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 July 2018 – the best of the best. This month I listened to 204 episodes.
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 July 2018
- Versify, Episode 22: Before I Could Give Her the Ring (7/27/18): What it’s about: “A craving for novelty and excitement is a hallmark of early adulthood. But for Jakob Lewis, host of WPLN’s podcast Neighbors, a summertime quest for new experiences nearly cost him his life. Today, Jakob tells the story of how a thirst for adventure landed him on the front lines of a California wildfire at the age of 20. He shares his experience to poet Lagnajita Mukhopadhyay, who takes his fiery tale and turns it into poetry.”
- Still Processing: Asian-Americans Talk About Racism, and We Listen, Part 1 and Still Processing: Asian-Americans Talk About Racism, and We Listen, Part 2 (6/28/18, 7/5/18): What it’s about: “This week and next, we’re doing something different. After witnessing an awful instance of anti-Asian racism at a movie theater, we couldn’t stop thinking about how this type of racism is rampant in American culture, both on the screen and off. At first, we wanted to talk about it. But then, we realized that we needed to listen. For the next two episodes, we hand the microphones over to our Asian-American colleagues, friends and listeners to hear about their experiences with racism. From Pablo Torre (of ESPN) to Emily Yoshida (of Vulture) to Parul Sehgal (of The Times) and more, we hear about childhood traumas, politicization, pop culture and hierarchies of oppression as they relate to Asian-American identity. The ideas are varied and complicated, conflicting and nuanced — which makes sense for a hugely diverse community that makes up almost 6 percent of the American population.”
- Qualia: Risk (7/2/18): What it’s about: “In this IMMERSIVE episode, “Risk,” our goal is to immerse you in a soundscape that pulled and pushed you to alternatively feel risk-seeking and risk-averse. To preserve this immersive experience, we stripped out a lot of the reporting we did on the science of risk. Here, you can find out more about the science of risk perception. We’ll walk you through the episode, and point out materials – interviews we did with researchers, journal articles we dug up, books we read – that let you dig deeper into the research.”
- HumaNature: Bonus Episode: Through the Keyhole (7/25/18, originally aired 5/31/17): What it’s about: “An encore presentation of our 2018 PRNDI Best Station Podcast award-winner. Tyler Dunning went into the wild to distract himself from his grief…but ended up coming face to face with it instead.”
- Reveal: Families Splintered Apart, by Government and By Storms (7/7/18): What it’s about: “This week, we continue our ongoing investigation into what happens to immigrant children after they’re detained by the U.S. government. Our latest story investigates a vacant office building being used by a defense contractor to house children. Then, we travel to the Gulf Coast to learn why last year was the costliest hurricane season on record. In Houston, we discover that homes flooded by Hurricane Harvey were actually built inside a reservoir. We end on the Louisiana coast, where officials say they can no longer provide protection to homes most vulnerable to flooding, and that residents will have to abandon them.”
- Homemade Stories with Shannon Cason, Episode 99: Hi, My Name is Shannon (7/10/18): What it’s about: “The 1994 Freaknik spring break in Atlanta is the scene. College spring break is a perfect time to come out of your insecurities and let loose. My breaking loose was more practiced and rehearsed, but it did the job well.“
- Her Money with Jean Chatzky, Episode 117: The Relationship Between Ambition and Money (7/10/18): What it’s about: “What’s your definition of success? Did your mind go straight to career? Family? Both? This week we’re tackling this loaded question with Hana Schank and Elizabeth Wallace, authors of the new book: “The Ambition Decisions: What Women Know About Work, Family, and the Path to Building a Life.” We discuss all things women and ambition — the realities of work-life balance, motherhood, what “counts” as ambition, success and more. Also, see if you’re a “High-Achiever,” an “Opt-Outer” or a “Life-Flexer” and what each could mean for your career, finances, love life and overall happiness. In Mailbag, we answer your questions on the percentage of income to save and how to go about getting 401(k) dollars from past employers. Plus: Wedding season isn’t the only season that’s in our midst — hurricane season has also begun. In Thrive, we’re talking whether or not you should consider flood insurance.”
- Scene on Radio: Dick Move (MEN, Part 1) (7/11/18): What it’s about: “Launching our Season 3 series, co-hosts John Biewen and Celeste Headlee look at the problems of male supremacy. And we visit Deep Time to explore the latest scholarship on how, when, and why men invented patriarchy.”
- Ladies, We Need to Talk: Settling for Average (7/30/18): What it’s about: “Everyone’s relationship looks great on social media, but it’s hardly reality. A healthy relationship is meant to feel like a warm hug from your mum after about a year, according to psychologists. But if your partner doesn’t feel like your perfect soul mate all the time, you might feel like you settled for something you didn’t sign up to. So does ‘settling’ exist or is it just a reality of long-term monogamy?”
Binge recommendations of the month
Best Podcasts of July 2018
(Multiple appearances on weekly Delicious Ingredients including Honorable Mentions)