This Month’s Media: August 2021

What I watched, listened to, read, & played in August 2021!

August was a stressful month for me overall, but I did watch some good movies! I didn’t get to listen to many podcasts due to my phone not having enough storage space for the Spotify app for almost the whole month lol, but I did get to listen to some things!

TV

  1. Baby Nenes: Spanish for Babies & Toddlers
  2. The Disastrous Life of Saiki K: Episode 1
  3. Homeschool Pop: Foods in Spanish: Spanish Learning for Kids
  4. Let’s Read Homestuck: Episodes Act 2: Part 5, 6
  5. Neo Yokio: Pink Christmas: Episode 1

Total: 6 Episode

BOOKS

  1. Scholastic News: Nonfiction Readers: Tadpoles by Pam Zollman
  2. DK Findout: Castles by Philip Steele
  3. DK Findout: Castles by Philip Steele*
  4. The Adventure Zone: Here There Be Gerblins (The Adventure Zone, 1) 
  5. Frog & Toad Together by Arnold Lobel

Total: 5 Books

MOVIES & DOCUMENTARIES

  1. The Mitchells vs the Machines*
  2. Enola Holmes

Total: 2 Movies & Documentaries

PODCASTS

  1. The Adventure Zone: Amnesty Ep 1, 2
  2. Lore: Episodes 112, 113, 114, 115
  3. Sawbones: Episodes: Dr. Mesmer & the Power of Animal Magnetism, Medical Cannibalism, Magnets, Epilepsy, Self-Experimentation, Sleepwalking
  4. Welcome to Night Vale: Episodes 161, 162, 163, 164, 165, 166, 167

Total: 19 Podcast Episodes

ALBUMS

  1. War Babies*

Total: 1 Albums

GAMES

  1. Little Nightmares

Total: 1 Games

*Things marked with the asterisk mean it’s something I’ve read/watched/listened to before, everything else is new to me! 

THIS MONTH’S MEDIA: JULY 2021

What I watched, listened to, read, & played in July 2021!

July was a pretty stressful month for me so I did not end up consuming as much media as I hoped to, but what I did listen to (including, MANY episodes of ‘Lore’ & some of my comfort show ‘The Adventure Zone’) were very helpful.

TV

  1. Puppet History: The Donner Party

Total: 1 Episode

BOOKS

Total: 0 Book

MOVIES & DOCUMENTARIES

Total: 0 Movies & Documentaries

PODCASTS

  1. The Adventure Zone: Episodes Live in Nashville, Candlenights in Tacoma, Setup: Amnesty
  2. Cults: Oneida Community Part 2, The Moonies Parts 1 & 2,
  3. Frog of the Week: Budgett’s Frog, Amazon Milk Frog, Coqui, Barking Tree Frog, Ruby-Eyed Tree Frog, Darwin’s Frog
  4. Jar of Rebuke: Episodes S2 Ep. 2, 3
  5. Lore: Episodes 93, 94, 95, 96, 97, 98, 99, `100, 101, 102, 103, 104, 105, 106, 107, 108, 109, 110
  6. Purrcast: Ep. 28, 29, 30, 31, 32, 33, 34, 35, 36, 37, 38, 39, 40
  7. Sawbones: Episodes: Tuberculosis, Pregnancy Tests, Plastic Surgery, Phrenology, Oil Pulling, Medical Marijuana
  8. Serial Killers: The Murder Factory Parts 1 & 2, Son of Sam Parts 1 & 2
  9. Sounds Fake But Okay: Ep. 9
  10. True Facts About Dinosaurs: Carnotasaurus, Velicoraptors
  11. Welcome to Night Vale: Episodes 159, 160

Total: 60 Podcast Episodes

ALBUMS

  1. Pet Sounds – The Beach Boys*

Total: 1 Albums

GAMES

Total: 0 Games

*Things marked with the asterisk mean it’s something I’ve read/watched/listened to before, everything else is new to me! 

This Month’s Media: May 2021

What I watched, listened to, read, & played in May 2021!

WOW, I listened to a HECK TON of podcasts this month due to working a lot, probably the most I’ve ever listened to in a month (98 podcasts!!!!), only a few TV episodes, quite a few more books than normal, & zero movies haha.

TV

  1. Let’s Read Homestuck: Episodes Act Act 2: 2, 3
  2. The Way of the House Husband: Episode 2, 3

Total: 4 Episodes

BOOKS

  1. Frog & Toad are Friends by Arnold Lobel*
  2. Cool Cuts by Mechal Renee Roe*
  3. Crafts for Valentine’s Day by Kathy Ross*
  4. First in Fashion: Mary Quant by Rebecca Felix
  5. Reptiles for Kids by Bold Kids
  6. Piranhas: Discover Pictures & Facts About Piranhas for Kids by Bold Kids
  7. Octopus: Discover Pictures & Facts About Octopus for Kids by Bold Kids
  8. Cuttlefish: Discover Pictures & Facts About Cuttlefish for Kids by Bold Kids
  9. Lions: Discover Pictures & Facts About Lions for Kids by Bold Kids

