Podcasts of the Week: Hollywood and Crime & The Room Where It’s Happening

Podcasts are awesome (especially From First to Last) and each week sees brand new, fantastic shows appearing, demanding to be fed into your ears. How do you decide what to listen to and what to ignore? Not to worry, Audiences Everywhere has you covered. Each week we’ll give our picks for the best podcasts you should be listening to about movies (and other things) so you don’t have to make any more hard podcast decisions ever again.

Movie Podcast of the Week

Hollywood and Crime

This is a bit of a cheat as its not technically a movie-based podcast, but it is set in Hollywood and feels like listening to a very scary, very well-made movie, so it’s here.

Hollywood and Crime is a serialized docu-drama focusing upon one of the world’s most famous cold cases: the murder of the Black Dahlia. As the show explains, around the same time as the Dahlia murder a dozen other women were killed in a similar manner all around LA. Using dramatisations, thorough research, and meticulous details, host Tracy Pattin tells the stories of these poor women and the investigations into their deaths.

Hollywood and Crime feels like a successor to Serial in its approach and focus upon a particular story. It is incredibly well made, very smart, and quite intensely spooky in parts. Be warned, it might not be for the faint-hearted.

Where to Begin: Begin with episode one and you’ll be hooked straightaway.

Where to Find it: Official – Twitter – Facebook – iTunes

Non-Movie Podcast of the Week

The Room Where It’s Happening

I was a latecomer to Hamilton. I live in Australia and the play hasn’t got over here yet, so I’ve only managed to listen to the soundtrack, which is something I’ve done eighty million times.

And I’m not the only one. Hamilton is a cultural phenomenon and The Room Where It’s Happening is a handy companion for anyone who wants to know more about Hamilton and hear other super fans geek out about it.

Hosts Mike Drucker and Travon Free have on a wide range of guests to talk about their experiences with the play as well as their favourite songs. So is you’ve listened to the soundtrack, watched the play, read the book, read the Chernow biography, and watched the PBS documentary, and still found yourself wanting more then listen to The Room Where It’s Happening and then be inspired to do it all over again.

Where to Begin: Episode one with Adam Savage is a great start as he talks about the stage engineering, rapping in his car, his favourite song, and helps try to get the Obamas to guest on the show.

Where to Find it: Official – Twitter Facebook –  iTunes

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Sean W. Fallon
Sean W. Fallon is a movie blogger and film critic from England who lives in Australia. He is the host of the podcast From First to Last, and can be found on Twitter (@Equiatic_Bind).