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Delicious Ingredients: The Best Podcasts for February 11-17, 2017

Each week I will publish the most Delicious Ingredients of my Audible Feast … the scrumptious, delectable, savory, rich, sweet, spicy, and best podcasts that have fed my ears this week.  They’re listed in no particular order. All episode descriptions and artwork come from the linked sites. (Note: I also try to track every episode I listen to here.)

Making Gay History: Bonus Episode: Love is Love (2/14/17): What it’s about: “The four love stories we present in this special Valentine’s Day bonus episode come from people who took high profile roles in the LGBT civil rights movement in the 1960s and ‘70s.  On most days we celebrate their their contributions to the movement.  In this episode we get a peek into their hearts with stories of cautious love, the loss of a love, love sickness, and first love.” Why it’s great: This episode only features a few snippets from Eric Marcus’ library of recordings, but they’re very touching. And Marcus’ love note to his partner at the end of the episode … how lucky I would be to have that lasting love for so long. (11 minutes) Twitter: @makinggayhistry

Radio Diaries, Episode 63: The Last Civil War Widows (2/13/17): What it’s about: “Daisy Anderson and Alberta Martin lived what seemed like parallel lives. Both had grown up poor, children of sharecroppers in the South. Daisy in Tennessee; Alberta in Alabama. Both women got married in their early 20’s, to husbands who were near 80. And both those husbands had served in the Civil War. Except, on opposite sides.” Why it’s great: How cool is it that the last U.S. Civil War widows were still alive in the early 2000s? This is phenomenal archival audio, and the ladies’ thick accents add a lot of flavor to their stories. (11 minutes) Twitter: @radiodiaries

Food Programme: Citrus (2/12/17): What it’s about: “Sheila Dillon goes on a citrus journey, discovering vivid flavour possibilities and hidden histories. Joining Sheila are Catherine Phipps, food writer and creator of a new book ‘Citrus – Recipes that Celebrate the Sour and the Sweet’ out this week, Helena Attlee author of ‘The Land Where Lemons Grow’ and Michael Barker, Editor of Fresh Produce Journal.” Why it’s great: The BBC’s own description of what this episode is about does not do it justice. I was turned on to this show by my friend Angela, who listens to all things BBC, and I loved this particular episode because winter is a perfect time to think of the many delicious varieties of citrus fruit and all the ways they can be enjoyed. It was like tasting summer, just by listening to a podcast. (30 minutes) Twitter: @BBCFoodProg

Bronzeville, Episode 1 (2/7/17): What it’s about: “Young Jimmy Tillman, a black kid who’s killed a white strike breaker in self-defense, flees rural Arkansas and comes to Bronzeville, where he soon falls in with Casper Dixon, a smooth talking numbers runner, who brings Jimmy into the Copeland organization.” Why it’s great:  Audio fiction is growing on me. In many ways, Bronzeville is like Gimlet’s Homecoming – it has a fantastic cast of actors including but certainly not limited to Laurence Fishburne, Larenz Tate, and Lance Reddick. But even better than Homecoming, this podcast is independent (though sponsored of course) and that undoubtedly gives its team a ton of freedom to make the best artistic decisions. I loved episode 2 also and I’m jonesing to hear the rest of the 10-part series. Give it a listen and I guarantee you’ll be transported to the south side of Chicago. (40 minutes) Twitter: @bronzevilleshow

Q’ed Up: The Tipping Point (2/6/17): What it’s about: “A police chief in Antioch leads a team to investigate citizen complaints. But some say the complaints mostly target newer black residents. Across town, a lawyer is determined to bring down the Antioch Police Department, accusing them of ethnic cleansing. In between, neighbors are fighting neighbors over who can call this place home.” Why it’s great: This show may remind you of There Goes the Neighborhood, a short series from WNYC about the gentrification of Brooklyn and what that means for its residents and culture. But this show is really about the opposite of gentrification, about what happens when an upper class suburb becomes more middle class. Episode 2 is also terrific, and I can’t wait for more. (42 minutes) Twitter: @sandhyadirks @kqednews

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