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The Vortex is a periodic review as a part of our blog here at Orbital Jigsaw covering some of our favorite podcasts you may have never heard of, but that we think deserve recognition. As podcasters, we are all also listeners first, so you’ll read reviews from multiple authors highlighting some of their favorites. If you’d like us to review your podcast for a spot here on The Vortex, send us an email with a link to your favorite episode to info@orbitaljigsaw.com!


In today’s world, finances are one the biggest stress factors in a person’s life. Dealing with bills, living paycheck to paycheck, and understanding exactly where your debt is coming from can become an overwhelming nightmare. But wait — there’s a podcast to help!

Clever Girls Know podcast is hosted by Bola Onada Sokunbi, a Certified Financial Education Instructor and for the the better part of the last two years, she has helped women understand their financial situations. I discovered Bola’s show when I was browsing for a female led business podcast and met her sunny disposition and warm voice with welcome ears.

I will be the first to admit, I know nothing about economics. I work a standard 9-5 job and I make an average income as a college graduate in the advertising field. I have a decent grasp on how to budget and I try to save as much as I can, but find it difficult at times. I am frugal by nature, but I had no idea how much money I was throwing away until I listened to this podcast. Bola helped me achieve specific financial goals, evaluate my own spending habits, and even explained a 401k in a light that I could actually understand.

How They Stand Out

Clever Girls Know podcast features discussions from women from all economic backgrounds. You may hear stories about paying off debt, retirement funds, or even how Bola herself saved over $100,000 in just under 4 years starting with an average $40,000 (listen to episode 002 for more on this story). She encourages women to take control of their financial futures and also manages CleverGirlFinance.com which has been a godsend for me. The blog is filled with tips/tricks on tax returns, salary mistakes, and small business interviews with other successful women. The writing staff also handles tough topics like asking for a raise, knowing your worth at work, and evaluating your own earning potential.

If you are looking for pointers on how to live a comfortable life while putting away money for your future, I highly recommend Bola’s show. It has certainly made me more conscious of my spending and I think it will help just about anyone.

 


Orbital Jigsaw was launched from Los Angeles in 2017 as a production company, encompassing a boutique hand-picked network of some of the top people in podcasting, their brands, and some amazing content across a myriad of genres.  From TV & Film to History to True Crime and more, we’ve got at least one show you’re going to absolutely adore listening to on a regular basis! If you’re interested in joining in-depth discussion, request access to our exclusive Facebook Group: Orbital Jigsaw Podience

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One of the most popular and polarizing questions in the podcasting community amongst listeners and podcasters alike is:

What mobile app should you use to consume your favorite shows?

At the risk of dating myself, I come from the days of using the iTunes desktop app to subscribe and sync my podcasts to my iPod.  It was a chore, but much like curating your music collection, being elitist about how amazing your vinyl sounds, or how everything should be encoded in FLAC, I took great pride in being a master of my podcast collection and built in time every week to download and sync my new shows. It was a regular occurrence, usually on Sunday’s.

Enter the iPhone & Apple Podcasts

The iPhone was out for quite some time before their Podcasts app began to hold sway, and Apple fully figured out how to integrate it with iTunes properly.  It really hit its stride with iOS10, and became the go-to listening app for approximately 80% of the market share. As popular as the iPhone became, it was a gateway for people to discover podcasts, as the app was installed by default and curiosity drove a lot of people to see what this whole “podcasts” thing is all about.

I fully attribute that, along with a few other notable things, to the rise of podcasting we’ve seen in the last 2-3 years, but that’s a post for another day.

Unfortunately, the more people that started listening to podcasts, the more it began to expose some of the weaknesses of the Apple Podcasts app.  At the same time, we began to see the rise of the 3rd party ecosystem with apps like Podbean, Stitcher, TuneIn, and my personal favorite…

Overcast

At first glance, Overcast can be a little minimalist.  But don’t let this fool you!  Simply click the + in the top right corner and you instantly have access to everything listed on iTunes.  Go through and search for your favorite shows and add them to your subscriptions.  The way Overcast displays the shows and episodes is also fantastic.  Once subscribed, when you launch the app, you’re presented with a full list of the shows you’ve sub’ed to, and a simple tap will get you immediately to the list of unplayed episodes.

Advanced Features

Now that you’re listening to your favorites, let’s dive into the real sweet sauce of what makes Overcast awesome.  Behind the curtains of Overcast is some pretty powerful tech, coded by creator Marco Arment (formerly of tumblr and instapaper), where you will find settings to stream or download, set “SmartSpeed” to a comfortable threshold, and a Vocal Boost option to smooth out and amp up the volume for that occasional show that might not have the gear or know-how to boost their volume.  The beauty of this is that all of these settings can be configured either universally, or on a per-show a la carte basis.  Some shows I listen to at 1.5x speed, and some audio dramas really need to be heard at their natural 1x speeds for the full effect.

Smart Playlists are also fantastic, as they let you bundle multiple episodes from multiple shows into a single playlist.  Think of it as your own curated feed of all of your fav shows’ feeds!  And Marco, if you’re reading this, I would love a way to be able to share this playlist publicly where other Overcast users could import it or add the playlist to their Overcast, similar to Spotify and their public playlists! (Thanks in advance!)

Perfect Minimalism

Overcast, for me, is the perfect podcast consumption app.  Marco has really nailed it here.  Apple’s Podcasts app recently committed seppeku with the iOS 11 update, trying to pull a Facebook and Twitter building in algorithms where they try to tell you what you should listen to, rather than just letting you listen to the shows you want to in simple chronological order.

Believe me, I get it. It’s hard to let go of the Apple app. It feels like its so ingrained, and borderline addictive.  It feels like you’re cutting off a drug to leave it and switch to something different.  But I can guarantee that you will not look back after giving Overcast a try for a week.

