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 March 2018 – the best of the best. This month I listened to 202 episodes – that is in addition to all of the judging I did for the Australian Podcast Awards! Whew.
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 March 2018
- Missing and Murdered: Finding Cleo: S2 Episode 1: Stolen. Murdered. Missing. (3/6/18): What it’s about: “Connie responds to Christine’s plea for help finding her eldest sister, Cleo. The only proof of Cleo’s existence though is a tiny, undated school photo. A clue soon emerges which will take Christine’s search in unexpected directions.“
- Our Americana, S04E01: Mount Horeb, Wisconsin (The Reading) (3/1/18): What it’s about: “A rural town, known as The Troll Capital of the World, unites over the attemped banning of a book reading and its very close-to-home consequences.”
- Twenty Thousand Hertz, Epiosode 36: Hamilton (3/5/18): What it’s about: “Broadway’s award-winning, record-breaking, smash hit, Hamilton, is a musical unlike any other. Get the story from people in the room where it happens of how sound helps tell the musical’s story eight times a week. We talk to Nevin Steinberg, Hamilton’s Tony-nominated sound designer, Benny Reiner, Grammy-winning Hamilton percussionist, Anna-Lee Craig, Hamilton on Broadway A2, and Broadway sound design legend Abe Jacob.”
- HumaNature, Episode 39: Junk (3/28/18): What it’s about: “Marcus Eriksen wanted to draw attention to a problem no one could see. So he sailed into the middle of it.”
- Caught, Episode 7: ‘It’s the Hardest Thing I’ve Ever Done’ (3/26/18): What it’s about: “The justice system isn’t the catch-all for every struggling kid. Desperate parents with means can turn to a whole network of private programs before their kids even get caught. The state of Utah houses a $400 million industry for just such families. For an average cost of $513 a day, parents can send their kids to one popular option: wilderness therapy camps. These are programs that send kinds into the wild in hopes of curing all kinds of issues, including everything from drug use to screen addiction, anxiety, and defiance. For a young person named James, this type of intervention in his teenage years was life-changing.“
- Ologies: Melittology (BEES) with Amanda Shaw (3/19/18): What it’s about: “BEES! Hives, honey, and how to keep them as outdoor pets. Meet melittologist and President of the Urban Beekeepers Association, Amanda Shaw. She and Alie cozy up in a weird hotel in Portland to chat about honeybees vs. native ones, how to become a beekeeper, social savagery that rivals Game of Thrones, if you should eat honey to deal with seasonal allergies, what happens in the drone zone (hint: boning) and how we can SAVE THESE FRIGGIN BEES. Also: what happens when 15,000 bees go through a carwash.”
- Sooo Many White Guys, Episode 28: Phoebe and Awkwafina Get Matching Tattoos (3/20/18): What it’s about: “The rapper/actress drops in to open up about Asian-American representation in Hollywood, the perils of searching for a place to pee in NYC, life on the come-up, and making her family proud while rapping about her vag. Plus, Phoebe does her best to recap ‘Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf’!”
- Song Exploder: Ludwig Goransson – Black Panther (3/14/18): What it’s about: “Marvel’s Black Panther was released in theaters on February 16, 2018, and in just a few weeks, it made over a billion dollars worldwide. It’s already broken some box office records and it looks like it’s going to break some more. The score for the film was created by Swedish composer Ludwig Göransson. His film and TV credits include Creed and New Girl. He’s also Grammy-nominated producer, who’s worked most often with rapper Childish Gambino. In this episode, Ludwig takes apart one of his pieces from Black Panther. The track is called “Killmonger,” and it’s the theme for Erik Killmonger, a character played by Michael B. Jordan. Black Panther is set in the fictional African nation of Wakanda, and coming up, Ludwig tells the story of doing research and making recordings in Africa, and how he incorporated that into the score for the film.”
- Code Switch: Searching for a Home After Hate (3/6/18): What it’s about: “In February 2017, Srinivas Kutchibhotla fell victim to an alleged hate crime. In the aftermath, his widow, Sunayana Dumala, had her life and her immigration status thrown into question. Now, she’s trying to figure out what it means to stay — and find community — in the small Kansas town where her husband was killed.”
- Radiotopia Showcase: Errthang #1: 808s and Three Heartbreaks (3/23/18): What it’s about: “Al Letson and Willie Evans Jr. are back with season two of Errthang! After a long hiatus, the dynamic duo returns to tell stories, and have a good time. This season Letson and Evans focus on stories and interviews about fatherhood, the political unrest in the country, and ruminations on love. It’s a wild, fun ride with a lot of heart and depth. In episode one, Al tells the stories of three excruciating heartbreaks that will leave you laughing.”
- Why Won’t You Date Me? Episode 18: The Fappening w/Dan Black (3/29/18): What it’s about: “What if shit actually tasted great, and that’s why people eat ass? Dan Black (UCB Comedy, The Comedians of Wrestling Podcast) is on the show to ask the real questions. Nicole introduces Dan to butt-stuff, details her sexual encounter word doc she keeps, and talks about the effects of the 2004 Fappening. This episode is a wild one and you don’t want to miss it.”
Best Podcasts of March 2018
(multiple appearances on weekly Delicious Ingredients including Honorable Mentions)
- Sooo Many White Guys
- Missing and Murdered: Finding Cleo
- This is Love
- Latino USA