The month may be over, but you can listen to these podcasts anytime! I publish the best podcast episodes of the week every week on Friday – you can find those episodes and my reasoning behind why they’re great by going here to see an archive of those posts. But I also wanted to curate a list of the handful of episodes that simply rose to the very top over the whole month, the ones I’m still thinking about weeks later.
Here are the best podcast episodes (and a list of the podcasts that appeared on my Delicious Ingredients list more than once this month) that I listened to in August 2018 – the best of the best. This month I listened to 227 episodes, with 37 of them being new shows (to me at least).
If you’re interested in seeing what I listen to, I have a running log by month. I also have a newsletter that comes out every other week which is a bit more editorial than the site – you can find it here.
Best Episodes of August 2018
- Bodies: Bleeding (8/8/18): “KalaLea has terrible, awful periods. But don’t a lot of women? Well, yes and no. After more than a decade of suffering, KalaLea discovers that the cause of the pain is common for Black women like herself, but far from normal.”
- Everything is Alive: Maeve, Lamppost (7/30/18): “Maeve is a lamppost. She sees all of us, but does anybody see her?”
- Slow Burn, S2E1: Deal or No Deal (8/8/18): “For 11 hours, Monica Lewinsky faced off against federal prosecutors who wanted her to help them take down the president and threatened her with decades in jail.”
- Ologies: Oology (EGGS) with John Bates (8/13/18): “The biggest eggs! The smallest eggs! The people arrested for stealing the most eggs! Oologist Dr. John Bates gave Alie a tour of the egg vault at the Field Museum of Chicago and it was a barrage of beautiful sights and shocking facts about bird butts. Get ready for speckly eggs, falcon tales, delicate treasures, pigeon mysteries, modern research with old artifacts, Easter bullshit, and whether or not you can hatch chickens from grocery store eggs. Also the carnival ride Alie will never ever ever go on.“
- The Hilarious World of Depression: Andrew Zimmern Wrecks His Life, Rebuilds His Life, and Eats Weird Food (8/13/18): “Celebrity chef and Travel Channel host Andrew Zimmern has made a reputation as a culinary expert with an adventurous streak, traveling the world and sampling tree grubs, shark meat, tarantulas, and horse rectums among many other cuisines. But before his current fame, he was on the street, stealing handbags to fuel his alcoholism, which existed to deaden his long-held depression. We hear about hitting bottom, redemption, and Andrew’s friend, the late Anthony Bourdain.”
- Dear Young Rocker, Episode 06: Breaking Up (8/10/18): “Chapter 6 finds Chelsea’s relationships and band moving forward and getting more complicated. Why can’t she just be a bass player?”
- Outside/In: The Sky is Burning (8/16/18): “There are between eight and ten thousand wildfires in the United States each year, but most quietly burn out and we never hear about them. The Pagami Creek Wildfire in Minnesota’s Boundary Waters Canoe Area was supposed to be like that, but things turned out differently. And Greg and Julie Welch were camping right in its path.”
- Mothers of Invention: Taking Over (8/19/18): “This week Mary and Maeve turn up the volume on the women who are helping us consciously-uncouple from our toxic relationship with single-use plastic, a material created to be used for mere minutes but designed to last for thousands of years.”
Binge recommendations of the month
Best Podcasts of August 2018
(Multiple appearances on weekly Delicious Ingredients including Honorable Mentions)