27 New Podcast Subscriptions on the Audible Feast Menu: February 2017

27 New Podcast Subscriptions on the Audible Feast Menu: February 2017

Here are the 27 newest podcasts I’ve subscribed to since December, and a little bit about what each one is about, from their websites if available. These aren’t all new shows-just new to me! Maybe you’ll find something here that piques your interest!

  1. Codebreaker (APM/Marketplace): “On Codebreaker we decipher our complicated feelings about technology by asking straightforward questions with a sense of humor, a sense of awe — and sometimes a sense of dread. In our second season we’ve got one question in mind: Can it save us? Codebreaker isn’t just the name of our podcast, it’s also a way to listen. Each episode contains a code to help you immediately unlock the next installment and ultimately the entire season.”
  2. Terrible, Thanks for Asking (APM): “You know how every day someone asks “how are you?” And even if you’re totally dying inside, you just say “fine,” so everyone can go about their day? This show is the opposite of that. Hosted by author (It’s Okay to Laugh (Crying Is Cool Too)) and notable widow (her words) Nora McInerny, this is a funny/sad/uncomfortable podcast about talking honestly about our pain, our awkwardness, and our humanness, which is not an actual word.”
  3. Armchair Activist (independent): “The fatal police shootings of Jamar Clark and Philando Castile have led many Minnesotans to protest, and at least two, to podcast. Andre Koen of Mounds View and Brian Jost of St. Anthony Village got the ball rolling on their new podcast, “Armchair Activist,” in October and have since put out eight episodes with more on the way — all digging into race, diversity, cross-cultural competency and community-police relations.”
  4. Maeve in America (Panoply): “With all this talk about wall building, bad hombres and refugees as Skittles, comedian Maeve Higgins is beyond ready to change the conversation around immigration. She’s traveled all the way here from Ireland to bring you funny, beautiful and sometimes maddening immigration stories, told by the people who’ve lived them.”
  5. UnStyled (Refinery29): “UnStyled is a weekly podcast hosted by Global Editor-In-Chief & Co-founder, Christene Barberich, exploring the funny, inspiring, sometimes heartbreaking tales of life, work, and love—as told through the things that we wear. Guests this season include Danielle Brooks, Jill Kargman, Norma Kamali, Leandra Medine, Stacy London and more.”
  6. Seriously … (BBC): “The home of quirky, curious and seriously interesting documentaries.”
  7. The Hilarious World of Depression (APM): “A show about clinical depression…with laughs? Well, yeah. Depression is an incredibly common and isolating disease experienced by millions, yet often stigmatized by society. The Hilarious World of Depression is a series of frank, moving, and, yes, funny conversations with top comedians who have dealt with this disease, hosted by veteran humorist and public radio host John Moe.”
  8. Twice Removed (Gimlet): “A new family history podcast hosted by A.J. Jacobs. They say we’re one big family: this is the show that proves it. You will be filled with delight… or abject horror. You never know. It’s family.”
  9. Judge John Hodgman (Maximum Fun): “Have your pressing issues decided by Famous Minor Television Personality John Hodgman, Certified Judge.”
  10. Crime Writers On … (independent): “We’re true crime authors. We’re also married. (Well, at least Kevin and Rebecca are.) So of course we decided to start a podcast. The show is called Crime Writers On… and it all came together when we got some fellow writers together discuss the blockbuster podcast Serial. It’s since morphed into a broader conversation about true crime, journalism, and pop culture. “
  11. The Lonely Palette (independent): “The Lonely Palette is a podcast that aims to return art history to the masses, one painting at a time.  Based out of – but not affiliated with – the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Tamar picks a painting du jour, interviews unsuspecting passers-by, and then dives deeply into the object, the movement, the social context, and anything and everything else that will make it as exciting to you as it is to her.”
  12. The Lonely Hour (independent): “Loneliness is something we all feel at times, but with the relatively recent developments of television, longer work days and commutes, two-career and single-parent families, instant communication via cell phone and email, and social media, it’s a feeling that’s on the rise in America. It may even be our next big public health issue. But how do we talk about such an intangible feeling? The Lonely Hour will hopefully, through discussions with featured guests who will paint pictures of their own loneliness, equip us all with better language to describe this feeling, simultaneously reducing its potency.”
  13. Food Programme (BBC): “Investigating every aspect of the food we eat.”
  14. Authentic Audio Podcast with Aaron Calafato (independent): “Join raconteur Aaron Calafato as he discovers his own American experience through artful storytelling and authentic conversation with diverse guests from the American Rustbelt and beyond.”
  15. Good Grief (independent): “When my estranged father passed away in January 2015, he left behind a lot of unanswered questions…What parts of me come from him and not my mom? Why did he leave me and my family and never look back? Why is my complexion just a tad darker than the rest of my family’s? Before he died, no one acknowledged these questions. He had left when I was 5 years old, and after that, we didn’t talk about him — until now. “
