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  • When I need a break from the True Crime genre this is usually my go-to. Of course it is an NPR program so it does have a certain political slant in favoritism, but I guess that would be expected. It is a fun way to keep up on current events and news. It is a quiz / game show type format that you can actually play along with and try to guess for yourself. (Which is cool, it's like watching Jeopardy but the questions are much easier). My ONLY complaint (and this just may be with my pod app) is the "skipping". I only seem to have this issue on NPR podcasts, they will skip ahead 3 seconds, and then back 3 seconds at random times ... can be annoying, especially if the skip comes at a time they reveal an answer. Over all, nice break from the gore and madness that can be True Crime.

  • Sword and Scale

    It's Hot

    It's been a ride...

    This podcast was like a roller coaster for me over the past couple of years. This is the original podcast that got me hooked on True Crime. The early episodes were AMAZING; very detailed, graphic, in-depth, well produced, and just genuinely TOP NOTCH PODDING ... and then, well then we hit a bit of a spiral. At some point the host began to push for monetary support, which I understand and have no problem with as everything has a cost. However, the host almost shamed his listeners into donating and when I was listening I felt as if I was being badgered to donate. That was kind of bothersome but not enough for me to stop listening. Then the quality of the podcast content went down, almost like he was "mailing it in" and I wasn't as captivated by each episode as I once was and didn't have the same excitement I had every time a new episode dropped. There was also some social media drama, accusations from nay-sayers and over the top "circling of the wagons" by the supporters and host. It was at this point I just tuned out and moved on ... I listen to podcasts to relax and be entertained not to get caught up in childish "he said / she said" games. I know some things were said on some episodes that many were offended by, but I come from the school of thought that if something offends you just stop listening. Not everyone likes the same cup of tea. Recently I have rekindled my enjoyment of Sword and Scale. Mike does do a solid podcast that has just the amount of grit and grim that I enjoy. Sometimes I do think he can be a little over dramatic in his narration, but again, just a "cup of tea" opinion. I guess if you like True Crime that is presented down and dirty with no filters and actual clips, this IS your cup of tea. If you are easily offended or ride the "Politically Correct" train, you may want to try another cup of tea, probably not going to like this one. Me? I'm back to being a regular listener and enjoying the podcast once again.

  • A unique accent ... best way I can describe the host for this podcast. It did take a little getting used to but once you do you will find it a well produced informative podcast. I am more of a one host kind of guy so this works for me. Cases are from all over the world, some I have never heard of, others that I have been well aware of but still picked up info I was unaware of, well researched.

  • Imagine sitting down with a buddy, drinking a beer, and having him tell you a story about some twisted person or event. That is exactly what listening to this pod is like. The host is very laid back and has a casual "check this sh!t out" delivery. Every now and then he will jump off his written script and interject some off the cuff comment about what he just said. 99.9% is the equivalent of a "dad joke" and most likely the same comment that was running through your mind too. With that being said, he doesn't make light of the topics, victims, or subjects which I really respect. Well produced, great sound quality, and relaxing delivery. In my personal top 5!

  • Every episode is great. The 1st couple do have some "growing pains" but the host and his team figured things out quickly and the content and sound quality are spot on. Host's voice is soothing, even though the topics can be a bit crazy (it IS called the MINDS of MADNESS) the delivery , content and music make for a great bedtime podcast. Although the stories they share involve some pretty grizzly and twisted details, never have I found myself turned away or bothered. The host presents the information and details important to the story but doesn't overdue the delivery or "glam it up". You get the point without the exploitation, if that makes sense. They put out an episode around Christmas called "A Christmas Miracle" (Episode 21) that I thought was great. In this episode they step away from the "Madness" and instead spend time introducing OTHER podcasts in the genre and even have the hosts of those podcasts as guests to discuss their podcasts. I thought it was BRILLIANT and such a great resource for a listener looking for additional pods. One of my top 5!

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  • Sword and Scale

    It's Hot

    It's been a ride...

    This podcast was like a roller coaster for me over the past couple of years. This is the original podcast that got me hooked on True Crime. The early episodes were AMAZING; very detailed, graphic, in-depth, well produced, and just genuinely TOP NOTCH PODDING ... and then, well then we hit a bit of a spiral. At some point the host began to push for monetary support, which I understand and have no problem with as everything has a cost. However, the host almost shamed his listeners into donating and when I was listening I felt as if I was being badgered to donate. That was kind of bothersome but not enough for me to stop listening. Then the quality of the podcast content went down, almost like he was "mailing it in" and I wasn't as captivated by each episode as I once was and didn't have the same excitement I had every time a new episode dropped. There was also some social media drama, accusations from nay-sayers and over the top "circling of the wagons" by the supporters and host. It was at this point I just tuned out and moved on ... I listen to podcasts to relax and be entertained not to get caught up in childish "he said / she said" games. I know some things were said on some episodes that many were offended by, but I come from the school of thought that if something offends you just stop listening. Not everyone likes the same cup of tea. Recently I have rekindled my enjoyment of Sword and Scale. Mike does do a solid podcast that has just the amount of grit and grim that I enjoy. Sometimes I do think he can be a little over dramatic in his narration, but again, just a "cup of tea" opinion. I guess if you like True Crime that is presented down and dirty with no filters and actual clips, this IS your cup of tea. If you are easily offended or ride the "Politically Correct" train, you may want to try another cup of tea, probably not going to like this one. Me? I'm back to being a regular listener and enjoying the podcast once again.

  • Imagine sitting down with a buddy, drinking a beer, and having him tell you a story about some twisted person or event. That is exactly what listening to this pod is like. The host is very laid back and has a casual "check this sh!t out" delivery. Every now and then he will jump off his written script and interject some off the cuff comment about what he just said. 99.9% is the equivalent of a "dad joke" and most likely the same comment that was running through your mind too. With that being said, he doesn't make light of the topics, victims, or subjects which I really respect. Well produced, great sound quality, and relaxing delivery. In my personal top 5!

  • Every episode is great. The 1st couple do have some "growing pains" but the host and his team figured things out quickly and the content and sound quality are spot on. Host's voice is soothing, even though the topics can be a bit crazy (it IS called the MINDS of MADNESS) the delivery , content and music make for a great bedtime podcast. Although the stories they share involve some pretty grizzly and twisted details, never have I found myself turned away or bothered. The host presents the information and details important to the story but doesn't overdue the delivery or "glam it up". You get the point without the exploitation, if that makes sense. They put out an episode around Christmas called "A Christmas Miracle" (Episode 21) that I thought was great. In this episode they step away from the "Madness" and instead spend time introducing OTHER podcasts in the genre and even have the hosts of those podcasts as guests to discuss their podcasts. I thought it was BRILLIANT and such a great resource for a listener looking for additional pods. One of my top 5!