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.)
Both old and new classics this week!
The Story Collider: Jeff Sparr: Obsession (6/17/16): “Jeff Sparr finds an unexpected purpose after his life is torn apart… by a case of jock itch.” I listen to The Story Collider pretty regularly because I love stories, personal narratives, and science, and this show combines all three. I was not prepared for this episode about a man who describes how he realized he had OCD and how it affected his life from that point on. Jeff Sparr sounds a little like a tough guy at the outset and as with other Story Collider episodes you may be expecting a funny yet touching story – but just wait and listen and you’ll be rewarded. (13 minutes) Twitter: @story_collider
This American Life, Episode 589: Tell Me I’m Fat (6/17/16): “The way people talk about being fat is shifting. With one-third of Americans classified as overweight, and another third as obese, and almost none of us losing weight and keeping it off, maybe it’s time to rethink the way we see being fat. A show inspired by Lindy West’s book Shrill.” This episode is fantastic, I suspect it will be one of the best of the year. The stories are so relatable and emotional. (70 minutes) Twitter: @thisamerlife
Planet Money, Episode 706: Water’s Worth (6/17/16): “A country has to sell what it’s got. Lesotho always had more rain and snow than it knew what to do with. So Lesotho made a deal with its neighbor, South Africa, to buy the water. The country moved rivers and built one of the most impressive water projects in Africa to deliver it. Then the drought hit. All over Lesotho, the grass is dry. The corn is stunted. And cows are dying. Yet the water deal with South Africa still holds. Lesotho promised to sell the water and it has to keep delivering it. On the other side of the water tunnels is the city of Johannesburg, one of the economic engines of Africa. The metropolis grew on water from Lesotho and needs even more of it in the future. And they’ll do just about anything to keep the water flowing.” You’ll do better at trivia night if you listen to Planet Money-I swear. But you’ll also just know more about the world economy, which will make you feel very smart! (13 minutes) Twitter: @planetmoney
Death, Sex & Money: Inside Planned Parenthood (6/22/16): “Over a number of days this past winter and spring, we collected interviews at the Planned Parenthood clinic in downtown Brooklyn. Patients volunteered to talk with us while they were waiting for their appointments. They were there for STD tests, pap smears, birth control prescriptions—no one seeking an abortion talked with me on the days we were there. But for many of the people I met, abortion was an important part of their history with Planned Parenthood.” This episode is not just about abortion, it’s about a lot of things that happen at Planned Parenthood, including prayers and protests. (28 minutes) Twitter: @deathsexmoney @annasale
Modern Love: Fighting Words (6/15/16): “Sometimes in life, and in love, it’s not about what someone says or does to us. It’s about how we respond. Laura Munson had to remind herself of this when her marriage experienced a plot twist. She wrote about her experience in the Modern Love essay, “Those Aren’t Fighting Words, Dear.” Alysia Reiner brings us Laura’s story. She’s best known as Natalie Figueroa, or “Fig”, on the Netflix series “Orange is the New Black.”” I will be thinking about this story for a long, long time. “I decided I was not going to suffer.” Such a powerful choice. (24 minutes) Twitter: @meghnaWBUR @WBUR
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!