How I made my 2-3 hour long mom duties bearable by listening to podcasts. Sometimes you find yourself in the car for extended periods of time while doing mom things. You know, shuffling 4 kids to 4 different schools and picking up said kids after school. On average I spend a solid 2-3 hours in the car…daily! One of the ways I have found to not dread this time and to drown out kid music is by listening to podcasts. Here are my favorite podcasts if you loved Serial.

Dr. Death

Oh, where do I start?! If you love true crime type of documentaries you will love this. Based on a true story here in my home town of Dallas, TX. This tells the story of Dr. Christopher Duntsch, a neurosurgeon who claimed to be the best in Dallas, until his patients started having complications after surgery. Was he completely incompetent or was he a wannabe killer. I will leave it at that as to not give away any spoilers.

The Minds of Madness-True Crime Stories

Described as “Ordinary people who do unthinkable things”. My favorite was episode 42 Jerry Michael Williams. Holy crap! This podcast tells the story of true crimes in short segments. Some of them are 1-2 episodes and others are just 1. If you like short crime stories and not a long 8-9 episode then this is one for you.

Happy Face

Happy Face is slightly different than the other true crime stories as it gives the perspective from the daughter of the serial killer, Keith Jesperson. I cried and felt so angry for Melissa, Keith’s daughter. Melissa really fears that she will turn out like her father. Listen as she goes through meeting the victims families, seeking help on how to cope with such a terrible father and so much more. A truly great podcast.

Up & Vanished

This podcast reminds me the most of Serial. There are 2 seasons of Up and vanished and in my opinion Season 2 is much better. Up and Vanished is narrated by Payne Lindsay who does a great job telling the story of the unsolved missing person case of Tara Grinstead in Georgia. Season 2 chronicles the story of the missing person case Kristal Reisinger from Colorado. Payne does a good job interviewing family members and chronicling the story from when they went missing to present day.


This psychological thriller is not 100% like Serial but it is a fascinating series that dives into Cults, what really goes on inside of them and how they got started. Super interesting! The narrators Greg Polcyn and Vanessa Richardson are soothing to listen too. For those of you that love audiobooks, you understand that the narrator can really make or break it. In this Podcast, each story has about 2 episodes so they are quick. My favorite was the Kashi Ashram and the Fellowship of Friends. Every Tuesday a new episode is released.

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Give podcasts a try. You might find something you love.

The next time you are in your car and get tired of the same old songs, give these top 5 “Serial like” podcasts a try.

What are your favorite podcasts? Comment below so I can check them out. Stay tuned for my next blog post about the best podcasts for business.

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