Total: 9 Books

MOVIES & DOCUMENTARIES

 

Total: 0 Movies & Documentaries

PODCASTS

  1. Across the Veil – BONUS: The Exorcist
  2. The Adventure Zone: Episodes Setup: Commitment 
  3. A OK: 5
  4. Cults: Oneida Community Part 1
  5. Dos: After You: S1 Ep. 21
  6. Frog of the Week: The Black Rain Frog, The American Bullfrog, The Purple Frog, Cranwell’s Horned Frog, Paedophryne Amauensis (Pete), Vietnamese Mossy Frog, The Glass Frog, African Dwarf Frog
  7. Frogcast: The Hairy Frog, the Wood Frog
  8. Jar of Rebuke: Episodes Interludes 3, 4
  9. Less is Morgue – Ep. 30, 31
  10. Lore: Episodes Halloween Specials 2016 1 & 2, Halloween Specials 2017 1 & 2,  45, 46, 47, 48, 49, 50, 51, 52, 53, 54, 55, 56, 57, 58, 59, 60, 61, 62, 63, 64, 65, 66, 67, 68, 69, 70, 71
  11. MBMBAM: Episodes 14
  12. Positiviteeny! Board of Good Things, Tiny Smiles, Say What You are Feeling
  13. Purrcast: Ep. 18, 19, 20, 21
  14. Sawbones: Episodes: Birth Control, Radiation Therapy, Tobacco, Patent Medicines, Immortality, Reanimation, Baldness
  15. Schmanners: Engagement, Birthdays, Apologies, Funerals
  16. Serial Killers: The Blood Countess Part 1 & 2, Dr. Death Part 1 & 2, The Sorcerer Part 1 & 2, The Trash Bag Killer Part 1 & 2, The Boston Strangler Part 1 & 2, Killer Petey, Carl Panzram Part 1
  17. Sounds Fake But Okay: Ep. 7
  18. Strange Heartland: 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 11
  19. Unsolved Murders: True Crime Stories: Ep. 4, 5
  20. Welcome to Night Vale: Episodes 147, 148, 149, 150, 151, 152, 153

Total: 98 Podcast Episodes

ALBUMS

Total: 0 Albums

GAMES

  1. Stardew Valley*
  2. Among Us*

Total: 1 Games

*Things marked with the asterisk mean it’s something I’ve read/watched/listened to before, everything else is new to me! 

THIS MONTH’S MEDIA: April 2021

What I watched, listened to, read, & played in April 2021!

Didn’t get to listen to a lot of podcasts this month because my phone was out of space so I didn’t have Spotify for most of the month so on commutes I listened to documentaries instead haha, but had a fun movie night with my friends, & watched a few more TV shows than usual!! Also, I got a new computer so now I can finally play games again!!!

TV

  1. Alfred Hitchcock Presents: The Crystal Trench
  2. Fancy Fast Food: Episodes $207 Popeye’s Spicy Chicken Sandwich, $419 Jack in the Box Munchie Meal, $274 Burger King Breakfast Sandwich
  3. Let’s Read Homestuck: Episodes Act 1: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, Act 2: 1
  4. Nailed It! Double Trouble: Episodes An Ungodly Mess, The Burbank State Fair, We’re Gonna Need a Bigger Cake
  5. Ouran High School Host Club: S1 EP. 11, 12
  6. Perry Mason: The Case of the Melancholy Marksman
  7. The Twilight Zone: Four O’Clock
  8. The Way of the House Husband: Episode 1

Total: 19 Episodes

BOOKS

Total: 0 Books

MOVIES & DOCUMENTARIES

  1. Jumanji (New One)
  2. Joanna Dennehy: Britain’s Most Dangerous Woman
  3. The Vikings: Who Were They? (BBC)
  4. N*zi Quest for the Holy Grail
  5. The Biggest Scientific Discoveries: National Geographic
  6. Brave Turtle: Australian Green Sea Turtle’s Life Journey
  7. Knives Out*
  8. Clue*

Total: 8 Movies & Documentaries

PODCASTS

  1. Cults: Twelve Tribes Part 2
  2. Less is Morgue – Ep. Kevin’s Top Sevens Presents: The Lost LIM Episode
  3. Lore: Episodes 34, 35, 36, 37, 38, 39, 40, 41, 42, 43, 44
  4. MBMBAM: Episodes 13
  5. Positiviteeny! The Idea of Taking a Walk, My Practice
  6. Sawbones: Episodes: Weight Loss, Benjamin Rush, Urine
  7. Serial Killers: The Butcher of Plainfield Parts 1 & 2
  8. Unsolved Murders: True Crime Stories: Ep. 3, 4
  9. Welcome to Night Vale: Episodes 139, 140, 141, 142, 143, 144, 145, 146

Total: 31 Podcast Episodes

ALBUMS

Total: 0 Albums

GAMES

  1. Stardew Valley*
  2. Among Us*

Total: 1 Games

*Things marked with the asterisk mean it’s something I’ve read/watched/listened to before, everything else is new to me! 

