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 June 2018 – the best of the best. This month I listened to 185 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 June 2018
- The Allusionist, Episode 79: Queer (6/3/18): What it’s about: “Strange or obtuse; a stinging homophobic slur; a radical political rejection of normativity; a broad term encompassing every and any variation on sexual orientation and gender identity: the word ‘queer’ has a multifarious past and complicated present. Tracing its movements are Kathy Tu and Tobin Low from Nancy podcast, Eric Marcus from Making Gay History, historian and author Amy Sueyoshi, and Jonathan Van Ness from Queer Eye.”
- Caliphate: Chapter Eight: The Briefcase (6/7/18): What it’s about: “We found a trove of secret documents after Mosul fell. It led us to the mother of an ISIS official.“
- Criminal, Episode 93: Lavender Scare (6/15/18): What it’s about: “Helen James grew up in a military family – her great great grandfather fought in the Civil War, her father in WWI, and her uncles in WWII. So when she enlisted in 1952, she felt like she belonged. Shortly after, she realized something was wrong.”
- Reveal: Ripped Apart: Families Separated at the Border (6/23/18): What it’s about: “President Donald Trump said he was ending family separation at the border this week. But we’ve stayed on the story, investigating the issues that remain: children being drugged at migrant shelters, asylum-seekers being denied at ports of entry and the problems with Trump’s new detention plan.”
- StoryCorps, Episode 534: Ghetto Life 101 (6/8/18): What it’s about: “In 1993, teenagers LeAlan Jones and Lloyd Newman recorded a week of their lives on Chicago’s South Side. Working with StoryCorps founder Dave Isay, LeAlan and Lloyd produced a documentary they called Ghetto Life 101, one of the most acclaimed programs in public radio history. To mark the 25th anniversary, we bring you a special presentation of Ghetto Life 101.”
- Love and Radio: Coming Back (6/8/18): What it’s about: “In 1991, Pam Reynolds underwent surgery to remove a large aneurism from her brain stem. Doctors cooled her body to less than half of normal temperature and temporarily stopped her heart during the procedure. This is what she experienced.”
- In the Dark, S2 E10: Discovery (6/26/18): What it’s about: “Prosecutors have always said that Curtis Flowers was the only serious suspect in the Tardy Furniture investigation. But we found a document showing that another man, Willie James Hemphill, had also been questioned just days after the murders. Who was he? Why was he questioned? When we finally found Hemphill, living in Indianapolis, he had some very surprising things to say about the case.”
Binge recommendations of the month
Best Podcasts of June 2018
(Multiple appearances on weekly Delicious Ingredients including Honorable Mentions) – it’s all about investigative journalism this month!