A Collection of our Tribe's Favorite Podcasts

As of January 2022, there are over 2,000,000 podcasts and over 48 million episodes. With statistics like this, it's nearly impossible to narrow it down to the best of the best. Don't fret. We've got you. We have an obsession with not only devouring podcasts and audiobooks, but then subsequently talking about them, and we've curated this collection just for you. A collection we've affectionately named "Listens We Can't Stop Talking About." Enjoy.

How Did This Get Made?
We keep coming back to this listen, because it's that good. The premise - Jason Mantzoukas, Paul Scheer and June Diane Raphael (three of the most hilarious comedians on the planet btw) take a movie and try to answer the question How did this get made? With close to 300 episodes, you're bound to find a movie where you too, asked yourself, "HOW did this get made?" From Look Who's Talking 3 and Roadhouse to Jack Frost and Speed 2, the questionable decisions the director, film studios and actors made are on full display and the hosts are ready to roast them all. Recently, we listened to the questionable decisions of cult classic and personal favorite of our staff - Grease 2 with Michelle Pheifer. June loved the movie however when you get into the details -- this movie makes zero sense! This podcast makes for fun family time -- watch a movie so bad, it's amazing, then listen to the podcast for pure hilarity. This dynamic trio will have you wanting to listen to all 300 episodes.
It's Halloween Night, 2008 and the Valley Village apartment complex in sleepy Redwood, outside of Seattle, is having a party. By morning, one of the party's hosts is murdered. All partygoers are the main suspects - was it the guy in the devil mask, the guy dressed like Jesus, the bank robber, the construction worker? True-crime podcast veterans Mathew Shaer and Eric Benson return to the scene of the crime to uncover what happened a decade ago. Multiple suspects with botched police work, the glaring question is "did they get it right or wrong?" True crime podcasts can be hard to stomach, but what we like about listening to this genre is the look into the justice system. This case is heavily weighted on DNA evidence. Doesn't DNA always mean guilty? Listen to find out.
Booth by Karen Joy Fowler
This listen is about John Wilkes Booth, and not at all like your textbook in middle school. Author Karen Joy Fowler writes about the flawed, but interesting cast of characters within the Booth family (theatrics run in the family) who shared a home with the infamous assassin. Told from the perspective of Booth's siblings, this listen dives into a family of dysfunction and scandals, as well as artistic talent - all painting a picture of the turbulent times in America leading up to and during the Civil War. It took a little while for the story to draw us in, but each character was just so darn interesting, we kept our buds in. The narration is in the expert hands of January LaVoy - who is a favorite of ours and we're happy we took this journey back in time. 
The Lake House by Kate Morton
Sometimes an audiobook finds you. The Lake House just kept landing in our feed, calling to us. We finally caved and we're so glad that we did. This book is a wonderfully long family saga, set in Cornwall by the sea in England. The story comes to us in two timelines, decades apart, both revolving around, you may guess, a beautiful lake house. Told from differing points of view, with both reliable and unreliable narrators, keeping us puzzle-solvers on our toes and constantly guessing. Caroline Lee narrates, and does an outstanding job, easily switching from male to female voices. The listen is a bit of a doorstop at 21 hours and 24 minutes, but it never felt too long. In fact, when it does end, you'll be sad to see the characters go.
The Invisable Life of Addie LaRue by V.E. Schwab
We have a confession to make; we're not huge fans of fantasy novels. However, this listen came highly recommended from one of our tribe members, Kathleen, so we ditched our pre-conceived notions and gave it a try.  Whoa! We're so glad we dove head first into this creative and entertaining story. Meet Addie LaRue, a young woman whose prayers of a better life were answered by a mysterious god. A bargain that comes at a price - the price of invisibility and we're not talking about the type gained with a cloak ala Harry Potter style. As our time with Addie came to an end, a few tears were shed, so have those tissues handy. The narration is perfection by Julia Whelan who is able to change her persona to reflect each unique character without a hitch. This one stays with you long after the final word. Enjoy!
