Congratulations, you’ve made it to the first long weekend of 2022! With Martin Luther King Jr. Day this upcoming Monday, we are recommending a new podcast looking deeper into his assassination than ever before, a podcast exploring what it means to be Black in America, and a podcast all about love.
Also on this list is a new podcast from Cadence13 hosted by comedian David Spade and Dana Carvey and a serialized true crime podcast that you may have missed last year. There are podcasts you can finish in a day and podcasts you’ll spend the next few weeks bingeing.
Sit back, relax, and check out Podsauce’s complete weekend listening guide below:
The MLK Tapes
From iHeartPodcasts and Tenderfoot TV comes the brand new podcast: “The MLK Tapes.” As the official story goes, on April 4th, 1968, a lone gunman named James Earl Ray assassinated Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. at the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, Tennessee. Ray pled guilty, and the case of the civil rights leaders’ murder was quickly closed. But over the years, rumors of government involvement and coverups have spread, and truthfully, there are some damning details in this case. “The MLK Tapes” is listening to recordings of eyewitness testimony and new interviews with the people who were there the day he was shot, to determine the true plot to kill the doctor. Only a few episodes are out now.
From MSNBC and Trymaine Lee, “Into America” is a show about being Black in America. It’s a lesson into Black American history, from centuries ago to mere decades ago. Hear from the people who have studied it and lived it, from banned books to “The East,” from the Far-Right not being all White to Harvard’s Black student population (which has one of the highest Ivy League Black student populations at just 11%). Every episode is full of fascinating interviews and paramount knowledge about America’s unfulfilled promises to all her children.
Fly On The Wall
A brand new podcast from Audacy’s Cadence13, “Fly On The Wall” is David Spade and Dana Carvey’s historic dive into Saturday Night Live. The two alum will be joined by SNL cast members – past and present – from hosts, to musical guests, and writers. They’re going to unpack the show’s best sketches, most iconic moments, and share never-before-heard stories from the decades-long show.
As for a true crime podcast and perhaps even a news story that you may have missed, “O.C. Swingers” is the horrifying story of Newport Beach orthopedic surgeon and former Bravo reality star Dr. Grant Robicheaux and his girlfriend, substitute teacher Cerissa Riley. In 2018, they were accused of drugging and raping at least 13 women. The case spiraled like crazy, involving firearm and drug charges, until all of the rape charges were dropped and forgotten in the midst of a political battle. Journalist Justine Harman tells the convoluted story one of the most sordid sex crimes cases in Orange County history.
It’s Nice To Hear You
What was merely a pandemic experiment meant to pass the time during quarantine turned into a gorgeous podcast called “It’s Nice To Hear You.” Yves D. Ropper had just been laid off at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic and came up with an idea to facilitate human connection in a new, spread out world. Over 30 days, two people sent one voice memo a day to each other. There were no names, no faces, no direct contact. Just their voices. A match-making experiment like no other. Over the course of six episodes, you’ll eavesdrop on people falling in “like” with a stranger, become open vulnerability, and develop intimacy all through one message a day. It’s an introspective look into human connection that’s never been heard quite like this.