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.)
StartUp: S4E3: Shadowed Qualities (10/20/16): What it’s about: “This week, Alex receives feedback about his job performance from his co-workers, friends, and family. Some of it is good, some less so. But there is something else that comes up during the review process that shocks him. We explore what happens when you unpack your emotional baggage—or someone unpacks it for you—and you realize the unexpected effect that it has been having on your team. In this final Gimlet-focused episode of season four, we take a raw and intimate look at a defining moment in the trajectory of a CEO.” Why it’s great: It’s a little uncomfortable to basically listen to someone on a counselor’s couch, which is essentially what’s happening in this episode with Alex Blumberg. I applaud Blumberg’s braveness and openness. He talks about being 50 and not wanting to grow up, not wanting to be more organized or change, and holding on to some stuff from his childhood. I’m not sure how I’d feel about this piece if I worked at Gimlet, but I do appreciate the emotional openness especially coming from a man. From a show (and entire network) that almost always has some positivity, joking, lightness in every episode, this was a big departure and I loved it. (41 minutes) Twitter: @podcastStartup
In the Dark, Episode 9: The Truth (10/25/16): What it’s about: “Touting (Danny) Heinrich’s confession, officials were quick to declare the matter closed. There wasn’t much interest in looking back at what went wrong with the investigation or even what Heinrich might have been up to for the last three decades. As part of Heinrich’s plea deal, the police agreed not to ask him about other crimes. In fact, there had been incidents in the Paynesville area shortly after the Wetterling abduction. Some involved a man following boys, including one in which Heinrich was identified by his license plate but not questioned. This was just a year after he had been interrogated as a lead suspect in the Wetterling case. To hear the authorities talk today, Heinrich was a master criminal, nearly impossible to catch. They described him as a man who kept to himself and covered his tracks remarkably well. But the people who know him paint a different picture.” Why it’s great: This entire series had phenomenal reporting from a team at MPR/APM and it was capitivating to listen to. I won’t give away my upcoming review but trust me, this is terrific audio. (42 minutes) Twitter: @apmreports @madeleinebaran
Missing & Murdered: Who Killed Alberta Williams? Episode 1: The Tip (10/25/16): What it’s about: “I didn’t recognize the sender but the subject jumped out at me right away. Intrigued, I clicked it open. I still get chills when I think about what it said. She was murdered by **** ***** ****** That was it. Just one sentence long. But it was the beginning of a journey that would take my producer, Marnie Luke, and me, across the country, and into the centre of an unsolved murder. She was murdered by **** ***** ******.” Why it’s great: Lori Ward from CBC introduced me to this show, and you know I love true crime shows. (Just look at my 5 star reviews … Someone Knows Something, Sword and Scale … and no surprise here, In the Dark will be on that list.) This first episode doesn’t even really get into the unsolved crime that much, just sets up the story and that there is some controversy around whether the murderer is known or not. Juicy! (35 minutes) Twitter: @CBCNews @Connie_Walker
BBC Outlook: My Fight Against “Hyena” Sex Ritual (10/25/16): What it’s about: “Natasha Annie Tonthola is campaigning against an initiation ceremony for girls in Malawi.” Why it’s great: This episode reminded me of another BBC piece a few months ago about a girl who stepped through a field of land mines to make it to safety. Tonthola describes in an appropriate level of detail what the hyena sex ritual is in Malawi and how the stigma attached to talking about it (much less refusing it) creates a culture of subservience. It was very sad to listen to, but Tonthola has turned her horror into advocacy, creating an innovative product to help these young women. It’s very inspiring. (21 minutes) Twitter: @BBCOutlook
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!