“I had long been curious to wear women’s underwear… The advantage of wearing the opposite gender’s undergarments within a partnership is that you don’t have to buy them. But with no one to borrow them from I trekked to the mall and paid a visit to Victoria’s Secret. Public speaking does not intimidate me nearly as much as shopping for myself in a Victoria’s Secret… I wanted a thong and I wanted it skimpy.
Wearing the thing itself was not quite what I expected. I became aware that any sort of erection would give myself a wedgie.”
~ Episode 93
Since ‘Serial’ the US as been the undisputed home of the true crime podcast, with little homegrown content available for UK fans. But a new podcast, ‘They Walk Among Us‘, aims to rectify that situation.
Run by husband and wife team Benjamin and Rosie, the podcast devotes itself to those crimes that happen closer to home (ummm, if you live in the UK that is). Amongst the cases covered in the episodes of season one are:
- ‘Canoe Man’ John Darwin, who faked his own death and lived next door to his wife (who was in cahoots) as they claimed insurance money
- World’s worst parent Karen Matthews, who conspired with the uncle of her child-porn collecting boyfriend to kidnap her daughter Shannon and collect the reward money
- The premeditated murder of Sadie Hartley by “bunny boiler” Sarah Williams and her accomplice Katrina Walsh
Okay, this is another podcast post. Well, not totally, it’s also about comedy and politics (I’ll try to let you know which is which). If you haven’t come across ‘Matt Forde’s Political Party’ before, imagine walking out of the room before the end of ‘Live at The Apollo’ and coming back in after ‘Question Time’ has started. As a format it sounds about as viable as Craig Levein’s revolutionary 4-6-0 tactic that he employed so miserably as Scotland manager, but actually it works exceptionally well and that’s a testament to Forde’s tremendous personal affability (and childishly contagious laugh).
I’m a big fan of podcasts. I have been since I first discovered them, probably because I’m just a geek for radio generally. I like all sorts of podcasts, whether they’re factual, like the BBC’s excellent ‘Witness’ series, or fictional, like ‘The Truth’; humorous ones such as ‘Football Weekly’, or topical ones like ‘The Political Party’; and ones that simply transcend pigeonholing, refusing to obey either the laws of causality or the rules of cricket. There is only of of those, of course: ‘Welcome to Night Vale’.