Each week I will publish the most Delicious Ingredients of my Audible Feast … the scrumptious, delectable, savory, rich, sweet, and spicy 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.)
Inflection Point with Lauren Schiller: Gender & Race Diversity in Tech – Roz Hudnell (9/12/16): What it’s about: “Meet one woman leading the charge to literally change the face of technology by bringing in more women and people of color to the industry–starting as early as elementary school. Roz Hudnell is VP of Corporate Affairs atIntel, and President of Intel Foundation. She is also one of the few senior African-American women at the company–and she is on a mission to change that too.” Why it’s great: Inflection Point is now my “spirit podcast” that I identify with more than any other as a strong feminist and person trying to make a difference in the world by changing the status quo. I was raised to speak up, to make a difference, and to be myself, and that is what Inflection Point is all about. I think this is my all time favorite episode of this show, I just can’t say enough about what it means to have role models who truly try to make a difference for women in traditionally male fields. Thank you, Roz Hudnell, for standing up and speaking up. (26 minutes) Twitter: @laschiller @rozhudnell
Neighbors: The Grave of Rosa Mary Dean (9/9/16): What it’s about: “On a rainy night 1949, a young woman arrived by train in Franklin, Tennessee and walked off into the night. The next morning, her body was found near an incinerator by the high school. Her throat had been cut. The murder has become a fixture of town lore, yet its victim lies in an unmarked grave. An effort to give her a headstone raises the questions: Who do we choose to remember? And why?” Why it’s great: A little bit of “Criminal” or “Lore” meets classic Neighbors – which is a great combo. It’s an interesting mystery that includes the local connection to Nashville that Jakob Lewis always provides. (23 minutes) Twitter: @neighborsnash
A Pint With Seaniebee, Episode 25: Julie Speier Has a Pint With Seaniebee (9/10/16): What it’s about: “What happens when you decide to chuck a comfortable, first-world existence and up stakes to do some good in a developing country? Seven years ago, Julie and her young family decided to do just that: moving from New York to Nicaragua to set up the San Juan Del Sur Day School from scratch, where she remains to this day as Principal. Julie’s inspiring story shows us that perhaps the most important thing in life is to fearlessly follow one’s passions on the road to ultimate self-fulfillment and is a salutary reminder in today’s greed-filled society, that each of us can effect change and deliver greater purpose to the world if we choose to do so.” Why it’s great: In my review of A Pint With Seaniebee, I asked for more stories from creative people who had families, and how they made it work when they chucked their old life and took a risk. Sean Boyle has delivered. (25 minutes) Twitter: @seaniebee
Sooo Many White Guys, Episode 10: Phoebe Welcomes Token White Guy Mike Birbiglia (9/13/16): What it’s about: “The actor, comedian and director reveals the truth about maleness AND whiteness in a heart-stopping episode that will leave you breathless. Plus, a surprise visit from Kelsey Grammer!?” Why it’s great: I actually listened to episodes 8, 9, and 10 right in a row this week and episode 8 with Roxane Gay was a close second for me in the best podcasts of the week, but what put the Birbiglia episode over the top was that he is just an open, honest, inquisitive guy, and spoke so lovingly about his wife, Jen Stein, and Phoebe Robinson handled this interview so well, asking just the right questions. Robinson and Birbiglia talk about the difference between improv and stand-up, and of course, Birbiglia’s new movie “Don’t Think Twice.” But they also discuss what it is like to be a token white guy. I’m sad that season 1 of this fantastic show is over because it is super thought-provoking, funny, and intelligent. (42 minutes) Twitter: @dopequeenpheebs @birbigs
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!