Crime

The best podcasts for American crime stories, audio drama, unsolved mysteries, cold cases, and some of the most gripping investigations retold. Also included are some book clubs reviewing current & historical crimes.

// List of 19 of the best crime podcasts
Son of a Hitman

Ever heard that actor Woody Harrelson’s father was a hitman? In this podcast, journalist Jason Cavanagh investigates the crimes, and conspiracies surrounding the man. And during his efforts to separate gossip from the truth, some new evidence is uncovered.

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    Tom Brown’s Body

    Skip Hollandsworth digs into what really happened in a small town in Texas in 2016, when Tom Brown, a high school senior, went missing. Back then, nearly everyone in town became a suspect, including the sheriff and a private investigator. Tune in to find out more.

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      The Orange Tree

      Two university journalism students delve into the 2005 Texas murder of 21-year-old student Jennifer Cave in this podcast. When the body was found at The Orange Tree apartment complex the story took a turn that will have you hanging on every word.

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        Moms Don’t Have Time To Read Books

        In each episode of this award-winning literary podcast, mom of four Zibby Owens speaks with authors to discuss their work, characters, and new releases, as well as their favorite reads. Zibby’s likes to make you think about what you read, feel its emotion, and connect with its message.

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          Black Chick Lit

          Listen in to Black Chick Lit as hosts Mollie & Danielle crack open a bottle of wine, discuss books, and laugh at each other’s jokes. Twice a month they discuss books written by, about, and for black women. This podcast is well worth a listen. And these women are fabulously funny & entertaining.

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            What Should I Read Next?

            What Should I Read Next is a weekly podcast about books from Ann Bodel, who also runs the blog, The Modern Mrs. Darcy. Each week Ann speaks with a reader about the books they’ve loved, hated, as well as what they are currently reading, and recommendations for your next read.

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              The Book Review

              Join host Pamela Paul and the editors at the NY Times Book Review for a podcast about the best new book releases. For 15 years, listeners have been tuning in each week for the latest book review, as well as discussions & news from the book world in general.

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                The Stacks

                The Stacks is like an online book club as well as a literary podcast. Every month, host Traci Thomas invites a new guest from TV & movie stars to best-selling authors & public figures. They discuss all things books, the book of the month, as well as their own reading habits.

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                  Book Riot

                  Hosted by Jeff O’Neal and Rebecca Joines Schinsky, the Boot Riot podcast airs weekly with all the current news and updates from the book world. They discuss children’s, young adult books, as well as mystery, thrillers, nonfiction, romance, and sci-fi for more mature readers.

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                    Root of Evil

                    Root of Evil is a podcast about sisters Rasha & Yvette’s investigation into their great grandfather, George Hodel, who is believed to be The Black Dahlia murderer. The case, which remains unsolved, is horrific enough, but the Hodel family secrets will have the hair standing on the back of your neck.

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