THIS MONTH’S MEDIA: March 2021

What I watched, listened to, read, & played in March 2021!

Heck, I listened to the most podcast episodes I have EVER listened to in one month! I did not watch many TV episodes or movies, or read much, but……..there were many, many podcasts-

TV

  1. Ouran High School Host Club: S1 EP. 9, 10

Total: 2 Episodes

BOOKS

  1. Cool Cuts by Mechal Renee Roe
  2. Cool Cuts by Mechal Renee Roe*

Total: 2 Books

MOVIES & DOCUMENTARIES

  1. The Lorax (original animated version)
  2. The Squid & the Whole

Total: 2 Movies & Documentaries

PODCASTS

  1. Across the Veil: Lake Monster Showdown, Mother Shipton
  2. A OK: 4
  3. Cults: The Brethren (Parts 1 & 2), Twelve Tribes (Part 1)
  4. The Great American Scream: 16
  5. Jar of Rebuke: Episodes Interludes 1 & 2
  6. Kakos Industries: S1 Episodes 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25
  7. KNIGHTS: Andrath the Prologue, Episode 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, Holiday Special
  8. Know it All: Is Time Travel Possible, Everything You Did Not Want to Know About Poop, What You Need to Know About Mars, Should You Believe in Ghosts, Everything You Need to Know About Sherlock Holmes, Halloween is NOT Cancelled, Chess is Cooler Than You Think, Interesting Facts About the British Royal Family, Why Small Towns are Underrated, Is Santa Claus Real, Are Crime Shows Realistic, Karate in America, Is Swearing Good for You, Does Bling Make Everything Better, Survival by Any Means Necessary, Digging Through the Past, How Do We Fall in Love? (NOTE: The day I listened to the last episode listed here is the day I googled the host & it was the first I had heard about their racism/scandal. I listed this episodes here because I did listen to them, but I will not be listening to any other content from this host in the future.)
  9. Less is Morgue – Ep. 120, 121, 122, 123, 124, 125, 126, 127, 128, 129, Audio Verse Awards Celebrations: Less is Morgue Blooper Reel
  10. Lore: Episodes 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31, 32, 33
  11. MBMBAM: Episodes 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
  12. Positiviteeny! Episodes What is Positiviteeny, Picking Battles, Get S**t Done,
  13. Project Botany: What are Plant Nutrients, Who Was Norman Borlaug, What are Micro Nutrients, What is Paleobotany?, What is the History of Pest Control, What is the Difference between Angiosperms & Gynosperms, How Do Plants Move?
  14. Purrcast: Ep. 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16. 17 
  15. Sawbones: Episodes: Hysteria, Amputation, Lobotomy, John Kellog’s Odd Prescription
  16. Schmanners: Handshakes & Business Cards, Gambling: Casinos
  17. Serial Killers: The Freeway Killer (Parts 1 & 2), The Moors Murderers (Parts 1 & 2), The Killer Clown (1 & 2), Jolly Jane (1 & 2)
  18. Sounds Fake But Okay: Ep. 6
  19. Strange Heartland: The Haunting of Ray
  20. Unsolved Murders: True Crime Stories: Ep. 2
  21. Welcome to Night Vale: Episodes 129, 131, 132, 133, 134, 135, 136, 137, 138

Total: 117 Podcast Episodes

ALBUMS

  1. The Basement Takes (2015 – 2016)
  2. Time Out – The Dave Brubeck Quartet

Total: 2 Albums

GAMES

  1. Dig Dug* (ongoing)
  2. Galaga* (ongoing)

Total: 2 Games

*Things marked with the asterisk mean it’s something I’ve read/watched/listened to before, everything else is new to me! 

THIS MONTH’S MEDIA: FEBRUARY 2021

What I watched, listened to, read, & played in February 2021!

I didn’t have a lot of time for watching TV or reading, but I did listen to a lot of podcasts including starting some new ones!!

TV

  1. BuzzFeed Unsolved: Supernatural: S2. EP 1
  2. Ouran High School Host Club: S1 EP. 8

Total: 2 Episodes

BOOKS

  1. N/A

Total: 0 Books

MOVIES & DOCUMENTARIES

  1. Groundhog Day*
  2. The Martian
  3. Dateline Mystery: The Serial Killer Next Door
  4. Much Ado About Nothing
  5. Greyhound

