Delicious Ingredients: May 20, 2016

Delicious Ingredients: May 20, 2016

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.)

The Uncertain Hour, S01-2: White Gloves, Aluminum Cans and Plasma (5/11/16): “Perhaps more than any other group, women on welfare have been stigmatized. In this episode, we introduce you to two women who’ve relied on welfare through the years: Ruby Duncan, an 83-year-old welfare rights activist in Las Vegas, and Josephine Moore, a 59-year-old mother of six in Kermit, West Virginia. … Duncan grew up picking cotton in rural Louisiana. As a young woman, she moved to Las Vegas where she worked as a maid in hotels and a cook in casinos. After an accident left her with severe spine damage, Duncan sometimes relied on welfare to support her seven children. The racial discrimination she experienced in the 1960s and ’70s led her to become a prominent welfare rights activist. … We first met Josephine Moore almost 20 years ago when Marketplace followed her transition from welfare to work. That was right after the Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act (aka welfare reform) passed in 1996. So two decades later, we drop in on Moore where she lives, in a tiny coal-mining town, to see how life after welfare reform has been for her family.” (35 minutes)

modern loveModern Love: A Heart Outrun (5/10/16): “Gary Presley had all but given up on the idea of finding love. But — as the romantics out there know — love can find you when you least expect it. Sometimes, even when you’re resisting it. Gary tells his story in his Modern Love essay, “Would My Heart Outrun Its Pursuer?”” There’s something about Colin Farrell reading this that makes it 100 times better. He does a terrific job. (23 minutes)&


**storycorpsStoryCorps, Episode 469: Secrets (5/20/16): “When people come for a StoryCorps interview, many times they do not plan on sharing as many personal and intimate details about themselves as they often end up doing. The results can be both shocking and rewarding. When Jackie Miller came to our New York City booth with her son, Scott, she took the opportunity to confess something to him that she had kept private for a very long time. Jackie had adopted Scott in the early 1970s—and he knew that—but what he did not know was that when she was younger, Jackie herself had a child that she had given up for adoption. Jackie told Scott for the first time about the baby she had when she was much younger, and how she knew that when she was ready to have her own family, she would adopt.” This and three other secrets revealed on StoryCorps. (15 minutes)

only humanOnly Human: Medicine and Mistrust on Native American Reservations (5/10/16): “Native Americans have some of the highest rates of suicide, alcoholism, diabetes and maternal mortality in the country. And while the federal government passed the Indian Healthcare Improvement Act  back in 1976 to make their care a priority, it spends just $3,000 a year caring for each Native patient. (We spend twice that on health care for every prisoner.) Dr. Adrienne Laverdure and Dr. Ken Bernard, two Native American doctors, know this firsthand.The mother and son are both Chippewa Indians from North Dakota, and they’re part of the Indian Health Service (IHS), the federal agency that provides health care to all Native people in the U.S.” (25 minutes)


Anacostia Unmapped: The House that Gayle Built (5/19/16): “Growing up with three brothers can make a girl want her own home. So imagine one who starts babysitting at 14, saves her money and hides it from her brothers. She picks out the house she wants to buy, goes to college and starts a daycare. Renita “Mommy Gayle” Simril talks with Anacostia Unmapped contributor John Johnson about her childhood in Anacostia, a spooky experience in the famous Frederick Douglass Home nearby, and how she acquired the house of her dreams in the neighborhood.” I am going to LOVE this show about the Anacostia neighborhood of Washington, DC. (5 minutes)

Note to Self: Sexiness, Social Media, and Teenage Girls (5/18/16): “Girls who grow up with the Internet hear a lot of messed up cultural messages. They’re led to believe that if they post sexy pictures, and get a lot of ‘likes,’ that is empowerment, and that taking revealing pictures is owning their bodies and sexuality. There are also a lot of hilarious women in popular culture — Amy Schumer, Rachel Bloom, Lena Dunham, Ilana Glazer and Abbi Jacobson to name a few — who use their comedy to highlight the contradictions inherent in navigating this media saturated world, full of images that define feminine desirability and hotness. But which messages are getting through to adolescent girls? It’s a grab bag, according to Peggy Orenstein who noticed these, and a lot of other troubling trends when she interviewed 70 college-age girls about their personal lives. She wrote a book about it called “Girls & Sex,” and talked to us this week about some of the things she learned.” (22 minutes)

arrvlsARRVLS: Border Junkie (5/19/16): “Scott Comar was a truck driver from Hartford. In the late 90s, he discovered the borderland region that includes El Paso, Texas and Cuidad Juarez, Mexico. His growing dependency on hard drugs drew him to the lawless streets where the cost of living was cheap and the dope was even cheaper.” This is a very well-told, honest story. Very good tape. (20 minutes)

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