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Delicious Ingredients: Best Podcasts for July 29-August 4, 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.  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. I listened to 87 episodes this week if I counted correctly! (Although there were a few which I won’t mention that I just couldn’t stomach.)

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 Document: Eating Diane (8/2/17) *First appearance on Delicious Ingredients*: What it’s about: “When exotic food writer Eddie Lin asked his pregnant wife if she’d consider letting him eat her placenta, she said, “no way”. But she asked him when their second child came along…and Eddie had to figure out how to cook it.” Why it’s great: I almost shut it off several times, so the fact that I kept listening to the episode all the way through means it went just far enough in the gross factor and then reeled it back in for the squeamish. I don’t think I will ever forget this story about cooking a placenta. (18 minutes)
Twitter: @DocumentKCRW

Code Switch: The U.S. Census and Our Sense of Us (8/1/17) What it’s about: “The Census is so much more than cold, hard data. It’s about what we call ourselves, the ways we see ourselves and how we’re represented. On this episode we ask the former head of the Census bureau why he quit. We talk about how the Census helped create ‘Hispanic’ identity. And we talk through some of the proposed race and ethnicity categories that may show up on the 2020 questionnaire.” Why it’s great: The best part of this episode was Shereen Marisol Meraji getting so amped about the history of the Census. I also had no idea about the possible race options that are being considered for the next Census – it was fascinating linking the past to the future. (26 minutes)
Twitter: @NPRCodeSwitch
Read my 4-star review of Code Switch here! (October 2016)

The Lapse, Episode 52: New Kid: Danielle Coralles (8/1/17): What it’s about: “When one death gives life to another.” Why it’s great: This week in the Holy Shit spot (Criminal was here last week!) is a gripping story about a young woman who loses her mother to suicide and then becomes a mother herself, and how that allows her to feel a connection to her mom. It’s an unbelievably candid personal narrative. (26 minutes)
Twitter:  @TheLapsePodcast

A Pint with Seaniebee, Episode 57: Jean Curran Has a Pint with Seaniebee (7/31/17): What it’s about: “Today we are joined by one of Europe’s foremost photography-based artists. Born into an Irish farming family, Jean began her career as a photojournalist, with her work quickly gaining traction in both the national and international press. In her twenties, she sojourned to Africa, producing stunning assignments in both Ghana and Kenya. Two years ago, she bravely embedded herself with the coalition armies in Afghanistan in search of a long-lost, hand-painted, photography technique unique to the country.” Why it’s great: I loved host Sean Boyle’s incredulity at Jean Curran’s desire to go to war zones to pursue her passion. Curran inspires me to continue pursuing passion projects and face fear head on. (48 minutes)
Twitter: @seaniebee
Read my 4-star review of A Pint with Seaniebee here! (June 2016)

On Drugs: Sex, On Drugs (7/25/17) *First appearance on Delicious Ingredients*: What it’s about: “Spanish fly, chemsex and ‘female Viagra:’ why drugs and sex don’t always mix.” Why it’s great: I was feeling the history angle on shows this week. I didn’t know what either chemsex or Spanish fly were, but I got a good education in this episode. The episode length from this new CBC show is perfect at around 25-35 minutes. (30 minutes)
Twitter: @CBCRadio #CBCOnDrugs

One New Message: Mother’s Day (5/14/17) *First appearance on Delicious Ingredients*: What it’s about: “It’s Mother’s Day. We had some listeners call in and tell us what they would tell their Mothers and share their intimate stories with us. Everything from the smiles to the tears to a death on Mother’s Day, no one holds back.” Why it’s great: Thanks to the August 2017 edition of #2PodsADay (which Our Americana and The Karen and Ellen Letters host and creator Josh Hallmark has organized), I’ve found a gem already. This show tells a short backstory and then features someone leaving a voice mail for someone else. I’ve listened to a few episodes already (they’re short, so they’re easy to binge) and this one was really unique with multiple messages to callers’ moms. (10 minutes)
Twitter: @onenewmessage_

