Podcast Playlist

New and notable: August edition

Best friends, big fails and breaking stuff – we've got some bingeable new listens to get you through the end of the summer.

"Even now, this is probably the one thing that everybody thinks they know about Woodstock '99 – Limp Bizkit played Break Stuff and tens of thousands of hooligans were provoked into breaking lots of stuff. That's the story, right?"

Ironically, this third iteration of the famous hippie love fest resulted in a weekend of riots, looting and assaults. But Break Stuff: The Story of Woodstock '99 is here to set the record straight. "Set to a soundtrack of the era's most aggressive rock bands," this Luminary podcast recalls the events of a music festival gone awry and profiles both the figures who made the festival what it was, and the innocent artists who inevitably took the blame.

While I wasn't quite old enough to live through the height of the MTV era, this podcast took me in with open arms and allowed me to experience this insane moment in music history. It made me nostalgic for a time that I never knew, then stripped down the curtain to reveal its dark truths. And that, in my opinion, is what makes for great storytelling.

-Kelsey Cueva, Associate Producer, Podcast Playlist.

Podcasts featured this week:

Uncover: The Cat Lady Case – In 1997, a woman disappeared in Muskoka. Known by most around town simply as "the cat lady", the police suspected murder. But no charges have ever been laid, and her body has not been found.

Break Stuff: The Story of Woodstock '99 – In 1999, a music festival took place in upstate New York that became a social experiment. There were riots, looting, and numerous assaults. And it was all set to a soundtrack of the era's most aggressive rock bands. 

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Spectacular Failures – "The beer that made Milwaukee famous" cuts corners. And loses its most loyal customers.

Best Friends with Nicole Byer and Sasheer Zamata – Comedians Nicole Byer and Sasheer Zamata are best friends, and now they have a podcast to prove it. 

1865 – April 15, 1865. President Lincoln is dead and the country in turmoil. Secretary of War Edwin Stanton takes control, determined to bring the assassin to justice—but the hunt for John Wilkes Booth isn't all that grips Stanton.

Muddied Water – Muddied Water brings to life stories from Winnipeg's 1919 general strike, 100 years later. In this episode we meet Helen Armstrong, a dedicated organizer who was underestimated by authorities because she was a woman.

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