Mary Payne sits down with her friend, Ingrid Sanden, to discuss their favorite podcast recommendations of 2019. Some of the most intriguing podcasts include true crime thrillers, first-person narrations, and investigations into overlooked and forgotten places (such as long-term care facilities and prisons). See the full listing of Mary Payne and Ingrid’s 2019 favorites below!
Mary Payne’s Top Podcasts of 2019
Room 20: Joanne Faryon of the LA Times digs into the life story of an allegedly unconscious and unidentified man in a long-term care facility, only known to the staff as “66 Garage.”
Ear Hustle: This podcast gives an inside view of the life of San Quentin State Prison residents. It is co-produced by visual artist Nigel Poor and prison residents, Earlonne Woods and Antwan Williams. All episodes are recorded in the prison and tell the untold stories of the incarcerated men of San Quentin.
The Shrink Next Door: Veteran New York Times journalist Joe Nocera tells the story of his neighbor, the famous therapist Isaac “Ike” Herschkopf. After a number of curious encounters, Nocera decides to begin investigating Ike’s background and makes some startling discoveries.
Armchair Expert: American actor Dax Shepard has a long history of addiction. In this podcast, he sits down with a number of celebrities about their own struggles. Dax’s self-deprecating and honest nature help drive fascinating conversations with some of Hollywood’s elites, including Kate Hudson and Julia Louis-Dreyfus.
Ingrid’s Top Podcasts of 2019
To Live and Die in LA: Neil Strauss hosts a true crime podcast about the murder of an aspiring actress named Adea Shabani. Strauss’ investigation into Shabani’s murder is happening in real-time, which makes for dramatic and stunning storyline twists.
22 Hours – An American Nightmare: Megan Cloherty and Jack Moore of Washington, DC’s WTOP Radio tell the devastating story of the 2015 murder of a DC family and their housekeeper. The hosts were able to take a sensitive approach to this story, which hits close to home for many DC residents.
The Thing About Pam: Keith Morrison of Dateline takes listeners through a series of events that lead to multiple deaths in Lincoln County, Missouri in 2011.
The Dropout: Host Rebecca Jarvis tells the story of Elizabeth Holmes, former founder of Theranos, the infamous healthcare company. The podcast highlights the crazy worlds of healthcare, venture capital, and Silicon Valley.
Ingrid also listed a few of her favorite interviewees on Conan O’Brien Needs a Friend: Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Lin-Manuel Miranda, and Howard Stern.
After another year of eye-opening podcasts, we are expecting more of the same for next year. Mary Payne and Ingrid look forward to presenting their favorite podcast recommendations of 2020 next December!