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The best podcasts to unravel intriguing mysteries

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Who am I?

I'm someone deeply fascinated by the layers hidden beneath ordinary life. My passion lies in unveiling truths that lie just beneath the surface, in the stories and secrets of small towns. I was drawn to this subject through a blend of curiosity and personal history. Having encountered mysteries in my own life, I've developed a knack for seeking out the hidden stories and unexplained phenomena that shape our world.

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What is my podcast about and/or how does it relate to the playlist topic you chose?

"Cookie Conspiracy" is about uncovering the layered mysteries of Starbridge Hollow, centered around the disappearance of the enigmatic Midnight Macaroon and its baker. It ties into the playlist by exploring the unseen and unsaid, much like the other podcasts listed.

What is my podcast playlist about?

The podcast playlist is a curated journey into the heart of mystery and suspense, guiding listeners through tales of intrigue, history, and the unexplained, with each episode revealing a piece of the larger puzzle.

The podcasts I picked and why

1. S-Town

Why this podcast?

I love how it dives into the complexities of a small town and its eccentric inhabitants, revealing a layered human story beneath a murder mystery.

S-Town

S-Town

Serial Productions

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4.9

S-Town is a podcast hosted by Brian Reed from Serial Productions, a New York Times company. The story follows a man named John who despises his Alabama town and decides to do something about it. He asks Brian to investigate the son of a wealthy family who's allegedly been bragging that he got away with murder. But when someone else ends up dead, the search for the truth leads to a nasty feud, a hunt for hidden treasure, and an unearthing of the mysteries of one man's life.

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33 Listeners

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2. The Missing Cryptoqueen

Why this podcast?

This podcast captivates with its exploration of a massive financial deception and the mysterious figure behind it, embodying the intrigue of modern-day myths.

The Missing Cryptoqueen

The Missing Cryptoqueen

BBC Radio 5 Live

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5.0

Dr Ruja Ignatova persuaded millions to join her financial revolution. Then she disappeared. Why? Jamie Bartlett presents a story of greed, deceit and herd madness.

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10 Listeners

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3. West Cork

Why this podcast?

It's a detailed, sensitive portrayal of a haunting unresolved case, bringing to light the nuances of community and memory.

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West Cork

yarn fm

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In West Cork, it’s simply known as ‘the murder’. In 1996 French film producer Sophie Toscan du Plantier is found dead near her holiday home. There are no witnesses and no known motive. The police suspect one man in this community but they can’t make a charge stick and he refuses to leave, living under the glare of suspicion ever since.


This series brings together an incredible cast of characters, many of whom have never spoken publicly before. The family of the victim bring to life a woman lost; the suspect puts forward his defence; and local people explain what it’s like to have the living embodiment of their unsettled nerves still resolutely among them. Reported and hosted by Jennifer Forde and Sam Bungey.


To be first to listen to bonus episodes of West Cork and Sam and Jennifer's incredible next series, sign up at www.westcorkpodcast.com

  • “The hosts beautifully communicate how a tragedy can impact a town and its people in devastating ways.” Time magazine
  • “Meticulous and thoughtful ... The podcast is vastly more soulful than so many of its peers, in large part by functioning as an exploration of how a tragedy, mixed with spectacle, can redefine and consume the terms of a place, a person, and a time." Nick Quah, Vulture
  • “One of the few podcasts that caused us to drive in pointless extra loops in total silence, just so we could hear another episode. West Cork is the new Serial. It may even be better.” India Knight, The Times
  • "Knocked me out like no other podcast since S-Town. A masterpiece." Patrick Radden Keefe, author of Say Nothing


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4. The Dropout

Why this podcast?

Fascinating insight into ambition turned scandal, shedding light on the darker sides of innovation and entrepreneurship.

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The Dropout

ABC News

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Money. Romance. Tragedy. Deception. The story of Elizabeth Holmes and Theranos is an unbelievable tale of ambition and fame gone terribly wrong. How did the world’s youngest self-made female billionaire lose it all in the blink of an eye? How did the woman once heralded as “the next Steve Jobs” find herself facing criminal charges - to which she pleaded not guilty - and up to decades in prison? How did her technology, meant to revolutionize health care, potentially put millions of patients at risk? And how did so many smart people get it so wrong along the way? ABC News chief business, technology and economics correspondent Rebecca Jarvis, along with producers Taylor Dunn and Victoria Thompson, take listeners on a journey that includes a multi-year investigation. You'll hear exclusive interviews with former employees, investors, and patients, and for the first-time, the never-before-aired deposition testimony of Elizabeth Holmes, and those at the center of this story. Then, go inside the courtroom as 12 jurors decide the fate of the Theranos founder; three years after she was first charged, we find out how this saga finally ends.

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74 Listeners

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5. A Very Fatal Murder

Why this podcast?

Offers a satirical twist, providing both entertainment and a critical lens on the true crime genre, making us question and laugh at the clichés.

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A Very Fatal Murder sends Onion Public Radio (OPR) correspondent David Pascall from New York City to the sleepy town of Bluff Springs, Nebraska to investigate the mysterious death of a 17-year-old girl, Hayley Price. Hayley was a popular, smart animal lover, with a bright future ahead of her. Everyone in town knew her name, and now everyone in town is a suspect. Join David as he works to understand why the initial investigation of Hayley’s death failed, and how a very inquisitive and Pulitzer-hungry podcast host might shed new light on the case.

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