Delicious Ingredients: May 6, 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: The Magic Bureaucrat (4/28/16): “In the summer of 1996, on the lawn of the White House Rose Garden, President Clinton signed a bill that would dramatically transform the country’s welfare system. Twenty years later, what the heck is welfare anyway? And we should make it clear — we’re talking about cash assistance to poor families, not food stamps or medicaid. Welcome to “The Uncertain Hour,” the Wealth & Poverty desk’s new podcast hosted by Senior Correspondent Krissy Clark. In the first episode, we’ll introduce you to the “Magic Bureaucrat” — the former director of a suburban county welfare office. You’ll hear about his foray into synthpop music production and how he launched the welfare reform movement. Because the things we argue most about are often the things we know the least about.” (47 minutes)
Fresh Air: Larry Wilmore On ‘Breaking Taboos’ At The White House Correspondents’ Dinner (5/3/16): “The reviews are mixed for Larry Wilmore’s performance Saturday night at the White House Correspondents’ Association dinner. The comic, who hosts Comedy Central’sThe Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore, landed jokes about President Obama, the presidential candidates and the press. But a few of his bits — including his reference to the president as “my n****” — were greeted with some discomfort. Reflecting on his performance, the comic tells Fresh Air’s Terry Gross that “breaking taboos is a very dangerous thing to do.” And while he acknowledges that using the N-word might upset some people, he says that his intention was to recognize and honor Obama’s significance as the first black president. “What Obama means to me as a black person, and to many black [people], really is hard to quantify,” he says. ” … I wanted to take the opportunity to turn that [word] upside down and to use it in the way that we’ve used it inside the community … as that show of affection that only we can understand.”” (37 minutes)&
Note to Self: What Happens to the Videos No One Watches (5/4/16): “Here’s the thing about social media; it’s supposed to be social. Right there in the name. And yet, across the Internet there are millions of public videos, photos and posts that almost no one has watched, clicked or shared. Which begs the question: If a person puts a video on YouTube, and no one watches, did it even happen? Joe Veix wrote for Fusion about what he calls the Lonely Web. “It lives in the murky space between the mainstream and the deep webs. The content is public and indexed by search engines, but broadcast to a tiny audience, algorithmically filtered out, and/or difficult to find using traditional search techniques.” Just to focus on YouTube, the company reports that over 400 hours of video are uploaded every minute. Nobody can watch all this stuff. But it’s there… waiting. Joe tells Manoush that watching these videos can give you a refreshingly honest look into someone’s life, as opposed to the more edited and filtered versions that many of us share. “But is also emotionally exhausting,” he says. “Because on some level you are maybe not supposed to be watching these videos. It’s a little voyeuristic.”” (22 minutes)
Snap Judgment Special: The Student and the Teacher (5/3/16): “L. Ron Hubbard’s Great Grandson, Jamie DeWolf, smashes against his family legacy with a breathtaking performance about the secret history of Scientology. ” Plus … “Noah St. John is a 15-year-old writer and actor who exploded onto the performance scene by winning the Youth Speaks Grand Slam Championship and representing the Bay Area at the Brave New Voices festival as a sophomore in high school. Noah takes to the stage in a jaw dropping homage to both of his mothers.” AND! “Jack McCarthy is a veteran performer, poet and storyteller whose book, Say Goodnight, Grace Notes, was released in 2003 by EM Press to rave reviews. His work has appeared in a number of anthologies, including The Spoken Word Revolution, and the film Slamnation. Jack currently resides in Seattle, Washington.” And a BONUS second Snap performance: “The amazing Noah St. John is a 16 year-old writer and actor who exploded onto the performance scene by winning the Youth Speaks Grand Slam Championship and representing the Bay Area at the Brave New Voices festival as a sophomore in high school.” (33 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!