Challenge yourself to try something different and see what else is out there.  I’m certainly glad I did!


Orbital Jigsaw was launched from Los Angeles in 2017 as a production company, encompassing a boutique hand-picked network of some of the top people in podcasting, their brands, and some amazing content across a myriad of genres.  From TV & Film to History to True Crime and more, we’ve got at least one show you’re going to absolutely adore listening to on a regular basis! If you’re interested in joining in-depth discussion, request access to our exclusive Facebook Group: Orbital Jigsaw Podience

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The Vortex is a periodic review as a part of our blog here at Orbital Jigsaw covering some of our favorite podcasts you may have never heard of, but that we think deserve recognition. As podcasters, we are all also listeners first, so you’ll read reviews from multiple authors highlighting some of their favorites. If you’d like us to review your podcast for a spot here on The Vortex, send us an email with a link to your favorite episode to info@orbitaljigsaw.com!


When watching a movie based-on or inspired-by true events, the first thing I always ask myself leaving the theater is “well, how much of that actually happened?” Thankfully, someone already did the research and, even better, they’ve made it into a podcast.

Dan LeFebvre’s “Based on a True Story” podcast covers a variety of film genres and takes a deep dive into each one. I am the type of person that will endlessly search IMDB for film factoids and let me tell you, this podcast is essentially an audio IMDB.

I stumbled upon Dan’s show when I was looking for some additional movie podcasts to listen to. It was perfect timing because I had just finished re-watching David Fincher’s 2007 thriller “Zodiac” and was wondering how closely the film portrayed real life.

Dan jumped into how the film itself performed at the box office (SPOILER: it didn’t do well) and also compared the reality of the events involving the Zodiac killer to the film’s portrayal of the events.

There are three reasons I adore this podcast:

1) It is well-researched!

It is not an easy task to take real live events and compare them to film. There is time involved with watching the films, comparing articles, searching for interviews, sifting through journals. Dan makes this sound so simple. His podcast episodes are very thorough.

2) Dan’s narration is compelling!

I am the type of person that has gut instincts about podcasts. If I’m not hooked within the first 5 minutes, a show has probably lost me as a listener forever. Dan’s show caught me from the start. From the special music in the beginning of each episode to the charismatic voice of the narrator, Based on a True Story has all the elements of a great audio piece.

3) I learn something!

Learning for me is a must with a podcast. Sure, I love a good laugh as much an anyone, but I’m looking to gain at least one new perspective or tidbit from each podcast I listen to. Dan’s show is full of history and lore. He helps me understand parts of film that are put there in historical context and others that are there strictly for entertainment value.

Based on a True Story is a must for movie buffs or lovers of history. Whether you’re a fan of animated classics like “Anastasia”, classic dramas like “A Few Good Men”, or just a lover a history, you will always find something here. Listen to this right before you watch a film or come back afterwards and see what holds up as truth.

You will enjoy it either way.


Orbital Jigsaw was launched from Los Angeles in 2017 as a production company, encompassing a boutique hand-picked network of some of the top people in podcasting, their brands, and some amazing content across a myriad of genres.  From TV & Film to History to True Crime and more, we’ve got at least one show you’re going to absolutely adore listening to on a regular basis! If you’re interested in joining in-depth discussion, request access to our exclusive Facebook Group: Orbital Jigsaw Podience

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Who would have known that horrible crimes and wonderful wines go so great together?

The pairing is almost as natural as the hosts.

Kenyon, who takes care of the gritty details by doing the criminal research adds interesting detail to cases that would normally feel stale…until Wine and Crime gets their hands on it, that is.

Amanda brings the funny to some of the most serious topics out there. She is always ready with a snappy comment or a fresh perspective on what is typically a rotten situation.

Lucy is the official sommelier. I have no idea how one chooses a wine to pair with an entree, much less a heinous crime. But Lucy is able to pair wines that always have some clever connection to the crime being covered.

These three hosts work wonderfully with each other. Wine and Crime starts off with some subtle notes of humor and camaraderie before you notice the sometimes sharp, almost biting taste. It is dulled by the groups obvious chemistry and comedic timing that doesn’t necessarily take the listener out of the central theme of the wine and crime pairing but offers a relief to some of the more intense flavors the show has to offer.

With the large selection of true crime podcasts available, it can sometimes be difficult to find the one that suits your taste. It’s like looking at a wall of wine and trying to pick the right one. It can be dizzying.

How They Stand Out

One of my favorite aspects of this podcast is the way they cover multiple crimes within a “genre” or type of crime. For example, they cover road rage crimes, crimes involving twins, and even crimes in which plants are used.

Wine and Crime has a sweet aftertaste that left me feeling good about listening to stories involving horrible things. I love the pacing of this show and the production value and research are off the charts. If this podcast was on a wine list, it would be a top shelf option.

If you love your wine with a side of criminal activity, it’s time to set the table, open up a bottle, and pop in your earbuds to give Wine and Crime a taste.

You won’t be disappointed.


Orbital Jigsaw was launched from Los Angeles in 2017 as a production company, encompassing a boutique hand-picked network of some of the top people in podcasting, their brands, and some amazing content across a myriad of genres.  From TV & Film to History to True Crime and more, we’ve got at least one show you’re going to absolutely adore listening to on a regular basis! If you’re interested in joining in-depth discussion, request access to our exclusive Facebook Group: Orbital Jigsaw Podience

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Eye for an Eye is a true crime podcast that covers a variety of relatively well-known cases, and some lesser known ones as well, with a focus on analyzing whether or not the punishment fits the crime.  The show is hosted by Lisa and Matt, two childhood best friends who have channeled their mutual interest in true crime and punishment into their show.

