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October listening

This week we have been listening to a lot of halloween themed playlists in the studio along with a few spooky stories from the fiction section that has got all our hearts racing! The design team have also been absorbed in a couple of true crime podcasts, perfect for the darker evening commutes on the train.

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Limetown

Firstly we have Limetown, that has earned comparisons to The X-Files, Serial, and Welcome to Night Vale (which co-creators Zack Akers and Skip Bronkie cite as an inspiration) in just three episodes — out of a planned seven. The fictional investigation by “host” Lia Haddock into the decade-old disappearance of 300 people from the podcast’s namesake town is as entrancing and slickly produced as the public radio it purports to be.

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In the dark

Child abductions are rare crimes. And they’re typically solved. For 27 years, the investigation into the abduction of Jacob Wetterling in rural Minnesota yielded no answers. In the most comprehensive reporting on this case, APM Reports and reporter Madeleine Baran reveal how law enforcement mishandled one of the most notorious child abductions in the country and how those failures fueled national anxiety about stranger danger, led to the nation’s sex-offender registries and raise questions about crime-solving effectiveness and accountability.

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Lore

Host and veteran thriller writer Aaron Mahnke guides listeners through real-life scary stories (hence the tagline above). Part historical research, part expert storytelling, Lore covers strange happenings from the Middle Ages to the present, with new episodes uploaded every week.

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Real Crime Profile

Join Jim Clemente (former FBI profiler), Laura Richards (criminal behavioral analyst, former New Scotland Yard) and Lisa Zambetti (Casting director for CBS’ Criminal Minds) as they profile behavior from real criminal cases.