Each week I will publish the most Delicious Ingredients of my Audible Feast … the scrumptious, delectable, savory, rich, sweet, spicy, and best podcasts that have fed my ears this week. They’re listed in no particular order. You can see what I’ve been listening to here to see the competition these shows beat out to earn their spot as the best of the week.
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StartUp, Season 5 Episode 8: How to Invent a New Sport (6/22/17): What it’s about: “Mason Gordon’s dream is to create a new global team sport, something that hasn’t happened since basketball came on the scene in the 1890s. But Mason is determined. He invented Slamball—an amped up combination of basketball and football that’s played on trampolines—nearly twenty years ago. He had some splashy early success and got two seasons on TV. And then Slamball seemingly disappeared. But Mason is still at it, and now Slamball is surging in popularity on the other side of the globe.” Why it’s great: Classic StartUp episode in which we learn how and why someone came up with a new sport and actually marketed it all the way onto TV. (37 minutes)
30 For 30 Podcasts: Yankees Suck (7/4/17) *First appearance on Delicious Ingredients!*: What it’s about: “The story of how a chant and a shirt came to dominate one of baseball’s biggest rivalries, thanks to a group of hardcore punks from Boston. Starting in 1999, a group of kids infiltrated Fenway Park with one of the most popular bootleg t-shirts in sports history — a shirt that became the emblem of the moment the Red Sox and Yankees rivalry was turned on its head. This piece was inspired by the Grantland article “Yankees Suck! Yankees Suck!” written by Amos Barshad.” Why it’s great: Three things I love: sports, documentaries, and ESPN’s series 30 for 30 – now in podcast form! This was pretty much This American Life, sports edition – which is a great compliment. (49 minutes)
Between Us Girls: Live in Houston! (7/5/17) What it’s about: “This week, the ladies get up close and personal with their fans at their first ever live broadcast, straight from Houston’s own – Darwin’s Pub! Join our band of merry chicks and their stans, as they discuss risk assessments while dating, the bachelor that fell out of paradise, and a juicy tidbit from the B.U.G. confession hotline!” Why it’s great: I went to this live show so there’s no way I can’t include it in the best episodes of the week. Not only was the show super entertaining and fun, Between Us Girls was featured in Houstonia Magazine this week – they are on fire! (58 minutes)
All Songs Considered: Listener Picks for 2017’s Best New Artists (So Far) (6/27/17): What it’s about: “As we tallied the results of this year’s listener poll for 2017’s best new artists (so far), we continue to see women dominating the list and guitars still a big part of your musical landscape. Four of the five most popular new artists are women or fronted by women and all of them are based out of New York. (In last year’s poll, listeners picked all women for the entire top ten). The fuzzy rock of bands like Diet Cig, Charly Bliss and Jay Som fared the best, while Nick Hakim and Sampha were the only two male solo artists to crack the top ten. On this week’s show we count down the best new artists from the first half of 2017, as selected by our listeners. We define a new artist as someone who released a debut full-length this year (if they don’t have a full album, an EP or single will do). We also throw in a few of our own picks, including the out-of-time, otherworldly sound of ALA.NI, (more) guitar noise from Vagabon, and the transfixing voice of Tom Adams.” Why it’s great: I don’t listen to All Songs Considered very often, but I was stunned by so many of the awesome listener picks. I promise if you listen, you’ll find something for you. (76 minutes)
Out of the Blocks: 7200 Harford Road (7/3/17) *First appearance on Delicious Ingredients!*: What it’s about: “7200 Harford Road is about as far north and east as you can get and still be in Baltimore City. It’s tucked just inside the county line, and downtown feels far-off when you’re out here. On this block, MMA fighters train at American Muy Thai, customers get perms at Umberto’s Hair Salon, folks line up for Italian and German specialties at the counters of Mastellone’s Deli and Mueller’s Delicatessen, and the 112-year-old Fenwick Bakery sells homemade marshmallow donuts.” Why it’s great: What a great idea to interview people in the businesses along a certain block, versus the usual episode structure of interviewing residents. Family was the common thread in all of the stories, and it was very well executed. (30 minutes)
Q’ed Up: Home-less, Episode 1: A Place of Her Own (6/28/17): What it’s about: “Brittany Jones rummages through a cramped storage locker in West Oakland. Looking at this stylish 24-year-old, you’d probably never guess this storage unit is the closest thing she has to a home. She keeps her homelessness hidden, sleeping on friends couches or waiting out the night on the 24 hour bus. But after Brittany shares her story on the radio all that will change. Brittany’s story is about how others see us, and ultimately how we see ourselves.” Why it’s great: Q’ed Up is one of my favorite new shows in 2017. They have had several short series and a few standalone pieces, all focused on people in the Bay Area. The latest series is about the homeless and this first episode was well crafted and touching. (23 minutes)
Vinyl Soul, Episode 42: Hanson and Donnarumma (6/26/17) *First appearance on Delicious Ingredients!*: What it’s about: “How have 90s boy band Hanson turned out so normal?! Isaac, Taylor and Zac Hanson discuss their lives in the music world, how to have a long lasting career and Hanson the next generation, their kids! Speaking of three pieces bands, Donnarumma drop by too to tell you about their new EP.” Why it’s great: I had no idea Hanson were still on tour and had so many kids between them. I enjoyed hearing about what had inspired them to make music in the first place. The second piece on Australian band Donnarumma was also good; I heard Vinyl Soul when I judged the Cast Away Awards earlier this year and I really like the fairly short interview format with a band or artist. (36 minutes)
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