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. All episode descriptions and artwork come from the linked sites. (Note: I also try to track every episode I listen to here.)
It’s a big list this week – it was a great week in podcasting!
On the Media: No End in Sight (1/6/17): What it’s about: “British journalist John Cantlie has been a prisoner of ISIS for more than four years. Throughout his captivity, he’s been forced to act as a sort of warped foreign correspondent, extolling the virtues of the group in propaganda videos. With every appearance, he looks weaker and gaunter. In this special hour, we consider how Cantlie’s plight is a window into the challenges of reporting on Syria, and why the world’s tangled policy on hostages means that some live to tell the tale, and others don’t.” Why it’s great: On the Media looks at journalists being held hostage from many different angles of the same lens. Obviously a podcast by journalists would be in favor of doing everything possible to bring those hostages home, so there’s definitely a slant here, but I appreciated the flow of this episode – it was engaging. I was impressed at the thought put into the participant list for this virtual roundtable on the painful lack of action to get hostages freed. (50 minutes) Twitter: @onthemedia
Why Oh Why, Episode 15: The Quiznos Guy (1/6/17): What it’s about: “When your host first met Randy, it was the opposite of a meet-cute. We’ll revisit the phone call that kicked off years of quasi-friendship.” Why it’s great: Basically, Randy is a creep that women would not want to date. But Randy is so much like so many people you know. This episode is a phone call between Randy and Andrea about what Randy thought of Andrea as a potential date. Randy has appeared before on Why Oh Why — Silenzi says she’s gotten so much feedback that they shouldn’t have Randy on the show, because he seems unreal. But that’s exactly why they should have Randy on, because he is real, and how he talks about and treats women is just an example of a “regular” guy. (26 minutes) Twitter: @andreasilenzi
Death, Sex & Money: Tracy Clayton is Speaking Things into Existence (1/10/17): What it’s about: “Right before the new year, Another Round podcast host and writer Tracy Clayton tweeted: “there are so many things i want for 2017 and i believe in speaking things into existence so im gonna use this thread to do that” What followed were 30 tweets about the things Tracy wants when it comes to family, relationships, work and finances. Some were funny (“I want some real fucking grown up furniture!”) and others were serious (“I want to do the hard work of reconciling my past relationships so that I can prep myself for the partner and kids I’m scared to admit I want”). I watched her tweets coming down my feed in real time—and thought what she was doing was really brave.” Why it’s great: Another Round is nothing if not real, so it’s no surprise that Tracy Clayton is as real as can be when it comes to her goals for her life. Anna Sale spends much of the time with Clayton talking about money, which was unexpectedly serious. It was really, really good audio and reminded me to get back to listening to Another Round. (27 minutes) Twitter: @deathsexmoney
Terrible, Thanks for Asking, Episode 7: Unbroken (1/9/17): What it’s about: “Sexual violence thrives in silence, and it’s hard to talk about…so we don’t. But rape survivor Sarah Super refuses to be quiet, and has dedicated her life to helping other survivors Break the Silence.” Why it’s great: This is a very sad episode of TTFA, but I do think it’s important to listen to – the account of the sexual assault is difficult audio but more important is Super’s frustration with the system that can’t really protect her long term, and her attacker’s family who she felt didn’t keep her from harm as much as they could have. TTFA is really tough to hear but should be required listening for high school sociology or psychology classes. I can’t get enough of it. (45 minutes) Twitter: @ttfapodcast
Story Pirates, Episode 45: The Really Cool Dress (12/30/16): What it’s about: “From our The Future show, The Story Pirates present “The Really Cool Dress” by then 5-year-old Paige Mahoney!” Why it’s great: I have mentioned before that I listen to Story Pirates on my commute with my kids but that I also enjoy the stories because they’re from kids, and kids have the best imaginations. If you didn’t know already, in the future, fish have shoes. This one in particular was fantastic because the Story Pirates developed a great song to go with the story, I wanted to play it over and over. (13 minutes) Twitter: @storypirates
The Kitchen Sisters Present (Fugitive Waves): Black Cake: Emily Dickinson’s Hidden Kitchen (1/10/17): What it’s about: “Black cake, gingerbread, slant rhyme, secret loves, family scandals, poems composed on the back of a coconut cake recipe —we journey into the steamy, myth-laden, hidden world of poet Emily Dickinson through her kitchen. In her lifetime, Emily was probably better known as a baker than a poet. Filled with mystery, intrigue and readings by Patti Smith, Thornton Wilder, Jean Harris and an array of passionate poets and experts.” Why it’s great: I love The Kitchen Sisters’ approach to telling stories that have something to do with food. This story was pretty remarkable, with historians shedding some light on Emily Dickinson’s baking and the fascinating characters in her life. (32 minutes) Twitter: @kitchensisters
Switched on Pop, Episode 52: Seduced by the Sound: The Weeknd + Daft Punk (1/6/17): What it’s about: ““I Feel it Coming” might be the slowest burning jam to hit the charts in ages, in which the Weeknd enlists the robotic hum of Daft Punk to help craft a perfectly calibrated climate of desire. Brilliant, sexy songs don’t just appear out of thin air, though, so we reveal how this song’s perpetual excitement is hard-won through references to past stars of sultriness like Michael and Marvin while employing its own bag of tricks to turn up the heat.” Why it’s great: Um, it’s surprisingly a super sensual episode. so sign me up. Nate and Charlie are super smart, and they’re talking about a great song and how it borrows from other great sensual pop songs in history. (25 minutes) Twitter: @switchedonpop
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