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.
Note to Self: Cucked: Defining Manhood the Alt-Right Way (4/5/17): What it’s about: “This week, the very ancient roots of a very modern word. Racist, sexist roots. And how this revolting word bubbled up from the dark corners of 4chan and Reddit to, well, this podcast. Cultures and subcultures have always had their own slang. Their own secret languages, the in-crowd lingo. But the wonderful and terrible thing about the Internet is that secrets are hard to keep. Words and ideas can spread. Can become normal. (Think “on fleek” and “stay woke.”) But what happens when the ideas are white supremacy and misogyny?” Why it’s great: The work “cuck” is really awful, isn’t it? Luckily, when people like me who are not in the alt-right demographic whatsoever start using that term or even just talking about it, it lessens the power of the slang. Listening to this episode will make you feel a little smarter when you hear people being referred to as cuckservatives. (25 minutes) Twitter: @notetoself
Longform, Episode 238: Hrishikesh Hirway (3/29/17): What it’s about: “Hrishikesh Hirway is the host of Song Exploder. “I love the idea that somebody would listen to an episode [of Song Exploder] and then the feeling that they would have afterwards is, ‘Now I want to make something.’ That’s the best possible reaction. Whether it’s music or not, just that idea: ‘I want to make something.’ Because that is the thing that I love most, getting that feeling.”” Why it’s great: I like Song Exploder a lot and have listened to quite a few episodes. This was a revealing interview because I learned how much creative license Hirway takes with crafting the sound bites from each artist’s explanation of their song. I was honestly stunned that he will mix individual thoughts together, maybe two things said 45 minutes apart, to create the story arc he thinks the artist intends to portray. It certainly works, because it’s a good show, but it changes how I look at the show. Therefore-terrific interview. (45 minutes) Twitter: @longformpodcast
The Allusionist, Episode 53: The Away Team (3/31/17): What it’s about: “”Recognizing someone’s humanity is crucial. Calling someone a migrant, calling someone an asylum seeker, calling them a refugee: these are official categories. But in many ways, depending on how they use them, they can change and become more negative.” So says propaganda and migration specialist Emma Briant, explaining the dangers of conflating and misusing the terms that apply to humans on the move. And British-Asian-but-kinda-not author Nikesh Shukla wonders where he’s from – where he is really from.” Why it’s great: Helen Zaltzman mentioned that she initially worked on this episode quite a long time ago, but unfortunately, the way the media and politicians (and all of us) talk about immigrants and refugees is fraught with bias. The discussion of how we dehumanize immigrants was really fascinating – immigrants and refugees are often described as arriving in “swarms” (as in bees or bugs) or “waves” (could be insects again but otherwise – dangerous, powerful water) – all of these “invading” terms. Yuck. We should not do this. (18 minutes) Twitter: @allusionistshow
The Karen and Ellen Letters, Episode Eight: Christmas Tree Farm (4/3/17): What it’s about: “The train goes off the tracks.” Why it’s great: As you know, I love this show and it has truly contributed to improving my mood over the last month. As a recap, the show is about two trust fund babies sharing their first apartment in the late 80s in California who write letters back and forth to their landlord trying to get money refunded to them from their rent. Many of the letters in this particular episode were from Ellen, and wow, Ellen should not be an elementary school teacher. My favorite line in an Ellen letter from this week – “Catholics also have nuns. Nuns are women who have taken bowels of chastity, which doesn’t make sense to me. Like I said, Catholics have some weird ideas.” We also learn about Mary Christ, you know-obvi, Jesus Christ’s mom would be named Mary Christ! (26 minutes) Twitter: @karenandellen
See Something Say Something, Episode 19: Do Better (4/6/17): What it’s about: “Do you ever wish you could reimagine badly-written Muslim characters on TV and in movies? This week, Ahmed and BuzzFeed’s Abid Anwar come up with some corrective fan fiction for an episode of a beloved 90s sitcom with a problematic character. Then, BuzzFeed UK writer and DJ Khaled expert Gena-mour Barrett joins Ahmed to discuss their favorite Asahd memes.” Why it’s great: This show addresses racism in a very funny way. The first segment details the (funny but kind of pathetic) issues with a Seinfeld episode about the Dream Cafe, which Jerry convinces the owner to change into a Pakistani restaurant (because said owner is allegedly Pakistani). That would have been enough to make an episode, but instead we get a bonus – a hilarious discussion of DJ Khaled’s keys to success and his pictures of his newborn son on Instagram. You must go look at the Buzzfeed article written by Gena-mour Barrett. (42 minutes) Twitter: @seesomething
Bronzeville, Episode 9 (4/4/17): What it’s about: “Furious with her family, Lisa leaves Bronzeville and goes to St. Louis, where she meets up with Frank Barnes. Back on the South Side, the Copeland organization is unraveling.” Why it’s great: I have posted about Bronzeville a couple of times and it is coming up on my queue of shows to do a full review on – it’s soooo good. It is an audio drama set in the 1940s in Chicago. I have been waiting for Lance Reddick’s appearance on the show and it finally happened in this episode! And there was a great twist in the story this week too – if you haven’t listened, go back to the beginning and check it out. It’s akin to listening to a play. (34 minutes) Twitter: @bronzevilleshow
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