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 make the best of the week.
Seriously … : The Great Egg Freeze (3/24/17): What it’s about: “Freezing eggs seems the ultimate in planning a family and a career – and Fi Glover considered it when she was living in the US almost a decade ago. Back then it was still a niche technology. Now a growing number of companies, including Apple and Facebook, are offering it as a benefit and some UK tech companies are also discussing the option. Fi speaks to women who have frozen their eggs – both privately and through a company scheme.” Why it’s great: I’m certainly in the target demographic for people this story would appeal to (30-something ambitious working woman) but I think this is worth a listen even if you’re not like me in the slightest. It’s valuable to understand why people would want to freeze their eggs, how expensive it is, and what the actual chance of successfully fertilizing an egg may be. It’s not like we have millions of sperm like the dear other half of Earth citizens – we have a limited number of eggs, and therefore a limited window in which to have a child. I was fascinated by how easily some of these women made this decision, given the incredible cost and relatively limited chance of successfully having a baby sometime in the future; your body gets older even if your eggs aren’t. It’s an interesting tech development that has inevitable emotional consequences. (31 minutes) Twitter: @BBCRadio4
S-Town (3/28/17): What it’s about: “John despises his Alabama town and decides to do something about it. He asks a reporter to investigate the son of a wealthy family who’s allegedly been bragging that he got away with murder. But then someone else ends up dead, sparking a nasty feud, a hunt for hidden treasure, and an unearthing of the mysteries of one man’s life.” Why it’s great: The powerhouse team behind Serial helped put this great series together, and it’s absolutely worth bingeing. Each time you get to the end of one episode, there’s a hook or twist that makes you immediately need to listen to the next chapter of the story. The show is more about the story of this town, which the main character John calls Shittown (where the “S” in S-town comes from) and the complicated, interwoven lives of people around John. I would have liked a lot more content on the website, but it was a really captivating story. (episodes range from 40-70 minutes each, seven total chapters) Twitter: @stownpodcast
The Karen & Ellen Letters, Episode Seven Aftershow with Amanda and Lucy from Wine & Crime (3/28/17): What it’s about: “This week we instate 2 words of the day, and consequently get very drunk. Amanda has a wine pairing specifically for our protagonists. Ellen outsmarts all of us. And we expound upon a dark theory regarding Ellen’s whereabouts. Plus: A lost letter that didn’t make it into the original episode (because: mistakes were made)!” Why it’s great: OMG. I am a Minnesotan so I loved hearing from Amanda and Lucy from Wine & Crime – I’m totally into their brand of humor. this was my favorite aftershow so far. If you missed what Karen and Ellen are all about, read my review from 3/29 here. The show is hilarious. (68 minutes) Twitter: @KarenandEllen
A Pint With Seaniebee, Episode 45: Gaia Mother Sofia Has a Pint with Seaniebee (3/30/17): What it’s about: “In 2014, Sofia Hayat received a divine calling, revealing to her that she was the combined incarnation of The Virgin Mary, The Goddess Isis and The Goddess Sophia. The Indian born, former model and actress, turned her back on a glamorous career, became a nun, and changed her name to Gaia Mother Sofia. Sacred information received from angelic realms (through ayahuasca ceremonies) bestowed upon her gifts of telepathy, clairvoyance, healing, communication with the dead, and space travel through time. She believes mankind has evolved to a robotic state of amnesia, with the earth raising her vibration as a result. Her prophesy reveals the coming fifth dimension and awakening of humanity through a tumultuous, visible and unequivocal supernatural event scheduled to happen next month, around the Christian Easter period and preceded by her giving birth to ‘unconditional love’ on April 4th 2017.” Why it’s great: This is one of the weirdest things I have listened to in a long, long time, so I loved it. Keep in mind that the goal of A Pint With Seaniebee is to have conversations with creative people about their life paths-Gaia Mother Sofia is certainly creative. It was a great exercise for me to suspend judgment until I had listened to all of her beliefs. Sean Boyle did an excellent job with a very difficult interview. (61 minutes) Twitter: @seaniebee
HumaNature, Episode 19: Freedom (3/29/17): What it’s about: “150 years ago, two girls crossed the Missouri River trying to escape a life of slavery. In the summer of 2016, Barry Jurgensen set out on a 500-mile journey to follow in their footsteps.” Why it’s great: In high school I participated in an Underground Railroad simulation where we were taken by bus at night, blindfolded, to an unknown location and were treated as slaves for a few hours. We were terrified of white men screaming at us in the blackness of night some 100 yards away (“slave catchers”), we got split up into smaller groups which was very scary, and we stopped at “stations” along the way to learn more about champions of the Underground Railroad. It was a fantastically emotional lesson for a young white student in the 90’s in a very, very white place. This story reminded me of that experience and really called up some of the emotions I felt at that time. So few personal stories were ever recorded about slaves’ escape experiences, so I loved hearing this story as told through a teacher’s literal walk on these slaves’ path. I especially loved Jurgensen’s description of how he felt about the students who walked part of the journey with him. (31 minutes) Twitter: @HumaNatureShow
Sooo Many White Guys, Episode 23: Phoebe and Tom Hanks Make a Biopic (3/29/17): What it’s about: “Surprise! We’re back with an encore episode, and we’ve got Tom Hanks. Maybe you’ve heard of him? Plus, Joanna gets a fax!” Why it’s great: Tom Hanks has been on fire on podcasts in the last few months – I loved his quick appearance on Nerdette a few months ago where he talked nerdy with the ladies about typewriters. This interview with Phoebe Robinson was phenom … he is so animated and he and Robinson together are hilarious. I loved when Robinson asked him if he even knew what the show was about, and he said no, but the title of the show alone made him want to be a part of it. Love it!! So enjoyable – one of my favorite interviews of this year. BRA-VO Pheebs. (50 minutes) Twitter: @dopequeenpheebs
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