Each week I will publish the most Delicious Ingredients of my Audible Feast … the scrumptious, delectable, savory, rich, sweet, spicy, and best podcast episodes that have fed my ears this week. All episode descriptions and artwork come from the linked sites. (Note: I also try to track every episode I listen to here.)
Brave Little State: What is the Status of the Abenaki Native Americans in Vermont? (11/4/16): What it’s about: ““A lot of people think of natives as being like the John Wayne films … darker skin, darker hair … And there’s always this sense of people wanting you to prove it. People have told me that I’m too white to be native, which is cool,” Amy says sarcastically. “I just look dumbfounded every time. It just sucks that people question.”” Why it’s great: It’s no secret that I love Brave Little State, I think it’s one of the best new shows this year. It has appeared in the Delicious Ingredients several times. What I love about it is that it’s technically a local interest podcast, but it tells a story that could be interesting to anyone, anywhere. Plus, the topics for the show come from listeners who call in with suggestions. Love it.(25 minutes) Twitter: @bravestatevt
Homecoming, Episode 1: Mandatory (11/16/16): What it’s about: “New clients arrive. A customer asks for the bill. The airport signage needs a lot of work. A bird wakes up in the Everglades.” Why it’s great: I’m not extremely well-versed in fiction podcasts – I’ve dipped my toe in here and there, but I find it hard to stay with a serial fiction show for some reason. It’s hard to judge only one episode in, but I don’t think that’s going to be the case with Homecoming. I wasn’t crazy about the “after show” but we’ll see how that goes over time. I think with other fiction podcasts I often feel like someone is shoving a story down my throat and overdoing it; this reminded me of 11.22.63, a Hulu show (it’s great, check it out) in that it’s just intense enough and you can take some guesses at where it’s going, but it’s not over the top. Catherine Keener is just phenomenal – what a great radio voice. I can’t wait to see where Gimlet takes this. (25 minutes) Twitter: @HomecomingShow
BBC Documentaries: Searching for Tobias (11/15/16): What it’s about: “In Mississippi in 2008, Chloe Hadjimatheou met a 15-year-old black boy with dreams of being a policeman. Eight years later, Chloe goes in search of him to find what became of him. Did he prosper in Obama’s America?” Why it’s great: I love that the BBC Documentaries are so all over the map. One day you’ll hear about water flow challenges in Africa, the next a blind boy who learned to use sound to guide him through a school. This is another one that is totally random-just an attempt to follow up with someone who the reporter met at the dawn of the Obama presidency in MIssissippi. He was full of hope and aspiration, and when the reporter finds him, it’s not what she’s expecting. (27 minutes) Twitter: @BBCWorldService
Poly Wanna Podcast, Episode 5: Don’t You Get Jealous? (11/16/16): What it’s about: “In this episode, Britt Vasicek sits down with Jonathan Walker to discuss the most commonly asked question that we receive: Don’t you get jealous? The short answer is yes. The long answer is much more interesting.” Why it’s great: I recently found the Mocking Bird Network which is based in Houston, and this is the first show I’ve listened to among their handful of shows. I appreciate sex-positive shows that aim to educate about lifestyles and choices that aren’t mainstream or that a lot of people don’t understand. This conversation flowed naturally and was really easy to listen to. I look forward to hearing more from this and the other shows on the network. (28 minutes) Twitter: @polywantpodcast @fullabritt
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!