👍🏻👍🏼👍🏽👍🏾 This story is a good play on the new trend of smart devices. We liked the idea of integrating humans with A.I. technology. It was an entertaining audio fiction that was well produced. It doesn’t keep you on the edge of your seat, but it was a fun listen for most of us. #podcast #sandrapodcast @gimletmedia

About: A world where artificial intelligence isn’t so artificial. Helen thought her new job would help her forget her dreary hometown, but working behind the curtain on everyone’s favorite A.I. isn’t quite the escape she expected.

From:Gimlet Media
Genre: Science Fiction
Starring: Kristen Wiig, Ethan Hawke & Alia Shawkat (from Arrested Development)

36 Questions

👍🏻👍🏼👍🏽👍🏾 Only 3 episodes!?! We need more! We loved the music, story, sound production, acting, the list could go on and on. If this team were to make a season 2 we’d be all in.
#podcast #36questionsmusical #musicals #jonathangroff #jessieshelton #36questionspodcast

About: In this three-part podcast musical a couple attempts to bring their marriage back from the brink of divorce using 36 revealing questions designed to make strangers fall in love.

From:Two up Productions
Genre: Musical Rom-Com
Starring: Jonathan Groff (from Frozen) and Jessie Shelton

Atlanta Monster

👎🏻👎🏼👎🏽👎🏾 If you have kids you probably don’t want to listen to a podcast about a serial killer who preys on children. Payne Lindsey’s sporadic storytelling is hard to follow especially in audio format. Ever since Up and Vanished this group has found his true crime investigation unorganized and hard to follow. #podcast #paynelindsey #atlantamonsterpodcast

About: This true crime podcast tells the story of one of the city’s darkest secrets, The Atlanta Child Murders. Nearly 40 years after these horrific crimes, many questions still remain. This podcast aims to find truth and provide closure, reexamining the disappearance and murder of over 25 African American children and young adults.

From:Tenderfoot TV and HowStuffWorks
Genre: True Crime (cold case resurrection)
Starring: Host Payne Lindsey


👍🏻👍🏼👍🏽👍🏾 Amazing listening! This was great for a group listen because it was really fun to speculate what was going to happen next. This fiction podcast sets the bar for what is possible in audio storytelling in the way of production quality, transition creativeness, acting, direction, and story. We also later watched the Netflix show, which was equally unique and fun to discuss.  We suggest listening to all the fun behind the scenes. #podcast @gimletmedia #homecomingpodcast

About: Homecoming centers on a caseworker at an experimental facility, her ambitious supervisor, and a soldier eager to rejoin civilian life — presented in an enigmatic collage of telephone calls, therapy sessions, and overheard conversations. The result is an innovative, immersive audio experience — a mystery unfolding across the twelve episodes of Seasons One and Two.

From:Gimlet Media
Genre:  Psychological Thriller / Science Fiction
Starring: Catherine Keener, Oscar Isaac, and David Schwimmer

Wolverine: The Long Night

👍🏻👍🏼👍🏽👍🏾This is like listening to a movie. It had great suspense, plot twists, and terrific acting. This was great for a group listen. It was really fun to discuss all the clues and try and guess what was going to happen next. #podcast @officialwolverine #WolverinePodcast

About:  Following a string of mysterious deaths in Burns, Alaska, Special Agents Sally Pierce and Tad Marshall arrive to investigate. They soon find there’s more going on than meets the eye.

Genre: Science Fiction
Starring: Celia Keenan-Bolger, Ato Essandoh, Richard Armitage

This Sounds Serious

👍🏻👍🏼👎🏾 This one really divided the group. Half of us really liked the quirky silliness of the whole thing. The other half half just didn’t like it all all. Take it or leave it. It was fun to guess “who done it” in this one. #thissoundsserious #podcast #comedy #truecrime #fictionaltruecrime

About: A fictional story so believable it can’t be true. Florida, 2007: A famous local weather man is found dead in his water bed. His brother calls 9-1-1 to report the murder. This sets off a shocking series of events involving cults, boy bands, horses, and mistaken identity.

From:Castbox | Kelly & Kelly Genre: True Crime Fiction Starring: Carly pope, Peter Oldring

Heaven’s Gate

Heaven’s Gate | 👍🏻👍🏼👍🏽👍🏾 This was more of a “where were you when…” than our typical “who done it”. It was interesting to hear everyone’s recollections of ’97 and what we believed to be true at the time and what we know now. An interesting dive back into history. #podcast#heavensgatepodcast@heavensgateshow
About the show | In 1997, thirty-nine people took their own lives in an apparent mass suicide. The events captivated the media and had people across the planet asking the same question…‘Why?’ 20 years later, those who lost loved ones and those who still believe – tell their story.
Review written by @pirate_ali_vega

photo by @pirate_ali_vega


Our first venture into fiction. Half the group didn’t like it, half the group did. It was an interesting mystery to solve that we were guessing along the way. There is a season 2 for this one which we will likely work into the rotation. Also, Jessica Biel is starring and executive producing the ‘Limetown’ Facebook TV Series based on this podcast that I’m sure all of us will watch and then later discuss. @limetownstories#limetown#limetownpodcast#podcast #fictionaltruecrime
About the show | Ten years ago, over three hundred men, women and children disappeared from a small town in Tennessee, never to be heard from again. American Public Radio reporter Lia Haddock asks the question once more, “What happened to the people of Limetown?”
Review & photo by @pirate_ali_vega


Half of us felt we wouldn’t recommend this to someone. All of us agree if you listen to podcasts in the car with kids, this one definitely has a lot of bad language. The vibe of the podcast left us feeling like it was the exploitation of someone else’s bad fortune. We had high hopes from Serial and This American Life, but this one was a dud.
@stownpodcast #podcast #truecrime
About the show | John despises his Alabama town and decides to do something about it. He asks a reporter to investigate the son of a wealthy family who’s allegedly been bragging that he got away with murder. But then someone else ends up dead, sparking a nasty feud, a hunt for hidden treasure, and an unearthing of the mysteries of one man’s life.
Review written by @pirate_ali_vega

photo by @pirate_ali_vega

Up & Vanished

our very first podcast listen!

This was our first ever podcast group listen and we felt a great podcast to start on. We discussed everything from the story, the host’s style, the length of each episode, whether or not they would catch the killer, all the way to the advertising we were served and what app we were all using to listen (overcast, apple podcast, stitcher). In the end we decided that we did not like Payne Lindsey’s first attempt at audio story telling. His scattered approach to laying out the case was meandering and confusing. @upandvanished#JusticeForTara#podcast #truecrime
About the show | In Season 1, Payne tackles his first cold case story, the unsolved disappearance of Georgia high school teacher and former pageant queen, Tara Grinstead. The 11-year-old case remains the largest case file in Georgia history and is still unfolding.
Review written by @pirate_ali_vega photo by @pirate_ali_vega