The podcast “food pyramid” is back 🙂 I tried going without it for a while, but I missed it.
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 last two weeks.
Call Your Girlfriend: Top Shelf 2017 (12/22/17): What it’s about: “We share our favorite movies, TV shows, podcasts and music of the year. Lean back and hang out as we discuss only good stuff.” Why it’s great: This show is for feminist girlfriends everywhere. There have been a lot of ups and downs this year for feminists – but this time, Aminatou and Ann just talk about the stuff that made them really happy this year. Right down to the trashy TV. (65 minutes)
The Assassination, Episode 1: Return of the Queen (12/26/17) *First appearance on Delicious Ingredients*: What it’s about: “”Her days were numbered.” Introducing Benazir Bhutto and the story of her final journey home. Eight years of self-imposed exile ended when she returned to Pakistan to campaign for high office. Pakistani politics have long been lethal and Bhutto was in no doubt about the danger she faced. With Owen Bennett Jones.” Why it’s great: I don’t know the details behind this assassination, but the journalist who hosts this program knew her personally. I’m looking forward to learning about this piece of history and this woman. (17 minutes)
Nocturne: Tree People (12/18/17): What it’s about: “There’s a funny thing about Christmas in New York: In a city where most of the living trees are clumped together in just a few areas, right around Thanksgiving new clumps of trees start popping up all over this mostly concrete and asphalt setting. The tree stands sprinkled throughout the city create a festive air, but there’s another dimension to the world of Christmas trees in New York City at night.” Why it’s great: Classic Nocturne episode about things that happen at night. The descriptive language that was used and the sound design around it was so good that I had such a vivid picture in my head of this person who babysits Christmas trees on a New York sidewalk for a few weeks in December. (40 minutes)
HBR Ideacast, Episode 608: Making Unlimited Vacation Time Work (12/20/17): What it’s about: “Aron Ain, the CEO of Kronos Incorporated, explains why unlimited vacation can be in the best interests of employees and the organization. He describes how his software company tracks requests for time off and the conversations he’s had with skeptical managers and longtime employees. Ain says the “open vacation” program benefits the business and serves as a template for other companies figuring out how to make unlimited vacation work for them.” Why it’s great: A company my husband worked for in the past went to this model of unlimited vacation time, and his current company just increased the amount of vacation time for all employees. I’m waiting for mine to do the same, ha! Anyway, I was curious about the management perspective from a company who has implemented this successfully – I’d like to hear an employee view as well, but it sounds like an all-around win. (22 minutes)
The Pope’s Long Con: Welcome to the Pope’s House (12/13/17) *First appearance on Delicious Ingredients*: What it’s about: “Meet Danny Ray Johnson, Kentucky’s fast-talking preacher-turned-politician who is known as the Pope. He paints himself as a 9/11 hero, healer of the sick and miracle maker. Behind this persona — cultivated, built up and fine-tuned over decades — is a web of lies and deception. A mysterious fire. Attempted arson and false testimony. Alleged molestation in his church.” Why it’s great: It’s not a spoiler, because the show reveals this immediately, but this politician committed suicide as this podcast was coming out, just a couple of weeks ago. It’s a fascinating quick listen, you can binge it in an afternoon. (17 minutes)
Closer Than They Appear: What Can I Give? (with Eva Paterson and Aunt Bea) (12/20/17): What it’s about: “How do you stand against evil, but not the evildoer? How do you go to war for what’s right with love for the people you’re fighting? Carvell Wallace talks with legendary civil rights lawyer and activist Eva Paterson. And at long last, he also reconnects with his Aunt Bea — the white woman who partially raised him — for the first time in nearly 20 years.” Why it’s great: Closer Than They Appear had only seven episodes in its inaugural season and landed in my Delicious Ingredients three times. Pretty damn good. This week Carvell Wallace goes to talk to his maternal figure, his Aunt Bea, about something that’s been bothering him for many, many years. Guess what, by talking about it, they come to a much clearer understanding and build a stronger relationship. (38 minutes)
Terrible, Thanks for Asking, Episode 24: Incompatible with Life (12/12/17): What it’s about: “At 32 weeks pregnant, Cat and Jim find themselves planning for their son’s death while hoping for his birth. This is a story of a life and a death, extraordinary in every way.” Why it’s great: I’m a huge fan of TTFA, and this episode led me to check out guest Cat’s blog on the life and death of their baby boy. The pace at which Nora McInerny allows her guests to speak really makes this show special; it’s not easy to talk about things that are sad, but no one on this show ever sounds rehearsed, and I love that. (35 minutes)
StoryCorps, Episode 518: The Conversation (12/12/17): What it’s about: “A father speaks with the school shooter who killed his son.” Why it’s great: This is a story of tremendous regret, forgiveness, and hope – perfect to lead in to a new year. (19 minutes)
Read my 4-star review of StoryCorps here! (September 2015)
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