Delicious Ingredients: The Best Podcasts of the Week – 5/18/18

Delicious Ingredients: The Best Podcasts of the Week – 5/18/18

Each week I 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 46 episodes for this podcast review recap.

Here Be Monsters, HBM098: Feed the Queen (5/9/18): What it’s about: “There’s [a] new colony of leaf cutter ants at the Victoria Bug Zoo with the potential to reach over more than a million ants.” Why it’s great: Leaf cutter ants are one of my favorite animals at the Houston Zoo – not only can you see a cross-section of their underground activities but there’s a webcam in there too. I find them utterly fascinating, their worker mentality of just going, going, going. HBM taught me a lot more about how fastidious these ants are but also what happens when a queen of a colony dies – the other ants literally dismantle her and the colony basically dies. Everything is done for the queen. (Why am I not the leaf cutter ant queen of my own life?) (47 minutes)
Twitter: @hbmpodcast
Read my 5-star review of Here Be Monsters here! (January 2016)

How to Be Amazing, Episode 85: Nell Scovell (5/2/18): What it’s about: “For more than thirty years, writer, producer, and director Nell Scovell worked behind the scenes of iconic TV shows such as Murphy BrownThe Simpsons, and Coach. In this lively and timely interview, she shares stories from her memoir Just the Funny Parts *about working in the male-dominated entertainment field, her time writing on *Late Night with David Letterman, and crafting jokes for everyone from Obama to Miss Piggy.” Why it’s great: Black has seemed a bit more serious in the last several interviews I’ve heard him do on one of my favorite shows, which is not necessarily a bad thing – just a different side of him. In this episode I could feel his guest, Nell Scovell, opening him up a little bit. I love HTBA episodes where Black gets silly with guests. Funny, witty people are great on this show – Scovell doesn’t disappoint. Her genuine affection for some of the things Black has done in his career was touching. I also enjoyed the discussion about her experience working as a writer on Letterman and her confrontation with the man himself at an industry event years later. (56 minutes)
Twitter: @htba_show
Read my 4-star review of How to Be Amazing with Michael Ian Black here! (May 2016)

The Leap: S3 Episode 1: Little Girl Lost (5/15/18): What it’s about: “Sunday, December 9, 1984 is a day Beth McGhee will never forget. It’s the day her three year-old daughter, Neola, vanished, kidnapped by her ex-husband. As Beth launched into the painful search for Neola, she had no idea how long she would be waiting for her daughter to come home. Or if she would come home at all.” Why it’s great: The Leap has very short seasons and is gone for so long in between seasons that I almost forget about it – but it’s back! The show is about how it works out when people take big leaps to change their lives. Spoiler alert – Beth and Neola are reunited, and we get to hear from both of them in this episode about what happened while they were separated by thousands of miles for many years. (38 minutes)
Twitter: @kqed

ArtCurious Podcast, Episode 34: Rivals – Pollock vs. de Kooning (5/14/18): What it’s about: “The art world is a man’s world- or, at least, it used to be entirely one. This shouldn’t be surprising to anyone who is a longtime listener of the ArtCurious Podcast, because we’ve touched multiple times on the difficulties that have faced women who have sought careers as artists.  Now, thankfully, in the age of #metoo, the male-heaviness of the art world is changing a bit, as it is in other facets of society. But turning back the clock to any other era in history, and the reality is that it was totally a man’s game. And the absolute manliness of it all was compounded intensely in one particular time and place: post-war America, where it was all about brusque machismo, the biggest innovations, and the biggest splash. It was a measuring contest like none other, and two larger-than-life characters were at the center of it all.” Why it’s great: It’s a perfect example of how art history is not boring – it’s full of affairs, rivalries, and strong personalities. I had no idea about Pollock’s rivalry with de Kooning and just learning about it makes me want to research their art more. (28 minutes)
Twitter: @artcuriouspod
Read my 5-star review of ArtCurious Podcast here! (January 2017)

Showcase from Radiotopia, Errthang #8: Songs in the Key of Our Lives (5/13/18) What it’s about: “Al and Willie wrap up the season right where they started – with each other. After 30 years of friendship, their origin story is finally revealed.” Why it’s great: I loved this Showcase series, I thought it took risks and I would listen to anything Al Letson produced. Read more in my review which was just published today. This episode was awesome because of all the great music. (41 minutes)
Twitter: @errthang
Read my 5-star review of Errthang here! (May 2018)

The Science of Happiness: Is There Someone You Need to Thank? *First appearance on Delicious Ingredients* (4/2/18) What it’s about: “Is there someone important you’ve never properly thanked? Award-winning children’s book author, Yuyi Morales, discovers the power of writing a “gratitude letter” to the librarian who changed her life.” Why it’s great: One of my favorite ways to find podcasts – I was looking for something else and I found this after searching “The Science of” – thought it sounded worth a try. Turns out it is from UC Berkeley’s lovely-sounding Greater Good Science Center (I totally want to work there) – I jumped right into that rabbit hole and didn’t look back. I cried about five minutes in to this episode, so I’m hooked. Too bad it just wrapped its first season – I’ve subscribed so I will be ready for more happiness! (22 minutes)
Twitter: @greatergoodSC

Honorable Mentions
A Pint with Seaniebee, Episode 85: The Don has a Pint with Seaniebee
Inflection Point with Lauren Schiller: Do Haters Deserve our Compassion? – Sally Kohn, Author of “The Opposite of Hate”
The Longest Shortest Time, Episode 159: A Killer Story
In the Dark, S2 E4: The Confessions
Love + Radio: Counter Melody

All episode descriptions and artwork come from the linked sites. What else was fantastic this week? Send me a note! or @audible_feast on Twitter.

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