Each week I will publish the most Delicious Ingredients of my Audible Feast … the scrumptious, delectable, savory, rich, sweet, and spicy podcast episodes that have fed my ears this week. This will also allow me to link directly to episodes via either Soundcloud, Stitcher, or a podcast’s website (which are often amazing and contain bonus info or complementary stories). This also brings more visual content to my site as I can link to some beautiful logos and original artwork from these sites! All episode descriptions and artwork come from the linked sites. (Note: I also try to track every episode I listen to here.)
Radio Diaries, Episode 53: From Flint to Rio (7/27/16): “This is the story of an Olympic boxer, before and after she made history. 2012 marked the first year that women boxers were allowed to compete in the Summer Olympics. We produced an audio diary that followed Claressa Shields, a 17-year-old from Flint, Michigan, with a dream — to become the first American woman to win Olympic gold in boxing. And she did just that. But how much does a gold medal really change things for a teenager in Flint? In this podcast episode, we catch up with Claressa, four years later.” My favorite podcast episode about the Olympics so far – classic Radio Diaries content. (24 minutes) Twitter: @radiodiaries
Alter Ego Podcast, Episode 11: Adelaide is Miss Giggles, Rapelaide, and Merlaidy (7/27/16): “Adelaide is multitalented to the extreme! I’m featuring her in the week of burlesque because that’s how we met… but she is much more than one type of artist. In this episode we focus on THREE of her Alter Egos: Miss Giggles, Rapelaide, and Merlaidy. Miss Giggles is the kids clown who draws and paints and is a child at heart, but in an adult setting she strips down with a silly fun burlesque tease. Rapelaide is a rapper, flowing, confident, and expressed. You’ll get to hear one of her raps, “I’m an Artist!” Merlaidy is a mermaid, Adelaide feels most connected with her. She has a whole storyline about how she comes to shore and can transform to a human. Besides all of these things, Adelaide Marcus is also a very talented visual artist.” My first listen to Alter Ego – this show has drawn me into its web in one episode. Alter egos are intoxicating. (24 minutes) Twitter: @bealterego
The Brain Candy Podcast, Episode 67: Rivals 3 Finale Recap & Discussion (8/4/16): “Today we discuss the Rivals 3 finale. Sarah talks about the show, Johnny Bananas, and his decision regarding the twist. She says if she has any regrets, whether she’d do another show, and her relationship with Johnny is like now.” Most of you probably don’t follow MTV’s The Challenge, but it’s a reality competition where former MTV personalities compete in physical and mental challenges to win money. The shows are certainly manipulated by producers (as is most reality TV) and in the season that Susie and Sarah discuss, Sarah was bamboozled by her partner who, after winning the whole challenge together with Sarah, made a decision to keep $275K for himself and give her nothing. Sarah shares her perspective and Susie does a great job of being both Sarah’s friend and an objective interviewer in this podcast episode. (54 minutes) Twitter: @braincandypod
Remarkable Lives. Tragic Deaths. Episode 03: Kurt Cobain (8/1/16): “Kurt Cobain was one of the greatest figures in music history and the voice of a generation. Experience his rise to fame and struggles that led to his tragic death. This episode is dedicated to the two loves of his life, Courtney Love and Frances Cobain and to all of the millions of fans world-wide.” This new show features Carter Roy and Vanessa Richardson acting out parts of the subjects’ lives – and deaths. It’s a creative way to revisit these tragic losses and it’s super engaging. The show just debuted this week and there are three episodes to whet your appetite. (32 minutes) Twitter: @ParcastNetwork
Homemade Stories, HS #86: Cheating (8/1/16): “Why use a prettier name for it? Call it what it is. Most of us who have been in relationships have to face this demon at some stage in life. Is it a growing pain or fatal?” Shannon Cason and his wife discuss their past infidelity: the discussions they had about it, the language they used, what feelings they had about cheating, and how they came out the other side. This was my first Homemade Stories episode in a long time and I absolutely loved it. So raw and honest, it was like therapy. (26 minutes) Twitter: @shannoncason
How to Be Amazing with Michael Ian Black, Episode 37: Valerie Plame (8/2/16): “As a spy, Valerie Plame’s job was for nobody to know her identity. All that changed when members of George W. Bush’s administration outed her to a reporter in retaliation for her husband public criticism of the Bush administration’s use of intelligence in the run-up to the Iraq War. Simply, her life as she knew it, was ruined. In the years since, she rebuilt her life and using what she learned in her years as a CIA operative, has become outspoken about issues concerning cyber security and nuclear threat, among others. Her experience from 2003 is eerily relevant to events happening today.” You guys know I LOVE How to Be Amazing, and this is another home run for Michael Ian Black. He superbly reads the guests and applies humor at the exact right times. (63 minutes) Twitter: @HTBA_Show
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!