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.)
I’m pretty sure the theme that’s been on my mind is honesty … keep reading.
How to Be a Girl, Episode XV: Just Maybe (11/30/16): What it’s about: “She hasn’t got a womb or ovaries but she wants to be a mommy. How do I tell my young daughter that she won’t ever be a biological mother?” Why it’s great: Here’s a show from The Heard that has been on my Delicious Ingredients so many times, and the reason is that it is extremely honest. The audio with Marlo Mack’s daughter is priceless. But an extra bonus for me in this episode was the discussion of the science behind whether it will ever be possible for trans women to carry babies. It was another great episode from an all around fantastic show. (19 minutes) Twitter: @girlpodcast
A Pint With Seaniebee, Episode 33: Tavis Sage Eaton Has a Pint with Seaniebee (11/30/16): What it’s about: “The founder and lead singer of PushMethod – one of America’s most up-and-coming hip-hop rock bands – joins the podcast to recount his powerfully honest and inspiring life story and share some of the band’s music. Originally from Springfield Massachusetts, Tavis was born an only child into a difficult marriage. He recounts how a troubled early life obsessed with guns eventually led him to joining The Marines for four years as a rifle expert. Returning to New York from tours in the Middle East at the age of 22, he shares the extreme difficulties he had readjusting back into society and the generally poor levels of support proffered to today’s returning US military veterans. He eventually found his way out of the darkness through music, which culminated in him both founding PushMethod (pushmethod.com) and launching the innovative new charity, Hoodies For The Homeless.” Why it’s great: This was one of the best Pints with Seaniebee I’ve heard. I love when Sean Boyle interviews musicians because he typically includes their music in the show, and it totally works. In this particular episode Boyle points out some commonalities that he’s noticed among the many creative people he’s interviewed for the show, so as a listener who has heard many of his interviews, I loved that, it made me think of those other episodes. Boyle asks pointed questions and his guests are really open, so it’s refreshing to hear how someone got to where they are today – with all the bumps and bruises so many people are reticent to talk about. (47 minutes) Twitter: @seaniebee
Someone Knows Something, Episode 2: The Hammer (11/28/16): What it’s about: “In the early morning hours of January 7, 1998, Michael Lavoie was discovered by police parked in a storage locker, overcome by carbon monoxide fumes. Lavoie was supposed to meet with police for an interview the day before, but failed to show. His new fiancé, Sheryl Sheppard, had been reported missing by her mother on January 5, 1998. According to Michael Lavoie, he last saw Sheryl on January 2, when he dropped her off in an alleyway beside the Concord Hotel. He said she was going there to work as an exotic dancer. But Sheryl’s family and friends say she had a job at Tim Hortons, and was no longer dancing. Homicide dectectives had plenty of questions for Michael Lavoie. But first they had to rush him to hospital, and wait for him to recover…” Why it’s great: David Ridgen is a great host – I loved season one of SKS, largely because of Ridgen’s treatment of the subject matter: delicately inquisitive, aware that there are family members who are still grieving over the disappearance of a loved one no matter how many years ago it happened. I am excited to follow him as he digs into this cold case.(27 minutes) Twitter: @skscbc
Hidden Brain, Episode 53: Embrace the Chaos (11/29/16): What it’s about: “To many of us, the desire to bring order to chaos – to tidy up our kids’ toys, organize an overstuffed closet, or rake the leaves covering the lawn – can be nearly irresistible. And it’s a desire that extends to other aspects of our lives: Managers tell employees to get organized. Politicians are elected on promises to clean up Washington. And so on. But economist and writer Tim Harford thinks we’re underestimating the value of disorder. In this episode of Hidden Brain, we talk with Harford about his new book, Messy, and how an embrace of chaos is beneficial to musicians, speechmakers, politicians – and the rest of us.” Why it’s great: (24 minutes) Twitter: @hiddenbrain
Crimetown, Chapter 1: Divine Providence (and the other two episodes out so far) (11/20/16): What it’s about: “Welcome to Providence, Rhode Island, a city where organized crime corrupted every aspect of public life. In the first episode of Crimetown, a young prosecutor named Buddy Cianci takes on a gruesome murder case. As the investigation heats up, Buddy goes head to head with the most notorious mob boss in the country—and launches a career that will change Providence forever.” Why it’s great: There is a lot going on in this podcast-a lot of details to keep track of, but it’s one of America’s favorite topics told in great storytelling form: true crime. There are a lot of names to keep track of and this may end up being a better show to binge listen to than to tune into weekly, but it’s a great topic and it’s right up my alley. It’s a well done show by Gimlet. (34 minutes) Twitter: @crimetown
Terrible, Thanks for Asking, Episode 1: In Love and Memory (11/28/16): What it’s about: “Toddlers Ralphie and Bronson have lived most of their young lives with dead fathers. Their mothers – Nora and Moe Richardson – struggle to understand how to help their boys remember the dads they won’t know directly. And as they worry about what long-term effect the losses will have on the kids, Nora seeks perspective from Ambra Markos, whose mother died when Ambra was 2.” Why it’s great: Hey millenials and other Americans who like to pretend their social media profiles are their real lives: it’s ok to be honest. You could view this show as depressing or too heavy, but I view it as pure honesty. I love the concept of this show and can’t wait to hear more from it. (38 minutes) Twitter: @ttfapodcast
I had a light bulb moment while writing this week about a new graphic for the Delicious Ingredients – can’t wait to create it and debut soon! Although I do like looking at delicious food pics every week. Gives me dinner ideas sometimes!
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!