Delicious Ingredients: Best Podcasts for January 28-February 3, 2017

Delicious Ingredients: Best Podcasts for January 28-February 3, 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.)

Sooo Many White Guys, Episode 13: Phoebe Puts Charlamagne Tha God in the Hot Seat (1/30/17): What it’s about: “The shock-jock Power 105.1 host says he bows to black women, rubs his wife’s butt nightly and owes a lot to The Secret (shout out to Rhonda Byrne). Plus, Phoebe falls in love!” Why it’s great: Phoebe Robinson is awesome in her rebuttal to shock-jock Charlamagne about his controversial tweet that there need to be more women of color to combat the Tomi Lahrens of media; it’s such a great conversation about whether people want to listen to black women or not. It’s an important conversation I’d like to hear a lot more about. This episode is only 40 minutes long, and the interview with Charlamagne is probably only about 25 minutes, but Robinson packed tons into this interview. Last week’s episode with Lena Dunham was almost like a nice, friendly warm up for this discussion. (40 minutes) Twitter: @dopequeenpheebs

Death, Sex & Money: The NFL Made Me Rich. Now I Watch It … Sometimes. (2/1/17): What it’s about: “Shortly before an injury permanently sidelined his career, Domonique [Foxworth] signed a contract with the Baltimore Ravens worth $28 million. It was the culmination of years of devotion to the sport—much of which was unpaid. As a college football player at the University of Maryland, Domonique remembers feeling pressure to prioritize the school’s athletics over his own academics. “That will benefit the coach, the university, the president, the alumni, the students,” he told me. “None of us had any control or leverage in order to protect ourselves.” Years later, when his own payday finally came—in a big way—Domonique says it didn’t feel quite as good as he had hoped. “We get paid well because the talents that we have are so rare,” he says. “But you’re still the labor.” It was around that time that Domonique tore his ACL, and decided that he was ready to leave football behind.” Why it’s great: I didn’t hear Sale’s original interview with Foxworth from a couple years ago, but some of it was replayed for this episode. My 5 year old son played basketball on a local team here in Houston and his coach was a former NFL player. I find the post-professional sport life to be fascinating (would be a great idea for an entire podcast if anyone’s game – you can have the idea), because until my son had that coach, I just kind of thought of retired professional sports players as rich men and women who kicked it around the house or went to other sports events all the time. Or, were profiled on 30 For 30 or Real Sports as having fallen on rough times. Rarely do we get to hear from the athletes who have a good head on their shoulders (which I assume is a vast majority of them) who venture out into a second career post-sports. The playful friendship between Sale and Foxworth was evident. I absolutely loved this interview. (40 minutes) Twitter: @deathsexmoney

Switched on Pop, Episode 53: The Puzzle of Ariana Grande’s “Into You” (w/ K. Flay) (1/26/17): What it’s about: ““Into You” was one of the biggest hits of 2016, the stellar production of reclusive legend Max Martin combining with the acrobatic vocals of Ariana Grande to create an undeniable, ubiquitous earworm. With “Into You” still burning up the charts, we dive deep to uncover the insane puzzles, Trompe-l’oiel tricks and Baroque games that lie under the surface of this morsel of pop perfection. PLUS, brilliant rocker and rapper K. Flay joins to discuss the mysteries of Ariana Grande and takes us through the composition of her own, bass-heavy anthem of catharsis, “Blood in the Cut.”” Why it’s great: I am one of those people who had that stereotype of Ariana Grande – that she was a Disney star and maybe she’s not really an artist. No longer. I love Nate Sloan’s unabashed love of Grande, and in particular this song, which they break down in classic Switched on Pop style – down to the bass line. They build the song back up, and then talk about Grande as an artist, making the case that she deserves more than what some believe her reputation to be. You’ve got to listen to find out about the gloves Grande wears in concerts – OMG. Then, as if that weren’t enough for an episode, they take their guest from the first half of the show, K. Flay, through one of her songs, almost Song Exploder-style. Fantastic – one of the best Switched on Pop episodes I’ve ever heard. (50 minutes) Twitter: @switchedonpop

The Sporkful: Andy Richter Bought a Midlife Crisis Fridge (1/31/17): What it’s about: “How many of life’s problems can be solved by a really nice refrigerator? Andy Richter’s trying to find out. This week on The Sporkful, the comic, actor and writer — best known as Conan O’Brien’s late night TV sidekick — admits that his accountant did a doubletake when he saw the price of Andy’s new fridge. “I am never going to buy a Porsche,” he tells Dan. “If I have a midlife crisis, it is this refrigerator.”” Why it’s great:  Andy Richter makes any interview fantastic. Usually Pashman is the one bringing the humor, but this time he’s the straight man, and it was really nice to hear that. The pair touchingly discuss Andy’s relationship to food, including how he feels about his weight. It’s candid, authentic, and terrific. (21 minutes) Twitter: @thesporkful

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