Read with your ears: your favourite podcasts and the books based on them.

Podcasts are increasing in popularity, and even if you don't know what they are you have probably heard the word before.

Podcasts are an audio programme, similar to a radio show, that can be downloaded and listened to on your device, or streamed online. They are free and can be educational, fictional or a bit of both!

With the rising popularity of podcasts, we have seen an increase in requests for books based on podcasts, or for books that give a more in-depth look into popular podcast topics.

Below is our ultimate list of books in the Library, and the podcasts that inspired them.

New Zealand Stories

Hosted by New Zealand journalist Megan McChesney, The Lip aims to listen to people and tell their stories — be they heartwarming, cautionary or inspiring — capturing as much of the essence of the story teller as possible.

Episode 6: The Double-edged Sword
Double Edged Sword is the first-hand account of the survival of one of the most notorious and brutal maimings in New Zealand History. Simonne Butler experienced years of domestic violence, which culminated in her hands being chopped off with a samurai sword. Double Edged Sword covers those years, the attack and her subsequent hospitalisations, hand replantation surgeries and recovery, as well as the trials of her attacker, Antoine Dixon.

Read the Book | Listen to the Episode

Episode 5: Blurred Lines
When Leigh Hopkinson was a university student in Christchurch she worked at a succession of low-paying jobs that paid the rent and fit in around her degree. None of them fit so well, however, as stripping. She figured it couldn't be that difficult - she was just going to dance on stage in front of a bunch of strangers. She'd show them a bit of skin, but the gig wasn't going to last that long. Or so she imagined.

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Episode 4: Back From the Abyss
There is hope for the addicts, the rebels, and the broken-hearted. Sitting in prison on a raft of charges including kidnapping, guns, drugs and counterfeiting was very different to the scenario Janet had imagined.  How did a country girl from a decent family become a hardcore Meth-addict? ? Janet's quest to find her true identity and the meaning of life took her to the very brink of death and hell. It nearly killed her but Janet got her answers, insight into true spiritual power, treasures found in the darkness, and real answers about life.

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True Crime Podcasts

Probably the most popular true crime podcast to date, Serial follows the 1999 murder of high school senior Hae Min Lee. Her boyfriend, Adnan Syed was convicted of the murder, and to this day sits in prison for the crime. NPR Reporter Sarah Koening revisits the case and takes an in depth look into whether Adnan did in fact kill or Hae, or if a huge miscarriage of justice occurred.

Adnan's Story by Rabia Chaudry
Serial
 did not tell the whole story. In this compelling narrative, Rabia Chaudry presents new key evidence that she maintains dismantles the State's case. Adnan's Story also shares Adnan’s life in prison, and weaves in his personal reflections, including never-before-seen letters. Chaudry, who is committed to exonerating Adnan, makes it clear that justice is yet to be achieved in this much examined case.

Read the Book | Listen to Serial

Every New Zealander has heard about David Bain. We all have our very strong opinions on his guilt or evidence. But how much do we actually know? Follow this RNZ podcast as it crawls through all the evidence and analyses one of New Zealand s most notorious mass murders.

 

Bain and Beyond by Joe Karam
This book looks at what the Bain case uncovered and goes on to look at other cases in New Zealand, casting strong doubts on the workings of the criminal justice system.

Read the Book | Listen to Black Hands

 

Trial by Ambush: The Prosecutions of David Bain by Joe Karam
A fresh look at the trials of David Bain, presenting a fair and objective appraisal of the facts that led to his release from prison in 2009.

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Comedy

Greg Proops is an internationally renowned comedian, best known for starring on the hit improv comedy show Whose Line Is It Anyway? The Smartest Man in the World is his hit award winning podcast which Rolling Stone called "some of the boldest comedy on the podcasting frontier right now."

The Smartest Book in the World is based on Proops's sensational, iTunes Top 10 podcast that has been downloaded more than nine million times, in which his "bold, never-boring voice takes center stage" (The New York Times). The book is a rollicking reference guide to the most essential areas of knowledge in Proops's universe, from the noteworthy names of the ancient world and baseball, to the movies you must see and the albums you must hear.

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Join the 2 Dope Queens, Phoebe Robinson and Jessica Williams, along with their favorite comedians, for stories about sex, romance, race, hair journeys, living in New York, and Billy Joel. 

You Can't Touch My Hair (And Other Things I Still Have to Explain)
A hilarious essay collection about race, gender, and pop culture from celebrated stand-up comedian and WNYC podcaster Phoebe Robinson.
 
Being a black woman in America means contending with old prejudices and fresh absurdities. Robinson uses her trademark wit to examine our cultural climate and skewer our biases with humour and heart. 

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Imagine if your Dad wrote a dirty book. Most people would try to ignore it and pretend it had never happened - but not Jamie Morton. Instead, he's decided to read it to the world in this comedy podcast. With the help of his friends, James Cooper and BBC Radio 1's Alice Levine, Jamie will be reading a chapter a week and discovering more about his father than he ever bargained for.

Belinda blinked, it wasn’t a dream, the job interviewer had just asked her to remove her jacket and silk blouse…

Now, for the first time you can own the full text of Rocky Flintstone’s seminal masterpiece Belinda Blinked 1, along with James, Jamie, and Alice’s baffled, delighted, and disgusted commentary. My Dad Wrote a Porno is packed full of bonus material, from the official drinking game rules to Rocky’s exclusive insights into his erotic exposé of the pots and pans industry. You’ll never look at a pomegranate the same way again…

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Science

The Psych Files is aimed at anyone curious about human behaviour, although students taking a course in psychology, those majoring in psychology, and instructors of psychology will find the podcast particularly of interest.

Guided by Michael A. Britt, creator of popular podcast The Psych Files, you can conduct your own experiments when browsing your favourite websites, in restaurants, when presented with advertisements, and even right on your smartphone.
 
You'll even figure out how contagious yawning works! With this compulsively readable little book, you won't just read about the history of psychology--you'll live it!
 

Politics

The 9th Floor is a New Zealand political podcast. It hears from five former NZ Prime Ministers - Sir Geoffrey Palmer, Mike Moore, Jim Bolger, Dame Jenny Shipley and Helen Clark.

Based on the acclaimed RNZ podcast series, and including new material, The 9th Floor by journalists Guyon Espiner and Tim Watkin presents in-depth interviews with five former Prime Ministers of New Zealand. Geoffrey Palmer, Mike Moore, Jim Bolger, Jenny Shipley and Helen Clark reflect on their time occupying the prime ministerial offices on the 9th floor of the Beehive. Their recollections amount to a fascinating record of the decisions that shaped modern New Zealand.

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Fiction

Welcome to Night Vale is a twice-monthly fiction podcast in the style of community updates for the small desert town of Night Vale, featuring local weather, news, announcements from the Sheriff's Secret Police, mysterious lights in the night sky, dark hooded figures with unknowable powers, and cultural events.

From the creators of the wildly popular Welcome to Night Vale podcast comes an imaginative mystery of appearances and disappearances that is also a poignant look at the ways in which we all struggle to find ourselves...no matter where we live. Located in a nameless desert somewhere in the great American Southwest, Night Vale is a small town where ghosts, angels, aliens, and government conspiracies are all commonplace parts of everyday life. 

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