Podcast recs: “Witch, Please,” and “In the Dark”

I have two *wildly* different podcast recommendations for you today.

* The first is Witch, Please. It’s “A fortnightly podcast about the Harry Potter world by two lady scholars.”

It’s delightful! The hosts are two Canadian academics. They are re-reading and re-watching the Harry Potter books and movies, and discussing a smattering of reasonably academic topics about each work. The cover feminism, pedagogy, the othering of radical bodies, anti-semitism, material culture, and a host of other issues in the Harry Potter world.

This is the kind of criticism I love — these women LOVE Harry Potter, and it’s their affection for the world of Hogwarts that leads them to critique it.

If you like the sort of criticism that Jay and Miles do in Jay and Miles XPlain the X-Men, and you want to hear that applied to Harry Potter, I recommend Witch, Please.

* The second podcast I am recommending is In the Dark.

“Child abductions are rare crimes. And they’re typically solved. For 27 years, the investigation into the abduction of Jacob Wetterling in rural Minnesota yielded no answers. In the most comprehensive reporting on this case, APM Reports and reporter Madeleine Baran reveal how law enforcement mishandled one of the most notorious child abductions in the country and how those failures fueled national anxiety about stranger danger, changed how adults parent their kids and led to the nation’s sex-offender registries.”

I’m on the second episode, and, wow. This is incredible good, in-depth, reporting. The first episode was released the *day* Daniel Heinrich confessed to the crime. This necessitated a wild re-arranging of the podcast, on the fly, and it’s a stronger work for that, I think.

It’s true crime, it describes in harrowing detail the abuse and murder of a child, it’s not for everyone. But it’s brilliant reporting and a much-needed investigation, and I am enrapt.

If this sounds like your sort of thing, well, start listening today.

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