Each week I will publish the most Delicious Ingredients of my Audible Feast … the scrumptious, delectable, savory, rich, sweet, and spicy podcast episodes that have fed my ears this week. This will also allow me to link directly to episodes via either Soundcloud, Stitcher, or a podcast’s website (which are often amazing and contain bonus info or complementary stories). This also brings more visual content to my site as I can link to some beautiful logos and original artwork from these sites! All episode descriptions and artwork come from the linked sites. (Note: I also try to track every episode I listen to here.)
DAYA Podcast: What Can the Dying Teach the Living About Life? (8/31/16): What it’s about: “Lessons learned the hard way about what’s truly important, whether you’re 25 or 75. Listen as Hospice patients look back with the perspective only someone at the end can see clearly. Even their regrets can teach us how to live with purpose and dignity.” Why it’s great: I used to volunteer with hospice, sitting with patients and keeping them company while in the last days or even hours of their lives, so I never tire of hearing advice from people faced with death. This isn’t a sad or morbid episode, so don’t be afraid to listen and learn. (13 minutes) Twitter: @DontActYourAge2
Radiolab: The Girl Who Doesn’t Exist (8/29/16): What it’s about: “Alecia Faith Pennington was born on a farm, homeschooled, and never visited a dentist or a hospital. By both chance and design she is completely invisible in the eyes of the state. We follow Faith as she struggles to free herself from one restrictive world only to find that she is trapped in another. In her journey to prove her American citizenship she attempts to answer the age-old question: who am I?” Why it’s great: Classic Radiolab investigative work, although maybe not such a strong connection to science this time (as most Radiolab episodes have), and a truly compelling story with a protagonist who doesn’t exaggerate, which makes the story even better. (35 minutes) Twitter: @radiolab
ARRVLS: Orthodox (9/1/16): What it’s about: “What happens when your religious faith and sexual identity directly contradict one another? Josh Tranen lived with this contradiction for years. Even while studying in an orthodox Yeshiva in Israel, Tranen struggled to reconcile his beliefs with his identity. But when attitudes towards marriage in the US shifted, Tranen found his relationship to his religion changing as well.” Why it’s great: Tranen talks about leaving one type of bad, just expecting another type of bad to begin as he goes off to college, and then he ever so slowly and gently steps out of the closet. Truly an arrival into a new life, which is what this sometimes-abstract show is all about. I’m also always happy to hear from more GLBTQ voices. (20 minutes) Twitter: @ARRVLSShow
Criminal, Episode 49: The Editor (8/26/16): What it’s about: “In November of 1988, Robin Woods was sentenced to sixteen years in the notoriously harsh Maryland Correctional Institution. In prison, Robin found himself using a dictionary to work his way through a book for the first time in his life. It was a Mario Puzo novel. While many inmates become highly educated during their incarceration, Robin became such a voracious and careful reader he was able to locate a factual error in Merriam Webster’s Collegiate Encyclopedia. He wrote a letter to the encyclopedia’s editor, beginning an intricate friendship that changed the lives of both men.” Why it’s great: Another truly classic episode from this terrific show. What a great story with a lot of positivity and hopefulness. I have listened to every episode of Criminal and this type of episode is why I love the show. I know this particular episode was co-produced by Daniel A. Gross, but damn, Phoebe Judge is a rock star. (27 minutes) Twitter: @CriminalShow
What do you think of these episodes? Any specific episodes I HAVE to listen to from this week? Leave me a comment or contact me directly at firstname.lastname@example.org!