Weekly podcast roundup: Comedy, crime, confrontation

Posted on Sep 21 2017 - 8:01am by Ethel Mwedziwendira

I’m back, friends. Not like Shady, but I’m back. Last week, I took a break from my weekly podcast roundup to listen to some podcasts people have suggested. I’ve ventured away from my typical motivational and sports ones and added fashion and crime podcasts to the list. This group is a good one for anyone interested in stand-up comedy, crime or fashion.

As usual, here are my weekly favorites:

2 Dope Queens

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I wasn’t drawn to this show because of the name. OK, maybe I was. “2 Dope Queens,” hosted by Jessica Williams of the “The Daily Show” and Phoebe Robinson of “Broad City,” represents people of different backgrounds, from female comedians to LGBT comedians. These two are funny. They’re fierce and bring an outsider’s point of view on issues. They talk about their opinions on man buns, and sometimes things get out of hand and Phoebe gets wild on Tinder on air. It’s not your typical podcast, but that’s the joy of it – you don’t know what you’ll expect with these two.

My Brother, My Brother And Me

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In this podcast, three brothers — Griffin, Justin and Travis McElroy — provide their listeners with advice and answers to questions submitted or found on Yahoo! Answers. Sometimes they talk about horses, sometimes about Popeyes. This show is funnier than any stand-up comedy you’ve seen. I’m talking about cheek-hurting, sides-hurting type funny. A personal favorite: “Bicentennial Dad.” In this episode, the three brothers chime in on a relationship that’s gone wrong. Yes, they give some pretty outlandish advice, but that’s what makes it funny.

My Favorite Murder

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If you’ve listened to “S-Town” or “Serial Killers,” then “My Favorite Murder” will probably fit your interest of creepy podcasts. Brought to you by crime enthusiasts and comedians Georgia Hardstark and Karen Kilgariff, this podcast gives details about “hometown murders.” These two are quirky and witty. If you want a recommendation, listen to “Episode 34: Thirty Let the Bodies Hit the Four,” about the life of Richard Speck, a mass murderer who was later sentenced to death, and the Port Arthur Massacre in Australia in the ’90s. This podcast will have you at the edge of your seat, wanting more.


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Thanks to Jonathan Goldstein from Gimlet Media, this podcast makes me want to call my brother and apologize for the time I ate his Hot Cheetos — I’m not joking. Join Goldstein as he tackles difficult conversations about people’s pasts like a therapist. It might encourage you to rekindle an old relationship or reconnect with an old friend. Gimlet Media describes the show as stories that journey back to when everything was right. Goldstein confronts his subjects in these podcasts so they can resolve their disputes.


It’s hard to think of Vogue without thinking of Meryl Streep playing Anna Wintour in “The Devil Wears Prada.” Since it’s September, and New York Fashion Week falls in September, I thought I would share one of my favorite, most-listened-to podcasts at the moment. Hosted by former editor-at-large for Vogue magazine Andre Leon Talley, each episode talks about popular topics in the fashion industry — from who’s wearing what to who made Vogue magazine headlines. Disclaimer: This podcast is not designer- and fashion-focused, but it’s still a must-listen.

Until next time.