Delicious Ingredients: Best Podcasts for January 21-27, 2017

Delicious Ingredients: Best Podcasts for January 21-27, 2017

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.  All episode descriptions and artwork come from the linked sites. (Note: I also try to track every episode I listen to here.)

Terrible, Thanks for Asking, Episode 9: Under a Cloud of Loss (1/23/17): What it’s about: “Damon’s grandparents were murdered 18 months before he was born. And, for the first time in his life, he prepares to see his grandparents’ murderer face to face.” Why it’s great: Another appearance on the Delicious Ingredients for TTFA. This week it’s here on the “best podcasts of the week” list because it reminded me a bit of Criminal in the storytelling of the aftermath of a crime, the people it affected, but it went deeper, as TTFA does, into how those people are affected on a daily basis. There’s a twist in the middle of the episode, which is unnecessary for a show like this, but certainly added to the engagement factor. (47 minutes) Twitter: @ttfapodcast

Someone Knows Something, S2E9: The Appearance of Force (1/23/17): What it’s about: “We hear from Gerald Davidson, who lived at 851 Queeston Rd. just a few floors below the apartment Sheryl, Michael and Odette shared in 1997. Davidson is the neighbour who may have witnessed Michael Lavoie in the parking garage carrying two large garbage bags. What was in those garbage bags? And what else does Gerald know about the relationship between Michael and Sheryl, and the potential for violence between them?” Why it’s great: In this fantastically a-little-longer-than-usual episode, in addition to the clip I shared here, David Ridgen shows the proposal video between Michael and Sheryl to a forensic psychologist without explaining what happened. The body language analysis he does is chilling. This has been a great season of a really terrific show. Check it out starting at episode 1.(50 minutes) Twitter: @skscbc

Crimetown, Episode 7: Power Street (1/22/17): What it’s about: “March 20th, 1983. As an FBI investigation swirls around him, an increasingly unpredictable and paranoid Buddy Cianci summons a few friends to his home on the East Side of Providence. What happens there that night shocks the city.” Why it’s great: Crimetown had been on a short break over the holidays, and man, did it come back strong. The story of what happened in the home of the MAYOR OF A LARGE CITY in 1983 is basically insane. The corruption knew no bounds – it’s jaw dropping. Gimlet as usual does an excellent job with production, and hosts Zac Stuart-Pontier and Marc Smerling hit a home run here. (34 minutes) Twitter: @crimetown

BBC Witness: Dungeons and Dragons (1/20/17): What it’s about: “In January 1974 the fantasy role-playing game Dungeons and Dragons was launched from a Wisconsin basement. Within years it was being played by millions around the world. Witness speaks to Michael Mornard, one of the first people to play the game.” Why it’s great:  I have remarked many times how the BBC rarely disappoints me. Sometimes it’s nice to take a walk through history and hear from someone who had some fun. I didn’t have any previous knowledge of D&D besides cultural stereotypes about it, but I loved Mornard’s description of what it was like to be one of the first to play the game, and how he felt nerdy, but accepted. Really heartwarming. (9 minutes) Twitter: @bbcwitness

Criminal, Episode 59: In Plain Sight (1/20/17): What it’s about: “In 1849, abolitionist and attorney Wendell Phillips wrote: “We should look in vain through the most trying times of our revolutionary history for an incident of courage and noble daring to equal that of the escape of William and Ellen Craft; and future historians and poets would tell this story as one of the most thrilling in the nation’s annals, and millions would read it, with admiration of the hero and heroine of the story.” Unfortunately, almost 170 years later, William and Ellen Craft aren’t well known anymore. Today, we have the story of this couple’s incredible escape.” Why it’s great: This is a fascinating tale of love. Ellen Craft literally passed as a man for a very long time in order to bring her black husband to freedom in the 1840s. The superb storytelling includes imagery of Ellen getting hit on by women on a train and her reveal moment when she and William made it to safety and she changed into her women’s clothes at long last. (29 minutes) Twitter: @criminalshow

Why Oh Why, Episode 17: Alone Forever (1/20/17): What it’s about: “What’s going on with you romantically? Nothing? Our guest Aimée Lutkin says that’s okay. You can read her Jezebel piece here, follow her on Twitter @alutkin, and read more about her #onTinderatTinder project here.” Why it’s great: I love how host Andrea Silenzi brings guests on her show who are representative of someone you know. Overarchingly, the show is about relationships – I feel like I know someone just like almost everyone Silenzi’s had on the show. I loved this episode featuring a woman who is truly okay with being alone-and how her friends have reacted to it.  (24 minutes) Twitter: @andreasilenzi

The Outside Podcast: Science of Survival Ep. 10: Line of Blood in the Sand (1/20/17): What it’s about: “Denmark’s rugged Faroe Islands are known for sheep, rowboats, and a brutal tradition called “The Grind” in which Faroese men butcher hundreds of pilot whales by hand, on the beach, in full view of locals and tourists. Reporter Joel Carnegie traveled to the islands last summer to try to understand the cultural forces that sustain the bloody practice. What’s the point if the whales are no longer needed for income or food (and the meat may contain toxic levels of mercury)? And what happens when an anti-whaling environmental group shows up telling them to stop—or else?” Why it’s great: I haven’t listened to this show in a little while, but this episode really drew me in. The question posed at the beginning was whether Faroese should continue their tradition of killing pilot whales. Then there was a special appearance by the Sea Shepherd, of reality TV fame – and there are some interesting consequences of their presence in the Faroe Islands. (23 minutes) Twitter: @outsidemagazine

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