Love + Radio: Suitcase of Shame (7/25/17): What it’s about: “A man and woman in the 1960s trade reel-to-reel audio “letters” over the course of years.” Why it’s great: Listener discretion advised – some of the letters between two people having an affair are erotic. Depending on how you feel about voyeurism, you’ll either be titillated or creeped out by listening to them share their lust over audio tapes. (49 minutes)
Twitter: @loveandradio

Reply All, Episode 102: Long Distance (7/27/17): What it’s about: “This week, a telephone scammer makes a terrible mistake. He calls Alex Goldman.” Why it’s great: Alex was smart enough not to bite when he was targeted in a scam to get him to pay for his computer’s security to be restored. I was astonished at how forthcoming the scammers were that they were in fact scammers. In this episode, every time you think Alex Goldman might back off and accept that it’s just a scam, he goes deeper and deeper into the scam. It ends on a cliffhange and part II just dropped… (50 minutes)
Twitter: @replyall
Read Adela Mizrachi’s 5-star guest review of Reply All here! (July 2017)

Latino USA, Episode 1730: The Stolen Child (7/21/17) *First appearance on Delicious Ingredients*: What it’s about: “Looking at the news these days, you might notice some common trends all over the world: a rise in populism and authoritarianism. In Argentina, we look at the history of trauma left behind by a military dictatorship in the 1970’s, and trace one family’s search for a missing son. And in Venezuela, violence and economic struggles worsen as protests against the government intensify. Plus, writer Amanda Taub talks about how authoritarianism can show up in any country—in the U.S., it might even be democratically elected.” Why it’s great: The story of a stolen baby is extremely dramatic and has so many twists and turns. Latino USA producers on this piece painted a very vivid picture with just audio that made me feel like I was watching a documentary. (51 minutes)
Twitter: @LatinoUSA

Fruit, Episode 1: 1st 10 (7/17/17) *First appearance on Delicious Ingredients*: What it’s about: “X joins his friend Siya, a junior sports agent, on a rare night out. While out, he has an encounter, that will affect his life and the game.” Why it’s great: I’m only on episode one but will binge the rest of this tomorrow, I’m hooked. The show has already been available behind a paywall for a long time but was just released for free (the first season at least). It’s full of intensity while exploring homosexuality in an expected masculine culture. (10 minutes)
Twitter: @IssaRae

The Loving Project, Episode 17: Steve and Christine (7/31/17): What it’s about: “Christine is black, and grew up in Glassboro, NJ; while Steve is white and was raised in Philadelphia, PA. They met in Philadelphia in the 1960’s against the backdrop of the civil rights and Black Power movements. They made their home in the city’s Powelton Village neighborhood, which had a strong counterculture community. Later the couple moved to New York City, where they felt more acceptance as an interracial couple. They eventually returned to Philadelphia, where they raised their son while running an alternative bookshop on Philadelphia’s bohemian South Street. In this episode of the Loving Project podcast Steve and Christine share what it was like to be in an interracial relationship at such a pivotal and tumultuous time in the history of American race relations and reflect on the how far society has (or hasn’t) progressed since then.” Why it’s great: This couple’s openness about their sexual desires and drug use was refreshing; they didn’t apologize for anything. I loved when Steve said something like “I just love black women.” They sound like such a fun couple. (27 minutes)
Twitter: @Loving_Project

Honorable Mentions:
Here’s the Thing: Audra McDonald is the “Luckiest Survivor in the World”
Fresh Air: Jessica Williams
The Axe Files, Episode 160: Sen. Cory Booker
The Secret to Victory: Peyton and Eli Manning: Rough Rookie Seasons
The Turnaround with Jesse Thorn: Anna Sale
Off Camera with Sam Jones, Episode 112: Lauren Lapkus
Song Exploder: Phoenix – Ti Amo

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

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