Each episode is akin to sitting around and having a casual conversation amongst friends about fascinating (often times gruesome) subject matter, but hey, that’s what we true crime fanatics live for, am I right?  Lisa and Matt each bring to us a somewhat different look at crime stories many of us have already heard before, so if you look up their show and you see names and crimes you’ve seen before, I assure you it’s worth a moment to pick one or two that are most fascinating to you and give them a try.

Lisa, who self-admittedly obsesses over all of these cases, weaves you through the ins-and-outs of each story.  Each episode is thoroughly researched, and while sometimes things tend to sway off-topic, she quickly draws you back in and takes you through the story start to finish. You really get the sense that she knows these crimes backwards and forwards, as she admitted in their episode on Luka Magnotta (the Canadian pornographic/cannibal killer who dismembered and defiled his victim while filming the whole thing and uploaded onto the internet in an effort to make himself famous). She knows all the details of these cases by heart.

Matt, who brings his expertise of an educational background in Criminal Justice, often chimes in during the telling of the crime. As the two of them begin their deep dive into the punishment aspect of the crimes, he is able to effectively inject his wealth of knowledge when it comes to the legal aspect of sentencing and punishment.  It opens up the opportunity for Lisa and Matt to debate and banter about who’s right and who’s wrong, and they are all-too-willing to want to bring the listener in on the discussion as they don’t always agree with one another.

But that’s what’s key to their show — it can be thought-provoking, causing you to look at the same situation from very different perspectives.  And of course, it must be said that Lisa and Matt are adamant about maintaining a level of respect for victims and their families as well as for issues surrounding mental illness and how those who struggle with it are treated by the justice system and society as a whole.  With each episode, Lisa and Matt use their platform to highlight resources available for those who might be in need of help or know someone who is, which is something I truly appreciate!

How They Stand Out

Since their launch in October 2017, Lisa and Matt have consistently brought both full length episodes, as well as a smattering of bonus content. So, if you are just discovering this show, like me, then you have plenty of material to binge on.  Their full-length episodes are often upwards of 1 ½ hours long, but it definitely flows from these two quite naturally and shines through in their chemistry. They also pepper in audio clips of related news reports from each case, as well as insert some periodically throughout to help give the story context.  Right from the beginning, Lisa and Matt started off strong with OJ Simpson and have been full-steam-ahead ever since.

I should mention that some listeners may take issue with the quality of the audio (there might be a mild echo from the room they record it) but it is certainly not a deal breaker as far as I’m concerned!  Lisa is very talkative, and if you’re a stickler for grammar, she might on occasion stumble over a word here or there, but she knows it and will be the first to point it out to you!  Matt brings an easy-going balance to the show, and I find him to be well-informed and thought-provoking.  They do not skimp on the details, no matter how gruesome, or the language and the occasional F-bomb, so this show is NSFW or for young ears.

Overall, Eye for an Eye is a gem of a podcast, Lisa and Matt are funny, charming, and quite engaging.  If you’re like me and you have friends in your everyday life that would think you’re weird because you find so much pleasure in discussing the worst of the worst, the most gruesome of gruesome of criminals out there, then look no further than Lisa and Matt on the Eye for and Eye podcast.  They’ll certainly fill that void in every true crime fan out there.


Orbital Jigsaw was launched from Los Angeles in 2017 as a production company, encompassing a boutique hand-picked network of some of the top people in podcasting, their brands, and some amazing content across a myriad of genres.  From TV & Film to History to True Crime and more, we’ve got at least one show you’re going to absolutely adore listening to on a regular basis! If you’re interested in joining in-depth discussion, request access to our exclusive Facebook Group: Orbital Jigsaw Podience

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As a longtime fan of horror films, I tend to take my scary movies a bit too seriously. I lean into the hype. I pick apart each scene while my wife half listens to my armchair critical reviews. I’m the kind of horror fan that doesn’t take a review seriously unless it has a major publication behind it.

Yeah. I’m that guy.

So when I read the tag line for Nightmare on Film Street …

“the horror movie podcast hosted by two horror movie nuts with zero credibility”

… you could practically hear my eyes roll anywhere within a fifteen mile radius.

Then I listened to the show.

Not only do Jon and Kim have the credentials necessary to put on a great show about horror movies, they have the only credentials that really matter; they love scary movies and have seen a ton of them. That is evident by their frequent references to movies outside of the horror sub-genre they are covering and by the insights they illuminate by connecting contemporary horror to its influences, both classic and parallel.

How They Stand Out

Nightmare on Film Street understands better than any horror film podcast that horror isn’t always meant to be taken seriously, and that the line between horror and comedy is razor thin. Kim and Jon walk that razor’s edge perfectly. They have enough analysis to be taken seriously and the right amount of humor, personality, and genuine care for the genre to make this a must listen to podcast for any horror fan.

Recently I listened to a new episode where Jon and Kim compare 28 Days Later and 30 Days of Night (they joke about the films being connected by numbered days). What followed was an insightful discussion about what makes a zombie a true zombie, some of the finer points of the mental state necessary to kill a loved one that you know is turning into a monster, and a hilarious excoriation of Josh Hartnett’s chops as a leading man. Even for someone that takes their frights much too seriously, my guard came down so fast it made my head spin as I laughed along with Kim and Jon.

They achieved for me what every good podcast does — it felt like I was sitting in the room with them listening. If this podcast is scripted, they are incredible voice actors, and if it’s improvised they have developed a cadence to their conversation that bubbles with excitement one moment and crashes with laughter the next. It never feels like anyone is dominating the conversation or stepping on the other’s ideas. That’s not to say they agree on everything, but they take their disagreements as seriously as one should and have no trouble entertaining the other’s view on a movie.

