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.
This week I listened to 41 episodes before deciding what was top notch.
A Very Fatal Murder, Episode 1: A Perfect Murder *First appearance on Delicious Ingredients* (2/5/18): What it’s about: “Onion Public Radio reporter David Pascall, who has long searched for the most resonant true-crime podcast that is also about middle America, heads to Bluff Springs, NE where the small town is reeling from the death of 17-year-old Hayley Price.” Why it’s great: Tweeters are telling me they think The Onion “mercilessly skewered” true crime podcasts and it was “hilariously perfect.” I don’t know that I would go that far, but I thought it was really funny. I would have liked it to be even more over the top, though I did truly enjoy the ad reads (if you don’t enjoy standing in long lines at the U.S. Post Office, f*** you!) and the treatment of public radio interns. (13 minutes)
Women at Work, Episode 2: Couples That Work *First appearance on Delicious Ingredients* (2/1/18): What it’s about: “Simmering resentments over whose career comes first. Bickering over household tasks. Arguments over who should pick up the kids this time. This is the portrait of two-career coupledom in much of the popular media. But for a lot of couples, the reality is much rosier. Mutually supportive relationships let us take career risks, help us be more resilient to setbacks, and even “lean in” at work. In this episode, we talk with three experts to help us paint a picture of what a truly supportive dual-career relationship looks like, and understand how to get our own relationships closer to that ideal.” Why it’s great: This is a 6-part spinoff series from The Harvard Business Review, with its HBR IdeaCast host Sarah Green-Carmichael in the Executive Editor chair. This is the second episode in the series and I was silently screaming “Yes! Yes! Yes!” as guest Avivah Wittenberg-Cox (a writer and gender equality consultant) gave her take on spouses supporting their wives’ ambition in part by being willing to renegotiate the marriage contract over time. Men typically follow a more linear career path, and women often do not. There are many more peaks and valleys due to the demand of mothers vs. fathers (which should also change, but factually, one hindrance to that is that men can’t physically have babies). It was a great episode and I thought of around 100 people I know that would love the topic. It also gave me a few things to gently discuss with my husband, naturally – but I have to say he’s terrific at sharing the load and supporting me. (54 minutes)
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The Tip Off, Episode 15: Web of Death, Part 1 *First appearance on Delicious Ingredients* (2/7/18): What it’s about: “In the corner room of Buzzfeed’s office is a wall is covered with photographs. Photographs that are linked up in a web of connections. Photographs of dead men. These are the people Heidi Blake suspects were killed with impunity on British soil. This is the story of how Heidi and a team of reporters followed the clues surrounding a series of mysterious deaths, back to the same, shady source.” Why it’s great: Well, this was fascinating-plus it has a cliffhanger. This, dear friends, is all about Russia and shady deaths – unsurprising to see those two things in the same sentence. Can’t wait for the conclusion of this story. (36 minutes)
Israel Story, Episode 33: Milk, Honey, and Sweet Mary Jane *First appearance on Delicious Ingredients* (2/2/18): What it’s about: “According to a recent study conducted by the Israeli Anti-Drug Authority, the Holy Land might as well be rebranded as a ‘Weedtopia.’ More than a quarter of adults aged 18 to 40 reported having used marijuana within the last month. This stat, says the Authority’s chief scientist Prof. Yossi Harel-Fisch, places Israel among the countries with the highest rate of pot smokers in the world. In this episode, we chugged along the Hudson Valley and – in Poughkeepsie, New York, of all places – met up with the one man who is most committed to making that number even higher.” Why it’s great: Sometimes dubbed Israel’s version of This American Life, Israel Story came back with a great episode after a short hiatus. It gave me a lot to think about regarding low-risk drug use. (52 minutes)
