Happy Friday! Any exciting weekend plans? If you have some free time, I'd highly recommend checking out the Bowraville series from The Australian Podcasts. Its latest upload -- Bowraville Episode 5 - The Case for Jay [May 18, 32 minutes] -- is this week's standout pick! I hadn't heard of this series until I read last week's edition of The Audit newsletter, and I'm so glad I got around to listening this week. It's incredibly well-done.
Its host is crime reporter Dan Box, who for months has been scrutinizing the unsolved murders of three indigenous children living in a small Australian town. The same man -- Jay Hart -- was spotted at the scene of each one and despite two trials over the past twenty-five years, he's never been convicted. In The Case for Jay, Dan Box talks with those who know the lead suspect well, and at the end of the episode, he has an intense phone conversation with Jay Hart himself. This week's upload is the final one in the Bowraville series, and it wraps it up really well. If you haven't heard it yet and are an avid true crime podcast listener, I'd highly recommend checking the series out. Here's hoping that justice is a little bit closer because of it.
If true crime shows aren't for you, these ten new podcast episodes were also fantastic this week...
- Down's Syndrome: It's Just Two Words from The Untold [May 16, 28 minutes]. Salma struggles to come to terms with her child's diagnosis, while three incredible friends give her comfort and confidence.
- Letters to the Dead from Memory Motel [May 17, 31 minutes]. A beautiful examination of obituary-writing in America, plus how Iceland does it differently.
- Nothin' But Net from Millennial [May 17, 28 minutes]. Host Megan Tan navigates her most exciting move yet: to the Radotopia network!
- Not the Right Time from The Heart [May 19, 27 minutes]. Part one in the four-part Silent Evidence series is an emotional but remarkable listen.
- On the Inside, Part II from Reply All [May 19, 39 minutes]. Producer Sruthi Pinnamaneni continues her investigation of Paul Modrowski's complex case, looking at his life before he was put behind bars.
- Runaway Molly from Pod Planet [May 17, 10 minutes]. Host Clive Desmond recounts an unexpected coming-of-age story. At sixteen, his Aunt Molly fell in with the wrong crowd and took off with a fifty-year-old cowboy.
- Secrets from StoryCorps [May 19, 16 minutes]. Very brave storytellers share their deepest, darkest secrets (of adoption, of sexuality, of mental illness, and more) with their loved ones.
- Stakeout #2 from The Bright Sessions [May 18, 11 minutes]. For the first time, Caleb, Adam, Chloe, and Damien are in the same room at once and their interactions are a real treat to hear.
- The Genius Improviser from Neighbors [May 19, 21 minutes]. Michael Keary graduated high school at six, graduated college at ten, and is running an improv company at thirty-two. His story is great.
- The Runway from StartUp [May 20, 33 minutes]. Mary Going's custom suit business has the demand, but it doesn't have the funding. How she's overcoming that is a really inspiring story.
What were your favorite new podcast episodes this week? Did I miss anything great? I'd love to know, if so!