Early on in my podcast listening days, I bounced around from podcast to podcast. I was always looking for a show that would keep me interested on a weekly basis. I never quite found anything until the first season of Serial. Like many other newbies, Serial is the first podcast I binged. I mean, in 2014, who wasn’t immediately hooked on the Syed case and the way it was presented, in a true podcast format. Unfortunately, like all good things it came to an end. Afterwards, I was back down the rabbit hole of podcast surfing. Begin drum roll and enter: Sword & Scale is currently the longest-lasting subscription in my podcast library.
If you aren’t familiar with Sword & Scale, it is undoubtedly one of the most impactful podcasts in the genre. Within a year of its first episode, Sword & Scale quickly reached one million downloads. Not only an impressive accomplishment, it stands as a testament to how fans feel about the show. Founder and host, Mike Boudet, is ultra-talented in a variety of areas including production and narration.
In fact, the production is what makes Sword & Scale instantly credible. It was clear from the early episodes that Mike wanted to bring listeners a mini-documentary flush with first-hand accounts that explore a variety of topics. Each episode has a unique soundscape that sets the tone in an insanely effective way for subject matter. Sword & Scale has never been afraid of anything either. Episodes are flush with insightful commentary, and often times gory details straight from case files.
Sword & Scale has always kept things real, and as a long-time fan, I have nothing but respect for that. The tagline of Sword and Scale is that “the worst monsters are real”, which seems to align perfectly with what the experience of listening to Sword and Scale. It remains consistent as ever. Although some listeners do not agree with the Mike’s views outside of the podcast, Sword & Scale continues to maintain it’s heavyweight status in the pantheon of true crime podcasts. I highly recommend this show, and will always give it an A+.