Delicious Ingredients: May 27, 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.)
Beautiful/Anonymous, Episode 12: Alcoholics Anonymous (5/24/16): Earwolf posts no show notes or descriptions of this show, so I’ll give you my own little synopsis of why I thought this was great this week. The premise of this show is an anonymous caller talks to comedian Chris Gethard for up to one hour. The caller can hang up at any time but Gethard has to stay on. In past episodes I feel like Gethard has tried to goad people into sharing deep bruises even if they don’t really want to – he makes it almost a therapy session where as the listener sometimes you feel like you’re listening to something you shouldn’t be hearing. But in this particular episode, the caller and Gethard talk about being addicts, until the caller suddenly has to hang up because he says his boss asked him to do something. That isn’t very remarkable, but what is astonishing to me (and great audio) is Gethard’s panicky response to the caller hanging up. He goes on for several minutes about how he’s worried he has compromised the caller’s sobriety, goes back and forth talking to himself about whether the guy’s boss really called him away or not… it’s like listening to Gethard in therapy for once, not just the callers. (36 minutes)
Here Be Monsters, Episode 60: The Predators of McNeil Island (4/20/16): “McNeil Island sits in Washington State’s Puget Sound, just three miles northwest of Steilacoom. For much of its existence, the island served as a fishing outpost for indigenous coastal people. But for the last 150-odd years, McNeil Island has been a place to house society’s undesirables. Soon after white settlers claimed it in the 1850s, they built a prison there–Charles Manson served a stint there, long before his infamous Hollywood killing spree. At that point, McNeil Island was a sustainable community that consisted of the prison staff and their family members. There were houses, an elementary school and a graveyard. But the world changed, and the island prison became too expensive to operate. In 2011 the prison closed, the inmates were relocated, and the staff moved to the mainland. But by then, McNeil Island had sprouted a different kind of facility, also nested inside razor wire. It wasn’t a prison, but its residents weren’t exactly free to leave.” This episode was aired a month ago but I just listened to it-it’s really great and makes your skin crawl. (40 minutes)&
Rumble Strip Vermont: Six Families, Six DCF Stories (5/19/16): “This show offers a close look at what it’s like to be a parent inside the DCF system. To have your choices, your lifestyle, your living circumstances under the microscope of a state agency that’s capable of taking away your children. DCF is an intensely private agency, and there’s no way to corroborate the details of these cases. The truth about these cases is always elusive and complicated. And I’m not looking for good guys or bad guys here. This is a show about six parents with six very different stories from all over the state of Vermont.” (38 minutes)
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!