Total: 5 Movies & Documentaries

PODCASTS

  1. Across the Veil – Yuletide Special: Gryla & Her Gang, Black Cats, The Rougarou, Doppelgangers, Selkies, Double Creature Feature: The Bunyip & Kappa
  2. Cults: Rajneeshpuram Parts 1 & 2
  3. Dos: After You: S1 Ep. 20
  4. The Great American Scream: Mummies
  5. Kakos Industries: S1 Episodes 15
  6. Know it All: What You Need to Know About the Moon, Do Plants Have Feelings?, What is Eurovision Song Contest, All About Werewolves, Who is the Lady of the Lake (EDIT APRIL 2021: The day I listened to the last episode is the day I googled the host & it was the first I had heard about their racism/scandal. I listed this episodes here because I did listen to them, but I will not be listening to any other content from this host in the future.)
  7. Less is Morgue – Ep. 111, 112, 113, 114, 115, 116, 117, 118, 119
  8. Lore: Episodes 22, 23, 24, 25
  9. MBMBAM: Episodes 7
  10. Project Botany: What is Botany, How Do Seeds Work, What are Plant Hormones, What Do Plants Do With Water
  11. Purrcast: Ep. 6
  12. The Queer Thesperience: Cris King
  13. Sawbones: Episodes: Plague Medicine, Opium
  14. Schmanners: Baseball, Hotels & B&Bs
  15. Serial Killers: The Midwest Black Widow Parts 1 & 2, The Angel of Death Parts 1 & 2, Bible John Parts 1 & 2, The Lethal Lovers Parts 1 & 2, The Butcher of Rostov Parts 1 & 2
  16. Sounds Fake But Okay: Ep. 5
  17. Unsolved Murders: True Crime Stories: Ep. 1: The Axeman
  18. Welcome to Night Vale: Episodes 125, 126, 127, 128, 130

Total: 57 Podcast Episodes

ALBUMS

  1. Highway 61 Revisited by Bob Dylan*
  2. 7 EP by Lil Nas X

Total: 2 Albums

GAMES

  1. Dig Dug* (ongoing)
  2. Galaga* (ongoing)

Total: 2 Games

*Things marked with the asterisk mean it’s something I’ve read/watched/listened to before, everything else is new to me! 

THIS MONTH’S MEDIA: JANUARY 2021

What I watched, listened to, read, & played in January 2021!

I feel like I read a nice number of books this month, didn’t get to watch that many TV shows but my family can vouch I had a great time watching the Gingerbread Showdown show. Also I actually watched some movies for once lol including the first Lord of the Rings movie so I’ll finally understand some of the references to it~

TV

  1. BuzzFeed Unsolved: Supernatural: S1. EP 7
  2. Steven Universe: S3: EP. 5, 6
  3. The Try Guys: Without a Recipe:  Sushi
  4. Holiday Gingerbread Showdown: Ep. 1, 2, 3, 4

Total: 8 Episodes

BOOKS

  1. The Boxcar Children by Gertrude Chandler Warner*
  2. Chasing Vermeer by Blue Balliett*
  3. The Baby-Sitters Club #4: Mary-Ann Saves the Day by Ann M. Martin*
  4. The 20’s & 30’s: Flappers & Vamps by Cally Blackman
  5. Wild Edible Mushrooms: Tips & Recipes for Every Mushroom Hunter
  6. Molds, Mushrooms, & Other Fungi by Steve Parker
  7. Finding Yvonne by Brandy Colbert
  8. Frog & Toad are Friends by Arnold Lobel
  9. Princess Jellyfish, Volume 2 by Akiko Higashimura
  10. The Random House Book of Easy-to-Read Stories with an Introduction by Janet Schulman*
  11. If the Dinosaurs Came Back by Bernard Most*

Total: 11 Books

MOVIES & DOCUMENTARIES

  1. Knives Out
  2. One Night Only: The Best of Broadway
  3. The Hug
  4. Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring

Total: 4 Movies & Documentaries

PODCASTS

  1. Across the Veil – Ghost Stories with Zelda & Amy, The Loveland Frogmen, The Squonk, The Yuki-Onna, The Ijiraq, Double Creature Feature: The Mahaha & Nisse
  2. The Adventure Zone: Episodes 65, 66, 67, 68
  3. Cults: Church of Euthanasia Parts 1 & 2
  4. The Great American Scream: 27. Haunted Dolls, 40. Superstitions
  5. Jar of Rebuke: Episodes 1, 1, 2, 3, 4, 10, 11
  6. Kakos Industries: S1 Episodes 14
  7. Know it All: Why Do We Like Movies About Crime, The Mysterious World of Magic (EDIT APRIL 2021: The day I listened to the last episode is the day I googled the host & it was the first I had heard about their racism/scandal. I listed this episodes here because I did listen to them, but I will not be listening to any other content from this host in the future.)
  8. Less is Morgue – Ep. 105, 106, 107, 108, 109, 110
  9. Light Hearts Podcast – EPs. Painting the Night with Sarah Werner, Writing the Story with Sawyer Greene, Minisode: Passing Through, Minisode: Halloween, Borrowing the Book with A. R. Olivieri, Minisode: Holiday
  10. Lore: Episodes 21
  11. Midnight Margaritas: The Broom Closet
  12. The Queer Thesperience: Charlie Alemán, Amanda Noriko Newman
  13. Sawbones: Episodes: Bloodletting 
  14. Schmanners: Accessories: Handkerchief, Napkin, & Fan
  15. Serial Killers: The Green River Killer 1 & 2
  16. Sounds Fake But Okay: Ep. 3, 4
  17. The Spooky Sapphic Storyteller: 12, 13, 14, 15
  18. Talking with Shadows: Episode 47 – Tales by Monitor Light w/ Casper Oliver
  19. Welcome to Night Vale: Episodes 118, 119, 120, 121, 122, 123, 124

