It’s no secret around here that I’m obsessed with podcasts—I started a one-woman mission to convert the DGLM staff to Serial fans last year after all. And you wouldn’t want to get me and Sharon going on You Made It Weird or to get stuck listening to Jim and I dissect episodes of How Did This Get Made. (I also listen to Undisclosed, TAL, About Race, Hound Tall, Stuff You Should Know, Nerdist, and Serially Obsessed. Feel free to make me recommendations for others in the comments!!) My latest podcast obsessions are Mystery Show hosted by Starlee Kine (who you might’ve heard on other podcasts or public radio shows) and Criminal hosted by Phoebe Judge. In Mystery Show, Kine takes a mystery that cannot be solved on the internet and tracks down answers people have been wondering about for a long time (like how tall Jake Gyllenhaal is really? or who is the rightful owner of a belt buckle found on the street decades ago that has a toaster with toast that actually pops up if you flip a lever?). It’s weird and hilarious and the stories Kine uncovers along the way have so much charm.
Criminal also often involves mysteries, but much more, well, criminal ones. The stories are surprising in very different ways from Mystery Show’s, but with a much more serious edge. Criminal’s latest episode synced itself onto my phone this morning, so I had to give it a listen as I got ready for work. And you guys, it turns out to be all about books. And in particular, rare books, plus one particular rare book thief who’s been caught many times but can’t seem to stop. Give it a listen—you won’t regret it.