Is the Apocalypse Dethroning True-Crime as the King of Podcast Genres?
Although there seems to be no limit to the amount of unsolved murder cases we are thrilled to listen to, apocalypse-themed podcasts have made a quick rise to the top of the charts. Here are a few to listen to if you need a break from solving cold-cases.
The Big One: Your Survival Guide is worth a listen if you’re actually seeking practical advice to help you in the wake of a natural disaster. Providing tips on how to survive in Los Angeles post-earthquake, The Big One warns, “There's a 50 percent chance that some time in the next 30 years, Southern California will be crippled by a 7.8 magnitude earthquake. It'll take less than two minutes for more than 10 million people to lose water, power, internet.” Yikes.
It Could Happen Here, is a fantastical explanation of how the United States could come to find itself in the midst of the 2nd Civil War, and potentially the American genocide. Although overtly sensationalized, this one might hit too close to home given the polarization in the current political atmosphere.
Blackout follows the residents of the small town of Berlin, New Hampshire, after the town loses all power. Rami Malek leads the large cast as a radio-host and family man who tries to navigate the town’s changing social climate as it quickly turns into a dystopian society. You might want to buy a ham radio and switch to natural gas after this one.
Earth Break, starring Jenny Slate, documents the post-apocalyptic world after an alien invasion. Lynn (Slate) records her solo journey as seemingly the only person who has not succumbed to immediate illness after the alien takeover. While it hasn’t provided too much practical advice so far, Slate’s narration, which ranges from comedic nostalgia to frantic desperation, is immediately captivating. Think Bird Box meets A Quiet Place.