Jon and Kim have great chemistry that shines through each episode. In the end, they could discuss anything — and it would likely be entertaining — but their love of horror flicks shines bright and gives Nightmare on Film Street that something extra. The clear labor of love and genuine enthusiasm for their subject puts this show among my favorite podcasts.


Orbital Jigsaw was launched from Los Angeles in 2017 as a production company, encompassing a boutique hand-picked network of some of the top people in podcasting, their brands, and some amazing content across a myriad of genres.  From TV & Film to History to True Crime and more, we’ve got at least one show you’re going to absolutely adore listening to on a regular basis! If you’re interested in joining in-depth discussion, request access to our exclusive Facebook Group: Orbital Jigsaw Podience

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I hope you enjoyed our recent list of favorite podcasts from 2017 by each of the hosts from Orbital Jigsaw shows!  Off the back of that, I’d like to also highlight several shows I think you should check out heading into 2018!

Listening to podcasts has become commonplace in today’s world as 1-in-6 adults listen to podcasts in some capacity. Over the last year, I’ve had the pleasure of listening to dozens upon dozens of high quality shows and, unfortunately, many of them will go unnoticed.

The independent podcasting community is a hardworking, close-knit group of dedicated artists who work day and night on their craft. I want to highlight some of the best independent podcasts I’ve had the pleasure of listening to this year and I am confident that if you give them a try, you will love them too.

 

1. Large Marge Sent Us

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Everyone loves to relive their childhood and The Sweetie Sisters are no exception. Each episode they choose a film that impacted their childhood or one from the 80’s/90’s era to rewatch and then give a full discussion. The episodes are always structured well starting with a “Sweetie Synopsis” in case you’ve forgotten the plot followed by loads of movie trivia and film discussion. You are guaranteed to learn at least one thing from each episode and as an added bonus, you get to enjoy Emily and Andre’s witty banter and strong sister bond.

My Personal Favorite: “Episode 65: A League of Their Own

 

2. The Story Behind: The Extraordinary History of the Ordinary

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Have you ever gotten into bed with the intention of looking at your smartphone and drifting off to bed, but instead find yourself heading down a three-hour rabbit hole of miscellaneous information? Then this is the podcast for you!

Emily brings hours of research to each of her episodes, all of which are 7-15 minutes in length. You’ll find a variety of topics including but not limited to the invention of the spork, theater superstitions, and the origin of peanut butter. Be careful, this podcast is extreme “binge” material and you’ll want to listen to them all at once, so try and take the time to enjoy them. You’ll have plenty of ice breakers for your next cocktail party!

My Personal Favorite: “Dr Pepper – Forrest Gump February

 

3. Podcasts We Listen To

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Jeremy is someone to know when you’re starting an independent podcast. He is the creator of the 16,000+ member group “Podcasts We Listen To” on Facebook and also hosts a podcast by the same name. His passion to bring indie podcasters to the forefront is apparent in his episodes. Jeremy interviews an individual or set of co-hosts about their podcast, their inspiration to start their show, and why they love what they do. It showcases a wide variety of hosts and you get to know the person or people behind the microphone. It’s a wonderful outlet to learn more about the independent podcast community and the hardworking people within it.

My Personal Favorite: “Tawny Platis – The Dirty Bits

 

4. Moms and Murder

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True crime is always a hard subject to cover because you want to give all the major details of the cases, but still have time to honor the victims and find a way to enjoy yourself. Mandy and Melissa are pros at walking this fine line. Each of their episodes provides thorough research and a lot of fun crime discussion. Additionally, their unique takes as mothers adds an empathetic element to their show making the case discussions even more compelling. You’ll somehow find yourself immersed in a case and bursting at the seams with laughter from their sporadic jokes, reality tv talk, and hashtag #onmydateline. Check out their closed Facebook group “Mums the Word” for more crime talk and hilarious parenting discussions.

My Personal Favorite: “Episode 19: Vampire Cult Killers

 

5. Varmints!

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Animals are some of the coolest beings on the planet, but sometimes National Geographic is just too dry to watch for 4 hours straight. Cue Varmints! Hosts Donna and Paul conduct hours of research on a variety of species from prairie dogs to polar bears. This is a podcast for the entire family as it is completely kid-friendly and filled with hilarious quips, sound effects, and factoids. You won’t want to miss an episode if you are an animal lover!

If you enjoy a wide variety of animal articles and gifs, hop, slither, or fly over to their Facebook discussion group!

My Personal Favorite: “Platypus – Varmints – 36

 

6. Fictional Females

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People may find it difficult to name a dozen strong, female characters found in the media but Fictional Females is here to change all of that. The podcast features a female character that made a massive impact in a plot or story. You’ll find deep dives on well known ladies like Ellen Ripley, Moana, or Buffy the Vampire Slayer. You won’t want to miss a single episode as Cheyenne and Diana bring entertaining discussion with a feminist view. To keep up with even more fictional female fandom, subscribe to their blog!

My Personal Favorite: “Megara, Hercules

 

7. The Peripheral

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Many listeners may have found this podcast from host Justin’s larger show Generation Why, but I stumbled upon it earlier this year after a friend was a guest on the show, and couldn’t be happier with what I heard. Each episode, Justin sits down with a guest to discuss a taboo or shameful topic. The Peripheral has delivered in depth episodes on physical abuse, suicide, stalking, and drug addiction. Justin is a great interviewer and makes each guest feel comfortable and validated in telling their story.

My Personal Favorite: “EP 9 The road to hell is paved in silk

 

8. We’re All Just Pretending

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Ever wondered what people are really thinking? This may be your next favorite show. Self described as a mix of “Dear Abbey” and “Post Secret”, We’re All Just Pretending shares a number of confessions, secrets, and desires each episode. Some are deep and serious, others are fun and frivolous. Each segment provides something completely different from the others. You’ll love hearing Lanie’s take with straightforward advice and Charlie’s Corner that mainly discusses parenting and relationship topics. Dive into Bad Advice with Haley as she covers some of the more ridiculous tips you need for an unstable life and don’t forget Drunk Advice with Josh where he may berate you for your taste in wines. Any way you slice it, this show is an hour or more of complete entertainment.

