Delicious Ingredients: The Best Podcasts for June 3-9, 2017
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. 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 am happy to announce my Delicious Ingredients will now be published on my RadioPublic playlist, accessible at the link below, which will take you to the playlist if you have the app. If you don’t have the app, get it for Apple Podcasts or Google Play.
Nocturne, Episode 30: A Catalogue of Nights (6/6/17): What it’s about: “In January I left my home for 6 months of wandering and, of course, one of the main things I explored were the infinite shades of night in each new place. What I noticed more than ever is that every night is a finger print – each is unique, with no one the same as another. The sounds tell the stories.” Why it’s great: At the beginning of this episode, host Vanessa Lowe suggests that you curl up in a chair, maybe with a blanket, and just enjoy the sounds of the show. This is classic Nocturne (and The Heard) audio – I felt enveloped in the show and literally stopped what I was doing to go along with Lowe on her audio journey around the world. (25 minutes)
Criminal, Episode 68: All the Time in the World (6/2/17): What it’s about: “The “body farm” at Texas State University is a place almost no one except researchers and law enforcement is able to see, because it’s one of very few places in the world that deliberately puts out human bodies to decompose in nature. Forensic Anthropologists observe decomposition in order to help law enforcement discern when and how someone may have died. We asked if we could visit, and they agreed.” Why it’s great: We have discussed whole body donation in my immediate family, so I felt right at home hearing from people willing to donate their bodies to the body farm for forensic research. Host Phoebe Judge handled walking through the body farm like a pro, and in her typical style, was very matter-of-fact about decomposing flesh and vulture habits. (31 minutes)
Read my review of Criminal here! (September 2015)
Invisibilia: Emotions Part One (6/1/17): What it’s about: “A thief knocks down your door and you are flooded with fear. Your baby smiles up at you and you are filled with love. It feels like this is how emotions work: something happens, and we instinctively respond. How could it be any other way? Well, the latest research in psychology and neuroscience shows that’s not in fact how emotions work. We offer you a truly mind-blowing alternative explanation for how an emotion gets made. And we do it through a bizarre lawsuit, in which a child dies, and the child’s parents are the ones who get sued by an uninjured bystander.” Why it’s great: It was fascinating to me that our emotions may actually create the world around us, not the reverse – it could lead to so many revolutionary changes in how mental health is addressed. There’s a part two to this episode which is a great extension. (55 minutes)
Educate: All They Wanted to Do Was Get an Education (5/30/17): What it’s about: “Thirty-five years ago, four immigrant families won a landmark Supreme Court case that protects the rights of children in the United States to attend public schools, whether they have papers or not.” Why it’s great: This is not far from home for me (I live about 3 hours from where this happened) and I wasn’t entirely surprised that something like this happened in Texas, but I loved Educate’s approach to telling this story of parents who bravely took a school district to court despite the danger of being deported themselves. Too eerily relevant today. (23 minutes)
74 Seconds, Trial Day 4: Getting to 23 (6/2/17): What it’s about: “As the first week of the trial ends, the jury in the case starts to take shape. Plus: Why choosing a jury for the trial of a police officer is different than for other cases.” Why it’s great: Reports from inside the courtroom about the jury selection process and why certain potential jurors were maybe dismissed? Can there be a whole show just about this? If you haven’t heard this show yet, stop what you’re doing and binge it from the beginning, it won’t take you long. It is day by day coverage of the Jeronimo Yanez trial, who shot Philando Castile last summer in a traffic stop. (23 minutes)
Reveal: Misconceptions (6/3/17): What it’s about: “On this episode of Reveal, we examine the stakes – and high costs – of IVF. Malissa and David Pineda offer one searing example. Reveal’s Bernice Yeung and reporter Jonathan Jones follow the Pinedas’ story as part of a larger investigation into America’s $3 billion IVF industry. Malissa went to a doctor seeking fertility treatments. She wound up lying on an exam bed as she felt the doctor using an instrument to scrape the interior of her uterus. How could that happen?” Why it’s great: An unbelievably sad story about the fertility industry’s lack of transparency about failure rates and how one doctor continues to profit off of sharing his “success rates.” (51 minutes)
Read my review of Reveal here! (October 2015)
The Sporkful: Patti LaBelle Brings Her Frying Pans On Tour (6/5/17): What it’s about: “The music icon couldn’t eat in restaurants while touring the segregated South in the 60s. Now she cooks for herself on the road. Plus, she tells us what she really thinks of pumpkin pie.” Why it’s great: The Sporkful is at its best when host Dan Pashman is interviewing people who aren’t chefs by profession but have an awesome connection to food or a restaurant. I had no idea Patti LaBelle had a kick-ass sweet potato pie sold at Walmart. My favorite part was hearing LaBelle talk about how cooking for others turned her on, and it was almost the same as singing for people. She loves when people ask for her recipe or for seconds. (37 minutes)
Read my review of The Sporkful here! (January 2017)
Code Switch: ‘Give it Up for DJ Blackface!’ (5/31/17): What it’s about: “This week, we follow the strange trend of white dance-music DJs who pass themselves off as black artists. Gene talks to legendary House music DJ Ron Trent. The European producer Guy Tavares chimes in from The Netherlands on what he sees as overhyped controversy. Piotr Orlov, who covers dance music for NPR weighs in on what this all means for music fans.” Why it’s great: This appropriation is one of the strangest things I’ve heard of in a long time. I was dumbfounded by how adamant some of the DJs were that there is nothing at all wrong with trying to pass yourself off as a black artist when you’re white. Fascinating discussion. (28 minutes)
Read my review of Code Switch here! (October 2016)
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