Five amazing podcast seasons that tell compelling stories

In a time when content scarcity looms due to the impending writers’ strike, it’s essential to discover quality content that continues to captivate audiences.

While some productions face indefinite postponements and scheduling delays, there is still an abundance of engaging podcasts to explore.

While many podcasts feature open-ended conversations, some delve into specific subjects, providing in-depth exploration or concluding once the story is told. Here are some standout podcasts that offer unique and thought-provoking content across different genres.

You Must Remember This:  You must remember Manson

You Must Remember This, a scripted podcast, takes listeners on a captivating journey through Hollywood’s history. While the show covers a wide range of themes, one standout season focuses on the infamous case of Charles Manson and his victims.

Unlike most portrayals of Manson in popular culture, You Must Remember This meticulously researches the subject matter, providing cultural context for historical events and exploring their significant impact on society. The 13-episode Manson series delves into lesser-known specifics of the case, shedding light on the harrowing details associated with the epitome of evil.

Your Own Backyard

Your Own Backyard is a gripping true crime podcast that played a pivotal role in solving a 20-year-old cold case—the disappearance of Kristen Smart. The passionate host conducted a series of interviews that led to the discovery of new evidence and witnesses, ultimately aiding law enforcement in obtaining a verdict.

The podcast comprises six episodes, where the host meticulously investigates a local crime, unearths previously unknown evidence, and provides context to familiar aspects of the case. Originally intended to be a six-episode series, the podcast continued its coverage as the case evolved, culminating in interviews with the prosecutor, offering unprecedented insights into how the podcast impacted the investigation and ultimately halted a violent crime spree.


“Mogul” tells the captivating story of hip-hop through the life of Chris Lighty, a music industry titan who managed iconic artists like Q-Tip, Busta Rhymes, Missy Elliott, Nas, and 50 Cent. Lighty’s deals shaped the destiny of artists, labels, and the industry itself. The podcast delves into themes of friendship, ambition, depression, creativity, and the American Dream.

Tragically, Lighty’s life came to an end in 2012, leaving behind a legacy that shocked those who knew him. “Mogul” offers a compelling exploration of his life, shedding light on the music industry and its impact on individuals.

The Dream

“The Dream” stands as one of the early podcasts that extensively examined the history of multi-level marketing (MLMs) and connected it to modern-day practices. Hosted by Jane Marie, a This American Life alum, and Dann Gallucci, her creative collaborator, this series presents a vibrant and thorough investigation into various systems of capitalist exploitation.

The hosts even venture into joining some MLMs themselves, providing firsthand experiences and insights. “The Dream” offers a deep understanding of the subject matter, exposing the intricacies and potential pitfalls of MLMs.

30 for 30 Podcasts – BIKRAM

The renowned ESPN series “30 for 30” introduces its podcast edition, featuring a season that delves into the rise and fall of Bikram Choudhury. Choudhury, a charismatic figure, embellished his biography to amass immense wealth while satisfying his darkest impulses.

Although there are other exposés on the topic, the 30 for 30 podcast offers a masterfully crafted narrative that captures and sustains listeners’ attention throughout its run. Regardless of one’s personal views on yoga or grifters, this well-told story is sure to captivate and leave a lasting impression.

These podcasts exemplify the diverse and captivating content available across various genres. Whether it’s exploring the depths of Hollywood’s past, unraveling cold cases, delving into the music industry, unveiling the dark side of MLMs, or recounting tales of deception and redemption, there is no shortage of compelling stories waiting to be discovered through the power of audio storytelling.

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