These are the best podcasts that should be made into movies or series
Podcasts quickly became one of the most useful, interesting, yet unconventional ways to get a story out to other listeners. Painting a picture of every scene through the use of words and sounds alone to further immerse viewers in the content, the structure of a podcast is meant to share relevant knowledge or stories with the audience. Listening to a podcast can turn many situations into enjoyable ones, whether it’s a morning commute, a strenuous workout, a house cleaning session, or a late-night activity, either after dinner, or before going to bed.
Instead of looking at another screen in this modern world, in which our social, professional, personal and cultural life is mediated by a bright screen (or having to spend a ton of money on blue light blocking glasses to mitigate the damage by screens that have become a way of life), listeners can safely consume their favorite shows simply via audio. It’s truly ironic that entertainment industry technology largely started with radio, and has come full circle again with audio-only stories with podcasts.
The term “podcasting” was first coined by journalist Ben Hammersly in a 2004 newspaper article for The Guardian. Write on a audible revolution, Hammersly advanced the argument that the necessities of the potential amateur radio boom were blogs, production software, and the use of MP3 players to distribute said content to the masses, i.e. podcasts . Over the past two decades, it has become a proven fact that podcasts have helped raise awareness of real and important issues, driving social change on a global scale. Google Podcasts brought audio stories from around the world to hundreds of millions of listeners.
The same stories in podcasts have been turned into scripts meant to take place on the big screen, such as Back home and traditions, yet these podcasts hold huge untapped cinematic potential. This is a risk, because creating visuals for an already well-loved podcast can either bring closure and gratification to listeners, or disappoint them greatly. There are, however, a few gems in the best podcasts, which have such great plot lines, characters, and over-the-top twists, that they’re entirely ripe for adaptation and expansion into the film medium. These are the best podcasts to turn into movies or TV shows.
Addicted to crime
The weekly true crime podcast Addicted to crime is dedicated to telling the stories of the missing and deceased in order to spread the word and ultimately solve these cases (which sometimes remain pending for years or even decades). Each week, two friends from South Bend Indiana (Ashley Flowers and Brit Prawat) piece together a vast amount of research material and tell a series of stories that are new each week, revolving around the true spectrum of crime. During the Operation Fireball episode, the story describes an experience from a young woman’s perspective after an unsuccessful attempt to meet a guy through an online dating app. He exposes dangers related to human trafficking, and in part two focuses on the many emails Ashley and Brit received from an influx of listeners describing the same scenarios that happened to them as in the first episode. It’s a deeply captivating and sometimes relatable show, available on Google Podcasts, Spotify or wherever you get your podcasts.
white stepparents describes the event that took place in 2015, when a group of wealthy white families started to integrate their children at a local school in Brooklyn, New York, called The School for International Studies (SIS). Previously a school heavily populated by mostly black, Latino and Middle Eastern children from working class and poor families, the series revolves around an international French curriculum created by one of the white families, causing a divide between the bubble they created between themselves and the other parents at school. Once a large sum of money is raised to support the program, tensions begin to mount over the other parents and their children. Feel excluded. It is a true and gripping story that is perfect for our times.
The Trojan Horse Case
After a strange letter suddenly appears on the desk of the councilor of Birmingham, England, detailing an elaborate plot by Islamic extremists to infiltrate the city’s school district; the series tells the story behind the so-called forged document. Although the letter is considered fake, the content that The Trojan Horse Case artfully dives into having a way to link Islamophobia to the Birmingham Schools controversy in 2014, both one-sided at times while risking reopening old wounds. Arouse feelings of outrage and anger in those who have been linked to the war on terror label without merit, the majority of Muslims in Britain have struggled to distance themselves from this narrative portrayed by media and government officials who perpetuate these stereotypes of extremism and radicalisation. The show is a division, cultural lightning rod; check it out on Google Podcasts or Spotify, and see for yourself.
This American Life
This American Life is a weekly podcast and public television radio show from Chicago, telling the real-life stories of fascinating everyday people and their unique circumstances long before the podcast, since 1995. The show remains brilliant, but has found success renewed on Google Podcasts after one of its producers and presenters then sparked a national passion for true crime with his podcast, Serial. Deriving from a multitude of themes, and ranging from humor to sometimes more serious subjects, the individual stories raise universal questions that many listeners may have experienced or know someone who has. It raises a larger, more focused question from personal experiences and, as its title suggests, has become an important part of American life over the past two decades. DreamWorks has purchased the rights to their stories, so various feature films can be produced from this excellent radio show.
Seth Rogen has allowed his love of other people’s stories to lead him to his latest project.
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