Going West: True Crime – Podcast Review

In this Episode I talked about my experience with the podcast: Going West: True Crime. This show is new and refreshing look into True Crime. The show has hosts genuinely interested in true crime, and make the cases the real stars of the show.

PodApplaud- Going West: True Crime

Welcome to PodApplaud, the Monday through Friday podcast that aims to enable your Podcast habit. I’m your host Seb, and today we are going to take a look at the podcast: Going West: True Crime

Going West: True Crime is quite obviously a true crime podcast. The hosts of this show are not journalists, reporters, or investigators, just everyday people with a passion for True Crime. There are currently 17 episodes available for this show and the release schedule has settled down to once a week after their frenzied inception in which they were releasing episodes left and right. These episodes all stick surprisingly tight to a 40 minute length.

True Crime is one of the mainstay podcast topics that always seems to be in fashion. There are so many different shows, and everyone has their favorite for different reasons. Whether it be structure, personality, region, host expertise in the topic everyone has their own preference and markers on how they judge a True Crime show. Going West has helped me realize a preference I have that I wasn’t aware of before. That preference is speculation. My favorite aspect of Going West is that our hosts Heath and Daphne are not afraid to speculate or theorize on what may have happened within the pockets of time that remain a mystery. This usually means that my favorite episodes are the unsolved mysteries and cold cases. It must be said, I have favorites, butI have not ran into an episode of Going West that I didn’t like. I adore that our hosts are not wasting a lot of time cracking jokes, making parallels to their lives or forcing themselves into the cases. At the same time Heath and Daphne’s personalities leak into the show and the show is better for it. The audio sounds great, the hosts speak clearly, their voices are balanced well, and you can tell whoever is taking care of the audio production knows what they are doing. I like their instrumental beat theme music. Secret about me, when a show has bumping theme music I’ll do a little freestyle over it if no ones around. I don’t listen to nearly as much true crime as other people so I’m not 100% sure if they are treading unexplored territory when it comes to their case selection or not. I do like that they give attention to disappearances though, not a lot of shows care to cover missing person cases. I also really like that the duo is not trying to play up the fright factor in these cases I really do prefer a more factual and inquisitive cast than one that is determined to pile fear at the audience speaking in a cheesy campfire story voice. I don’t really have any criticisms for the show, it lives in a genre I’m not overly thrilled about, but manages to impress me nonetheless.

Well here on PodApplaud I rate shows on a 1-5 scale, 1 is silence, 2 is a slow clap, 3 is applause, 4 is a round of applause, and 5 of course is a standing ovation! I’d give going West a ⅘ I feel like the show is a treasure the way it is, but maybe some small tweak would really push it to a 5/5. I’m not sure what that tweak be, I’m not a True Crime expert, but I do know i will continue listening to the show. I would recommend this to any true crime fans, and even some people who have been turned off by true crime in the past. If you have ever felt that True crime can be hacky or phoney give Going West a chance, it feels genuine, the hosts are actually interested in the subject matter, without being completely manic about it.

That’s been the show for today I hope you found it valuable If you wish to reach out to me you can find me on twitter @podapplaud or send an email to podapplaud@gmail.com Thank you for listening, and please tune in again.