  16. Making Oprah (WBEZ): “In a new WBEZ podcast, Oprah Winfrey tells the behind-the-scenes story of her iconic TV talk show, along with producers, staffers, TV executives, and ratings rival Phil Donahue. The three-part series chronicles the show’s scrappy roots in Chicago, its rise to daytime dominance, and the powerful sway Winfrey came to have in American life.”
  17. Hollywood & Crime (Wondery Media): “Elizabeth Short was a star-struck young woman whose body was found completely severed at the waist in January 1947 in Los Angeles. She would be forever remembered as the Black Dahlia, and her murder remains one of the most infamous unsolved  cases in the world to this day. But few people know that more than a dozen other women died in similar circumstances in Los Angeles around the same time. In this ground-breaking serialized docu-drama, host Tracy Pattin investigates these sensational cases, uncovers new evidence, and immerses listeners in both the glamour and the underbelly of 20th century Hollywood.”
  18. Bite (Mother Jones): “Bite is a podcast for people who think hard about their food. Join acclaimed food and farming blogger Tom Philpott, Mother Jones editors Kiera Butler and Maddie Oatman, and a tantalizing guest list of writers, farmers, scientists, and chefs as they uncover the surprising stories behind what ends up on your plate. We’ll help you digest the food news du jour, explore the politics and science of what you eat and why—and deliver plenty of tasty tidbits along the way.”
  19. Inquiring Minds (Mother Jones): “Each week the Inquiring Minds podcast brings you a new, in-depth exploration of the place where science, politics, and society collide. We’re committed to the idea that making an effort to understand the world around you through science and critical thinking can benefit everyone—and lead to better decisions. We endeavor to find out what’s true, what’s left to discover, and why it all matters with weekly coverage of the latest headlines and probing discussions with leading scientists and thinkers.”
  20. Can He Do That? (Washington Post): “Donald Trump’s historic presidency will look unlike any other that’s come before it. From his outsider status in Washington to his family’s continued residence in New York to his complicated business empire, each episode of this podcast will focus on one aspect of Trump’s time in the White House that defies conventions and ask the question, “Can he do that?””
  21. TwistedPhilly (independent): “There’s more mischief, mayhem and nefarious goings on in the city of Brotherly Love than Billy Penn could have ever imagined. TWISTED PHILLY is a podcast dedicated to my favorite things about Philadelphia, and Pennsylvania at large, from the mundane to the macabre.  I tell stories about true crime, haunted history, cool and creepy places to visit, Philly legends….. who knows what the hell I’ll get up to in Twisted Philly!”
  22. The New Family Podcast (independent): “Our aim is to inform and inspire while reflecting the wide variety of people and partnerships heading up today’s families. You’ll find musings on the everyday, both the good stuff and bad, as well as thought-provoking posts on the issues parents are talking about most.”
  23. Out of the Blocks (WYPR): “One block at a time, radio producer Aaron Henkin and electronic musician Wendel Patrick are sharing the stories of Baltimore in a way that’s never been heard before.”
  24. Little Known Facts with Ilana Levine (independent): “Little Known Facts is a podcast hosted by stage and film actress, Ilana Levine. Ilana’s unique brand of celebrity interview,  “Podcast Vérité,” is unfiltered, raw, honest and uniquely funny. Levine’s warmth, intelligence and sense of humor create an environment where her guests open up and discuss things they have never divulged in previous interviews.  Listen and feel like a fly on the wall as Levine’s guests share their secrets and fears, inspirations and challenges and along the way expose . . . Little Known Facts.”
  25. The Broad Experience (independent): From Ashley Milne-Tyte: “Here’s why I started the show: We all define success differently, and having a sane, balanced existence is important to a lot of us. But many women are ambitious, yet we don’t quite reach our full potential. There are many reasons why. Often they are boiled down to one thing: babies. It’s more complicated – and interesting – than that. I wanted to bring some nuance to this topic. About the name: non-Americans may not know that ‘broad‘ is decades-old slang for ‘woman’ in US English. I wanted the name to be fun and distinctive. We discuss important topics here, but I don’t take myself too seriously.”
  26. The High Street Abduction (BBC): “How a toddler was snatched by two teenage girls in a busy High Street store.”
  27. Q’ed Up (KQED): “Welcome to Q’ed Up, a podcast from KQED in San Francisco. Prepare for new depths, unexpected views and insight into life in one of the country’s most intriguing places—the Bay Area. In our first season called American Suburb, we take you 45 miles east of the Bay. This is where you find the flip side of gentrification told through one very unique place.”

Send me your other great recommendations anytime!

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