• By Alyson Heisler

Listening in: "My Favorite Murder"

As a podcast-obsessed person, I’d like to give my recommendation and review of what I’ve been listening to lately. I’ve recently discovered an interest in murder cases and other dark subjects — the who, what, where, and how of it all.

A podcast that fulfills this interest in a comedic manner is “My Favorite Murder.” The podcast is hosted by Karen Kilgariff, a stand-up comedian and TV writer, and her writer friend, Georgia Hardstark.

The two began the podcast in 2016 and have since been invited to be guests on several podcasts and have done live podcasts in cities across the U.S.

The podcast recounts the timelines and stories of different murder cases and hometown murders through the hosts’ research and comical storytelling. Over the course of an episode, Kilgariff and Hardstark tell the story of their chosen case — whether it be a well-known case like JonBenét Ramsey or a darker element of history like the Radium Girls. Both hosts will interject their own comments or questions into the other host’s story, creating moments of comedy out of dark descriptions. Sidebar conversations often begin from these interjections, also.

Listening to this podcast feels like having a conversation with a friend or a group of friends. I don’t know about others, but I’m not having conversations about murders with my circle of friends so this fills that hole — “My Favorite Murder” offers an opening to have a conversation (be it a one-sided conversation) about the darker, more unsuspecting parts of the world.

The conversational style, created by the hosts being true-crime lovers themselves, makes the often hard to stomach subject of murder, kidnapping, and dark history easier to casually listen to and discuss.

Shorter, more personal stories submitted by friends of the hosts or listeners are featured in special episodes called murder-minisodes that are released between full-length episodes. Listeners can also submit their hometown murders on their website, www.myfavoritemurder.com.

My recommendation is to start a casual conversation about murder or any other peculiar interests with a friend, listen to an episode of “My Favorite Murder” to learn some fun facts about a murder, and become a “Murderino.” “My Favorite Murder” is available to stream and download on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher, and Player FM.

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