In a genre that is filled with stories and investigations covering the most heinous crimes in history, Criminal is a fresh listen for a variety of reasons. One of the obvious being host Phoebe Judge’s electric personality. Not only was Phoebe’s voice made for podcasting (she has a background in public radio production), but her personality is warm and welcoming – a trait that can be hard to exert when covering such difficult material.
Variety is a term that can be thrown around in podcasting liberally, but there is no mistaking the definition when it comes to Criminal. There is a different story told each episode but each story ranging in a wide variety of topics (no, literally every episode so VERY different. You will hear stories ranging from an interview with a mother-daughter coroner team, a pot smuggling family man, a man wrongfully accused of murder. Phoebe and team even investigate how to fake your own death – and how to get away with it.
If asked to describe Criminal in one word, I would describe it as quirky. Quirky because of the way the material is presented. Criminal offers a winning combination of storytelling and interviews with related parties of the crime, or investigation (what the real meaning of 420 is). This is all done with an unmatched personality and interest that can be hard to find in the True Crime genre.
You won’t regret lending your ears to the Criminal podcast, even if you are not sold upon first listen. It will allow you to take a break from the good ole’ “whodunnit” and you will even learn something along the way.
- E1: Animal Instincts
- E86: Willie Bosket
- E88: Cold Case
- E66: Bully