Podcast Playlist

True crime and mysteries from way back to today

We may never know the true identity of Jack the Ripper. But who were his victims? A new podcast retells the serial killer’s story by telling their stories.
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This week we're sharing one of our favourite episodes from November 2021.

This episode contains stories featuring violence, including domestic and sexual violence, and upsetting details. Please take care while listening. 

If you're looking for some true crime and mysteries with a lighter tone, try these two episodes. 

Our latest playlist of stellar true crime podcasts takes us from 17th century London to present day Toronto. 

From the past: you've probably heard of the notorious murderer Jack the Ripper, whose true identity we're likely never to know. But what we do have is a podcast about the lives of his victims. 

And from the present (or maybe the future?): we have a sneak peek at an upcoming CBC podcast where a young man looks into why misogynistic internet subcultures can have such an appeal to people like him. 

Plus, one of our favourite podcasters totally changed how he investigated cold cases during the pandemic. Hear the show where the course of an investigation hinges on the next phone call. 

We hope you'll find something new to binge, whether you're a seasoned true crime fan or looking for a place to start. 

Podcasts featured this week:

(Courtesy of podcasts)

Bad Women: The Ripper Re-told: "In the fall of 1888, five women were brutally murdered in the slums of London. The attacks were so violent that the killer earned a nickname — Jack the Ripper. But everything you think you know about Jack and those murdered women is wrong. Join Historian Hallie Rubenhold as she uncovers new facts about the five victims — revealing the appalling treatment they faced as women in the 1880s, and completely overturning the accepted Ripper story."

Evil By Design: "More than 80 women from around the world have accused the fast-fashion mogul Peter Nygard of rape, sexual assault and human trafficking in incidents across four decades and at least four countries...Who are the women and men who have stepped forward? Which systems failed them? And how did Nygard get away with it for so long?"

Stuff the British Stole: "Throughout its reign, the British Empire stole a lot of stuff. Today those objects are housed in genteel institutions across the U.K. and the world. They usually come with polite plaques. This is a series about the not-so-polite history behind those objects. Hosted by Marc Fennell."

Boys Like Me: "In April 2018, a young man drove a van down the sidewalk of a busy Toronto street, killing 10 people and injuring 16. He was specifically targeting women. The Toronto van attack changed the life of Evan Mead, who went to high school with the attacker and suffered many of the same social challenges. Host Ellen Chloe Bateman joins Mead on a journey into the dark subcultures where young men are increasingly attracted to and radicalized by a new, supercharged form of violent misogyny."

The Next Call: "From David Ridgen, the creator of Someone Knows Something, comes the new investigative podcast The Next Call. Tackling unsolved cases through strategic phone calls, the curtain is peeled back. From the victim's family members to potential suspects, the investigation unfolds with The Next Call."

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