Apple Podcast Archives: Part 3

In part two, I basically had a tantrum about how I lost some episodes of a podcast while I was listening to it.

I’m happy to report that somehow, I was able to get those episodes back, and more episodes I was missing from other shows. It’s weird, but I’m not complaining.

Also, the Podcasts app on the phone now looks the same as it does on my Mac. I was thinking that maybe that had something to do with retrieving the lost episodes, but now that I think about it, it doesn’t make a whole lot of sense.

I think I’ve learned my lesson – it’s okay to binge an entire show at once. I won’t go back to playing them in a specific order again until I’m caught up with all my podcasts.


Apple Podcasts archives: Part II

Okay, now I’m actually mad. In fact, I might just give up listening to podcasts altogether.

I was listening to Ten Percent Happier with Dan Harris when all of a sudden I got a message that said something like “This episode has been removed by Ten Percent Happier with Dan Harris.”

I’ve lost episodes before, but never while I was listening to them. Now there’s only 22 episodes in the show’s feed. It had 68 or something before.

Maybe I should’ve listened to all my shows more often, but I can only listen to so many in a day, you know?

If I could let go of wanting – needing? – to listen to all the episodes, this wouldn’t be a big problem. But I don’t know if I can.

All this being said, I’ve been almost irrationally angry lately, so maybe I’ll feel differently when I calm down.

I wish I could get the lost episodes back somehow. I saw something on Google about asking the podcaster to increase their episode limit in these RSS feed, but I have no idea how to go about doing that.


Office Ladies

After watching A Quiet Place for the sake of Emily Blunt, I realized it wouldn’t really be fair if I didn’t go down her husband’s rabbit hole as well. I knew he got his start on the office, but that’s where my John Krasinski knowledge ended.

So I started watching the show, and I was already on season 3 when Jenna Fischer and Angela Kinsey – two other stars of the office – decided to start their podcast about it called Office Ladies. I backed all the way up to season 1 so I could watch along with the podcast.

Each week, Pam and Angela – Fischer and Kinsey, respectively – watch an episode of the show and break it down. The show is about an hour, but it’s worth it to hear all the fun behind-the-scenes anecdotes. It’s also interesting to learn what it’s like to work on TV. I just finished listening to season 1, and they’ve already started to break down season 2.

If you love the office as much as I have come to, you’ll really enjoy this podcast.


Jensen & Holes: The Murder Squad

Jensen & Holes: The Murder Squad is an “interactive” podcast on the Exactly Right podcast network run by Karen Kilgariff and Georgia Hardstark of My Favorite Murder.

Each week, journalist Billy Jensen and Detective Paul Holes – who helped catch the Golden State Killer – take a deep dive into an unsolved murder or missing person case. At the end, they give the listeners an “assignment” to gather any new information about the case to help solve it.

When the first episode premiered, I was super excited to look at all the information to try and help solve the case. As soon as I got to the website, however, I felt like I had no idea what I was doing. I had absolutely no idea where to start looking for information. This is probably my own fault – I’m really good and doubting myself, and other people are really good at reinforcing said doubt.

But two recent episodes of the podcast reignited my passion for investigative journalism because they hit close to home. They discussed Jesse Matthew and the disappearances of Morgan Harrington and Hannah Graham, as well as the fact that Matthew might have more victims.

This hits close to home for me because Hannah Graham was a student at the University of Virginia, and I live in Virginia. I remember Hannah’s case making national news. So, I want to help get justice for the other potential victims.

You can listen to episodes 29 and 30 of Jensen & Holes: The Murder Squad on Apple Podcasts, or wherever else you listen to podcasts. Please send all relevant information to with “Murder Squad” in the subject line, and I will pass it along. Or, you can skip me as the middleman completely and submit tips to

Let’s serve up some justice!

Podcasts Uncategorized

Apple Podcasts archives

Some people call it Apple Podcasts. Some people call it iTunes. It’s all the same to me; nomenclature isn’t what I’m after here.

I love podcasts. I listen to a lot of them – maybe too many, they take up most of the storage on my phone at the moment. I’m interested in all of them though, and I try to listen to every episode. Except when I can’t.

“When I can’t” is the problem. I don’t know why, but sometimes the different podcasts randomly delete episodes from their feeds. Sometimes they delete downloaded episodes as well, instead of just removing the downloads from my phone to free up space.

It’s all good if I can access the episodes I haven’t listened to elsewhere. Sometimes, however, that’s impossible. I recently had to delete a podcast because I couldn’t find the older episodes.

Maybe I’m just too anal that I want to listen to all the episodes, no matter how old they are. But my question is this: why can’t all the podcast episodes be accessible from Apple? Is there a reason they randomly disappear? It’s not fair, if you ask me. If not Apple, they should at least be accessible in one other place.


Don’t play with me, Crimetown

Yesterday, this appeared in my Apple Podcasts feed. I was pleasantly surprised, because I thought Crimetown was a Spotify exclusive now. Maybe enough people complained about the switch that they decided to put it back on Apple Podcasts?

Whatever happened yesterday, I hope it’s not a fluke. I hope they release the rest of season 2. I think I’m going to wait to listen to it until they update it again, just to make sure it’s actually going to happen.

To tease an audience like this and never update it again would be worse than Spotify taking off of Apple Podcasts in the first place. I’d probably write another angry post about it. On second thought, I know I would. Let’s hope I don’t have to.


Monopoly: Podcast Edition

Last month, I came across this snippet as part of the Daily Rundown on LinkedIn. And It made me really mad. Because, as I’ve mentioned before, I’ve had issues with podcasts.

One time, my Apple Podcasts library deleted all the podcasts I’d been listening to. Sometimes, the app crashes for no apparent reason. And sometimes, Apple wipes out old episodes when I haven’t listened to them yet. I don’t know why that happens either, but it’s annoying.

Now, Spotify has bought another podcast network, Parcast. They’d already bought Gimlet, which had one of my favorite podcasts on it, Crimetown. They put the trailer and the first episode of season 2 on Apple Podcasts, but the rest of it is exclusively on Spotify.

I haven’t listened to it. Why should I have to download a separate app just to listen to one podcast? It’s not fair. I know it’s probably wishful thinking on my part, but why can’t people have access to everything no matter what podcast app they choose to use? I know Spotify probably wants more people to use the platform so it can make more money, but that doesn’t mean they get to have a monopoly on podcasts and podcast networks.

I know Spotify doesn’t own everything right now, but it sure seems headed in that direction. And I’m pretty sure – if my memory of history class over the years serves me – that the United States has anti-trust laws, which mean monopolies are illegal. All I have to say is Spotify better quit while it’s ahead.


Not caught up

Harry Potter and the Sacred Text is one of my favorite podcasts.


My Favorite Podcasts

I’ve had some trouble with podcasts in the past.  The app on my iPhone deleted all of them, so I gave up on listening for awhile.


About Podcasts Part II

Yeah … About Podcasts