Time Magazine names West Cork as one of the 50 best podcasts in the world
"The hosts beautifully communicate how a tragedy can impact a town and its people in devastating ways."
We're fans of the West Cork podcast here at JOE, and we're not the only ones, with the likes of Louis Theroux taking to Twitter to praise the Audible Original:
My new favourite true-crime podcast (I’m four and a half episodes in) RT: https://t.co/7KjEiOIPyd pic.twitter.com/M9zvtpxOZO
— Louis Theroux (@louistheroux) February 27, 2018
Just finished episode 8 and it just gets weirder and more engrossing. https://t.co/3hA8r4HYDf
— Louis Theroux (@louistheroux) March 9, 2018
If you're unfamiliar, West Cork is a true crime podcast series that goes in-depth on the case of Sophie Toscan du Plantier, who was found dead outside her home in Schull, County Cork on 23 December 1996.
The 13-part undertaking has been favourably compared to fellow true crime sensations Serial and Making a Murderer, though this one has a distinctly, intriguing Irish flavour.
West Cork features interviews with Sophie Toscan du Plantier's family and friends, detectives who worked on the case, forensic experts, witnesses, and Ian Bailey; a local journalist and the chief suspect in the killing who was arrested twice during the investigation and who continues to maintain his innocence today.
And now, Time Magazine has named West Cork as one of the very best podcasts in the world on its rather prestigious list of the 50 finest around, highlighting both its rich sense of place and the delicate presentation of its hosts.
In 1996, a French woman was murdered near her vacation home in the idyllic town of West Cork, Ireland. The crime has become something of a national sensation in Ireland — which means listeners should resist Googling details until after they’ve finished the podcast. But this podcast doesn’t just recount events: Journalist Sam Bungey and documentarian Jennifer Forde, who spent three years reporting out West Cork, also explore several lesser-known theories. There’s also a major twist that will shock listeners. But the show’s real strength is establishing a sense of place. The hosts beautifully communicate how a tragedy can impact a town and its people in devastating ways.
Audible members can listen to West Cork for free, while non-members can listen as part of a 30-day-trial. Check it out at this here link.