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.)
My website was down last week, so I’m’ trying to wrap up the last two weeks into one post-had to be extra picky!
Fresh Air: The ‘Racial Cleansing’ of Forsyth County (9/15/16): What it’s about: “In 1912, white mobs set fire to black churches and black-owned businesses. Eventually the entire black population of Forsyth County was driven out, says Blood at the Root author Patrick Phillips.” Why it’s great: I didn’t know about this sordid piece of American history, though I’m not shocked that it happened. Sometimes author interviews/book previews feel dry, but Terry Gross does a great job keeping this interview about why the book means something to the author, who describes his personal connection to the area and why he felt compelled to write this history down. (37 minutes) Twitter: @nprfreshair
Lore, Episode 43: Supply and Demand (9/19/16): What it’s about: “Throughout history, certain individuals have managed to rise to the challenge in the face of difficulty. But in 1827, that attitude was taken to a new—and horrific—level.” Why it’s great: This episode of Lore is one of the best I’ve heard. It’s a compelling and unbelievable story about how due to the demand for medical research, corpse snatching turned into murder for two nefarious characters. Super creepy and well told as usual by Aaron Mahnke. (31 minutes) Twitter: @lorepodcast
Historically Black: NASA’s Human Computers (9/19/16): What it’s about: “During World War II, a labor shortage obliged the military to hire African American women with mathematical skills to help make complicated computations for warplane designs.This small team of black women faced discrimination but eventually would help NASA astronauts land on the moon. One woman whose grandmother was a “computer” helps tell the story.” Why it’s great: #1, this episode was hosted by Keegan Michael Key. He was a great host. #2: This is about a woman computer! Love it! Right up my alley of course. The project accompanies the opening of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington. (19 minutes) Twitter: @apmreports
KCRW’s Here Be Monsters, HBM063: The Art of the Scam, by Malibu Ron (9/14/16): What it’s about: “Presumably, any given mystic falls into one of two categories: true believer or scam artist. It’s foolish to think that this is a categorization that can be made at first glance. Spotting a good scammer is near impossible, unless they tell you outright. On this episode of Here Be Monsters, Jeff Emtman has a conversation with an internet mystic who identifies as scam artist. Vice would call him an “Etsy witch“; he calls himself a “haunted demon seller.” Regardless, he doesn’t give out his real name.” Why it’s great: Another classic HBM episode capturing the things we’re afraid of, or creeped out by, but don’t really like talking about. This was a great interview of a guy who sells voodoo dolls, spells, and other kooky stuff online, and has plenty of buyers to support his shoe habit. (21 minutes) Twitter: @hbmpodcast @jeffemtman @bjoux_
Rumble Strip Vermont: When the Food Runs Out (9/24/16): What it’s about: “More and more Vermonters can’t afford groceries by the end of the month. The paycheck isn’t enough. The food stamps won’t stretch. And they’re looking to community meals and food shelves for regular help. The trouble is, food shelves weren’t designed to provide sustainable food. They were set up for emergencies. For fires, for floods. But every day, an army of volunteers–mostly women between the ages of 55 and 70–hustle food from area stores and local farmers and the Vermont Foodbank….to feed people. This is a show about what it feels like when you don’t have enough to eat. It’s also about money and not having enough of it.” Why it’s great: Erica Heilman always approaches her subjects with such tenderness and care. The stories she tells about Vermonters are often tough to listen to but need to be told. (31 minutes ) Twitter: @rumblestripvt
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!