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R Staff Picks: Podcasts

Podcasts were in, then they were out, and now they’re some of the most consumed media and news sources on the planet. They’ll make you laugh, cry, think, and most importantly in our current state, they’ll help to pass some time. Nothing will make your 23rd-straight day of re-organizing your closet fly by like an audio whodunit or a hysterical pop culture podcast.

Whatever your preferred podcasting service, the explosion of people talking in microphones means that there is always someone there to listen to. To quote Gameday Coordinator Maddie Bukata, “podcasts are great when you’ve listened to all of your music over and over and need a break.”

True Crime

For true crime fans, Maddie recommends My Favorite Murder. Crime and amateur sleuthing is a popular category among the Cheney Stadium staff. It was true for the books we read and the shows we’re watching. We’re leaning that way for podcasts as well.

Graphic Designer Erin Fogerty is also a fan of the drama found in crime-casts.

True Crime Garage is one of my favorite podcasts. The hosts do a great job of telling the story while primarily sticking to the facts, allowing the listener to discern their own theories as to what happened. They cover well-known and more obscure cases – both of which can take you down the rabbit hole of finding other books or documentaries to learn more. All of their older episodes are available on the Stitcher app, but many are available through Apple’s built-in podcast app too.”


Audio Learning

With authorized access to music, Spotify tells the tale of how and why artists like Lauryn Hill and Kendrick Lamar create the music they do through Dissect. Fogerty has it in her earbuds frequently.

Dissect is a music podcast released by Spotify that deconstructs the meanings and references made across each song in iconic hip-hop albums. Each season covers a new album, and in its first five seasons, Dissect has unpacked albums by Lauryn Hill, Frank Ocean, Kendrick Lamar and more. References made in songs may seem easy to understand right off the bat when listening, but Dissect has done a great job of taking analysis further for cultural and even historical context, highlighting the different layers of artistry.”

Maddie B. has taken to learning the science of diseases.

This Podcast Will Kill You is a good educational podcast about diseases and the way they work. Their most recent episode is about COVID-19. It’s very educational, but the hosts and creators are funny epidemiologists and disease ecologists. Their episodes address serious topics with the right amount of light-hearted humor and you always know you’re getting accurate information about the diseases and epidemics they discuss.”



When Director of Partner Services Yvette Yzaguirre isn’t working or beating her boyfriend at mini golf, she passes her time with some admittedly NSFW podcasts. One of her favorites is Barstool Sports’ Chicks in the Office, a series where hosts Ria and Fran give the lowdown and their spin on pop culture, celebrity gossip, and more. With a mission to “bring Friday energy on a Monday,” Yvette gets inspired and can always depend on the show to make her smile.



Content Creator Dave Clark stopped listening to the news, and instead looks for a bit of humor these days.

“I used to listen to news briefs from NPR and Reuters while getting ready in the morning, but now I’m searching for more light-hearted entertainment. My wife recently introduced me to Good For You, the Whitney Cummings podcast. The stand-up comedian is staying six-feet away from other comics as they discuss life, the TV shows they used to be on, and anything else that comes to mind. The David Spade episode was my favorite so far.”


Tacoma Focus

There’s a trove of local podcasts at Channel 253 covering issues such as real estate, civics, and soccer. The Grit City Podcast focuses more on South Sound entertainment and beer. Grit & Grind is the audio version of Grit City Women from Krystle Edwards. Our city is full of thoughtful, educated, and opinionated people worth listening to. As always, we encourage you to support those in R City using their platforms to share their South Sound spirit with the rest of the world.


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About the Tacoma Rainiers

The Tacoma Rainiers, Triple-A affiliate of the Seattle Mariners. Tacoma has been a member of the Pacific Coast League since Cheney Stadium opened in 1960, and has been a Mariners affiliate since establishing the Rainiers moniker in 1995.

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About Tacoma Defiance

Tacoma Defiance is the USL Championship affiliate of reigning MLS Cup Champion Seattle Sounders FC. You can follow The Future of Champions on Twitter (@TACDefiance)Facebook, and Instagram (@tacdefiance). We are #DefiantlyTacoma.

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