Plane Crash Podcast is my absolute favorite non-business podcast. In fact, it’s the only podcast I listen to “just because.” For reference, I found Serial boring and gave up. I have a low tolerance for boring podcasts, mainly b/c I have the attention span of a gnat. But, there’s something about Michael and Tess (and the accidents they choose to cover) that grips me every time. As a formerly terrified flier, I have found TV shows like Mayday (Air Crash Investigation) very helpful in mitigating my fears over time. So, I can’t say that I really listen to PCPC to allay my fears of flying at this point. Instead, I simply have an interest in how plane crashes improve overall aviation safety. PCPC has a very relaxed vibe and the hosts have come into their own with a respectful, informative, genuine attitude toward discussing plane crashes. The first few episodes, I’ll admit, teetered on the edge of possibly a bit abrasive. This is through no fault of Michael or Tess, and it really was just the natural process of finding the right tone for such a sensitive podcast topic. I think it was smart to take the comedian off later episodes. He’s funny AF, but his brand of humor might have come across wrong at a few points in those early episodes. If you happen to listen and find the first few episodes mildly abrasive, please skip ahead to the ones where it’s just Michael and Tess.I find Michael and Tess to balance a nice amount of banter and aviation news with hard facts. And, they inject the PERFECT amount of sensitivity to the victims and their families. I also enjoy that the episodes, while they sometimes are familiar to me from Mayday, always delve deeper into the back story of the pilots, their families, and the passengers. I always learn something new, even if I’m familiar with the crash they’re discussing.The episodes are long. Sometimes, they’re a bit *too* long when I’m in a hurry. I solve that by returning later to finish up when needed. Anyway, this is the first review of a podcast that I have ever written. I just get so much out of PCPC and couldn’t not write a review. I love it and would genuinely be upset if the podcast were discontinued. I love hearing the hosts’ journeys toward feeling less fear when flying, and I love the updates on general aviation news—provided by laypeople. It’s perfect for me, and I now have my husband hooked, too. Thanks for providing a fabulous podcast! You two rock!
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