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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50 Things That Made the Modern Economy: Management Consulting (9/23/17): What it’s about: “Vote for the 51st Thing! Exclusive podcast content – find out our shortlist after hearing the story of how management consulting became big business. If managers often have a bad reputation, what should wemake of the people who tell managers how to manage? That question has often been raised over the years, with a sceptical tone. The management consultancy industry battles a stereotype of charging exhorbitant fees for advice that, on close inspection, turns out to be either meaningless or common sense. Managers who bring in consultants are often accused of being blinded by jargon, implicitly admitting their own incompetence, or seeking someone else to blame for unpopular decisions. Still, it’s lucrative. Globally, consulting firms charge their clients a total of about $125bn.” Why it’s great: This type of show is totally up my alley, I don’t know why I hadn’t listened to it before this week. I had no idea what the history of McKinsey was, but they’re currently working with my company so I sure as hell know what they’re all about today. This is a great series. (9 minutes)
Science Vs: Detoxing & Cleanses – Do They Work? (9/7/17): What it’s about: “Juice cleanses, fancy foods, sweat, charcoal, and colonics– is there a scientifically proven way to ‘clean out’ your system? This week, we dig in deep to the science of detox and turn ourselves into guinea pigs for a juicing experiment. We talk to a passionate proctologist named Prof. Graham Newstead, as well as nutrition researcher Prof. Stella Volpe and toxicologist Dr. Susanne Ramm.” Why it’s great: Science Vs is one of my favorite shows and there’s rarely an episode where you won’t see me shaking my head at how people don’t believe in science – this is one of my favorite faux science topics. WTF is a cleanse supposed to do? How in the world does that even make sense? Your body is supposed to have stuff in it, you have plenty of filtering and processing organs to take care of getting your Chipotle burrito from point A to point B. As in Butt. I love Wendy Zukerman’s approach and humor, coupled with SCIENCE! (42 minutes)
Read my 5-star review of Science Vs here! (October 2016)
The Competition, Episode 11: And the Winner Is … (6/14/17) *First appearance on Delicious Ingredients*: What it’s about: This entire season of The Competition (its first) is about the 2017 Van Cliburn piano competition. This penultimate episode would spoil everything for you if you listened to it first, but features the final round of the piano contest and the pianists competing. Why it’s great: I just reviewed The Competition this week – go check it out! The show is tense and beautiful, I just loved it. (59 minutes)
Read my 5-star review of The Competition here! (September 2017)
Sincerely, X, Episode 9: Rural Woman (9/14/17) *First appearance on Delicious Ingredients!*: What it’s about: “A small town she loves. A big realization. What happens when rural traditions need reinventing?” Why it’s great: The beauty of Sincerely, X is that the anonymous essays are unexpected, they have run the gamut from confessions to revealing heartbreak to this episode, which is all about rallying the troops to make a change, versus wallowing in the inequality that the reader perceives in her small town. (24 minutes)
Criminal, Episode 75: The Gatekeeper (9/22/17): What it’s about: ““I keep saying ‘where’s the body? Kill someone,’” Marilyn Stasio told us. She reads at least 200 crime novels a year to determine which are worthy of her prestigious “Crime Column” in the New York Times Book Review. We talk with her about crime as entertainment – and why people are so addicted to the genre that she can’t stay away from: “My fingers just itch when I see something that’s says ‘murder.’”” Why it’s great: I love curling up with a good mystery, and I appreciated the thought-provoking discussion about how modern mysteries are different than classics – made me want to go back and read some Agatha Christie. (23 minutes)
Read my 4-star review of Criminal here! (September 2015)
Fresh Air: Sept. 11 First Responder John Feal (9/11/17): What it’s about: “Following the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, first responders rushed to ground zero in Manhattan, where they braved dangerous conditions to rescue people buried in the rubble, retrieve the remains of the dead and clear the debris. Among them was demolition supervisor John Feal. Feal arrived at ground zero on Sept. 12; just five days later, he was seriously injured when an 8,000-pound piece of steel fell and crushed his foot. He became septic from the deeply infected wound, and nearly died. The accident cost Feal half his foot — and his job. His despair grew deeper when the government denied him medical compensation for his injury. Speaking with other first responders, Feal realized that he was not alone. Not only were others also being denied money to help pay for their injuries and illnesses, but the trauma was ruining people’s lives.” Why it’s great: This story is really about hope and helping first responders get the medical care they deserve. Terry Gross is SO good at interviewing. Without being exploitative, she draws out Feal’s feelings – there is nothing quite so moving (for me at least) as a man with a gruff New York voice getting a lump in his throat and choking back tears. I loved when Gross asked Feal about whether attending so many funerals for other 9/11 first responders has made him feel differently about death – it was a fantastic question and a great moment in the interview. (42 minutes)
Varmints!, Episode 49: Hippos
Switched On Pop, Episode 67: Anthems of Resilience – Kesha and Imagine Dragons
Latino USA, Episode 1738: Southern Roadtrip (Part 1)
The Conversation: Gymnasts: Simone Biles and Nadia Comaneci
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