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. I moved last week so this will be stacked with great picks from two weeks of listening. And no food pyramid of podcast logos either … I’m just swamped! These two weeks I listened to 119 episodes for this podcast review recap (how can I pick just a few?).
Fresh Air: James Comey (4/17/18): What it’s about: “The former FBI director tells Terry Gross that he wants to sound the alarm about the “forest fire” of the Trump presidency — and also to defend the FBI against charges of partisanship. “People love the FBI when they think it’s on their side,” Comey says. “We were not — and are not — on anybody’s side.” Comey talks about being fired by President Trump, hiding from the president in a curtain, and the origin of his now-famous use of the word “lordy.” His new memoir is ‘A Higher Loyalty.'” Why it’s great: Whoa. If you don’t have time to read the book, get a taste of what Comey has to say in a terrific, tough interview by Terry Gross. (47 minutes)
Today, Explained: The $43,000 Phone Booth (4/17/18): What it’s about: “Scott Pruitt, the embattled head of the Environmental Protection Agency, is facing a host of new scandals: a $43,000 soundproof phone booth, a security detail to Disneyland, and even using a siren on his car to get to a restaurant faster. But Vox’s Umair Irfan says that behind these controversies, Pruitt’s EPA has been one of the most consequential government agencies in the Trump administration.” Why it’s great: There is no way this episode was NOT going on the best of the week list, because they made up a song about Scott Pruitt to the tune of Michael Jackson’s Beat It, and it was amazing. (23 minutes)
The Feminine Mistake Podcast, FMP 301: I, Tonya *First appearance on Delicious Ingredients* (3/6/18): What it’s about: “Strap on your skates, guys and gals – the first episode of season three is here. This month, we’re debuting our new format and talking about the film “I, Tonya” with special guest, Jackie Costello!” Why it’s great: There are lots of film review podcasts, but I see a lot of movies so I’m willing to wade through the water and try a variety. This was a recommendation from the #2PodsADay campaign, and I really enjoyed the rapport between the three hosts, who seem to be close to my age (not millennial) and had a funny, but not over-the-top hilarious, take on some of the controversial parts of I, Tonya. (52 minutes)
David Ortiz: The Big Papi Story, Chapter 1: The Beginning *First appearance on Delicious Ingredients* (4/16/18): What it’s about: “From the tough neighborhoods of Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, David Ortiz, through the persistence of his father, takes to the game that is in his and all Dominican boys’ DNA. Assimilating to the United States and the Major League game itself, however, is a more difficult process. Ortiz must navigate his way through a new culture and language, a new relationship, a team that won’t allow him to be himself, and ultimately, the tragic loss of his mother.” Why it’s great: Engaging short series about a larger than life personality who made a lasting impact on Boston. It was very smart to interview sports writers, family members, competitors, and teammates in addition to Big Papi himself. I have to admit though that I was picturing Kenan Thompson as Big Papi every time I heard Ortiz speak. (61 minutes)
Alone: A Love Story, Chapter 12: Half-Life (4/4/18): What it’s about: “Hookup culture, the paradox of choice, a cute/crazy guy and love off the coast of Newfoundland…” Why it’s great: You should listen to this entire series, starting with season one and listening in order, to get the full story of host Michelle Parise’s heartbreak and loneliness, and what it leads her to do, but I really, really loved this episode in particular because the way Parise describes herself in this period is that she was scorching hot, and attracting some major hotties. She had no problem using them to fulfill a need and moving on to the next one, and I loved it. She was empowered, doing what she needed to do for herself, trying to be happy, and feeling good in the process. (27 minutes)
