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.
Death, Sex & Money: Your Workplace Rage, and Mine (12/5/17): What it’s about: “This past weekend, New York Magazine published a story detailing an pattern of alleged sexual misconduct and bullying by John Hockenberry, the former host of WNYC’s show The Takeaway. The story includes allegations of forcible kissing, excerpts of inappropriate online messages Hockenberry sent to staff and guests, and descriptions of a pervasive culture of intimidation on the show that was most publicly directed against three of Hockenberry’s cohosts—all women of color—who left The Takeaway one after the other, while he stayed. This story is part of a much larger conversation we’re having about sexual harassment, and about misconduct of all kinds in the workplace—but this one hits close to home.” Why it’s great: For such a short episode, which almost isn’t really an episode, I loved it. Anna Sale and Noel King worked together at The Takeaway, so they reflect on their time and how much they knew about the abuse. At the end of the episode, Sale implores the audience to record voice memos of workplace rage to be played on a future episode. Let me tell you, that was a therapeutic 30 seconds I spent in my car in a parking lot recording into my phone. (9 minutes)
2 Dope Queens, Episode 45: Tig Notaro Gives the Best Advice (11/19/17): What it’s about: “The Queens are joined by the very wise Tig Notaro (One Mississippi) to answer listener questions! This episode covers everything from relationship woes to workplace revenge. Plus, Tig shares the worst advice she ever received.” Why it’s great: This advice-dispensing episode was hilarious. Notaro is so good at deadpan comedy — I needed this this week. (33 minutes)
Another Round, Episode 109: #MeToo (with Stacy-Marie Ishmael) (11/15/17): What it’s about: “This week, professional rabble-rouser Stacy-Marie Ishmael is back in the stude with Stacy’s Career Corner. She responds to a range of listener questions, from what to do when you’re labelled a “feminazi” at work, to how to handle white male bosses with unchecked power. Plus, we discuss sexual harassment, #MeToo, and fighting back.” Why it’s great: Oh my gosh, the “feminazi” discussion rang true with me. This was an intelligent discussion with an impressive journalist. As usual, Heben and Tracy had plenty of fun, but this was a little more serious episode than some and it was perfectly timely. (68 minutes)
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The Nod: The Fresh Princess of Bel-Air (11/13/17) *First appearance on Delicious Ingredients*: What it’s about: “Now this is a story all about how the life of actress Karyn Parsons (aka Hilary Banks) got flipped, turned upside down. And we’d like to take a few minutes—just sit right there—and we’ll tell you how she makes Black history movies with flair.” Why it’s great: Thanks to my local Podcast Brunch Club chapter, I’ve been getting more into The Nod lately. I could really feel how excited Brittany Luse was getting while talking to Hilary Banks in real life, who’s created such an interesting career path post-Fresh Prince. (28 minutes)
Sidedoor: This One’s for Dilla (12/5/17) *First appearance on Delicious Ingredients*: What it’s about: “Even if you’ve never heard his name, you’ve probably heard his sound. J Dilla was a prolific hip-hop artist who collaborated with many hip-hop greats—from Questlove to Erykah Badu to Eminem. In this episode, we’re telling the story of J Dilla’s life and legacy through those that knew him best—his mother (aka Ma Dukes), James Poyser, and Frank Nitt—and some surprising objects on display at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture.” Why it’s great: A somewhat unexpected episode from The Smithsonian’s Sidedoor podcast, which has traditionally focused on telling more historical (older) stories. I didn’t know who J Dilla was but his influence is felt all over hip hop. (28 minutes)
Between Us Girls, Episode 56: New Cookie, Who Dis? (11/28/17): What it’s about: “Callie Wright, host of the Gaytheist Manifesto Podcast, Sagittarius, and gateway to the trans community graces us with her presence and newly transitioned body. She is lively, fired up and just want people to ask her about Star Trek for a change! Spoiler alert, we did not. Tune into this very candid conversation as Callie reveals being trans isn’t the most important thing about her.” Why it’s great: Another episode where I can feel how excited the ladies of BUG are when they have a guest they find totally fascinating – it’s so contagious. Wright was an engaging guest who was willing to go all in with the ladies and talk about all kinds of personal sexual and emotional feelings. On some shows, three people interviewing one guest gets overwhelming with hosts talking over each other, but Michel, Danielle, and Sharonda handle it extremely well. (52 minutes)
The Longest Shortest Time, Episode 141: It’s a Real Mother, Part 1: Governor Mom (11/1/17): What it’s about: “Discrimination against mothers in the workplace is illegal but it still happens every day. We launch our four-part series, It’s A Real Mother, with YOUR stories of discrimination. Plus, we meet a mom who faced discrimination from… the entire country.” Why it’s great: What a smart choice to profile a former Republican governor, Jane Swift, whose story may have been unknown to many listeners but absolutely resonates. This entire mini-series really made me think a lot about working mother discrimination, I listened to all four episodes straight through. (62 minutes)
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