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.)
Anacostia Unmapped: Brave Heart: Friends Remember Marion Christopher Barry (8/22/16): What it’s about: “The death of Christopher Barry came unexpectedly. He was the only child of former D.C. Mayor Marion Barry and Effi Barry and had eulogized both of his parents. A group of friends gathered at We Act Radio in Anacostia to share memories; many that did not make it into many media stories of his death.” Why it’s great: I don’t live in DC, don’t feel connected to anything local there, but I do really enjoy Anacostia Unampped because it is an honest local podcast. (7 minutes) Twitter: @AnacostiaUnmap
The Life Game: Canadian Scientist Maria Issa Fought for Recognition in a Male-Dominated Field (8/23/16): What it’s about: “Canadian scientist Maria Issa is a trailblazer for women in science. As a PhD student Maria’s groundbreaking research uncovered a key element in understanding how HIV affects the human body. Maria was the director of the pathology education centre at UBC where she continues to teach today. She has also been tireless advocate and mentor for women in science and sat on the board of the Society of Canadian Women in Science and Technology. But her story begins in 1949 in Hungary where she was born.” Why it’s great: It’s taken me a little while to get into The Life Game, but I’m glad I’ve stuck with it. The show pairs a guest with a set of actors who try to tell the guest’s life story through improv acting. There are a couple different “sets” during the performance – usually they build the story up with some back and forth between guest, host, and actors, and then they act out a particular life scene and the guest gets a bell and buzzer to encourage or stop the acting, and then the guest gets to play a role themselves. There have been some really tender moments and this one in particular was great for me because I too fight for recognition in a male-dominated field. And there was something so very touching about the childhood Issa endured in cold-war Hungary. (27 minutes) Twitter: @cbcradio @joshuabloch
Sooo Many White Guys, Episode 7: Phoebe and Hasan Minhaj Talk Turkey (8/16/16): What it’s about: “He’s a successful stand-up comedian, he’s the senior correspondent on The Daily Show, and he’s married at thirty. Phoebe can check one of those boxes — and one out of three ain’t bad?” Why it’s great: As Minhaj notes in the episode, you can be a funny person and not always have to be funny. I love the direction of this show – the candidness about race and opportunity mixed with appropriate levels of silliness (but not appropriate silliness, because what fun would that be?) It’s so culturally aware and I haven’t missed an episode. This one and Episode 6 with Gina Rodriguez in particular really spoke to me. Minhaj spent quite a bit of time talking about how much he loves his wife and how they overcame some cultural expectations to be together; it was so heartfelt. I’m really impressed by the guests Robinson has interviewed. (41 minutes) Twitter: @dopequeenpheebs @wnyc
Modern Love: My First Son, a Pure Memory (8/24/16): What it’s about: “Every pregnancy comes with its own challenges and mysteries; those nine months are a big lesson in waiting and hoping. This week’s essay — written by David Hlavsa — explores the emotional terrain of pregnancy and what that can feel like when things go right and…. when they go wrong.” Why it’s great: Oh my gosh. Just get the tissues. Sterling K. Brown talking about holding a lost baby in his hand, at 5 inches long, the perfection of the baby’s skin … ugh. Slay me. (24 minutes) Twitter: @wbur @meghnawbur
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!