POD DROP: A very cold case, extreme reemergence, and the mysterious source of a classic song

Pod Drop features new and returning podcasts. Today, exotic stories of reemerging into society, chasing down the conspiracy theory of a classic rock song, and searching for two dead congressmen in a (very) cold case.

Can We All Come Out Now?

(Pod People)

This podcast centers around reintegration stories that shed light on what to expect as shelter-in-place comes to an end. But don’t expect to wring inspiration from run-of-the-mill stories of shopkeers and nail salons re-opening. It’s more exotic than that. The first episode introduces Allison Rader, also known as Lama Choyang, who reintegrated into the world after sitting alone in the woods for seven years. Think about that next time you complain that your GrubHub delivery is late.


Wind of Change

(Pineapple Street Studios / Crooked Media / Spotify)

Patrick Radden Keefe, an investigative journalist, helms this globe-spanning mission to determine the true source of a classic song by The Scorpions. It’s based on a rumor: that the song wasn’t written by the Scorpions, but by the CIA. This is a lavishly produced, on-location story in search of rumor, conspiracy theory, or truth, whichever prevails. the show has reached into the top five of Apple’s “All Podcasts, United States” list.


Missing in Alaska


In what turned into a very cold case, two congressmen — Thomas Hale Boggs, Sr. and Nick Begich — departed for Alaska in a small plane. They were never heard from again. Plane crash, right? Wreckage was never found. This podcast is about “one of the strangest stories you’ve never heard.” The mafia is involved. Also an alleged bombing. Hosted by John Walczak, this podcast travels on an investigative journey in a well-produced documentary. Show notes are minimal, as in the description of the first episode: “Two congressmen vanish in Alaska in 1972.” OK then. Put on your headphones.



Brad Hill