A Podcast Mogul on the Six Shows She Can't Get Enough Of
Jenna Weiss-Berman’s been whispering in your ear. If her name doesn’t ring a bell, we can pretty much guarantee you’ve heard a podcast she produced. As the former head of BuzzFeed’s pod squad and the co-founder of Pineapple Street Media, she’s brought aural masterpieces like Missing Richard Simmons, Women of the Hour with Lena Dunham, and Still Processing to your earbuds. The others she says you’ve gotta hear, here.
“In a sea of male-hosted true crime podcasts, it's hard to find a show about notorious murderers that doesn't completely exploit the (usually female) victims. Enter this podcast hosted by feminist comedians Karen Kilgariff and Georgia Hardstark that profiles famous homicidal maniacs. They often don't get all the facts straight, and that's what makes the show so funny.”
“This incredible seven-episode Southern-noir-style documentary series from the creators of Serial dropped all the episodes at the same time. Fascinating main character, beautiful score. The very best of what audio storytelling can do.”
“BuzzFeed's Heben Nigatu and Tracy Clayton will quickly feel like your best (and coolest) friends when you listen to this hilarious chat show about race and culture. Recurring segments include ‘White Man on the Street’ and ‘This African-American Life,’ and they have amazing guests from Queen Latifah to Hillary Clinton to Janet Mock.”
“Lynne Rossetto Kasper hosted this NPR food podcast and radio show for decades before recently retiring (so make sure to deep-dive into back episodes). She’s so calm it sounds like a public-radio parody, and that's exactly why I love it. People call in and ask about certain ingredients, and Lynn gives them beautiful ideas for their vanilla beans, rosemary, and camel meat.”
“Jessie Chaffin and Jamie Denbo play Ronna Marlene Glickman and Beverly Ginsberg, two elderly Boston Jews. They fully embody their characters—they've built such lives and personas for these people. And as a Massachusetts Jew myself, Ronna and Beverly make me feel like I'm home.”
“Lindsey Weber and Bobby Finger do unnecessarily deep dives on celebrities who are not super-well-known and who you didn't know you cared about. They're super funny and engaging hosts who could get you to care about anything, basically.”