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. 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.)
Atomic Moms: Working Mom Crush (10/4/16): What it’s about: “Award-winning creative director Jessica Coulter and host Ellie Knaus laugh about play dates gone awry, making mom friends, and surprising details from her pre-baby past (burlesque and NFL cheerleading, what?). This year Coulter was named one of Business Insider’s “30 Most Creative Women in Advertising” and we talk about what it’s like being a mom-boss in the dude-centric world of advertising. Ellie also gets her to share fantastic mom hacks for getting stuff done and her personal struggle going back to work full-time. Last but not least, we bring our mutual “Hamilton: An American Musical” obsession to a whole new level. Lin-Manuel Miranda would be proud.” Why it’s great: I totally live the life of working mom crushes – people you think are funny or smart who you just want to get to know, and you know you have something in common because you both at least have kids! But … will she like me? Am I pathetic? Lame? I imagine most moms feel this at least on occasion (just tell me you do even if it’s not true, it will make my insecure self feel better). This episode was great, because not only did host Ellie Knauss and her friend Jessica Coulter talk about their meeting, they also talk about how Coulter is changing the status quo in a male dominated industry. Two of my favorite topics 😉 (47 minutes) Twitter: @atomicmoms
Heavyweight, Episode 3: Tara (10/4/16): What it’s about: “Jonathan watched a short experimental video in college in which a little girl sat in silence while her parent sobbed. Now, Jonathan wants to know if that girl is okay.” Why it’s great: I love this new show from Gimlet Media. Jonathan Goldstein is fantastic, and although some have likened this to Mystery Show, I think it’s superior due to Goldstein. Sure, there’s an element of “mystery” here, where we don’t know exactly what happened after something took place many years ago, but this show is treated with so much more patience and care than a glib mystery about something really inconsequential, like what happened to a video store that went out of business. For me, the painstaking process of finding out Jake Gyllenhaal’s true height doesn’t spark a fraction of the emotion that any of these three initial stories has in Heavyweight so far. (38 minutes) Twitter: @heavyweight
The Heart: My Everything, My Bear (10/5/16): What it’s about: “In a suitcase full of books and papers, there is a little notebook with a bear sitting alone in a hot air balloon. This journal is one of the only things Alex saved when they got rid of all their possessions and moved to Ohio. The journal is filled with accounts of the life and the love they left behind.” Why it’s great: One thing I love about The Heart is that you never know who is going to be featured, and I mean you don’t even know whether you’re going to hear a story from a cis gendered person, someone who is gender queer, someone who is gay … and I love that because to me that signifies that The Heart treats every story equally. Every story about love or lack thereof deserves to be heard. This particular episode was about two people who fell in and out of love, and while gender identity is central to the story, it’s just a story about love. (23 minutes) Twitter: @theheartradio
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!