Podcasts & Books

10 Of The Best Podcasts You Should Have Plugged Into This Year

By Jessica Best
2nd Jul 2019

There have been a ton of great new podcasts out in 2019 and other not-so-new-ones that had strong seasons. But like with anything entertainment-related, diving into the podcasting universe can take you on an information overload trip if you don't know where to start. Luckily we’re here to tell you what to plug into your ear holes and what to leave out of your binge-listening sessions as you hide from your extended family this holiday season.

From true crime to life advice, here are the best new podcasts of 2019.

The Lighthouse

The Australian (creators of Who The Hell Is Hamish? and The Teacher’s Pet) have launched their latest investigative podcast, this time about the mysterious disappearance of Belgian backpacker Theo Hayez. At the request of Theo’s family, The Australian’s national crime correspondent, David Murray, joined the unofficial search party to investigate what happened to Theo, who hasn’t been seen since leaving a Byron Bay bar in May this year. The podcast delves into all possible scenarios highlighted by a major police investigation and takes you inside the extraordinary search by local volunteers. Head here for more info.

Bobo And Flex

If it’s not music you’re looking for to be the soundtrack of your summer then there’s only one thing you need to do—plug your speaker into the Bobo & Flex podcast. Is it the best podcast to ever hit the interweb? We'd back that. Will you delve into some of the greatest philosophical, moral and self-analytical bants and debates ever? Hell yeah. Topics span everything from the problem of “being woke”, monogamy in the 21st Century, manifesting your best life, spirituality and even toxic activism.

Detective Trapp

When LA Times reporter Christopher Goffard released a little-known podcast by the name of Dirty John last year, true crime buffs lost their collective minds. Well praise the podcast gods because Goffard is back with his newest offering. Detective Trapp goes like this—when a young woman’s body is found at a trash-sorting plant, investigator Julissa Trapp learns the murder may be linked to the disappearance of three other women around California. She embarks on a dark journey that brings her face to face with a man who takes, as Goffard says, ‘a little piece of her soul’.

Beenham Valley Road

Fill up your spare time with the dark story behind the Beenham Valley Road podcast. Taking a look into the tragic murder of 27-year-old Kirra McLoughlin from Wolvi, Queensland, this podcast is hosted by two ex-cops who actually met Kirra. Expect a real-time telling, where you find out details around this case at the same time these guys do. At the moment, no one has been held responsible for Kirra’s death so you’ll no doubt be hooked around the mission to find justice.

All The S**t I’ve Learned Abroad

It’s true what they say, you really do “find yourself” when you travel. In this podcast, serial wanderlust-seekers, Steph Paige and Andrea Gillis come together to recount tales from their own travel experiences, from the lows of losing passports and missing flights to the highs of making new friends, discovering cultures and solo travel. They also tackle some pretty helpful topics too like travel insurance, scams and how to best straddle language barriers. Head here for more.

Small Town Dicks

Enter Small Town Dicks, the brainchild of Yeardley Smith—who has voiced the character of Lisa Simpson (of The Simpsons obvs) for the last three decades. Smith decided to explore her fascination of big crimes in small towns, launching her very own podcast back in 2017. In it, Smith teams up with anonymous twin detectives Dan and Dave to delve into the most deplorable crimes happening across America. Each week Small Town Dicks brings listeners through a complex and disturbing new crime, explained firsthand by the detectives who investigated the case along with primary resources such as 9-1-1 calls, suspect interrogation recordings and more. If you ever dreamt of being a detective, this is your chance to experience what it’s like first hand. 

Let’s Talk About Sects

If you were hoping for something X-rated then this isn’t for you, but if you’re after some seriously disturbing shit, then welcome to your new fave podcast. This series, as the name suggests, is indeed all about sects, deep diving in the world’s most outrageous and chilling cults. In each ep, host Sarah Steels covers everything from a cult’s history to their recruitment process and all the messed up stuff in between. Season 3 just dropped, and you can listen to it here.

The Happiness Lab

If you have moments where you find yourself scrolling through Insta, longing for a life that isn’t yours, you’re going to want to download this baby stat. This new series is led by Yale professor Dr Laurie Santos, who has spent her life studying the art of happiness, only to discover that most of us do the exact opposite of what would truly make our lives better. As well as offering up the latest scientific research on how to achieve peak happiness, Dr Santos also interviews some pretty inspiring people who, after overcoming adversity, prove true happiness is what make of it.

Passenger List

The story of Passenger List revolves around fictional missing Atlantic Airlines flight 702 which disappeared mid-flight between London and New York with 256 passengers on board. Each episode focuses on a different passenger on the plane, each with their own dark past. The series, which has enough drama and mystery to rival your latest Netflix obsession, is led by Kaitlin Le (played by Star Wars: The Last Jedi actor Kelly Marie Tran), a college student whose twin brother vanished with the flight and is determined to uncover the truth. Probs don’t download this one for you next trip OS.

Who The Hell Is Hamish?

You had to be living under a rock to not have heard about this jaw-dropping podcast. Who The Hell Is Hamish? comes direct from one of our fave podcast producers The Australian. The series delves into the wild life of Hamish Watson, a surfer from Sydney that became one of Australia's biggest con artists. After windling his victims (from Australia to the Uk) out of more than $7 million, he's finally been caught and is awaiting trail. This podcast will tell you the the whole, uncomfortable truth. 

And check out all the new true crime podcasts worth listening to.

Image credit: Bobo And Flex

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