My Personal Favorite: “Episode 2: A Question of Sour Friends and Secrets In the South

 

Your Faves?

What are some of your favorite podcasts that you think people should check out in 2018?!  I’m always looking to add to my playlist, so let those recommendations fly in the comments, or come join us in the Orbital Jigsaw Podience group on Facebook and tell us there!

Happy New Year!


Orbital Jigsaw is a boutique podcasting network consisting of a wide range of genres and high quality content. We strive to improve the content of seasoned podcasters and teach new podcasters the best practices in audio production, growing an audience, as well as enhancing a podcast identity. If you’re interested in joining in depth discussion, request access to our exclusive Facebook Group: Orbital Jigsaw Podience

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While I may host and produce several podcasts and run a rapidly-growing network of 10 other shows, I am first and foremost a listener. You’ve likely seen many posts in the last week with lists of Top podcasts and episodes lists for 2017, and we’re going to do something similar here … yet different.

I thought it would be a unique approach to have each of the hosts of our network weigh-in on their personal favorites and what they loved about them so much! I’ve reached out to each of them and told them that they had the difficult task of choosing just one show that was their favorite in 2017.  The rules were simple … it just had to be your favorite podcast in 2017!

Lastly, before we get started … a bit of a disclosure. One of the most [yet unrealized] monumental things that flew sorta under the radar this year was the building and launch of Podchaser.  To show our support for them, all links in this article to the shows will take you to their Podchaser page, where you can listen, subscribe, rate, and review … all in one place! Please help not only these shows, but the Podchaser team by filling this amazingly powerful and agnostic community-driven index with reviews and ratings!  It was an honor and a privilege to participate in the various stages of development and contribute my $0.02, and I’m very excited about the future of this platform, as you should be too! Congrats to Ben, Bradley, Ryan, and the whole team in delivering this hella-huge platform … a true “IMDB for Podcasts.”

With that said, on with the list! Perhaps you’ve heard some of these, or perhaps you’ll get a new recommendation!  Enjoy!


Roseanne Sinclair
Host, Killafornia Dreaming

2017 seemed like the rise of the True Crime Podcast, a fact that does not bother me one bit.  I am a listener to the genre nearly exclusively, with a few exceptions.  Looking back at 2017, it would seem hard to pick one favorite of the year.

I enjoy so many different shows, however there is one stand out. Of all the crime shows I listen to, my must-listen every week would be True Crime Brewery.

What sets it apart from the plethora of true crime shows on my playlist is that it is one I nearly gave up on in its early days…I don’t even like admitting that because I could just kick myself for feeling that way.  If nothing else, True Crime Brewery is, hands-down, one of the most improved shows when it comes to content, delivery, and sound quality.  Husband and wife team Dick and Jill bring a level of charm unlike any other crime podcast each week as they delve into their cases.

If you’re a lover of true crime, they give you the kind of relationship goals you wish you had with your spouse when you want to talk about crime.  They are soft spoken, sensitive, witty, and they bring to the table the kind of banter you’d expect from a couple of a good, long, solid marriage. They don’t always agree, which can make for a good couple spat – bonus points for you, the listener, if either the mild-mannered Dick or soft-spoken Jill happens to drop the occasional F-bomb.

They cover a wide variety of criminal cases, some that are well-known to most true crime aficionados. However Dick, bringing his background as a pediatrician, is often able to bring a unique level of expertise to many of the cases they discuss. Working in tandem with Jill, they are able to bounce ideas and theories off one another that makes for an inviting listen. With the added bonus of their listener feedback segment, it is truly one of the most charming and engaging shows of the true crime variety!


Dak Huntley
Host, 410wned Gaming

My favorite podcast of 2017 is the same as the previous year …

IGN’s Game Scoop!

Daemon Hatfield is the ultimate host. Sure, he has a little too much polish for my taste as a podcaster, but he keeps the show moving, focused, and humorous.

The cherry on top of the is the last segment, 20 Questions. The guys are tasked with guessing a video game Daemon has pre-selected based on the yes or no answers from questions issued for clues. It is a great game to play along with, perfect to keep the listener engaged.

A lot of video game podcasts cover the news and discuss topics in a very efficient way, but Game Scoop has figured out the perfect balance of necessary discussion and entertainment value.


Jake Barton
Host, Historium

More Perfect started in 2016 as a project from Radiolab’s Jad Abumrad, who sought to explore stories about the US Supreme Court.

I am a huge history buff and political junkie, so when I heard one of my favorite podcasters was doing a new podcast about Supreme Court stories, I was instantly onboard. The first season was great, the second season, that aired this year, was phenomenal.

In today’s political climate, it’s incredibly difficult to tow the line between non-offensive and hostile, but Radiolab avoids the tired partisan debates, and strikes through to something much more profound. It cannot be understated how difficult it is to navigate stories of gun control, national sovereignty, Citizens United, gerrymandering, and police violence in a way that doesn’t pick a hill to die on.

More Perfect explores the ever-interesting institution of the Supreme Court with top notch reporting coupled with amazing sound quality. The Supreme Court arguably has more power than any of our other political institutions, so it’s worth investigating. And More Perfect investigates, reports, and tells stories in a way that hits you hard.

Seriously, check out More Perfect. You won’t regret it.


Ian Young
Host, SuperNerds UK

2017 has been a big year in podcasting and I’ve been lucky enough to find lots of new content out there. While true crime seems to be the most popular genre, it is ironically for me, not something I have that much interest in. It’s hard for me to choose a best podcast of 2017 but I’ve done it!

