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.
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.
Ladies, We Need to Talk: Time to Name (and Shame) the Mental Load (9/13/17): What it’s about: “You’re cooking dinner, answering work emails, calling the tradie, and getting the kids bathed. All at the same time. It’s no wonder you feel like you’re an octopus, juggling tasks. All of this work you do is invisible, ongoing, exhausting and, mostly, unrewarding. Want to know what it’s called? And better still, how to banish it?” Why it’s great: This is a brand new show from the Australian Broadcasting Corporation. It’s by ladies, for ladies and talks about stuff we don’t want to talk about but need to. In this episode a group of women discuss their own mental load and make pledges to dump some things from that long list. Inspiration came knocking at my door while listening to this and I am hereby pledging not to go to every.single.kid.birthday.party.ever to cut back on my mental load! (27 minutes)
Twitter: @abcaustralia @yumichild
The Allusionist, Episode 62: In Crypt, Decrypt (9/1/17): What it’s about: “Crossword-solving is often a solitary activity – over breakfast; on the train; on the loo… But a few times a year, crossword puzzle enthusiasts gather in their hundreds to compete to be the fastest, most accurate crossword-solver. This episode comes to you from a church basement on the Upper East Side of New York City, wherein takes place America’s second largest crossword puzzle tournament: Lollapuzzoola.” Why it’s great: I was so hoping Helen would take part in Lollapuzzoola (maybe next year), but as a journalist covering the lucrative crossword puzzle competition (I jest) she had more time to interview the participants, who were much more fun-quirky than I expected. There’s a little part of me that wishes I had the gifted brain to compete in something like this, but instead, I have to settle for writing about podcasts as my hobby. I loved every minute of this episode. (30 minutes)
Read my 5-star review of The Allusionist here! (December 2015)
Latino USA: The Strange Death of Jose de Jesus, Parts 1 and 2 (originally aired in July 2016) (9/1-8/17): What it’s about: “A man dies in a U.S. immigration detention center, under unusual circumstances. He is found unresponsive in his cell, with a sock stuffed down his throat. His death is ruled a suicide, but little information is put out about what happened, and the family wants answers. In this first part of a special two-part series, Latino USA investigates why José de Jesús died in the custody of the U.S. government, and what his death tells us about conditions—especially mental health services—inside the immigration detention system. In part two of this story, surveillance video reveals clues about what happened inside his cell, and an internal investigation from Immigration and Customs Enforcement answers many of our questions about what happened to José in the days leading up to his death.” Why it’s great: I didn’t catch this story when it originally aired, and it’s still extremely relevant in our political environment, but there’s also a sociocultural subtext throughout that was poignant and sad at times. (90 minutes)
How Do You Sleep at Night?: Big Game Hunters (9/11/17) *First appearance on Delicious Ingredients!*: What it’s about: “Bec and Sharna shoot animals for sport. On their Facebook pages they pose with a dead giraffe, a zebra, and even a baby bear. Come deep into the Victorian high country to hunt deer with them, and wonder why some animals are considered more precious than others.” Why it’s great: ABC is coming out of the fall (or spring, down under) new-show gate like Ric Flair at a WWF match – I just want to hear more and more and more. Host Sarah McVeigh basically asks the questions we wish we could ask people we think are doing insane things, like “are you better than a serial killer if you kill animals?” – and she actually gets answers to her questions. Pop the popcorn and settle in for a great listen. (27 minutes)
Kiwi Crimes, Episode 6: The Aramoana Massacre (9/6/17) *First appearance on Delicious Ingredients!* What it’s about: “On Tuesday the 13th of November, David Gray took guns from his large collection and proceeded to shoot 16 of his neighbours, in what is known as the deadliest criminal shooting in New Zealand’s history. By the end of his rampage, he would have shot 16 people, killing 13 of them, including 4 children. This was a hard case to research, and it will be hard to tell. I totally understand if the involvement of children means you can’t listen to this episode. I promise to be as brief as I can, and to be respectful of those little angels.” Why it’s great: I’d never heard of this crime, but I don’t follow true crime a whole lot. It is a horrific and bizarre story that somehow seems like it could only happen where it did, on an island with only one way on and off. Host Jess has a lovely voice and I would love to hear her read mean tweets 🙂 (28 minutes)
Constitutional, Episode 5: Gender (8/28/17) What it’s about: “From the American Revolution through today, women have been leading a long-burning rebellion to gain rights not originally guaranteed under the Constitution.” Why it’s great: Somehow I missed the details of the less pleasant side of Elizabeth Cady Stanton, and had never heard of Alice Paul. (What kind of feminist am I? Geez. Need some education!) Tons of great history in this episode. I have been so pleasantly surprised by Constitutional – I thought hey, I’ll give it a chance, it’s from The Washington Post so at least it will be well researched. Turns out I love it! (50 minutes)
Twitter: @lily_cunningham @WashingtonPost
Terrible, Thanks for Asking, Episode 12: Horrible and Wonderful and Figuring it Out
The Competition, Episode 6: Do You Want to Be a Pianist?
The Longest Shortest Time, Episode 136: Shpitzle’s Secret
The Truth: Possible Side Effects
Why Oh Why, Episode 45: My Friend, the Human Shield
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