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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The Turnaround with Jesse Thorn: Jerry Springer (7/17/17) *First appearance on Delicious Ingredients!*: What it’s about: “What you know about the Jerry Springer show is probably correct, and Jerry would agree with you. But as he explains to Jesse, he sees his show as a way of empowering his guests. Jerry wouldn’t trade his job for anything, mainly because he’s got some really great stories. He also shares about his fascinating past jobs, including his stint as mayor.” Why it’s great: In this show, Jesse Thorn turns the tables on people whose job it is to interview. I think it’s a super smart choice to have Jerry Springer on after a spate of highly regarded, anointed even, mainstream media/radio hosts like Brooke Gladstone, Audie Cornish, and Ira Glass. Sure, Springer interviews people also, but he has a certain stigma attached to his name. Thorn breaks that down beautifully. (63 minutes)
Homecoming, Episode 7: Terminated (7/19/17) What it’s about: In case you’ve never listened to it, it’s “A psychological thriller from Gimlet Media, starring Catherine Keener, Oscar Isaac, and David Schwimmer.” This episode: “I’m talking about very light pressure. Very discreet. I know who to call, totally professional guys.” Why it’s great: Within a minute of the tape rolling, I was transported back to where the last season of Homecoming left off and all that had happened. Heidi and Colin are back and there are some new characters. We haven’t heard from Walter Cruz yet. Like GOT in super short form and the epic sets only you can envision in your own imagination. Love. (28 minutes)
Nancy, Episode 15: Q is Growing Up (7/16/17): What it’s about: “Q Daily is an 11-year-old trans boy. With puberty looming, he and his family have big decisions to make.” Why it’s great: Sometimes Nancy is a little too millenial hyperactive for me, so I appreciated this departure into a minisode that was about a young transgender boy on the cusp of growing up, hosted by Yasmeen Khan from the WNYC Newsroom. Its documentary format is something I’d like to see in its own show or at least more frequently on Nancy, so it can appeal to a wider age range audience. (16 minutes)
Twenty Thousand Hertz: 20,000 dBs Under the Sea (7/11/17): What it’s about: “71% of the Earth is covered by water. And most of us imagine it to be a serene, almost silent world. But why should we have all the fun up here? Discover what sound is like just below the surface and all the way down to the ocean’s depths. And see how mankind might be making it unpleasant for everyone and everything that calls the oceans home.” Why it’s great: This episode reminded me of the fantastic Transistor episode 700 Fathoms Under the Sea from back in February of this year, I’m not surprised I liked it so much. What did whales sound like mid-20th century and how do they sound now? You’ll hear it in this beautiful episode. (25 minutes)
Read Elliot Gladstone’s guest review of Twenty Thousand Hertz here! (May 2017)
Q’ed Up: Home-Less: The Shape-Shifter (7/6/17): What it’s about: “James de la Nueve: it’s a new name for a fresh start. He really messed up his life in the last few years – kicked out of college, kicked out of the house – and he was ready to start again, and get it right this time. But he was going to have to do it from the streets. Going to calculus class, studying at the library, all the while pretending, for the sake of his classmates and professors, that he’s not homeless. “I’m going hard at school,” he says, “but at the same time I have to deal with, just, keeping myself alive.” James is like a modern day Jay Gatsby, born to a poor family, but striving for greatness. He’s on a mission to transform himself. But the new identities he’s creating – sometimes James himself can’t keep track.” Why it’s great: Super weird story in which the reporter becomes a character. This mini-series from Q’ed Up was great – just a few episodes about young homeless people trying to go to college. (24 minutes)
How I Built This: Aden + Anais: Raegan Moya-Jones (7/17/17): What it’s about: “Cotton muslin baby blankets are commonplace in Australia, where Raegan Moya-Jones grew up. But when she started a new life and family in NYC, she couldn’t find them anywhere. She was sure Americans would love muslin blankets as much as Australians. So in 2006, she started the baby blanket company Aden + Anais, which now makes more than $100 million in annual revenue. PLUS in our postscript “How You Built That,” how Sam Boyd created Guided Imports, a middleman business to help entrepreneurs find manufacturing and production solutions … in China.” Why it’s great: Great episode about a product I’m very familliar with as a mom with young kids. Moya-Jones struggled with business and friendship as she separated from her original business partner after several years. Thankfully, I finally learned how to say the company name (it’s uh-NAY) :). (43 minutes)
Varmints!, Episode 42: Cockroaches (7/20/17): What it’s about: “Yuck. Varmints! podcast talks about those yucky, blechy, icky-poo, nasty little critters, cockroaches. Blech. Come along and enjoy them intellectually with us.” Why it’s great: Perhaps one of the most hated varmints of all time, the cockroach is a common houseguest especially here in the Deep South. They are just so gross-looking. My favorite parts of this episode were the cockroach song (Donna and Paul always find the best pop culture references) and the thought of cockroaches all partying in the bowels of the earth – but all in one hotel room while the rest of the hotel is totally empty – because you gotta stick with your pack! (41 minutes)
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Between Us Girls, Episode 43: Pearls of Yoni Wisdom
The Ends: An Unstoppable Force
Love + Radio: The Boys Will Work it Out
House of Carbs: The Premiere! (Ep. 1)
Midnight Oil, Episode 2: “Take Our Land, Take Our Life”
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