Pleasing Terrors by Mike Brown!

This guy is incredible! Now, most of these stories I’ve heard before. Being somewhat of a follower of the paranormal, a lot of his stories are already out in the public domain. But for me, Mike tells these stories in way that even though you may have heard them before, you are intrigued to hear how he delivers it to you.

With new details on these previously-told cases, and all told from a totally new perspective (I love the episodes where he compares each case to a fairytale), Mike has you gripped from beginning to end. Definitely check out his haunted house episode, as it’ll have you on the edge of your seat!

This pod is technically awesome too, with his crystal clear sound and choice of background music, which is brilliantly noticeable without ever being intrusive.

This podcast is truly a … Pleasing listen!


Hannah Ostic
Host, Film Roast

Our Americana was my favorite podcast that I discovered this year.

Among a wide variety of talent, this show stands alone in its ability to tell stories from Smalltown USA and share experiences that otherwise wouldn’t be discovered. Each episode dives into a unique town. The interviews are thorough and heartfelt. The host, Josh Hallmark, even shares his own personal story in my favorite episode “Austin, Indiana – An Interlude”.

If you love great storytelling, strong episode structure, and deep connection with people, Our Americana may be your new favorite podcast.

In addition to Our Americana, Josh is the curator of the Karen & Ellen Letters, a comedic mystery podcast following two wacky roommates, and the host of Playlist, a podcast where several guests discuss music with a different theme each episode.

And if that wasn’t enough … Josh Hallmark also runs a monthly campaign called #2PodsADay promoting two podcasts every day for 30 days in the form of recommendation blog posts.

The level of effort required in order to coordinate this must be monumental, and is one of the more efficient ways I’ve seen for podcasters to gain exposure in a highly-contested indie marketplace throughout 2017! If you’re interested in promoting your podcast, shoot an email over to 2PodsADay@gmail.com!


Steven Pappas
Host, Is This Adulting?

Last Podcast on the Left is not for everybody. I feel like that just has to be said at the top of this. It is a show that can be unapologetically vulgar, and that is not for everyone. I, for one, love the humor though. I think that the humor makes some of the heavier topics more palatable.

That said, the real star of the show is the chemistry between its hosts. The three of them have clearly known each other for awhile and love each other enough to give each other grief. The research is impeccable and much of that credit goes to host Marcus Parks.

On a personal note, I am biased because Marcus and his shows LITERALLY saved my life, but that doesn’t take away from the fact that this is one of the most in-depth and well-researched shows in podcasting. This year, they hit a major stride (not that they weren’t in one already) and the show just felt different. Maybe it was because I finally saw them live and had the chance to shake their hands and thank them for helping me get the courage to start a show? Maybe it was because I saw the show differently now that I am a creator?

It just felt different, and a show I know and love became even more special to me. That, I didn’t think was possible.


Tawny Platis
Host, The Dirty Bits

I’m generally pretty squeamish when it comes to true crime and have to listen in small doses.

Not so with Wine and Crime!

This fabulous show is from some of the funniest ladies in the game today! The wine pairings are so well thought out, the accents are delightful, and the humor is just dark enough without crossing the line.

These talented professionals are able to offer insightful research on crimes that haven’t been overdone to death (heh heh heh) without getting too grim. Grab yourself a glass and join these Minnesotans for a lighter journey into true crime.

Will you love it? You betcha!


Julia Feeser York
Host, Film Roast

My favorite podcast of 2017 was the delightful/strange/confounding Missing Richard Simmons.

When I started listening to this podcast, I had never heard of the mysteries surrounding Richard Simmons or the fact that he had disappeared from the public eye. I love true crime podcasts, and this was almost a more lighthearted “true crime” story, minus the crime.

I just want to know what Richard is doing, what he’s thinking, and why the hell he stopped talking to all his beloved friends.

TELL ME, RICHARD!


Nick Howell
Founder, Orbital Jigsaw

I suppose I have to weigh-in as well.  First, I want to thank all of the hosts of Orbital Jigsaw shows for being willing to share their favorites and reasons why with our Podience!  If you’d like to come and chat with them about any of their selections, head over to the Orbital Jigsaw Podience facebook group and JOIN US!

I discovered SO many new podcasts in 2017 that it was very hard to narrow them down.  A lot of my favorites are right here on Orbital Jigsaw.  One of the reasons they are part of the network is that I was a fan of their content, so creating our little PodFamily here has been an absolute treat.

Since it came out, I’ve watched Deadliest Catch every single year. It was narrated by this deep baritone ominous voice filled with drama. A little-known man (at the time) named Mike Rowe.  Since then, he has starred in one of the biggest hit tv shows, Dirty Jobs, exposing the trades and blue collar workers across America, and done amazing things for vocational schools and non-profits.

This year, he started a new show called The Way I Heard It, where he tells 10-15 minute stories in a way that only he can deliver.  It is hands-down my absolute favorite show from the year.  Amongst a subscription list of 200+ shows, it’s the one that I proactively refresh my feed looking for every single day, and I completely understand why it was in the Top 10 of all shows throughout most of the year.


Closing Thoughts on 2017

As we close the book on the year in Podcasting, 2017 brought a lot of things forward that needed to be done!

  • IAB 2.0 standards & Media Hosts getting on-board
    • (although this caused some serious consternation amongst creators as their numbers plummeted, accuracy is paramount for the industry to move forward!)
  • Apple exposed deep metrics on podcasts to creators
  • The Great Soundcloud debacle of Summer 2017
  • Podchaser, the IMDB of Podcasts launched
  • Podcast Movement in Anaheim
    • SO MANY new local and regional shows as well!
  • Marvel announced Wolverine with Richard Armitage
    • This is a bigger industry signal than you may yet realize!
  • OMG TRUE CRIME.

