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.
This week I listened to 50 episodes before deciding what was top notch.
The Allusionist, Episode 72: Hey (2/9/18): What it’s about: ““Hey.”
“Going to the supermarket, want me to get you anything?”
“Puppies or ice cream?”
“What’s your glasses prescription?”
“I wanna ***** your *********.”
If you’ve used a dating app, maybe you’ve received one of the above messages from a stranger, or sent them. Striking up an interaction with someone is a tricky business. Why Oh Why and Longest Shortest Time host Andrea Silenzi opens up her phone to analyse the kinds of opening messages people send on dating apps, and how easily they can land badly.” Why it’s great: Helen Zaltzman, Andrea Silenzi, and a surprise shoutout to Lauren Schiller of Inflection Point made this a slam dunk for Delicious Ingredients this week. (23 minutes)
Read my 5-star review of The Allusionist here! (December 2015)
Hidden Brain: Why Now? (2/5/18): What it’s about: “Nearly a quarter century ago, a group of women accused a prominent playwright of sexual misconduct. For the most part, the allegations went nowhere. In 2017, in the midst of the #MeToo movement, more women came forward to accuse the same playwright of misconduct. This time, everyone listened. On this episode, we explore the story through the lens of social science research and ask, “Why Now?” What has changed in our minds and in our culture so that allegations of sexual harassment and assault are being taken so much more seriously than they were in the past?” Why it’s great: I am not done with #MeToo, I want to keep hearing more angles, perspectives, solutions. It was terrific to learn about the social psychology (if you will) and societal reasons why #MeToo is a thing now, but couldn’t have been even twenty years ago. I started working around fifteen years ago and can totally relate to feeling that if I spoke up, the consequences for me would be grave. Now, strangely because of Trump, for many women the outcome may be much different. (52 minutes)
Someone Knows Something, S4 Episode 2: Death Letter (2/12/18): What it’s about: “David meets the police officers involved in the Greavette case to learn about their investigation and find out what the evidence reveals about who might have killed Wayne.” Why it’s great: Two weeks in a row … Someone Knows Something is soooo good. The investigation into who could have sent the package was so well painted, I felt like I was watching a movie – one of my favorite places to transcend to in a podcast which only uses words to describe a story. (46 minutes)
Read my 5-star review of Someone Knows Something (season 1) here! (June 2016)
Neighbors: Matt Got Shot, Part 2 (2/13/18): What it’s about: “In Part 2 of the Neighbors mini-series “Matt Got Shot,” we explore the reality of the trauma of getting shot: first to Matt’s body, then his identity and finally to his mind. Matt says, “PTSD doesn’t show up with a name tag.” He was in the recording booth tracking a song called “Guide Your Light” when he had his first panic attack.” Why it’s great: Part 1 of this story left off with Matt being shot, and part 2 exposed some pretty shitty humanity from bar patrons near where Matt was shot, and some life-saving actions by another person. So much was packed into this relatively short episode, it was classic Neighbors. (18 minutes)
Read my 4-star review of Neighbors here! (Updated April 2017)
Rumble Strip: Learning the Trade (2/9/18): What it’s about: “This show is a kind of valentine to all the people learning to work in the world and learning to make things. And the people who are helping them to get there….” Why it’s great: A really positive report from Vermont about high school kids getting a chance to build skills from master electricians, plumbers, and other tradesmen. (21 minutes)
Versify, Episode 11: The Blood Tie *First appearance on Delicious Ingredients* (2/8/18): What it’s about: “Emily Tan comes from generations of immigrants and refugees; and she’s traveled the globe in pursuit of a family history fragmented by war. In this episode, Emily speaks with poet Destiny Birdsong about her journey to reconnect with relatives both past and present. You’ll hear about Emily’s experiences abroad, her mother’s ongoing search for the siblings she lost while fleeing Cambodia, and Emily’s own search for a relationship with her older brother, who lives in the same city but might as well be on the other side of the world.” Why it’s great: This is such a unique show, where a poet will create an original piece about a stranger’s personal story. Versify just launched season 2 with this episode and I look forward to working through the back catalog. (17 minutes)
This is Love, Episode 1: The Run *First appearance on Delicious Ingredients* (2/14/18): What it’s about: “In 1971, David Alexander went for a run in Central Park and started talking to a stranger. For our first episode of This Is Love, a story about what’s possible when we bet everything on each another.” Why it’s great: Just wow. Beautiful, beautiful story about the strongest love between a man, his wife, and their daughters. All the feels. (29 minutes)
Read my short interview with Phoebe Judge about This is Love here! (February 2018)
Out of the Blocks: 100 S. Broadway, Part 3 (2/12/18): What it’s about: “If we’re truthful about it, most of us will admit it: There’s a gap between who we are and who we yearn to be. In this episode, people confront the sting of getting honest with themselves. In the end, some find redemption, and some just stare into the abyss. There’s darkness in this episode, yes, but rays of hope have a way of shining in through the cracks. As you’ll hear Francesca say, “Life is too short, the world is too cruel. Just love one another.”” Why it’s great: If you’re not familiar with this show, each week the producers go out and meet the people of Baltimore, block by block. Some of the people featured in this episode are struggling with addiction. Their profiles are humane, tender, and honest. Out of the Blocks is a terrific show, I highly recommend checking out any episode in the catalog. (22 minutes)
The Promise, Part 1: A Change is Gonna Come *First appearance on Delicious Ingredients* (1/24/17): What it’s about: “At 61 years old, Vernell McHenry is like the grandmother of her corner of James Cayce. Where she’s lived for more than 17 years, greeting the neighborhood from a metal folding beach chair on her stoop. But Cayce is about the be transformed, torn down and rebuilt as mixed income apartments. And now, Vernell has a decision to make. Does she stay in her dilapidated and aging apartment where her friends and a gaggle of smiling kids live next door? Or does she go down the hill to a brand new building, potentially losing her social life and sense of home in the process?” Why it’s great: This is a limited-run series from WPLN in Nashville about a housing project, its residents, and the neighborhood around it. After I listened to the first episode today, I moved the other three episodes up to the top of my (very long) queue, so that’s saying a lot. I love the idea of exploring the housing project from an inside vantage point. (23 minutes)
StoryCorps, Episode 523: Years in the Making
Ologies: Sexology with Shan Boody aka Shannon Boodram
Death, Sex & Money: After Suicides, a Texas Veterinary Community Opens Up
Don’t Act Your Age: Last Train from Marienburg
Repeat, Episode 01: A Burglar Accuses an Officer
When to Jump: Essence’s Vanessa K. DeLuca: From Retail to Journalism
PLAYLIST, S2 Episode 11: Let’s Get it On
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