Jordan’s podcast picks

The Daily (New York Times)

“The Daily,” hosted by the well-known Michael Barbaro and Sabrina Tavernise of The New York Times, is a great way to keep up with what is happening in the world. With over 1,700 episodes produced since 2017, this beloved New York Times podcast releases new episodes five times a week, with each averaging around 30 minutes. “The Daily” does an outstanding job of diving deeply into each day’s topic through thorough research as well as first-hand accounts and stories from those directly affected by the issue. The show’s February 7, 2023, episode featured the stories of witnesses on the ground in the aftermath of the 7.8-magnitude earthquake in Turkey and Syria. Other episodes range from updates on the war in Ukraine to facial recognition in Madison Square Garden. Available for streaming on Spotify, Apple Podcasts and The New York Times website, “The Daily” is perfect for catching up on the news during a study break or commute to school. 

“The Daily” podcast cover. The New York Times.

Heavyweight (Gimlet Media)

Is something weighing on you? Looking to live vicariously through others finding closure on moments from their pasts? If so, Gimlet Media’s “Heavyweight” is perfect for you. “Heavyweight” is produced by comedic writer Jonathan Goldstein, (a veteran of the famous “This American Life” radio program), and dives headfirst into a new personal story each episode. The podcast features over 50 episodes of self-reflection, as Goldstein helps guests reexamine something, or someone, from their past. Despite the concept’s apparent intensity and awkwardness, Goldstein brings humor and joy into each episode. “Heavyweight” can be streamed exclusively on Spotify – with each episode averaging around 40 minutes – a short recap of the many emotional journeys that have taken years to overcome. “Heavyweight” topics range from John Green’s past religious affiliations to siblings separated for 50 years. Even after one episode, you will be back for more. Who knows, this mysterious, funny and therapeutic series may even spark some internal reflection. 

“Heavyweight” podcast cover. Gimlet Media.

Chameleon (Campside Media)

Campside Media’s “Chameleon” is a con-themed series, which investigates numerous shady stories from around the world. Initially produced by Campside Media’s co-founders Josh Dean and Vanessa Grigoriadis, the podcast has five seasons, each focused on a different scam. Season one of “Chameleon” features the journey to uncover a mastermind impersonating the voices and identities of famous Hollywood stars. Other themes include mysterious wilderness boys, FBI drama, immigration scam calls and hypnotism used for evil. Since its creation, the series has been hosted by numerous journalists and investigators seeking to uncover the truth behind some of the world’s biggest scams. All episodes of “Chameleon” are streamable on both Apple Podcasts and Spotify. No matter what scam, Campside Media always gets to the bottom of it.


(Chameleon podcast cover) “Chameleon” podcast cover. Campside Media/Sony Music Entertainment.

My Favorite Murder (Exactly Right) 

“My Favorite Murder” is an Exactly Right Podcast Network series hosted by avid true-crime fans Karen Kilgariff and Georgia Hardstark. Not only do Kilgariff and Harstark share their favorite true-crime stories, they approach serious topics with a sense of humor while still addressing the story’s weight, making them more digestible. “My Favorite Murder” is available for streaming on Spotify and Apple Podcasts.  Each episode lasts a little over an hour, with plenty of gossip and banter between stories. Topics include the infamous Cocaine Bear, the trial of Arne Cheyenne Johnson (also known as The Demon Murder Case), Richard Ramirez and much more. If you are looking for a shorter listen, the series also features minisodes of hometown stories written in by fans and friends. With a sold-out worldwide tour and an incredibly loyal fan base, this podcast is a must for true crime lovers. Join the “My Favorite Murder” cult now, and as Kilgariff and Harstark always sign off: stay sexy and don’t get murdered. 

“My Favorite Murder” podcast cover. Exactly Right Media.