Death in Ice Valley, Episode 1: The Isdal Woman *First appearance on Delicious Ingredients* (4/15/18): What it’s about: “Some graves hold more secrets than others. No relatives attended her funeral and she had died in terrible circumstances. ” Why it’s great: It is very promising that this new show is produced jointly by NRK and BBC. I loved the description of the Norwegian landscape and the planted seed that the Isdal woman may have been a spy. The podcast is intended to be an interactive experience for listeners to help find out who she was – very interesting. (32 minutes)
PLAYLIST Podcast, S3Ep2: Changes (4/4/18): What it’s about: “Today we’re sharing the songs that changed the ways we listened to music. And as Jason says, ‘This whole tracklist is totally fucked.’ Plus: A song that inspired IKEA’s nomenclature, a song to trash a grocery store to, and a song to lap dance to. Dan and Josh share a kiss. Jason fights a man over miscarriages. Dan is concerned about the state of home furnishings in 90s music videos. And a song that actually causes one of our guests to walk out on a job. This week’s playlist: Svefn-G-Englar by Sigur Ros (Josh) – I Luv The Valley OH by Xiu Xiu (Dan) – Life Itself by Glass Animals (Hannah) – Love You Madly by Ella Fitzgerald (Amanda) – Pretty Good Year by Tori Amos (Jason) – Spark by Tori Amos (Josh) – Caroline Shaw’s Allemande by Roomful of Teeth (Dan) – Through The Wire by Kanye West (Hannah) – Good Times by Chic (Amanda) – Dragon Lady by The Geraldine Fibbers (Jason)” Why it’s great: PLAYLIST sometimes makes me feel sort of mushy, nostalgic for a song I haven’t heard in years or that is one of my all time faves. This was the case in this episode. I had totally forgotten about how much Tori Amos changed the way I listen to music and what I hear in music, because it was about 20 years ago that I started listening to her. Two picks in the playlist this week were Tori songs, and I felt myself immediately transported back to a tumultuous time in my life when I was going through much change myself. (121 minutes)
Read my 5-star review of PLAYLIST Podcast here! (October 2017)
Lost Notes: Outlaws of the Airwaves: The Rise of Pirate Radio Station WBAD *First appearance on Delicious Ingredients* (4/12/18): What it’s about: “Pirate radio station WBAD in New York was a beloved source for fans of underground, unsanitized hip-hop in the 1990s, but how high could this illegal operation fly while also staying under the radar?” Why it’s great: There aren’t enough music history narrative podcasts, and KCRW’s Independent Producer Project always delivers phenomenal quality, so this is a match made in heaven for me personally. Awesome story about WBAD and great sound design and mixing. (27 minutes)
Latina to Latina: Orange is the New Black’s Jackie Cruz *First appearance on Delicious Ingredients* (4/10/18): What it’s about: “Actor. Musician. Activist. How Jackie Cruz creates her own path (in and out of the spotlight).” Why it’s great: In this brand new show, host Alicia Menendez interviews Latinas about how they thrive as women of color. OITNB’s Cruz is an open book about her strained relationship with her dad, her struggle to pay the bills even while working on the show in the first couple of seasons, and her sexuality. (27 minutes)
Empire on Blood, Episode 5: Joe Barry, Private Eye *First appearance on Delicious Ingredients* (3/28/18) What it’s about: “Joe Barry is Cal’s private investigator, hired in desperation when Cal’s case seems all but dead. Joe’s a hard drinking, Bible-toting P.I. who’s not afraid to lie in the service of the truth. He connects with new witnesses. And they give Cal a ray of hope.” Why it’s great: I binged, and you have to, but I think this episode was the most eyes-bulging-in-disbelief I’ve been since Missing and Murdered: Finding Cleo (well, that was only a month ago, but I do listen to a ton of content). I enjoyed Fishman’s voice and perspective much more here than in Ponzi Supernova, and I’m glad he spoke to the peculiarity of his budding friendships with Cal and Dwight, both in prison for much of the podcast. Great binge listen. (47 minutes)
Caliphate: The Reporter
BBC Conversation: Bakers
The Habitat, Episode 4: She Likes to Camp Alone in the Finnish Winter
The Brain Candy Podcast, Episode 212: Panties, Dirty Bath Toys, & the Roseanne Reboot
The Psychology Behind with Dr. Linda Papadopoulos, Episode 1: Body Confidence
Showcase from Radiotopia: Errthang #2 – What the Hell is Wrong with Al?
Terrible, Thanks for Asking, Episode 32: Bryson’s Purpose
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