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.
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30 for 30 Podcasts: A Queen of Sorts (7/18/17): What it’s about: “In 2012, poker star Phil Ivey pulled off an elaborate baccarat scheme that won him over $20 million and landed him in court. But Ivey had another card up his sleeve — a secretive mastermind named “Kelly” Cheung Yin Sun, who crafted the scheme to get revenge. A Queen of Sorts dives into the world of high stakes gambling, and what happens when a casino underestimates an Asian woman.” Why it’s great: Nick Quah wrote in a Vulture article that he felt at times the podcast is “stiff,” potentially due to the podcast trying to fit these traditionally very visual stories into audio. I don’t feel the stiffness – I love the picture painted by the words and sound design. In this episode, I felt like I was listening to a movie and didn’t need the visual display of the advantage players Ivey and Sun. It was fascinating and I loved the inclusion of commentary from other advantage players. (46 minutes)
Call Your Girlfriend, Episode 101: She’s Running (7/14/17) What it’s about: “In the second installment of our series on women running for office, we hear from first time candidates. Laura Moser is entering the race for Texas’s 7th Congressional district. Molly Sheehan is award-winning scientist with a PhD in biochemistry and biophysics running for Congress in Pennsylvania’s 7th district. And yet, so much change is local. We hear from Erica Mauter who started running for a City Council seat in Minneapolis when she realized the candidate she wanted to see was a person with her skills and energy.” Why it’s great: Essential listening for liberals who want to be inspired to actually make a difference in our political system. These women acknowledge they didn’t know what they were doing when they started, but used their networks and some great resources for women who want to run for office to craft a campaign. Whether they get elected or not, they’re at least doing something to try to change the status quo. (59 minutes)
Criminal, Episode 71: A Bump in the Night (7/21/17): What it’s about: “Amber Dawn was 20 when she moved into a one-bedroom apartment in Enumclaw, Washington. On her very first night, she began to notice strange sounds. And they didn’t stop.” Why it’s great: Holy shit. This is a super scary story and you can tell Phoebe Judge is freaked out at the end of it. It’s not fictional. ZOMG. (17 minutes)
Read my 4-star review of Criminal here! (September 2015)
Seriously … : A Split in the Sisterhood (7/18/17): What it’s about: “Anita Anand embarks on a highly personal exploration of an angry dispute which is fracturing the feminist movement. The daughter of Indian parents, Anita was disconcerted to find herself drawn into the controversy in which black feminists were accusing white middle-class women of “whitewashing” the feminist movement, insisting they have no right to comment on issues affecting poor black women. Anita asks if women are stronger as a united force, or divided into groups focused on specific issues.” Why it’s great: There’s a ton of discussion about feminism packed into this half hour. I like revisiting the concept of intersectional feminism now that I’ve had some space since the 2016 U.S. presidential election; host Anand and her guests talk about everything you are probably thinking about what feminism means for minorities. (31 minutes)
Twitter: @BBCRadio4 #R4Seriously
Inflection Point with Lauren Schiller: How to Negotiate Like a Woman-Leanne Meyer, Carnegie Mellon Tepper School of Business (7/12/17): What it’s about: ““The biggest trick is… how do we teach women at any stage to keep knowing what they want and asking for that,” says Leanne Meyer, Program Director of the Carnegie Mellon Leadership and Negotiation Academy for Women. Meyer’s work focuses on two main components that inhibit women’s progress in the workplace: the environments at work and school, and the habits of women themselves. Meyer educates women on the stereotypes and biases holding them back; teaches them to network; how to seek out and make use of the support of sponsors and mentors; and how to understand their environments and not sell themselves short in negotiation.” Why it’s great: I’ve featured Inflection Point so many times here and it continues to impress. I’m a big proponent of people being themselves in business and appreciate Meyer’s insistence that women don’t turn into men when negotiating but rather own their value and contributions. (43 minutes)
Read my 5-star review of Inflection Point with Lauren Schiller here! (last updated December 2016)
Regrets of the Dying: Katie (6/27/17) *First appearance on Delicious Ingredients*: What it’s about: “Katie Scarbrough died at the age of 32. Here, we bring to life the blog she wrote as the wife and mother of two battled terminal bowel cancer.” Why it’s great: I am working on a full review of this show, so I don’t want to give too much away, but this is a poignant narrative of a woman who is facing death and sharing her hopes for the future for those she’s leaving behind. Impossible not to cry by the end. (52 minutes)
Why Oh Why, Episode 41: Can You Fall in Love with Anyone? (7/23/17): What it’s about: “If you can fall in love with anyone, how do you choose well? Mandy Len Catron offers an answer. She’s the author of the book How to Fall in Love with Anyone. She also wrote the Modern Love essay “To Fall in Love with Anyone, Do This” for The New York Times, which was one of the top 5 stories the paper ran in 2015.” Why it’s great: I vaguely remember the 36 questions episode from Modern Love, but this serves as almost a sister podcast to that literary etude, providing the a-little-more-juicy story behind the story. As Why Oh Why always is, the piece is so honest – I loved how forthcoming Catron was in describing her love life trajectory. (40 minutes)
Daughter, Episode 2: The Forgotten Bride
Regrets of the Dying: Carenza
Reply All, Episode 101: Minka
We Have Concerns: Neither Here Nor There
Homecoming, Episode 8: CIPHER
The Sporkful: Rachel Maddow Fixed the Pina Colada
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