Each week I will publish the most Delicious Ingredients of my Audible Feast … the scrumptious, delectable, savory, rich, sweet, spicy, and best podcast episodes that have fed my ears this week. All episode descriptions and artwork come from the linked sites. (Note: I also try to track every episode I listen to here.)
This week is a heavy playlist.
Precious Lives, Episode 099: A Surgeon’s Plea (12/7/16): What it’s about:““Is this kid really an infant? Are you kidding me?” This week a lead pediatric surgeon at Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin reflects on one of his most gut-wrenching cases.” Why it’s great: Hear from a person trying to save the life of a baby caught in crossfire. This is a terribly emotional story that must be heard. Precious Lives as a series is full of heartwrenching stories like this one, but somehow, after the U.S. presidential election and the re-emergence in the public eye of people who believe guns don’t kill people, these stories are even more upsetting that make me want to take action in my own way. (18 minutes) Twitter: @_PreciousLives_
In the Dark: Update: A Sentencing, a Demand, No Closure (12/2/16): What it’s about: “The sentencing of Danny Heinrich on Nov. 21, 2016, brought to a close the 27-year investigation into the abduction and murder of Jacob Wetterling. But it didn’t end the story.” Why it’s great: Host Madeleine Baran does her job as an investigative reporter, but in this special update of In the Dark, I finally heard her get emotional and almost angry at how Heinrich took so much away from the Wetterling family and showed very little remorse for what he did. I met with Baran in person the day after the sentencing (my writeup of the interview will be coming next week) and she told me how striking it was that during his initial hearing in September, he got to do all the talking and the family and other victim couldn’t say anything, but this time, they finally got to make him hear their voices, their story, and their pain. The episode also features a great episode with Patty and Jerry Wetterling. Excellent work. (36 minutes) Twitter: @apmreports @madeleinebaran
Awful Grace, #A2ACAE (11/29/16): What it’s about: This episode features the stories of three police officers – both why they became cops and what has impacted them along the way. Why it’s great: I’ve always enjoyed this show – Robert Andersson does a great job with sound and suspense while telling true stories. This particular episode, also called out by 7 on 7 (Aurora Erickson) is so good because it tells three distinct accounts that definitely have a common thread – fear. As Aurora noted, it’s not really about politics, although you’ll see that there are a couple parts of one of the stories that become a bit political. Overall it’s fantastic. (24 minutes) Twitter: @AwfulGraceRadio
Terrible, Thanks for Asking, Episode 2: I’ve Made a Huge Mistake (12/5/16): What it’s about: “The year is 2007. Eva Hagberg is a 20-something writer snagging bylines in the New York Times by day, and partying herself stupid by night. It’s all going great, until she gets her big break, and her big breakdown…” Why it’s great: This is a story of forgiveness. I don’t want to spoil it because it is so good, but it starts with a woman who makes a mistake that she believes impacts another person profoundly, and later in life she connects with that person and finds out the truth. (47 minutes) Twitter: @ttfapodcast
What do you think of these episodes? Any specific episodes I HAVE to listen to from this week? Leave me a comment or contact me directly at firstname.lastname@example.org!