So much more happened in 2017 that it is simply too much to list.  This is a very exciting early-stage of an exploding industry and every single creator should be proud to be taking part in it!

Thank you to all of the hosts of Orbital Jigsaw shows for “getting me,” seeing the vision, and heading into 2018 with a full head of steam!

We’ve only just begun.

/Nick


Orbital Jigsaw is a boutique podcasting network consisting of a wide range of genres and high quality content. We strive to improve the content of seasoned podcasters and teach new podcasters the best practices in audio production, growing an audience, as well as enhancing a podcast identity. If you’re interested in joining in depth discussion, request access to our exclusive Facebook Group: Orbital Jigsaw Podience

If you’re interested in services Orbital Jigsaw offers including but not limited to vocal coaching, marketing consulting, or audio equipment training please contact info@orbitaljigsaw.com.

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Orbital Jigsaw is a home for the dedicated podcaster and listener, and a place where those considering jumping into the field can learn about what it takes to be successful at it. Many of the shows you’ll find here have been created by experienced professionals passionate about the craft of audio entertainment and our discerning listeners who we call our Podience.

We are first and foremost artists who recognize that the close relationship we have with our Podience is what sets us apart. While we do believe in the importance of creating high-quality content, we also believe that being a podcaster is about taking a break from talking … and listening. It’s about creating shows that your Podience wants to hear. It’s about sound quality that’s excellent- not just good enough. It’s about enjoying our art with those who appreciate it most.

Think of it like having your own personal shopper for podcasts!

You can also enjoy exclusive content from your favorite shows, sneak peeks, behind the scenes footage, the latest breaking news about all things podcasting, prizes, and much more!

We at Orbital Jigsaw are not only curating a vast collection of amazing shows, but also assembling a team of professionals across various industries … from voice and business coaching, to advertising and social media, and extremely deep technical understanding of websites, feeds, and audio engineering … all plights of the modern podcast!

For listeners, this is a group where you can chat with the hosts of your favorite shows, discover new pods that have been screened for quality by the entire collective, and engage with other like-minded podcast listeners within the group!

But, if you’re also a podcaster looking to extend your reach, grow your business, and take your show to the next level, that is the focus and core competency of this group of highly-talented individuals. Here you can learn how to market, monetize, advertise, create better content, grow your brand, get tech support, stay up-to-date in the industry, and many more tools for the intermediate audio entertainer.

We’re always working to improve the community for our Podience and fellow podcasters- and we think you’d be an amazing contributor, friend!

We’d love it if you’d stop by and chat with us in our group on Facebook!

— The Orbital Jigsaw Team


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If you are living in the modern world and not under a rock, you know most podcasts use Facebook as a vital part of their marketing strategy. Within my 7 years of working in the advertising industry, I’ve seen a multitude of Facebook pages plateau and business owners/podcasters alike are often left scratching their heads. These 5 simple solutions should attract more people to your page and help you increase those pesky little “Thumbs Up”.

1. Post Engaging Content

The content you choose to put on your page MATTERS. Shocking right? I’ve helped run media pages for a plethora of podcast genres: true crime, history, film; you name it! Regardless of the type of show you run, make your content fun. Have a sports pod? Post pictures of the scenery from your recent hike. In history? Trying posting a great classical meme! As long as the post falls under the 3 Rs (Relevant, Recent, and/or reliable. Give some goofy things a try and gauge those to see what’s working.

2. Actively Post

As someone who hosts a film podcast, often times I’ll be sipping my morning coffee and sifting through movie news. I’ll come across something in my industry and immediately post it on the Film Roast Facebook page. It’s the old salesmen rule of ‘Always be Closing”. When I worked in the sales industry, my boss told me his best salespeople were ones who were prospecting on weekends and without much effort. For example, if his top salesmen were to go shopping with his daughter at a local boutique, he would get to know the owner while his daughter is trying on some new jeans and leave his business card. It’s that simple. The same principle goes for podcast social media. If you are a showrunner, you strive to know the breaking news in your industry. Maybe you’ll see something at the movie theater or read about it on Twitter. Why not share those little bits of knowledge with your audience?

3. Invite People You Know

This is crucial, but there is a catch. The first inclination to someone starting a brand, new Facebook page is to invite everyone on their friends list. Unfortunately, this is likely going to put on damper on your engagement. Think about it this way: I am crazy about the Seattle Seahawks. If I run that page and invite everyone I know (including people who hate football, aren’t interested in sports, or even worse: they’re a Niners fan) they are likely going to avoid your posts. However, if you are particular with who you invite it will benefit you in the long run. It helps to add a direct message to your friends telling them why you’ve invited them to the page. I’ve seen a great response the majority of the time. Never feel guilty about inviting people to see your work! Some people will like your page and others will ignore your request. That’s ok. Accessing your friends is the easiest way to grow your Facebook page fast. It only takes a few minutes and even a couple likes will benefit your podcast.

4. Improve Your Facebook Page Information

Updating your Facebook information can be vital for complete strangers to be able to find you. Make sure you have your basic information. If you have them, list your website, podcast email address, and a description of your show. Go a step further and fill out the categories and subcategories that your page is related to (Podcasts, True Crime, etc).. This will help listeners find you in Facebook and Google searches.

Don’t forget to add a podcast profile and cover photo. Be sure to make them the proper dimensions so the photos don’t expand or compress and make your show look a bit wonky. Here are the dimensions for those:

Profile Picture: 180 x 180

Cover Photo: 851 x 315

If you have additional social media, make sure the profile pictures are matching. This helps build brand identity without putting in much effort.

5. Promote Your Facebook Page EVERYWHERE!

The beauty of social media is you can plaster your name pretty much anywhere you see fit! Get your Facebook information on your website. Put up an icon that links straight to the page. Talk about your page in your blog, on your Twitter, and of course your podcast. Mention the Facebook or social links in your email signature. These are all ways to capture potential listeners.