Ologies, Episdoe 16: Ichthyology with Chris Thacker *First apperance on Delicious Ingredients* (except for one honorable mention!) (1/29/18): What it’s about: “ALL. ABOUT. FISH. Hilariously charming fish expert and LA County Natural History Museum Curator of Ichthyology, Dr. Christine Thacker, sits down with Alie in a basement full of several million jars of fish to chat about the worst fish husbands, the weirdest mating behaviors, the scariest fish, the nicest fish, the tiniest fish, how they breathe, how you can help reverse global warming, and whether you should pee in wetsuits. I love her so much and so will you.” Why it’s great: If you listen to podcasts to learn about stuff, you should be listening to Ologies. Host Alie Ward has a very fun personality and is so excitable – but not over the top – about her science guests’ passions. In the beginning of this episode she talks about how fish people are super fun to talk to because they LOVE FISH. Her guest, Dr. Thacker, is the epitomy of a fish person who made ME want to love fish too! It was very engaging, fun, quick-paced, and I looked up several of the fish mentioned while I was listening. (66 minutes)
Someone Knows Something, S4 Episode 1: 9-1-1 (2/5/18): What it’s about: “When a flashlight bomb killed Wayne Greavette in 1996, it also destroyed his family. Years later, Wayne’s widow and adult children reunite to revisit the case and search for answers.” Why it’s great: David Ridgen is back with another captivating unsolved crime, and once again, the focus is on the people left in the victim’s wake. Ridgen is so good at carefully, tenderly getting to know a family and in my opinion, never making a true crime podcast feel icky, intrusive, or exploitative. I believe he truly cares about the people he interviews and that makes Someone Knows Something a must-listen for me, season after season. (50 minutes)
Read my 5-star review of Someone Knows Something (season 1) here! (June 2016)
Out There: Nothing Left to Give (2/1/18): What it’s about: “Michael King was homeless, depressed, and drinking. Tabor was a lost, injured and hungry. One rainy night in Portland, Oregon, the two found each other. Even though Michael had nothing to offer — no money, no shelter — he rescued the little cat. And she adopted him. On this episode, we talk with writer Britt Collins, who wrote a book chronicling their story. It’s a story of love and tenderness, and of the surprising things that can happen when those who have nothing left to give, decide to give anyway.” Why it’s great: I was impressed that a story told by a writer came across so well on a podcast that really wasn’t about the writer herself or even her writing process – it was about the subject of her book, Michael King. Collins painted a sweet picture of a cat who made a man visible again after he blended into the forgotten world of the homeless. (32 minutes)
The Moth Radio Hour: Live from Dublin (1/30/18): What it’s about: “A special live edition of The Moth in Dublin at Liberty Hall. A young woman must decide if she wants the surgery that might give her a few extra inches of height, a Fulbright Scholar confronts a bike thief on the streets of Dublin and a nine-year old boy enters the concentration camp Bergen Belsen.” Why it’s great: The Moth can be hit-or-miss for me but it’s in my regular rotation most of the time. I’m glad I didn’t skip this one. Each of these stories was very, very well performed, and I will be thinking about the young boy in Bergen Belsen for many years. The scene he described from inside a concentration camp shower made my heart flutter and my lungs feel constricted. (53 minutes)
Read a 4-star guest review of The Moth from Adela Mizrachi (Podcast Brunch Club founder) here! (September 2016)
Reckonings, Episode 17: A Paid Climate Skeptic Switches Sides *First appearance on Delicious Ingredients* (10/31/17): What it’s about: “‘I can say to climate skeptics on the right, ‘I used to believe what you believe. Hell, I wrote your talking points, and for 20 years, I was there! But let me tell you why I’m not there anymore.” As the head of the Cato Institute’s climate and environmental policy shop, Jerry Taylor was a leading spokesperson for climate skepticism. He waged TV battles against climate activists on the likes of CNN, NBC, and Fox, and says he won all of them. And yet, he’s the only paid climate skeptic who’s ever flipped. Why did he shift not just his views on climate change, but his relationship with his views more broadly? This is a joint episode with Inquiring Minds, a podcast exploring where science, politics, and society collide (motherjones.com/topics/inquiring-minds).” Why it’s great: I’ve listened to a handful of Reckonings episodes and this has been my favorite thus far. The show profiles people who have changed their position on a belief they held closely – which takes a lot of bravery. We all think we’re right, right? What data would it take and who would have to present it to you to get you to change your mind? This climate change skeptic tells how he turned a corner. (41 minutes)
Between Us Girls, Episode 64: Black Code of Silence
HumaNature, Episode 36: The Oregon Trailblazer
How to Be Amazing with Michael Ian Black, Episode 78: Tig Notaro
The Pineapple Project: The Psychology of Money
Call Your Girlfriend: Morgan Jerkins: Ruthlessly Herself
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