Popping in your headphones and listening to a good podcast is one of the best ways to get through a long commute or a long list of chores. And whether your interest is pop culture, true crime, sports or something more niche, there are thousands to choose from.
If you’re looking to add more locally-made podcasts to your listening line-up, consider these seven that are created, based in or hosted by folks right here in metro Atlanta.
Bottom of the Map
Genre: Music, Pop culture
Bottom of the Map, co-hosted by music journalist, Christina Lee, and writer and hip-hop scholar, Regina N. Bradley, Ph.D., takes a deep dive into hip-hop culture, looking at its impact on the world at large. Through a Southern, female and “hella-informed” lens, Lee and Bradley “explore, explain and exalt Southern hip-hop…through dope conversations about self-care, protest, marching bands, faith, feminism, business, fatherhood, strip club culture and more.”
Listen here: https://www.bottomofthemap.media/listen-1
Southern Fried Soccer
Genre: Sports, Soccer
Atlanta United is the newest major league franchise in Atlanta, and it has already won over the crowds - setting MLS attendance records in its new home at Mercedes-Benz stadium. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution’s Doug Roberson brings inside scoops and analysis after every Atlanta United game to his popular Southern Fried Soccer podcast.
Listen here: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/southern-fried-soccer/id1270186904
Georgia Today, hosted by Steve Fennessy
Genre: Politics, Current events
For each episode of Georgia Public Broadcasting’s Georgia Today, host Steve Fennessy explores in-depth one local story from the week’s top news. Through the lens of the journalists covering these stories, Fennessy offers listeners a chance to go deeper than the headlines, with episodes such as “Georgia’s beloved Okefenokee Swamp at the heart of a plan for a new titanium dioxide mine” and “The three death sentences of Clarence Henderson.”
Listen here: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/georgia-today/id1524984050
Genre: Pop culture
Tagged as a “good podcast about bad relationships,” the addictive Trashy Divorces podcast offers listeners a comedic take on “marital misconduct and love gone wrong,” exploring the splashy, headline-grabbing divorces of famous subjects ranging from the Duchess of Devonshire, Georgiana Spencer Cavendish, to Miley Cyrus and Liam Hemsworth. Hosts Stacie, a freelance copywriter, and her wife, Alicia, a freelance corporate trainer, offer a hilarious but humanizing take on these torrid and touching relationship stories.
Listen here: https://www.trashydivorces.com/find-us/
Genre: History, current events, social justice
Hosted by Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and professor Hank Klibanoff, the WABE podcast, Buried Truths, presents the still-relevant, though often buried, historical stories of racial inequality and injustice in the South. The goal of the podcast is to shed light on these stories from the not-so-distant past that they might inform the critical social justice work of the present.
Listen here: https://www.wabe.org/podcasts/buried-truths/#follow
Genre: True Crime
Bill Rankin, a veteran reporter at The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, takes listeners through one major case ripped from the headlines each season on Breakdown. Season 9 of the popular podcast will tackle the Trump Grand Jury investigation led by the Fulton County D.A. Previous seasons include “Death in a Hot Car,” “The McIver Murder Case,” and “The Ahmaud Arbery case.”
Genre: History, true crime
Hosted by B.T. Harman, Catlick is a 22-episode history podcast series that mixes elements of true crime with the sonic atmosphere of a ghost story to tell the true tale of how “spies, villains and midnight vigilantes nearly destroyed the South’s grandest city.” It’s a gripping, narrative-style podcast hailed by CNN as a “must-listen.”
Listen here: https://www.spreaker.com/show/catlick