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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Terrible, Thanks for Asking: Forever Alone? Part 1 (10/3/17): What it’s about: “As the saying goes, “There’s a lid for every pot.” There’s someone for everyone. Chelsea has been looking for her lid — her someone — since high school. Nearly 15 years after her only real relationship ended, she still hasn’t found her person. It’s not like she hasn’t been trying, and it’s not like her life is totally miserable… but in case you haven’t had to date lately? MAN, IT IS EXHAUSTING.” Why it’s great: I think we’ve all had that friend, whose single status mystifies us, because we love them so much and they seem like such a great catch, but something is just not working in the love department. Nora’s friend Chelsea was so honest about some of the insecurities she has and how those might be outwardly reflected when she starts to get close to someone. Listening to her reflect on her self-doubt was heartbreaking, I really related to it and felt so deeply for her, wanting to give her a hug and tell her she’s valuable and special. (37 minutes)
Terrible, Thanks for Asking; Forever, Alone? Part 2 (10/10/17): What it’s about: “In our last episode, we met chronically single Chelsea, who was looking for love in all the same places we all look for love… and coming up empty-handed. Now, we meet Chelsea’s new boyfriend (!!!!) and explore what happens when the love we find isn’t what we expected.” Why it’s great: This episode deserves a separate spot from part 1, and an explanation. Nora’s friend Chelsea finds love with an alcoholic, who struggles considerably with sobriety throughout this episode. I don’t think Nora expected this to be the part 2 of how her good friend finally found love, which somehow makes it fit even better into the show’s constant focus on how things aren’t always great and that is okay to say. So very touching. (38 minutes)
Radio Atlantic: The Miseducation of Ta-Nehisi Coates (10/5/17): What it’s about: “In his new book, We Were Eight Years in Power, The Atlantic‘s national correspondent Ta-Nehisi Coates writes about the past eight years of his career—his pursuit of an understanding of America, and his route to becoming a celebrated author. In this episode of Radio Atlantic, our cohosts Matt, Jeff, and Alex each conduct an interview with Ta-Nehisi about what he’s found.” Why it’s great: I was moved by Between the World and Me, Coates’ last non-fiction book, and have really enjoyed the first few (absolutely left-leaning) episodes of Radio Atlantic, so this was a home run for me. The long episode can easily be split up if you’re not feeling one of the interviews, but I loved them all for their diversity of journalistic style. The third episode was my favorite; in the end Coates reflects on supporting his wife through a complete career change and how he realized that’s what it means to be in love with someone, to want them to feel fulfilled and be happy in whatever they want to do. It was a beautiful sentiment that actually brought a tear to my eye. I really, really loved this episode and will probably listen to it again soon. (83 minutes)
Hidden Brain: The Edge of Gender (10/9/17): What it’s about: “Gender is one of the first things we notice about the people around us. But where do our ideas about gender come from? Can gender differences be explained by genes and chromosomes, or are they the result of upbringing, culture and the environment? This week, we delve into the debate over nature vs. nurture, and meet the first person in the United States to officially reject the labels of both male and female, and be recognized as “non-binary.”” Why it’s great: I was riveted by this episode and the fervor with which each of the first scientist believed that nature is absolutely responsible for gender identity, not nurture. The science discussion was awesome in and of itself, but a bonus was a discussion with a non-binary person who puts the science to the test. (51 minutes)
The Karen and Ellen Letters: The Beth Chronicles Fancast, Part 4: Case Study (10/3/17): What it’s about: “Beth finds out how Rob & Karen met. Karen tries to make garlic bread. Karen sees a potential love connection for Beth.” Why it’s great: The idea of fan fiction for The Karen and Ellen Letters is brilliant. The original Karen (Sara Stapleton) and Jessica Ann from Kiwi Crimes collaborate on this interlude between seasons 1 and 2 of The Karen and Ellen Letters (which debuts next week, and you’ll be so frustrated by all the loose ends! It’s great!). The episodes are short and serial in nature so you’ll have to listen from episode 1, but for fans of K&E, take a listen to get some belly laughs. (16 minutes)
Read my 5-star review of The Karen and Ellen Letters here! (March 2017)
This American Life, Episode 626: White Haze (9/24/17): What it’s about: “Right-wing groups like the Proud Boys say they have no tolerance for racism or white supremacist groups. Their leader Gavin McInnes disavowed the white nationalist rally in Charlottesville. But the Proud Boys believe “the West is the best,” which, one of them points out, is not such a big jump from “whites are best.” And one of the Proud Boys organized the Charlottesville rally. (The group now claims he was a spy.) What should we make of groups like this?” Why it’s great: I am catching up a bit on some older episodes and this was a stunner. Producer Robyn Semien showed such restraint while talking with Jason Kessler, the bigot who organized the Charlottesville white “nationalist” rally. I also didn’t know anything about Gavin McInnes but realized I had a scowl on my face as I read up on the Vice co-founder more after listening to this episode. (59 minutes)
BBC Witness: The Gay Killing That Changed American Law (10/6/17): What it’s about: “The murder of gay student Matthew Shepard in October 1998 shocked America. After a decade of campaigning, his mother, Judy Shepard, convinced lawmakers to change hate crime legislation, outlawing attacks based on gender, disabiliIty, gender identity, or sexual orientation.” Why it’s great: A heartbreaking interview with Matthew Shepard’s mom, who obviously feels such pain over her son’s death to this day. I remember when this happened, and can’t believe it’s been almost 20 years. (9 minutes)
Read my 5-star review of Witness here! (July 2016)
All Songs Considered: Hallelujah! The Songs We Should Retire
TwistedPhilly, Episode 51: TwistedPrisons – Eastern State Penitentiary
Ear Hustle: Gold Coats and OGs
Uncivil: The Deed
Ladies, We Need to Talk: Let’s Slay Menstrual Taboos
Nocturne, Episode 33: Interloper
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