For Your Consideration

Finding your fave Girl Scout cookies, real-life murder drama and podcast mysteries

APP | The last of the Christmas cookies went stale long ago, but fear not. Girl Scout cookie season is upon us and thus begins the ritual scramble to find a Girl Scout selling them. Rather than wander aimlessly from grocery store to supermarket, download the GIRL SCOUT COOKIE LOCATOR app. It tells you where you can buy 'em, suggests new recipes and features a very scientific "Cookie Personality" calculation. Because if there's one thing that definitively separates the cool and collected types from the zany creatives, it's their Girl Scout Cookie preference.

DOCUMENTARY | Unless you've completely ignored the news cycle for the past month, you've at least heard of the Netflix documentary series Making a Murderer. If you haven't watched it yet, put this paper down and go watch it. When you're done, check out a true-crime documentary you might've missed: the PARADISE LOST trilogy (iTunes or Amazon Prime). The films (released in 1996, 2000 and 2011) follow the trials (and eventual release) of three teens accused of murder and mutilation in the Arkansas suburb of West Memphis, offering another peek into small-town America's criminal justice system.

PODCAST | OK, this one's not new, but a friend just turned me on to it. Occupying several "best podcasts of 2015" lists, MYSTERY SHOW is a lighthearted investigatory jaunt through some of life's most ordinary mysteries. This American Life producer Starlee Kine digs into important issues such as Jake Gyllenhaal's height, a found belt buckle and a video store that disappeared overnight. The six-episode first season is available for free on iTunes, or online at gimletmedia.com. ♦

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About The Author

Mitch Ryals

Mitch covers cops, crime and courts for the Inlander. He moved to Spokane in 2015 from his hometown of St. Louis, and is a graduate of the University of Missouri. He likes bikes, beer and baseball. And coffee. He dislikes lemon candy, close-mindedness and liars. And temperatures below 40 degrees.