Audible Feast’s Best Podcasts of October 2017
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) from October 2017 – the best of the best. This month I tallied up at 200 even before today. People ask me this often – I do listen at 1.5x speed to most shows, but occasionally slow it down.
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 October 2017
- Podcast Meander: The Bristlecone Interview (10/12/17): What it’s about: This unique podcast, which is part fiction, part self-reflection, has a sporadic release schedule, which makes it perfect to binge on, in order. In short, host Daniel Leone had a traumatic experience in his life and is currently working through … well, it’s hard to describe, but I think I’m safe to say mental health issues and wanderlust.
- Alone: A Love Story: Chapter 1: Not If, How (9/17/17): What it’s about: “On the cusp of her 39th birthday, recently divorced Michelle struggles with a complicated new romance. A drunken tarot card reading returns her to 1999, when she first met The Scientist (soon to be The Husband) and all was filled with promise.”
- How I Built This: Burton Snowboards: Jake Carpenter (10/22/17): What it’s about: “In 1977, 23-year-old Jake Carpenter set out to design a better version of the Snurfer, a stand-up sled he loved to ride as a teenager. Working by himself in a barn in Londonderry, Vermont, he sanded and whittled stacks of wood, trying to create the perfect ride. He eventually helped launch an entirely new sport, while building the largest snowboard brand in the world. PLUS for our postscript “How You Built That,” how Jane Och solved the problem of guacamole turning brown, with a container that removes air pockets, the Guac-Lock.”
- This is Actually Happening, Episode 100: What if He Wouldn’t Let You Leave? (10/17/17): What it’s about: “”I just didn’t feel like a person, I didn’t feel like I was a being walking on this planet a lot of the time.””
- Radio Atlantic: The Miseducation of Ta-Nehisi Coates (10/5/17): What it’s about: “In his new book, We Were Eight Years in Power, The Atlantic‘s national correspondent Ta-Nehisi Coates writes about the past eight years of his career—his pursuit of an understanding of America, and his route to becoming a celebrated author. In this episode of Radio Atlantic, our cohosts Matt, Jeff, and Alex each conduct an interview with Ta-Nehisi about what he’s found.”
- This American Life, Episode 626: White Haze (9/24/17): What it’s about: “Right-wing groups like the Proud Boys say they have no tolerance for racism or white supremacist groups. Their leader Gavin McInnes disavowed the white nationalist rally in Charlottesville. But the Proud Boys believe “the West is the best,” which, one of them points out, is not such a big jump from “whites are best.” And one of the Proud Boys organized the Charlottesville rally. (The group now claims he was a spy.) What should we make of groups like this?”
- Terrible, Thanks for Asking: Forever Alone? Part 1 (10/3/17): What it’s about: “As the saying goes, “There’s a lid for every pot.” There’s someone for everyone. Chelsea has been looking for her lid — her someone — since high school. Nearly 15 years after her only real relationship ended, she still hasn’t found her person. It’s not like she hasn’t been trying, and it’s not like her life is totally miserable… but in case you haven’t had to date lately? MAN, IT IS EXHAUSTING.”
- Hidden Brain: The Edge of Gender (10/9/17): What it’s about: “Gender is one of the first things we notice about the people around us. But where do our ideas about gender come from? Can gender differences be explained by genes and chromosomes, or are they the result of upbringing, culture and the environment? This week, we delve into the debate over nature vs. nurture, and meet the first person in the United States to officially reject the labels of both male and female, and be recognized as “non-binary.””
- Uncivil: The Raid (10/4/17): What it’s about: “A group of ex-farmers, a terrorist from Kansas, and a schoolteacher attempt the greatest covert operation of the Civil War.”
- Code Switch: Puerto Rico, My Heart’s Devotion (10/3/17): What it’s about: “The haphazard response to Hurricane Maria has underscored the tricky, in-between space that Puerto Ricans occupy. They’re U.S. citizens — although nearly half of the country doesn’t know that. But those who live in Puerto Rico don’t enjoy many of the same privileges as citizens on the mainland. In this week’s episode, Shereen travels to one of the most Puerto Rican enclaves in the country to explore the fraught relationship Puerto Ricans have with their American-ness.”
- A Pint with Seaniebee, Episode 63: Antonio Fernandez (KING TONE) has A Pint with Seaniebee (9/30/17): What it’s about: “This is an astonishing story of redemption and by far the most controversial and polarizing guest we’ve had on the show so far. Antonio Fernandez, aka KING TONE, is the former leader of The Latin Kings, the largest Hispanic street gang in the US, with over 50,000 members worldwide.”
Best Podcasts of October 2017
(multiple appearances on weekly Delicious Ingredients including Honorable Mentions)
- This American Life
- Terrible, Thanks for Asking
- The Karen and Ellen Letters