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.)
Planet Money, Episode 728: The Wells Fargo Hustle (10/7/16): What it’s about: “The third-largest bank in the country, Wells Fargo, is in big trouble. A federal investigation found that Wells Fargo was opening bank accounts without customers’ permission. Perhaps as many as two million fraudulent accounts. After the scandal broke, Wells Fargo’s CEO John Stumpf was called to Capitol Hill to testify. He told the senators that the bank’s upper management wasn’t responsible for the giant scam. He said it was just a bunch of bad apples working at bank branches. Mostly low-level employees. One of the low-level employees was watching her former boss testify. And she couldn’t believe it. This wasn’t Wells Fargo’s culture? Upper management had nothing to do with it? She knew the company in branches across the country had pushed and pushed young bankers until they broke the rules. Even the law. Today on the show, we take you inside the branch at the headquarters of Well Fargo bank. A place where a lot of workers were rewarded for doing some very bad things.” Why it’s great: A whistleblower exposé? Yes, please. Unfortunately this is a depressing one for me, as I previously held a high opinion of Wells Fargo. I’m disappointed by the corruption and deceit by large companies in America, especially when it impacts innocent people who have grown up believing banks were trustworthy places to keep your money. (18 minutes) Twitter: @planetmoney
The Mash-Up Americans: Sex, Relationships, and Asian Dating (10/10/16): What it’s about: “Esther Perel, Flemish-Belgian-Jewish-American Mash-Up and world-renowned expert on sex and relationships, sits down with Amy to discuss fetishes, why Americans are terrible at flirting and why we’re obsessed with “productive” sex — and we’re not talking about making babies. Also discussed: Amy’s “First Asian Rule” and Esther’s tips for having the best sex of our lives. We’re here for you, fam.” Why it’s great: I didn’t know before the show intro that Esther Perel would be on the show but my ears immediately perked up – I knew it would be an amazing show and I wish the producers had included her name in the show title (this is inconsistent with the show, sometimes they do and sometimes they don’t, but I think in this case it would have been good marketing to include Perel’s name). Perel speaks to her signature topic of women having better sex which I always enjoy, but the beauty of this particular episode is how Amy Choi weaves the content into a cultural discussion about the diversity of attitudes about sex. How and why do people of different backgrounds mash up when it comes to sexual desire? I loved it. It left me wanting to go back and watch Perel’s TED Talk again and research more about pragmatism and intimacy. Super fascinating and very well done. (33 minutes) Twitter: @mashupamerican
The Sporkful: Who Is This Restaurant For? Part 1: Us vs. Them (10/5/16): What it’s about: “When you walk into a restaurant, you’re bombarded with signals that tell you what kind of place it is. But what happens when those signals bring certain people in, and keep others out?” Why it’s great: Tell me you haven’t thought to yourself that certain restaurants are not “for” you. Do you go to a restaurant because of its food, the environment, the people who are there? I am really excited about this miniseries from The Sporkful – I listened to episodes 2 and 3 as well but this episode really drew me in; it’s an embarrassing thing to admit that you don’t go to a “black” restaurant if you’re white. But should you even go to a restaurant that’s not “for” you? Dan Pashman and Kat Chow travel to Washington DC to talk about race and restaurants, and while episode 1 certainly doesn’t resolve anything, it gave me a lot to think about. (43 minutes) Twitter: @thesporkful
In the Dark, Episode 7: This Quiet Place (10/11/16) What it’s about: “Soon after the abduction and murder of Jacob Wetterling in 1989, Stearns County sheriff’s investigators came face to face with his killer, Danny Heinrich, who would confess to the crime 27 years later. Then they let him go. It wasn’t the first time that had happened in Stearns County.” Why it’s great: There was no multitasking while I was listening to this episode. It was a gripping, swelling indictment of the ineptitude of not only the Stearns County sheriff’s department but the elected sheriff system where there is no accountability and few checks and balances. This leads to crime being handled by people motivated by politics. It was really eye opening to me and I love that this is the second to last episode of the series. I’m ready for the big bang next week. (40 minutes) Twitter: @apmreports
Stride and Saunter, Episode 113: Presumptions of Positivity (10/12/16) What it’s about: “Especially in times like these, when media and general news seem to be filled with purely negative updates and stories, remaining positive is especially challenging. Science has shown that we have a predisposition to remember negative events more clearly and as the saying goes “misery loves company”. Given the ephemeral and rare nature of true positivity, what do we presume of those around us who bear the trait? This week, Leland Holcomb returns to the show to discuss his perspectives on how we judge or analyze positivity in others. Do we allow it to influence or bolster our own? Do we resent those who can manage happiness when we struggle to? How can we correct a “grass is always greener” mentality to understand that happiness and positivity take work and are not a perpetual state for others?” Why it’s great: This episode was fascinating to me because I’m a positive person-it’s just my DNA. I’m a little sad to learn that other people may view my positive outlook as unintelligent, but it is a really good awareness to have that helps me position myself especially in networking and negotiation. (17 minutes) Twitter: @StrideNSaunter
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