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.)
It’s been a rollercoaster week for me. So the image I picked as my featured delicious ingredient was a beer 🙂
Around the Table: Why We Need Friends Who Aren’t Like Us (11/7/16): What it’s about: “This week, we’re discussing how to cultivate friendships with people who are different than us. Plus, our monthly read watch listen follow segment! What you’ll hear: Why it’s hard to make friends who look and think differently; the immense value in such friendships; practical ways to widen our circles; and what we’ve been reading, watching, listening to and following.” Why it’s great: Two weeks in a row, Around the Table has made me feel good about myself and believe in hope. This episode came out before the election, and it’s a great message for this week. Complementary to the This American Life episode from last week where Zoe Chace interviewed Minnesotans afraid of Somalis taking over their neighborhoods, this episode presents the positive side of having diverse friends. Jacey and Maggie even discuss the awkwardness of trying to be friends with someone who doesn’t look like you – you don’t want to act like you need a token black or Muslim friend, but really… you do need friends who aren’t like you. (50 minutes) Twitter: @theattpodcast
StoryCorps, Episode 486: The Other Side (11/4/16): What it’s about: “If we’ve learned anything during the 2016 presidential campaign, it’s how deeply divided we are as a nation. For people on both sides it can seem like the other side is living in an alternate universe. It’s like there have been two stories running parallel to each other that rarely, if ever, meet. That’s why in this week’s episode of the StoryCorps podcast, we decided to see what would happenif two people who disagree, in the midst of this divisive election, tried to do a StoryCorps interview.And what if the conversation wasn’t about policy, or ideology, or even trying to win an argument? What if they just tried to understand where the other is coming from?” Why it’s great: Dave Isay e-mailed the StoryCorps distribution list on November 10th about how the divisive presidential election proved Americans are not listening to each other, and how StoryCorps is trying its damndest to make that better. This kind of episode is a perfect example of that. (16 minutes) Twitter: @storycorps
Code Switch: A Muslim and a Mexican Walk Into a Bar (11/9/16): What it’s about: “Gene and Shereen digest the surprising results of the presidential election with help from a comedian and a columnist. Negin Farsad hosts the podcast “Fake The Nation.” Gustavo Arrellano is editor of “OC WEEKLY” in Orange County, California, and writes the column “¡Ask A Mexican!.”” Why it’s great: I listened to a lot of postmortem from the election, and I really liked Code Switch’s take. They were thoughtful. I don’t want to get into a political discussion here, but I just really enjoyed a cathartic review of what may have led to a Trump win and what it means now. It wasn’t extreme, it was just respectful – they did a great job. (26 minutes) Twitter: @NPRCodeSwitch
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!