Top podcasts of the week: What does the bloodsucking Twilight saga tell us about society? | Podcasts

Selections of the week

The Big Hit Show
“Twilight is stupid; if you like it, you are also stupid. Why is there so much vitriol towards Twihard women? (Spoiler: misogyny.) In the first of a series deciphering pop culture’s greatest moments — from the Obamas’ media company — Alex Papademas begins by dissecting the wildly popular tale of teenage vampire love. – and what the reactions say about us. Even if you’re not a fan, it raises some big questions. Hollie Richardson

fake medium
Journalist Vicky Baker captivated listeners with Fake Heiress and now she’s investigating the fascinating story of Lamar Keene, America’s go-to spiritualist of the 1960s. When he hung up his dodgy crystal ball, he decided to reveal the supposed psychic stuff, and Baker asks if it was also a scam while reflecting on the authenticity of the psychics that followed. Hannah Verdier

Deep Cover: Mob Land
Animal lover, lawyer and identity changer Bob Cooley is the subject of Jake Halpern’s new season of the Reliable and Mysterious podcast. Cooley was one of Chicago’s top mob lawyers in the 70s and 80s, but what was the price when he offered to go over to the FBI? This plunge into corruption questions the key personalities around him. excluding tax

This lively and engaging podcast attempts “to apply a Jewish lens to life’s toughest questions.” Hosts Rabbi Shira Stutman and former West Wing actor Joshua Malina cover topics ranging from reality TV shows to the Jewish ‘New Year of the Trees’ to the recent synagogue hostage crisis from the Dallas suburb of Colleyville. Alexis Duggins

Backstage pass with Eric Vestro
Eric Vestro is a vocal coach who has worked with John Legend, Shawn Mendes, Camila Cabello and Ariana Grande. Here, he entertainingly pulls back the curtain on their craft, telling them about their journey in a way that feels genuinely intimate given their pre-existing relationships. Also expect some pleasantly silly vocal exercises. AD

Royally Flush investigates the monarchy’s relationship with the British slave trade. Photograph: Chris Radburn/Reuters

Chosen by Danielle Stephens

It is fair to say that over the past two years the British monarchy has come under the microscope for the way it treats members of its own family, whether an heir to the throne and his American woman, or a prince involved in a civil matter. sexual abuse case. In a two-part article titled Royally Flush, however, Broccoli Productions’ human resources podcast goes back in time to investigate the royal family’s role in Britain’s slave trade, questioning their influence in the attempt to prevent abolition.

This is clearly a pandemic production as the audio quality can be shaky at times, but the content is an important listen. As the country prepares to celebrate the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee, writer and host Moya Lothian-McLean takes us on an uncharted journey down memory lane, presenting fascinating insights into why – despite plenty of evidence the monarchy has historically helped sustain the slave trade in Britain – we haven’t heard a single sorry from Buckingham Palace, according to the program’s creator.

Talking points

  • Never underestimate the skills needed to create a great podcast. More than a year since Meghan and Harry’s audio production company Archewell signed a podcast deal with Spotify, they’ve only managed to release one podcast. Hence, likely the job postings Spotify posted this week, looking for full-time staff to help Archewell.

  • Why not try: Smartless | Screenshot

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