Updated: Nov 8, 2021
Style: Society & Culture
Average Episode Length: 50 minutes
As I'm about to embark on a quick trip (by Australian standards) to Italy, it has me reminiscing about the year I lived there when I was just 19 and fresh out of high school. This was the same year that Meredith Kercher was brutally murdered by Rude Guede, yet it was Amanda Knox's name that became synonymous with the case. Although this podcast, Labyrinth, does not specifically focus on Amanda's life-altering experience of being wrongly accused of the horrific murder of her friend, she and her husband, Christopher Robinson, discuss how life's curveballs can shape who we are. It is their compassionate interviewing style and the controversial questions, that remind me to approach people and life with understanding, curiosity, and openness.
Each episode focuses on a challenge that someone has experienced and how they have, or, are working to overcome this. On occasion, Amanda does talk about the crime she was wrongly accused of, yet she also dives into other hard stuff, including an episode about her and Chris's miscarriage. Often, they host a guest who has their own captivating story to tell. In these episodes Amanda and Chris, allow their guest to share their story while they ask honest and questions. This makes these episodes feel very intimate. Not every episode is heavy. Fun and levity are injected throughout as Amanda and Chris (who are self-confessed nerds) throw in some sci-fi sound-bites here and there.
A few of my favorite episodes:
Season 1, Episode 1: Lost at Sea - Amanda and Christopher, who are NOT cruise people, find their way to enjoy the ride amongst fellow cruisers.
Season 1, Episode 10: One Bite of the Elephant at a Time - This one is heavy. It will have you questioning where you stand as two supportive parents share the story of their son being accused of a terrible crime.
Season 1, Episode 12: A Whole Suitcase of Diapers - The pandemic has forced loved ones to be apart, including a friend of Amanda's who is separated from his pregnant girlfriend. Being halfway across the world from my family, this one was very relatable and has you wanting to reach out to those you love.
I highly recommend Labyrinths. It's definitely for those of you who are deeply curious about people and their life experiences. Give this podcast a listen if you're up for re-thinking assumptions about people and are fascinated about this wild ride called life.