Quarantine Podcast Recommendations

Written By Jared Murphy, News Photo Editor

Spending so much time in my apartment, I’m quickly running out of things to occupy my time.  On the upside, my home has never been cleaner, but, most days, I’m left bored out of my mind. I’ve gone through everything I want to watch on Netflix and Hulu, I’m burning through my book collection and I’m unemployed until further notice, so I can’t even go and buy a new video game. For those of you in a similar situation, here are a few podcasts that’ll entertain you for an hour or so and will help pass the time.  

Start The Beat with Sikes — Started in 2014, Start The Beat with Sikes is a podcast highlighting underground arts, entertainment and culture in Pittsburgh and beyond. With over five years of hosting the show, Brian Howe (Sikes) has released more than 250 episodes. Start The Beat is a great way to find new artists that you might not have heard of before, or listen to some interesting conversations about art, culture and the city.

Ghoul on Ghoul — Ghoul on Ghoul is a self-described “supernatural sex-positive, horror-comedy podcast featuring first-person encounters with the paranormal” hosted by Amanda Waltz and Sarah Cadence Hamm. The two hosts have great chemistry, and the conversations are all over the place. This podcast is great for anyone looking for a more light-hearted podcast about ghosts, cryptids, serial killers and beyond.  

Last Podcast on the Left — Now a household name in the podcast world, Last Podcast on the Left is a must-listen for anyone into the macabre. Hosted by lifelong friends Ben Kissel, Henry Zebrowski and Marcus Parks, this trio takes deep dives into anything from serial killers like Donald “Pee Wee” Gaskins to paranormal hotspots like the Skinwalker Ranch. The three personalities of the hosts play great against each other. Parks does a fantastic job of research, assuring the audience gets as much information as possible, while Kissel and Zebrowski come in for comedic relief.

Unsolved Murders: True Crime Stories — Hosted by Carter Roy and Wendy Mackenzie, Unsolved Murders: True Crime Stories explores the world of cold cases and unsolved murders. With the help of a crew of voice actors, this podcast takes the listener through the crime scene, investigation and the attempt to solve each case that helps paint the picture of what really happened. This podcast tells a story and takes listeners through each case rather than talking about it from an outside perspective.