Delicious Ingredients: Best Podcasts for August 5-11, 2017

Delicious Ingredients: Best Podcasts for August 5-11, 2017

FYI: I’ll be off next week on vacation but will return with Delicious Ingredients on 8/25!

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 earn their spot as the best of the week.

My playlist is accessible on RadioPublic at the link below, which will take you directly to the playlist if you have the app where you can hit “follow” to get the Delicious Ingredients weekly. If you don’t have the app, get it from the Apple Store or Google Play.

The Story Collider: Magnetism: Stories About Attraction (7/28/17): What it’s about: “This week, we present two stories about attraction, from the neuroscience of prairie voles to a physics love story. Part 1: Neuroscientist Wendy Suzuki is surprised when an acting exercise challenges her beliefs about love and attraction. Part 2: Two physicists, Neer Asherie and Deborah Berebichez, find love after thirteen years.” Why it’s great: I loved both of these stories about science people being drawn to each other, something that can be difficult for we STEM professionals to articulate in social conversation. We are so awkward sometimes! But these people felt that connection and pursued it in unconventional ways. (32 minutes)
Twitter: @story_collider

Radio Atlantic: One Nation Under God? (7/28/17) *First appearance on Delicious Ingredients*: What it’s about: “How tolerant and pluralistic is America when it comes to religious expression?” Why it’s great: An intelligent discussion about what religion means to our country and how different communities value it. Listening through this episode I kept thinking, this is such a smart episode and a conversation that should be had in religious communities. We need more of this to understand each other and minimize fear of theology and spiritual practices that aren’t like our own. (44 minutes)
Twitter: @TheAtlantic

The Conversation: Cities After Dark (7/30/17): What it’s about: “Cities that come alive at night, with two women who know where to go and what to do. Kim Chakanetsa speaks to a DJ from Lebanon and a singer-songwriter from China who take her on a virtual tour of theirfavourite nightlife scenes. Nicole Moudaber is a Nigerian-born Lebanese DJ and music producer. Nicole began exploring Beirut’s nightlife as a promoter, hosting successful club nights for years before turning her hands to the decks. She has since been described as one of the best techno DJs on the scene, sharing her distinct beats with the nightlife scenes in New York, Ibiza and beyond. ChaCha Yehaiyahan is regarded as the queen of the underground music scene in Shanghai, a city that is a far cry from the rural mountainous village she grew up in in southwest China. She left home at 16 with her sights firmly set on the bright lights of Beijing, and wound up in Shanghai, which she says has a nightlife scene unparalleled in China.” Why it’s great: These two women are from such different backgrounds but they have a great conversation about the music industry and it feels like you’re right in the conversation with them. There’s a bit of mentor/mentee going on which I loved. (27 minutes)
Twitter: @bbcworldservice

Soul Music: You Are My Sunshine (6/7/17) *First appearance on Delicious Ingredients*: What it’s about: “You Are My Sunshine was written in or around 1939 and was adopted by the then Governor of Louisiana, Jimmy Davies who recorded and used it as his campaign theme song. It has since been recorded by more than four hundred artists from Bob Dylan and Johnny Cash to Aretha Franklin and Bryan Ferry. A mother and daughter tell their story of how the song helped the daughter’s recovery after a catastrophic car crash, and how it has come to symbolise her struggle to rebuild her life after being in a coma for several months. A resident of “Tornado Alley” and author of The Mercy of The Sky tells the story of a devastating tornado that hit a town in Oklahoma in 2013 killing several schoolchildren, but how all the toddlers in a nearby daycare centre survived. The staff comforted them by singing You Are My Sunshine as the storm destroyed the building. And pensioner Alice Kennedy fondly recalls a friend from the Irish Pensioners Choir in London who used to sing the song and add his own cheeky lyrics.” Why it’s great: Soul Music is not a new show but a new discovery for me; I can’t believe what I was missing. The show combined the history and evolution of this classic song with personal journal-type narratives of what the song means to people around the world. (30 minutes)
Twitter: @themaggieayre

36 Times, Episode 14: F is for Feminism (6/18/17) *First appearance on Delicious Ingredients*: What it’s about: “This week, Lilly tells the story of Angelina Napolitano, an Italian immigrant to Canada who committed murder and caused a sensation with her trial.  Krista then brings her kooky a-game and shares a few Tim Horton’s tales!” Why it’s great: Another great find from the #2PodsADay campaign (check it out!) had me laughing but also fascinated by the story of a woman who, in the early 1900s, was accused of murdering her husband after he asked her to prostitute herself while she was 5 months pregnant. (60 minutes)
Twitter: @36TimesPodcast

Sex with Strangers, Episode 32: Lesbian Sex (7/31/17) *First appearance on Delicious Ingredients*: What it’s about: “Lesbians, bisexuals, pansexuals, and queer-identified women sound off on everything from scissoring to strap-ons. Porn star Chanel Preston returns to discuss shooting girl-girl porn. Other returning guests include Ames Bex, who shares how sex is different now as a trans man than it was back when he identified as a lesbian. Comedian Quinn Quintana returns to talk about fisting ladies and the many changes that have occurred at’s San Francisco Armory since we recorded episode 25. Fan-favorite Shayla also returns to make her 4th appearance. This episode also features comedians Gwen La Roka and Ever Mainard.” Why it’s great: I hadn’t listened to SWS in a while, episodes sometimes skew too long for my attention span, but I was so pleasantly surprised by how quickly the time flew while I was listening to all things lesbian sex. It wasn’t trashy, but it was fun. (71 minutes)

The Secret to Victory: J.J. Watt: Am I Any Good? (8/9/17): What it’s about: “Early in his career, Houston Texans defensive end J.J. Watt wasn’t the athlete he’s known as today. In fact, he was the opposite. On this episode of The Secret to Victory, J.J. Watt talks about how he went from a high school football player ignored by big-time college scouts– to the quarterback-sacking, pass-deflecting monster he is in the NFL today.” Why it’s great: I live in Houston so of course I love any J.J. Watt story (and he pops up here and there on podcasts!), he’s such a tremendous part of our community. I loved the realness of his self-doubt and how he uses that to propel himself to be great. This series has been terrific so far, especially with Anna Sale’s old friend and former NFLer Domonique Foxworth as host. (19 minutes)
Twitter: @gimletmedia

Honorable Mentions:
Homecoming, Episode 10: Recovery
Tides of History, Episode 2: The Rise of the State
I’d Rather Not …, Episode 005: Things Straight People Say
The Longest Shortest Time, Episode 131: Parent Spies
Between Us Girls, Episode 46: Act Like You Have Some Class … Sh*t
Is This Adulting?, Episode 21: Here Comes the Bride (with Special Guest Mike Brown)
Don’t Act Your Age: R-E-S-P-E-C-T
Nocturne, Episode 31: Shortboard
Another Round, Episode 98: The Anne Hathaway of Politics (with Cory Booker)

All episode descriptions and artwork come from the linked sites. What else was fantastic this week? Send me a note! or @audible_feast on Twitter.

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