Total: 55 Podcast Episodes

ALBUMS

  1. Heathers: The Musical*
  2. Catch Me if You Can: The Musical
  3. Rubber Soul by The Beatles*
  4. Highway 61 Revisited by Bob Dylan*
  5. Abandoned Luncheonette by Hall & Oates*

Total: 5 Albums

GAMES

  1. Dig Dug* (ongoing)

Total: 1 Game

*Things marked with the asterisk mean it’s something I’ve read/watched/listened to before, everything else is new to me! 

20 Favorite Podcasts of 2020

A list of my top 20 favorite podcasts of 2020!

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I listened to way more podcasts in 2020 than any year before, I’m so lucky to be part of the cast & crew of several podcasts on this list, & I discovered so many new amazing podcasts, so I wanted to make a list of what they were & why I like them!

A lot of them are spooky in some way, a lot of them are edutainment, & many of them are queer. There is a THEME here haha. There were a few others I listened to, but I didn’t listen to enough episodes for them to make the cut, but considering how much I liked what I heard, they will likely be on another list at some point because I wanna recommend them to you too.

You can view this list on Podchaser here!

1. Jar of Rebuke

What It Is: Every 7th and 21st, join in Dr. Jared Hel’s audio journal entries as he works to re-discover his forgotten past and learns about all of the strange supernatural entities and anomalies for an organization called ‘The Enclosure’ within the small midwestern farm town of Wichton. With episodes based upon REAL legends and lore within the midwestern United States, follow along as Jared tries to figure out the secrets of the town as well as the secrets of his own identity.

Why I Like It: WELLLLLLL I’m part of the cast & crew for this podcast so MAYBE I’m biased haha & it is created by  my best friend & business partner Casper Oliver, BUT I love Jar of Rebuke because the protagonist, Dr. Jared Hel, is an amazing character who I really relate to & would totally wanna to be friends with if we lived in the same universe, there are so many other fantastic characters like Darius, Jamie, Holly, Milo, Ester, Laura, & SO. MANY. MORE. Plus a STELLAR cast of voice actors & a super awesome & intriguing storyline that has the perfect balance of humor, angst, & creepiness mixed with cryptids based on real Midwestern lore.

2. The Queer Thesperience

What It Is: “The Queer Thesperience” is a bi-weekly podcast featuring guests within the entertainment world who are also within the LGBT+ community to discuss their experiences, knowledge, and stories with your host Casper Oliver, a queer trans actor and podcaster.

Why I Like It: ALSO might be biased on this one because I’m part of the crew for this & was interviewed on the pilot episode of this show which is also hosted by Casper. But I love it because every episode gives me so many interesting insights & ideas from an INCREDIBLE selection of guests across a variety of performance mediums, & it’s so fascinating to hear about the experiences of such cool people! ALSO, it’s super queer & has to do with performing which I am Very Here For because that sums up me as a person haha~

3. Midnight Margaritas

What It Is: Hollis Coffin (he/him) & Casper Oliver (they/he) discuss different topics in witchcraft! From holidays to practices to specific tarot cards, once a month we do a video call and talk witchcraft! All while playing a drinking game with rules that we establish at the beginning of each episodes.
Find our hosts on social media at @coffinpolish & @casperolivervo.

Why I Like It: I’ve been a witch since I was 16, so I love anything witchy, & with two hilarious queer hosts joking around as they teach you about interesting lore & facts about witchy history, celebrations, different gods & goddesses, & more!

4. Georgie Romero is Done For

What It Is: Georgie Romero has risen from the grave, driven to solve the mystery of her former human life with the help of an inept witch and a cynical ghost. Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/georgieromeroisdonefor/support.

Why I Like It: Georgie Romero is Done For has the PERFECT combination of feel good & spooky. I love the character of Georgie – she’s determined & spunky, & her friends Hanako & Zabel, as well as all the other interesting & funny residents of their AU Florida, make this podcast a joy to listen to especially when I want something compelling & light-hearted. Also, I’m friends with several people on the cast & crew (including one upcoming cast member!) so that makes it even more fun to listen to!

