Each week I will publish the most Delicious Ingredients of my Audible Feast … the scrumptious, delectable, savory, rich, sweet, spicy, and best podcasts that have fed my ears this week. They’re listed in no particular order. You can see what I’ve been listening to here to see the competition these shows beat out to make the best of the week.
Hope Chest – A Podcast, Episode 4: A Woman to Will-Be Woman (3/28/17): What it’s about: “Suffice it to say, there’s “alone” and there’s alone. “Alone” is being unattached, noncommittal, and by yourself, romantically, but with partners — or the idea of partners — that you’re secretly (and perhaps it’s even a secret to you) holding in mental and emotional reserve. In my case? There were two. In-case-of-emergency-men. I’ll-call-you-when-I-need-you men. You-may-not-answer-the-call men. I-have-all-the-time-in-the-world men. Car-advice men. Comfortable-silence men. Uncomfortable-silence men. This-will-never-be-what-I-want-or-need-it-to-be-but-it’s-still-chill men.” Why it’s great: I could feel my heart lifting and sinking as I listened to Stacia Brown’s new podcast, Hope Chest. She is an amazing poet, essayist, voice. This essay is intended to be a letter to her daughter about self-doubt and self-worth, and what it means to be in a relationship. It was breathtaking. (14 minutes) Twitter: @slb79
Why Oh Why, Episode 27: Muscle Thrasher (4/7/17): What it’s about: “In June 2013, your host and friends independently piloted a podcast idea called “Like Like.” The concept involved setting up blind dates and recording them with wireless microphones. While we never completed a full episode of the show (it turns out blind dates are full of awkward small talk), we’ve always wondered what became of our eligible bachelors and bachelorettes. In this episode, hear about the dating life of Robynn Europe. What’s it like to date while looking so outwardly strong?” Why it’s great: I really like the brand of humor used by host Andrea Silenzi to get her guests to open up. The show is so strong and entertaining but with a certain bite to it – Silenzi is not afraid to ask the questions you wish you could ask about dating. When I first started listening to the show I thought maybe I’d be too old (and married) to relate, but I’ve really enjoyed it over the last several months. (41 minutes) Twitter: @andreasilenzi
BBC Documentary: Project Le Pen (4/11/17): What it’s about: “What accounts for Marine Le Pen’s popularity? As a populist wave sweeps across the Western world, France is emerging as a key battleground and she is scoring record ratings for a leader of an ‘outsider’ party and looks set to get through to the second round of the presidential elections. How much is it to do with an increasingly familiar politics which blames global elites and immigrants for economic and social woes? And how much is it a distinctively French form, mixing policies of the left and the right in a brew which harks back to previous generations of Gallic leaders? What turns a party previously seen as fascist into one seriously vying for the highest office in the land? Anand Menon examines how Marine Le Pen has detoxified her father’s party and asks what its success says about France’s future as one of two anchoring states of the EU.” Why it’s great: U.S.-based listeners with little knowledge of the French political landscape can gain an education in just a half hour by listening to this episode. (27 minutes) Twitter: @BBCWorldService
Q’ed Up: Soundrack of Silence (4/11/17): What it’s about: “Matt Hay is a sophomore in college when he finds out he is going to lose his hearing. He coasts through the early years of his diagnosis in denial, but as his hearing aids get bigger and bigger, Matt realizes he wants to capture the sounds that are slipping away: his girlfriend’s voice, the click of her heels; and especially, the songs of their invincible youth. Matt starts listening to music with a new appreciation– truly studying it, as he curates the soundtrack for the rest of his life. Behind each song, there is a coming-of-age story about freedom, tragedy, and falling in love. When Matt’s hearing eventually fades to nothing, the silent soundtrack in his head takes on a role he never imagines.” Why it’s great: Since I’m all about sound design and get giddy over hearing extremely well placed music in podcasts, I was in love with this episode. I haven’t heard the song “7” by Prince in so many years and I love Beck – both featured in the episode. What a beautiful story. (47 minutes) Twitter: @KQEDNews
This is About, Episode 011: Nazi Heist (4/13/17): What it’s about: “When an ex-Israeli detective hears about a bag of looted diamonds, hidden during World War II on the French/German border, he decides to go and find them. In his hunt for buried treasure, Yaron Svoray discovers something far more disturbing. It will take all his detective skills, and his best Australian accent, to infiltrate a world that should have been buried with the war.” Why it’s great: What an unbelievable, gripping story. Listen all the way through to find out if Svoray found the diamonds or not … (30 minutes) Twitter: @RadioNational
How to Be Amazing with Michael Ian Black, Episode 55: Josh Groban (4/13/17): What it’s about: “At the age of 17 a shy young man walked onto a stage to sing with Celine Dion and a star was born. In the almost 20 years since that moment, Josh Groban has gone on to sell over 25 million records and tour giant arenas all over the world. But while that’s amazing enough, in this interview Michael learns how Groban has taken control of his career and is trying new things (including a run on Broadway), and how despite all his massive success at such a young age, he is a remarkably warm, funny and unpretentious person.” Why it’s great: I didn’t know much about Josh Groban other than that his voice is classically gorgeous. Michael Ian Black once again does a tremendous job of interviewing a performer who has reached incredible heights, yet remains humble and kind. This interview reminded me a lot of the HTBA Audra McDonald interview from 2016, which I also loved. Black is a silly, yet therapist-ish interviewer, and I love it. Groban is also a class act. (62 minutes) Twitter: @HTBA_Show
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