Orbital Jigsaw is a boutique podcasting network consisting of a wide range of genres and high quality content. We strive to improve the content of seasoned podcasters and teach new podcasters the best practices in audio production, growing an audience, as well as enhancing a podcast identity. If you’re interested in joining in depth discussion, request access to our exclusive Facebook Group: Orbital Jigsaw Podience

If you’re interested in services Orbital Jigsaw offers including but not limited to vocal coaching, marketing consulting, or audio equipment training please contact info@orbitaljigsaw.com.

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I’m terrible on the phone. Absolutely horrible. Most people are surprised when they learn that little tidbit of trivia. Because…

A.) “How the hell are you bad on the phone if you’re a voice actor and podcaster?”

I get it. I’m a voice actor and podcaster. I talk for a living. But I assure you, it can be done.

And

B.) Apparently, I’m actually not all that bad on the phone nowadays.

Part of (if not most of) what I do as voice over talent and podcaster revolves around jumping on the phone to chat with existing and potential clients. One of my weaknesses is a giant part of my job.

Yay.

But even though I’m not great off script, I wasn’t about to let this challenge stand in my way of what I loved to do. I devised a plan years ago that still works today:

Before I dial, I plan out exactly what I’m going to say.

I write out scripts tailored for leaving a voicemail in addition to one if I end up reaching the person I’m trying to contact, all with anticipated replies and my responses.

If I don’t, the call is filled with distracted ramblings, muttered apologies and more instances of native Southern California drawlings of the word  “um” than I’d care to admit.

I’m not joking.

The point isn’t to be as neurotic as I am necessarily, but to identify and improve on your weaknesses. I get flustered and excited on the phone. In the early days of my first business, I sounded unprofessional and young, which was a battle in and of itself when starting out at the age of 18.

So I found a way to get around the obstacle. I searched online for information on proper phone etiquette. I looked for studies that let me know which language to use that would be most effective in encouraging the client to take a desired action. I started planning out what I was going to say and started practicing aloud before I picked up the phone.

Even if you never end up turning your weakness into a strength, putting in the effort, time, and practice can result in significant improvements. You may even find that you soon progress to a point where what you would describe as a “weakness” turns into being, “not too shabby.”


Orbital Jigsaw is a boutique podcasting network consisting of a wide range of genres and high quality content. We strive to improve the content of seasoned podcasters and teach new podcasters the best practices in audio production, growing an audience, as well as enhancing a podcast identity. If you’re interested in joining in depth discussion, request access to our exclusive Facebook Group: Orbital Jigsaw Podience

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I’m at a weird age.

I remember the day we got dial-up internet in my house. I was six years old (I’m revealing my age here, but so be it).

It was a big deal – I could send an email to my friend in Colorado from California! Even cooler? There was this thing that AOL had called, “Instant Messenger.”

You guys….INSTANT.

There were chat rooms, there were games, and even funny videos of cats!

I feel like I grew up with the internet. I remember getting a MySpace page in middle school (Don’t look it up. 2004 was a popular time for flat ironing your hair in a manner that can only be described as… aggressive).

Facebook really took off when I was graduating high school in 2009 and starting my first business, a brick and mortar retail store.

Now we’re nearly all online in some way or another. Whether it’s Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, SnapChat or Reddit, it’s almost a requirement to be online.

If you’re reading this right now, you likely have some kind of presence on social media.

It’s not uncommon to share pictures and anecdotes of your kids, and privacy is something that is becoming increasingly difficult to have – whether you want it or not.

Many of us are required to have our own personal brand in many industries. In a way, we’re all public figures projecting an image of how we want others to see us.

Podcasting is no exception.

I feel for teenagers growing up in an age that seems to make social media mandatory.

I’m sure we can all say that we’ve done and said some pretty cringeworthy things in our youth (and by the looks of Facebook, youth isn’t always required to say something cringeworthy).

Can you imagine so many of those mistakes you made preserved forever online? All of those regrettable outfits? Those dramatic outbursts that come with your teen years?

Learning to navigate the world as you grow is challenging, and it isn’t made any easier when there’s a voyeuristic audience observing you, through either your own postings or others posting about you.

So what’s my point?

Podcasters often face the same online growing pains that many of us have experienced as we adapt to social media. Some don’t realize that when you become a podcaster, you’re becoming a bit of a public figure the moment you begin marketing yourself.

What you post, how you post, where you post…

… it all matters and it can be difficult, if not impossible, to erase.

Sure, you might be able to delete that impatient response to an irate listener, but how many people took screencaps before you fixed your mistake? How many people saw or even shared what you posted?

Most of your friends may share your political beliefs and enjoy your rants, but that one big Patreon supporter you have may not appreciate it.

We all have growing pains when starting out in podcasting. There’s a learning curve for all of us in one way or another and no matter how experienced you are, you will always make mistakes. But the BEST of us learn from those mistakes and continue to grow throughout the entirety of our careers.

By simply exercising caution, taking the time to research, and learn the networking and customer service skills essential to maintaining your reputation online, you can make it a whole lot easier.

Social media is relatively new. Are you using it for yourself….

….or against yourself?


Orbital Jigsaw is a boutique podcasting network consisting of a wide range of genres and high quality content. We strive to improve the content of seasoned podcasters and teach new podcasters the best practices in audio production, growing an audience, as well as enhancing a podcast identity. If you’re interested in joining in depth discussion, request access to our exclusive Facebook Group: Orbital Jigsaw Podience

If you’re interested in services Orbital Jigsaw offers including but not limited to vocal coaching, marketing consulting, or audio equipment training please contact info@orbitaljigsaw.com.

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