5. Dos: After You

What It Is: Things changed after him. Deck has fallen for someone that isn’t human, and so he leaves a hungry home to find him. Todo cambió después de él. Deck se ha enamorado de alguien que no es humano, y deja así atrás una casa hambrienta para verle de nuevo. ¿Le estará esperando? El mundo ha cambiado… ¿Y él?Horror, urban fantasy LGBT+ audiodrama available in English & Spanish. Find out more about Dos: After You at https://dosafteryou.com/ and support the podcast by joining our patreon at www.patreon.com/dosafteryou.com Twitter: @dosafteryou Instagram: @dosafteryou_ Email at podcast@dosafteryou.com English Spanish Category: Fiction, Art, Fiction: Drama. Clean. Dos: After You is Licensed Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International (CC BY-NC-ND 4.0)

Why I Like It: Created by an almost-entirely trans cast & crew, telling a dark & fascinating story about a man who has fallen in love with a god & trying to find him again, Dos: After You is both a dark love story AND a compelling suspense drama story that I am super excited to see what happens next in. Also, I think it’s really cool that each episode is released in both English AND Spanish, & episodes are usually only 5-7 minutes long, which makes it very easy to listen to (so no excuse NOT to listen to it if that plot sounds interesting to you, just sayin’~).

6. Across the Veil

What It Is: Best friends and amateur cryptozoologists Zelda and Emma discuss creepy creatures, strange happenings and spooky circumstances. Follow us on instagram @across.the.veil and twitter @acrosstheveil1 Support us by becoming a patron! https://www.patreon.com/acrosstheveil Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/acrosstheveil/support

Why I Like It: I’ve learned SO MUCH about cool cryptids & ghosts & whatnot from this podcast! I love how the hosts tackle primarily things I’ve never heard about before – as much as I adore Mothman, it’s really nice to hear about cryptids from other countries like the Pontianak or the Bukit Timah Monkey Man, as well as some lesser-known American cryptids like the Fresno Nightcrawler! The hosts cover the topics in a super informative while also super fun way, & watching them interact in their friendship is just a joy, they seem like friendship goals haha.

7. The Spooky Sapphic Storyteller

What It Is: A hybrid personal narrative/audio drama podcast exploring LGBTQ experiences and the paranormal.

Why I Like It: I’ve never listened to a podcast before that combines telling personal stories from the writer’s own life through fictional characters & their interactions with other characters & storylines within the podcast, but I LOVE it! Both the fictional story & the personal stories are both compelling, I totally wanna see what happens next for all the characters because I care about their stories (THERE ARE QUEER & TRANS GHOSTS!), & it’s also nice to hear about the experiences of other people who have gone through similar things that I have!

8. Less is Morgue

What It Is: Set in an alternate Tallahassee, FL where monsters, ghouls, and ghosts are the norm, our hosts Riley and Evelyn attempt to record and produce a podcast, often interrupted by everything from Blackbeard’s ghost to an irritating tech bro with a God complex.

Why I Like It: I haven’t had a chance to listen to that many episodes yet, but I’ve really enjoyed what I’ve heard so far! The love-hate friendship between the two protagonists (who host the “podcast within the podcast”) is hilarious & so much fun to watch, & I know that some of the more recent episodes address topics like mental health, so I’m super excited to see that! I also think it’s a fun universe this story takes place in, & also, QUEER & NONBINARY CHARACTERS!

9. Welcome to Night Vale

What It Is: Twice-monthly community updates for the small desert town of Night Vale, where every conspiracy theory is true. Turn on your radio and hide. Never listened before? It’s an ongoing radio show. Start with the current episode, and you’ll catch on in no time. Or, go right to Episode 1 if you wanna binge-listen.

Why I Like It: I just started listening to WTNV in 2019 after Casper recommended it to me & I, wanting to actually listen to interesting & good podcasts for a change after a long time of NOT listening to any, or any good ones at least, decided to give it a try. Well…….I ended up loving it, & here I am, 120 episodes later. I love WTNV because of interesting spooky stories, so so many great characters that I just love A Lot, & the way that it handles queerness just as something that *is*, without making a big deal out of it in a similar way to what Good Omens does!

10. Kakos Industries

What It Is: A deeply entertaining, R-rated, darkly satirical, sex-positive comedy audio drama with elements of horror. Congratulations! You are now a shareholder in Kakos Industries, a megacorporation that specializes in helping its clients to Do Evil Better. You are now entitled to listen to the shareholder announcements that keep you up to date on all of the advancements made in Evil and the bizarre occurrences inside of Kakos Industries itself. For fans of Welcome to Night Vale, Douglas Adams, Better Off Ted, the Venture Brothers, and Archer.

Why I Like It: Kakos Industries has kind of a similar vibe to WTNV, but it’s less spooky & more of an absurdist comedy about an organization that secretly runs a lot of the Evil in the world. I love absurdist things, & though I may be asexual, I still do enjoy me some dark & R-rated humor, so Kakos Industries has a great mix of both those things.

11. Sounds Fake But Okay

What It Is: A podcast where an aromantic asexual girl and a demisexual-straight girl talk about all things to do with love, relationships, sexuality, and pretty much anything else that they just don’t understand.

Why I Like It: I love podcasts where two friends talk about things they really find interesting (as you can see by many other podcasts on this list haha). And this one has two best friends talking about something I don’t hear about quite as much in podcasts – being asexual & aromantic! As an asexual (specifically, at this point I identify as demisexual but I might be gray asexual~) & aromantic person, so many of the topics covered on this podcast are things I’ve ALWAYS wondered, but never wanted to actually have to ask my friends, so I’ve learned a lot from it & felt less confused as an aroace person because of it.

