mass murder. The Ratline is a story of a curious death, political intrigue, spies, Nazi hunters, shadowy forces in the Vatican and a son grappling with the sins of his father. 10 episodes.Play
Chameleon unspools the story of one of the weirdest and wildest scams in history. Over the past seven years, hundreds of Hollywood gig workers have been fooled into flying to Indonesia for a movie that doesn’t exist. Tag along as two long-time journalists untangle the story of the Hollywood Con Queen scam, and embark upon an obsessive quest to figure out who’s behind it.Play