Reply All - #158 The Case of the Missing Hit
Ever get a song stuck in your head from years past - you know the tune, some of the lyrics, but can't put your finger on the name? Luckily you can Google the bits and pieces you do have and voila - pages of information about the lyrics, song, writer, etc. appear on the screen. Your earworm is cured! This wasn't the case for one gentleman in California. He's determined to find a song from his 90s high school days, but it's nowhere to be found. How does this even happen today? Host, PJ Vogt and Alex Goldman, investigate leaving no stone unturned. We smiled the whole way on our walk this morning during this listen with a few laugh out loud moments. (Other walkers gave us the thumbs up!) The pace and the conversations of uncovering this mystery offered pure joy. This is a classic example of why Reply All is in our rotation. Episode #158: The Case of the Missing Hit.
Dishing on Julia
We're currently obsessed with HBO Max's Julia, all about "The French Chef" herself. Lucky for us the companion podcast allows us to extend our obsession a bit further. Host Kerry Diamond, talks with the creator and executive producer of the show in the premier episode and you can just feel their connection with Julia. Even the Barefoot Contessa, Ina Gartner herself, came on the show and shared her favorite Julia moments. It made the whole Julia experience richer and we can't wait to watch and listen to the next episode. Many shows are doing this now so check out what your favs are dishing.  
The Trojan Horse Affair
The Trojan Horse Affair was top on our list during our recent road trip to the Grand Canyon. From the geniuses that brought us Serial, this investigative listen was exactly what we needed to pass the time from Colorado to Arizona. This is a crazy true story from across the pond that starts with a strange letter that appears on a city councilor's desk in Birmingham, England. What we found so interesting and entertaining, was the unlikely duo who chases down the origins of this letter causing a national scandal. A scandal that involved increased graduation rates, self-preservation, a charged political environment and a doctor who quit and went back to school to be a journalist. This one will stick with you long after you listen.
What Happened to the Bennetts by Lisa Scottoline
Buckle up for this action-packed listen, cause it's a doozy! There's a reason why this just landed on the #2 spot of the New York Times best seller list. Within the first 25 or so pages of listening, you meet the Bennett family and after an intense car hijacking watch as their life begins to unravel. The unsettling events, set the stage for this can't-take-your-buds-off listen. If you like a fast-moving story with lots of twists and turns, then this is the listen for you. We found ourselves making excuses to continue listening - folding more laundry, doing more dishes, taking more walks. Finally, we gave in and found a comfy spot to sit and listen. Edourdo Ballerini, twice named best male narrator by the Audio Publishers Association, is the icing on the cake for this thriller.
The Light of the World by Elzabeth Alexander
This memoir tells the story of the author’s great love, her husband Ficre Ghabreyesus, who was an Eritrea, East African born artist who died suddenly at the young age of 50. We were moved by Lizzie and Ficre’s love story, the family they created and the life they lost. Unlike her earlier poetry, this memoir takes the reader through a lucid prose that is haunting in its simplicity. Narrated by the author herself, we felt so engaged in her journey to find meaning, understanding and acceptance. Fun fact, did you know Elizabeth was part of President Obama's first inauguration in 2009 with reading her poem “Praise for the Day?" We hope you enjoy this as much as we did.
Missing You by Harlan Corben
We picked up this early mystery/thriller by one of our favorite authors, Harlan Cobin during a recent audible sale. This prolific writer has six consecutive instant number-one New York Times best sellers under his belt and branched out into writing scripts for Netflix, notably The Stranger and The Woods.  Missing You centers around a talented but troubled female NYPD homicide detective Kat Donovan and her journey to uncovering the truth of what happened to her father. We are huge lovers of mysteries and thrillers and there is so much to love about this listen - the great character development, the plot cadence, the fact we could NOT press pause. Narrated by actress January LaVoy, she gives an excellent performance and thoughtful interpretation of each character. 
Wild Boys
Thanks Campside Media for bringing us the ridiculously entertaining Wild Boys! Just like their other shows, Hollywood Con Queen and High Rollers, this tale is a doozie. In 2003, two brothers arrive in a small Canadian town hungry and with a story that doesn't exactly add up. Honestly after 4 episodes, we thought we'd heard it all and had the mystery figured out. Boy, were we wrong. We love how host Sam Mullins takes you into the story from different viewpoints and interviews all the players. File this one under "Truth is Stranger than Fiction."