12. A OK

What It Is: Weekly interviews with people on the asexual and aromantic spectrums.

Why I Like It: I know this podcast isn’t running anymore, & I haven’t heard many episodes of it yet, but I’ve loved what I’ve heard! It’s interviews with folx on the asexual or aromantic spectrums, & a lot of them have really cool & interesting insights about what it’s like & with their own experiences! Which I also like, & it reminds me how many ace & aro people there are in the world while also giving representation to those identities!

13. The Adventure Zone

What It Is: Justin, Travis and Griffin McElroy from My Brother, My Brother and Me have recruited their dad Clint for a campaign of high adventure. Join the McElroys as they find their fortune and slay an unconscionable number of … you know, kobolds or whatever in … The Adventure Zone.

Why I Like It: Any of the McElroy-related podcasts on this list were ALSO recommended to me by Casper (who, tbh probably actually recommended nearly everything on this list to me now that I think about it haha, they have SO MANY GOOD RECOMMENDATIONS for so many things~). This is probably my TOP comfort podcast to listen to, so I tend to listen to it a lot when my life gets stressful. I love it because it has a super good, funny, emotional, & fascinating storyline to follow, is made by some really funny & nice people, has AMAZING characters, &…I laugh SO MUCH to myself in my car at this podcast. I just love it a lot, definitely one of my favorites.

14. Shmanners

What It Is: Join husband Travis McElroy and wife Teresa McElroy every Friday and they’ll improve your etiquette week by week! Perplexed by thank you notes? Baffled by black tie? Dismayed by dinner parties? Worry no more, Shmanners has your answers!

Why I Like It: I *LOVE* edutainment podcasts & shows because I love learning & I love fun & humor, so when you put those those two things together, you end up with an excellent chance of me liking something. While I may have rebelled when my grandma tried to teach me manners as a kid, I am now an adult with some social anxiety, who really wants to be likeable, & who also loves learning cool facts about the histories of things & why we do certain things that we do. Shmanners has ALL of that & is hosted by some really great people.

15. Know It All

What It Is: Know It All is the Netflix podcast hosted by OnlyJayus, the internet’s favorite weird fact finder. Every other week, Jayus will look for the answers to all the questions that come up while watching Netflix shows.

Why I Like It: Short episodes that teach me cool & interesting facts about a variety of different random topics while also being a fun edutainment podcast by an (I’m fairly sure) queer host.

16. My Brother, My Brother And Me

What It Is: Free advice from three of the world’s most qualified, most related experts: Justin, Travis and Griffin McElroy. For one-half to three-quarters of an hour every Monday, we tell people how to live their lives, because we’re obviously doing such a great job of it so far.

Why I Like It: I have never heard anything by the McElroys that I didn’t like, & this is no exception. Three hilarious people give sometimes good but usually bad advice to people who’ve asked questions online, & hearing their answers is so hilarious, I’ve laughed at this podcast so many times & I haven’t even had a chance to listen to that many of the episodes yet.

17. Sawbones

What It Is: Join Dr. Sydnee McElroy and her husband Justin McElroy for a tour of all the dumb, bad, gross, weird and wrong ways we’ve tried to fix people.

Why I Like It: ANOTHER great edutainment podcast from the McElroys, this one talks about weird medical things people in the past did, & it is SUPER fascinating & also oftentimes, funny. People used to do so many seriously weird & sometimes even harmful things in the name of medicine, & I feel I’ve learned a lot about history in general & weird interesting medical facts which I then like info-dumping on my family from this podcast.

18. Cults

What It Is: Mystery. Manipulation. Murder. Cults are associated with all of these. But what really goes on inside a cult? More specifically, what goes on inside the minds of people who join cults and leaders who start them? Every Tuesday, Greg and Vanessa (co-hosts of the podcast Serial Killers) explore the history and psychology behind the most notorious cults. Cults is part of the Parcast Network and is a Cutler Media production.

Why I Like It: Cults are fascinating to me on a lot of levels in the same ways that serial killers are, & Parcast Network does a really good job of covering the stories of various cults while also the psychology as to why the cult leaders did what they did, & why their followers ended up following them.

19. Serial Killers

What It Is: Every Monday and Thursday, Serial Killers takes a psychological and entertaining approach to provide a rare glimpse into the mind, methods and madness of the most notorious serial killers with the hopes of better understanding their psychological profile. With the help of in-depth research, we delve deep into their lives and stories. Serial Killers is part of the Parcast Network and is a Cutler Media Production.

Why I Like It: Another great podcast from Parcast Network, this is a really interesting look at serial killers & their stories. I started listening to it when I was doing research on Jack the Ripper, & they do a really good job telling the stories in an interesting & compelling way, which is why I’ve continued to listen to it!

