Each week I will publish the most Delicious Ingredients of my Audible Feast … the scrumptious, delectable, savory, rich, sweet, and spicy podcast episodes that have fed my ears this week. This will also allow me to link directly to episodes via either Soundcloud, Stitcher, or a podcast’s website (which are often amazing and contain bonus info or complementary stories). This also brings more visual content to my site as I can link to some beautiful logos and original artwork from these sites! All episode descriptions and artwork come from the linked sites. (Note: I also try to track every episode I listen to here.)
Song Exploder: Andra Day: Forever Mine (8/15/16): What it’s about: “Singer/songwriter Andra Day put out her first record in August 2015. Since then, she’s been invited by the Obamas to perform at the White House on multiple occasions, and the record was nominated for a Grammy for Best R&B album. In this episode, Andra breaks down her song “Forever Mine” along with the track’s producer, Rob Kleiner.” Why it’s great: I’d never heard of Andra Day and this is why I love Song Exploder – it showcases the creativity of the singers and songwriters and how they craft music that complements their voice. This episode in particular was just beautiful – Forever Mine is a very sexy song and I loved hearing how it came together with Day and Kleiner. (14 minutes) Twitter: @SongExploder
Female Trouble: Stacia Brown, writer and radio producer (8/9/16): What it’s about: “Stacia Brown has been writing her whole life, and though she received an MFA in fiction, she’s developed her freelance career on the strength of her nonfiction work, most often in the form of commentary on race, current events and pop culture. In addition to writing a weekly column for The Washington Post’s Act Four blog, Stacia pens pieces for national outlets like The Atlantic, The Nation, Buzzfeed, Vulture and The New Republic. Stacia also hosts and produces a radio show/podcast which just wrapped up its first season, called Baltimore: The Rise of Charm City, in which both public figures and lesser-known residents weave oral histories of some of the city’s overlooked stories. Stacia talked about reacting, sometimes too quickly, in the aftermath of police shootings and tragedies, her responsibility to Baltimore when she writes for national outlets, feeling like an outsider, and stepping away from writing about her personal life.” Why it’s great: This is an example of podcast worlds colliding in a great way. I listen to Baltimore: The Rise of Charm City religiously and hope to be able to write a review of it soon, so I was so excited to hear an honest, in depth interview with Stacia Brown which included the genesis of her podcast. I love this girl-power show from The Baltimore Sun. (45 minutes) Twitter: @fmltrouble
BBC Outlook: Undercover in a Colombian Drug Cartel (8/16/16): What it’s about: “In the late 1980s, Robert Mazur was an undercover agent taking on the organisation of one of the world’s most notorious criminals. Colombian drug lord, Pablo Escobar, was far and away the biggest trafficker of cocaine into the United States and US customs were desperate to bring him down. Robert Mazur came up with a plan to gain access to the cartel, masquerading as a money launderer.” Why it’s great: Mazur talks about why it’s better to have a family than be single if you’re undercover in a drug cartel and explains how he planned his own fake wedding to lure key cartel members to the United States for indictment. Not at all where I thought this episode was going to go, and I was enraptured in the story.(17 minutes) Twitter: @bbcoutlook
HumaNature, Episode 11: Hoofprints on the Heart (8/16/16): What it’s about: “This is the story of a love that spans continents. Jon Dunham set out on the longest, toughest walk of his life. But along the way, he met someone who helped carry the weight.” Why it’s great: The “someone” that Dunham meets is a donkey, and his journey takes him across Central and South America. Spoiler alert – it’s not real easy to take a donkey across borders and bodies of water. But Dunham has an incredible connection with his companion and the donkey may just be what makes the journey special for him. (21 Minutes) Twitter: @HumaNatureShow
How to Be Amazing with Michael Ian Black, Episode 38: Tim Gunn (8/17/16): What it’s about: “The fashion therapist and Project Runway mentor chats with Michael about his journey from an art student to one of the most trusted names in the fashion world. In this deeply personal and heartfelt conversation Gunn opens up about his struggles with learning to be comfortable in his own skin and using his talent, creativity and passion for the arts to inspire others.” Why it’s great: I’m running out of complimentary things to say about this podcast because it’s been just phenomenal this year. This week Michael Ian Black again provides just the right balance of humor and therapy for his tremendous guest, Tim Gunn. A constant theme in How to Be Amazing is the humility and human-ness that each of the guests exhibits. That is a huge reason why I love this show – Stars! They’re just like us! And we get to find out they’re just like us by hearing them interviewed by someone we wish was our therapist, or BFF. So good. (65 Minutes) Twitter: @HTBA_Show
Here Be Monsters, HBM061: The Natural State of Hitchhiking (8/17/16): What it’s about: “Jeff Emtman left home in the summer of 2011 to hitchhike the United States, to see if strangers would chop him up and put him in their trunks, if he gave them the option to. He was 22 years old with straight teeth, a trimmed beard and a strong fear of strangers. This episode picks up just after Jeff came a little too close to true violence, in the form of a fatal shooting at a restaurant in rural Mississippi. He turns around, decides to head back to the land of dry beds and predictability, Washington State, his home. It was a summer of thunderclaps and heavy rain. Jeff learned to judge the weight of clouds, learned to determine when they might fall from the sky from holding too much rain. It was also a summer of uncertain interactions with strangers, including a lead-footed grandmother, a chain gang, a child who could nearly levitate, and a car mechanic who whispered into Jeff’s ear a strange blessing.” Why it’s great: This is classic HBM – a fairly creepy story where Emtman brings us along for the ride. Once again, as in so many HBM episodes, the listener is transported into that moment when the narrator is totally freaked out and scared of something they don’t even know if they should be scared of. It’s fantastic. (30 Minutes) Twitter: @HBMpodcast
What do you think of these episodes? Any specific episodes I HAVE to listen to from this week? Leave me a comment or contact me directly at firstname.lastname@example.org!