Sword and Scale
About This Show
The Sword and Scale true-crime podcast is an immersive audio experience covering the underworld of criminal activity and the demented minds that perform the most despicable and unthinkable actions, proving that the worst monsters are very real. We cover true-crime stories, high-profile trials, unsolved murders and missing persons cases.
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Introducing American History Tellers
A point we’ve made here on Sword and Scale, over and over again, is that the stories we think we’ve heard, the people we think we know are never quite what we think they are - nothing is ever as it initially appears.
The worst monsters are real, and the worst stories are true... and we can see example after example of that when we go through the pages of American History.
How well do you really know the stories that made this country? The backroom wheeling and dealing that led to the creation of our nation, or the laws of prohibition passed in the early 20th century that turned almost every citizen into a law breaker?
We live in a time of identity politics, where countless mindless drones head to twitter to retweet someone else’s political stance. Many of us don’t even take the time to understand our own political beliefs or where they come from…
Don’t be a drone. American history is the greatest story ever told, and there’s a new show, from Wondery, which will tell you this grand story of our American History. It’s called American History Tellers, and it launches January 3rd. Go subscribe right now at smarturl.it/AHT
They will take you to the events, times, and people that shaped America and the Americans.
The show uses immersive sound design with a compelling narrative put you in the shoes of everyday citizens living through the Cold War, or Prohibition, the Space Race, or the Gold Rush.
American History Tellers has teamed up with PhD historians to make sure you get the right story. And they show you how our history affected the people of this nation, their families… and affects you even today.
Here’s a special preview of American History Tellers. If you like it be sure to subscribe so that you don’t miss a thing. Again that’s American History Tellers. Look for it on iTunes, and everywhere podcasts are available…
Rated 5 out of
I am so glad that I recently discovered 'Sword and Scale'. I loved 'Serial' season one and needed to keep fueling my 'true crime' fix. This podcast has done this and more. I am currently up to episode 21. I don't want to rush through them, as I'll be sad when I catch up and then have to wait a week for each new episode. I can't believe that all these terrible crimes have actually happened and it really makes you think, that this could happen to you. No one is safe! There are some real sickos in world. Who needs television when you have this podcast. For all true crime nerds, you will love this! From cold cases to current trials, it will leave you wanting more.
Date published: 2016-02-19
Rated 2 out of
Interesting topics, bad podcast
The creator/ narrator has no idea how to edit for a podcast. It almost seems as if he is given himself an arbitrary length for his podcasts and will leave in unnecessary parts of interviews or interject sound clips that don't deal with the topic just achieve this time designation. Interviews and sound clips are supposed to enhance a story and move it forward. With this podcast, it seems like they're put into the edit, at full length, just because they exist, with zero thought put into whether they enhance the topic or progress the story. It a shame too, as the subject matter and research that goes into the show could make for a top-flight podcast.
Date published: 2016-12-07
Rated 4 out of
This show is the audible equivalent to the I Survived TV show. I have watched many, MANY true crime shows and documentaries, so many that eventually I felt like I knew of almost all infamous cases. This show has brought a fresh pile of tales of murder, mysteries and head scratchers for me to listen to. Great job. One complaint (why it's not 5 stars) is that there is no easy way to navigate previous episodes. In order to get to earlier episodes from either Stitcher or the actual show's website, I have to click, and click and click the load more episodes button. There should be a drop down box for old episodes, in my opinion. In example: (episodes 1-14) click here (episodes 15-24) click here......something along those lines.
Date published: 2016-11-17
Rated 1 out of
This used to be one of the highlights of my week. Then I started really listening to it and listening to the tripe Mike was spouting about mental illness. Then came the jokes about dead babies and the 911 call featuring a teenage boy that he was requested not to play but did anyway and I thought - nope, there are way better podcasts out there by hosts who actually care.
If you don't care about a host dissing victims and people with mental illness, then go for it, I guess.
I prefer podcasts that have research and content, not huge blocks of recycled audio taken from elsewhere and hosts that aren't tools.
Date published: 2017-11-23
Rated 5 out of
Top Crime Podcast
If your idea of a good Friday night is binge watching Investigation Discovery for hours, this is the podcast for you. Best crime podcast I've come across so far. I went back and listened to all the old episodes and you can see how the show has evolved over time. The current format of the show is awesome. Very high sound quality and great editing and use of music. This is NOT one of those podcasts that sounds like it was recorded in a garage on a cell phone. Keep up the good work :)
Date published: 2014-10-07
Rated 2 out of
Ok but relies too much on clips.
I agree with those below that this does have bias and conspiracy theories like Bohemian Grove which may turn off certain listeners. I can tolerate this. What I can't is that the bulk of each episode relies on sound clips and not the host doing his job, to give the extra detail or speak about other points. If I just wanted sound clips, I'd watch the news stories. They have more details. You could remove the host and it wouldn't make a difference. With so many of these around, nothing other than large amounts of clips make this stand out.
Date published: 2017-07-20
Rated 2 out of
I used to love this podcast, now Mike is just lazy with the research and stories. S&S used to be one of the few true crime podcasts but now there are many great ones. Mike also apparently patrols his comments and bans anyone with different opinions than himself. I will stick with Casefile, My favorite Murder, GenWhy, Lastpodcast on the left, just to name a few...... they take no shortcuts and dont rely on audio recordings to prop up a FLIMSY podcast. Sorry Mike, you fell off........
Date published: 2017-05-24
Rated 2 out of
Lurid, moralizing and editorial
"This is the part of the story where you should get mad," the narrator instructs us, like an emotional stage manager. As if the slightly ham handed musical dubs weren't enough to cue your feelings as the editor deemed appropriate.
If you want to feed your confirmation bias with lurid, graphic stories that demonstrate the world is sick and unjust, you've found the perfect show. However if you're looking for a Radiolab style exploration that trusts you to think about the subject and reach your own conclusions... Well, I'd keep looking.
Date published: 2014-12-19