20. Lore

What It Is: Lore is a bi-weekly podcast (as well as a TV show and book series) about dark historical tales. Each episode explores the mysterious creatures, tragic events, and unusual places that fill the pages of history. Because sometimes the truth is more frightening than fiction.

Why I Like It: This usually delves into darker & spookier topics, but I love learning about lore & stories of creepy things like ghosts, hauntings, superstitions, cryptids, & more from the past. I always learn a lot from this podcast, & it’s given me a lot of interesting ideas to use in stories!

 

There you go, folx! You now have a list of 20 great podcasts I started listening to in 2020, & I hope you found at least one that sounded interesting to you!

THIS MONTH’S MEDIA: NOVEMBER 2020

What I watched, listened to, read, & played in November 2020!

Oof, I really didn’t watch or listen to a lot of stuff this month haha. I was stressed for a lot of the month, so I ended up just listening to a lot of “The Adventure Zone” because it’s a major comfort show for me!! But I enjoyed all the things I consumed, & I FINALLY watched “The Rocky Horror Picture Show” for the VERY FIRST TIME!!!

TV

  1. Transformers: Prime S2: EP. 6
  2. Steven Universe: S3: EP. 2
  3. Grimm: S1: EP. 1, 2, 4, 5

Total: 6 Episodes

BOOKS

  1. Frogs: A Chorus of Colors by Deborah A. Behler & John L. Behler
  2. Wild Edible Mushrooms: Tips & Recipes for Every Mushroom Hunter by Hope H. Miller
  3. Kingdom Classification: Molds, Mushrooms, & Other Fungi
  4. Soar to Success: Mountain Gorillas in Danger by Rita Ritchie
  5. *Reader’s Digest – Animal Closeups: Penguins: A Funny Bird by Beatrice Fontanel

Total: 5 Books

MOVIES & DOCUMENTARIES

  1. The Rocky Horror Picture Show

Total: 1 Movies & Documentaries

PODCASTS

  1. The Adventure Zone: Episodes 52, 53, 54, 55, 56, 57, 58, 59, 60, 61
  2. Welcome to Night Vale: Episodes 101, 102, 103, 104, 105, 106, 107, 108, 109, 110
  3. The Queer Thesperience: Peaches Christ, Kaylie Horowitz, Dani Ernewein
    (I design the promotional graphics for this podcast so….you should totally check this podcast out haha)
  4. Cults: Episodes 22, 23
  5. Jar of Rebuke: Episodes 6, 7
    (I ALSO design the promotional graphics for this podcast & read the end credits so….you should also check out this one lol)
  6. The Spooky Sapphic Storyteller: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7
  7. A OK: EP. 1
  8. The Great American Scream: 37 (Cryptids)
  9. Midnight Margaritas: Samhain
    (Another great podcast that my dear friend Casper Oliver is a co-host on!!!)
  10. Papillon Podcast: Halloween Edition: Jar of Rebuke

Total: 38 Podcast Episodes

ALBUMS

  1. Rhino Hi-Five: They Might Be Giants

Total: 1 Albums

GAMES

  1. *Dig Dug (ongoing)

Total: 1 Games

*Things marked with the asterisk mean it’s something I’ve read/watched/listened to before, everything else is new to me! 

THIS MONTH’S MEDIA: SEPTEMBER 2020

What I watched, listened to, read, & played in September 2020!

I didn’t get to read as much as I would have liked this month, but I got to listen to plenty of podcasts! 🙂

TV

  1. Transformers: Prime S2: EP. 2
  2. Steven Universe: S2 EP. 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20

Total: 9 Episodes

BOOKS

  1. Salmon by Sylvia M James
  2. What Was Stonewall? By Nico Medina
  3. My Neck Hurts: Nonsurgical Treatments for Neck & Upper Back Pain by Martin T. Taylor

Total: 3 Books

MOVIES & DOCUMENTARIES

  1. Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events

Total: 1 Movies & Documentaries

PODCASTS

  1. The Adventure Zone: Episodes 39, 40, 41, 42, 43, 44, 45, 46, 47, 48
  2. Welcome to Night Vale: Episodes 88, 89, 90
  3. Schmanners: Episodes 4, 5, 6, 7, 8
  4. Kakos Industries: S1 Episodes 7,
  5. The Queer Thesperience: Episode 4, 5, 6
    (I design the promotional graphics for this podcast so….you should totally check this podcast out haha)
  6. Cults: Episodes 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14
  7. Serial Killers: 1, 2
  8. Lore: Episodes 7, 8, 9, 10, 11
  9. MBMBAM: Episodes 2
  10. Jar of Rebuke: Episodes 2, 3
    (I ALSO design the promotional graphics for this podcast & read the end credits so….you should also check out this one lol)
  11. Critical Role: Vox Machina Ep. 0

Total: 41 Podcast Episodes

ALBUMS

Total: 0 Albums

 

GAMES

  1. FaeFever by Monkey Wizard Entertainment

Total: 1 Games