Halloween Unmasked explores the psychology of Michael Myers and real-life serial killers

This BBC food journalism podcast travels to China as part of a broader series exploring eating disorders outside the context of a Western woman’s disease. Although there’s not an official record, it’s known that areas of China see the same prevalence of eating disorders as the U.S. and Europe. At the country’s sole…

Chris Gethard on his new book, his old TV show, and not taking the “cult” part of “cult hero” literally

It’s always a good time to talk to Chris Gethard. Hundreds of people regularly vie for that opportunity, waiting for him to tweet the phone number for Beautiful/Anonymous, a podcast that is built entirely of Gethard taking calls from unidentified strangers. But now seems like a particularly good time to talk to the…

Who is the Gargoyle King? Dial M For Maple explores the mysteries of Riverdale's new season

After a loaded sophomore season that unmasked the Black Hood next door and sent the town to the brink of civil war on multiple occasions, how does Riverdale kick off season three? With some sweaty courtroom drama, of course! But while Archie’s on trial for murder, Dial M For Maple would like to take him to court for…

Beyond the joint, past the pipe: The fanciest new ways to get high in the year 2018

It’s 1 a.m., I am currently more high than I have ever been in my life. A ghostly apparition is coming out of the ceiling. My cat is looking at me with concern—or maybe I’m imagining the concern, like I’m imagining whatever is hovering above me. This is all the fault of a fancy new gadget I’ve just used to get high,…

Yeardley Smith and Zibby Allen bring their true-crime fixation to life with Small Town Dicks

The podcasters: “We’re a little obsessed with each other.” Actors and longtime friends Yeardley Smith (The Simpsons) and Zibby Allen (Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.) hang on each other’s every word, a built-in feature of their kinship that lends itself impeccably well to their true-crime podcast, Small Town Dicks. Alongside…

Murakami’s usual flights of fancy can’t save the mundane Killing Commendatore

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The unnamed narrator of Haruki Murakami’s new novel, Killing Commendatore, is a recently divorced painter. He resents the marvelous success he’s had as a portrait artist for the wealthy and wishes to use his newfound freedom to get back to his artistic roots. After accepting an invitation to live at the unoccupied…

The Podmass October horrors continue with tales of Bigfoot, The Exorcist, and group fitness classes

At first blush, this new narrative offering from Wondery looks like another in-depth tale of true crime. And while that’s sort of true, it also isn’t. Scandals need not be criminal to inflame society. Yes, the BALCO steroid mess of the early ’00s—painstakingly recounted in the show’s inaugural episode—eventually got…

Our Riverdale podcast, Dial M For Maple, returns to preview the show's third season

Tie up that ponytail high because Riverdale’s third season is just around the corner, and our recap podcast, Dial M For Maple, is celebrating with a return to form. Hosts Marah Eakin and Cameron Scheetz are back and eager to catch up on all of the Riverdale news you may have missed over the summer. They’ll recap the…

Age of apocalypses: 10 momentous character events in ’90s comics

The 1990s were a period of boom and bust for the comic book industry. Many of the highest-selling single issues of all time (like X-Men #1, still the record holder with more than 7 million copies moved) were released during that decade, and the two major publishers were churning out huge quantities to meet the demand…