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. You can see what I’ve been listening to here to see the competition these shows beat out to earn their spot as the best of the week. This week has the most episodes I’ve ever had on my list, I just couldn’t narrow it down any further (and I wanted to include a couple more – On the Media and Call Your Girlfriend were great).
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Ear Hustle: Cellies (6/14/17): What it’s about: “At San Quentin Prison, the typical cell measures approximately 4’ x 9’ and contains a bunk bed, toilet, sink, two men, and their six cubic feet of belongings. In our first episode of Ear Hustle, hear stories of negotiating this space and the relationships that come with living in such close quarters.” Why it’s great: The long-awaited show which was the winner of the 2016 Radiotopia Podquest is finally here. I am amazed at the quality of the recording from a prison, and appreciate that the prison must have worked with the inmates to allow them this privilege. I loved the trailer for the show which was about how everything you see on TV about prison is totally bogus – these guys are going to let us in to how it really is to live in a 4×9 cell. (24 minutes)
Invisibilia: Reality Part One, Invisibilia: Reality Part Two (6/8/17): What it’s about: “How is it that two neighbors can look out their window at the exact same thing, and see something completely different? This is a question many people in America are asking now. We explore it by visiting a small community in Minnesota, called Eagle’s Nest Township, that has a unique experience with the reality divide: some of the people in the town believe that wild black bears are gentle animals you can feed with your hands, and others think they are dangerous killers. This divide leads to conflict and, ultimately, a tragic death. So, is there a “real” truth about the bear, or is each side constructing its own reality? In part two we look at attempts to escape these self-made constructs. We follow one man’s epic experiment to break out of his reality bubble. And one woman’s epic-in-its-own-way experiment to break out of her species bubble!” Why it’s great: Invisibilia is knocking it out of the park this season. Sometimes I find long episodes daunting, so I think it was wise for the show to split up both last week’s and this week’s episodes into two parts, but they didn’t feel long in either case. I didn’t want this story to end, I loved the audio of Hanna feeding a wild bear nuts with her bare hand in the Minnesota wilderness. This season is all about concepts and how there are many viewpoints to any one concept. (44, 29 minutes part 1, 2)
Between Us Girls, Episode 38: He Smells Like Old Prosciutto and Sandwich Spread (6/13/17): What it’s about: “This week, the ladies welcome fabulously filthy storyteller, award winning host of the podcast Probably True and English bloke – Scott. Join the panel as they discuss how you can tell if the feeling isn’t mutual and annoying things that make you lose interest in a guy. A British accent makes everything better! Grab some tea and biscuits, plop some ear muffs on mummy and listen…” Why it’s great: I love Probably True, thanks to host Danielle from Between Us Girls, so it was inevitable that I’d love this episode. I was laughing the entire time and loved how both Scott’s and the ladies’ personalities came out. This is a “friends chat over wine” show and I love the raunchiness level – it’s not over the top but these women are no prudes and they have opinions! Fun show, definitely check it out. (41 minutes)
Undiscovered: The Wastebook (6/13/17): What it’s about: “In December 2015, the fight over science funding got personal for biologist Sheila Patek. She discovered that a U.S. Senator, Jeff Flake of Arizona, had included her research on mantis shrimp in his “wastebook”: a list of federally-funded projects he deemed a waste of taxpayer money. So what did Patek do? She headed to Capitol Hill to make the case to Senator Flake—and to Congress—that blue-sky science is worth the money.” Why it’s great: I love that Sheila Patek went to Washington not to be confrontational, but to literally find out why she ended up on a list of wasteful research projects, why her work was turned into a public joke. I also didn’t realize just how few research proposals are granted NSF money (Patek’s was NSF funded, so … a lot of people thought her research was worth it). It was also very enlightening to hear how much of that grant actually went toward the project, versus paying grad students (and they don’t make much either) and a host of other administrative overhead costs. (32 minutes)
Our Americana, S03E09: A Year of Podcasting (North Carolina w/Steven Pappas) (6/3/17): What it’s about: “Our Americana celebrates its first birthday by honoring podcasting the best way we know how: through origin and community. In the first of a three part series with various podcasters, Josh sits down with Steven Pappas of the Is This Adulting? podcast to talk very candidly about his North Carolina upbringing, mental health, religion, evolving ideology, and what it means to be a progressive southern boy.” Why it’s great: This was a really emotional episode, but sweetly genuine. You can tell that host Josh Hallmark and guest Steven Pappas have a lot of chemistry, and this episode of OA in particular is like sitting in on a conversation with your own friends. The pair spend much of the episode talking about mental health, but also about the complex state of North Carolina and how Pappas views a cultural divide between the east and west parts of the state. (48 minutes)
Magic Lessons, S1E12: Brene Brown on “Big Strong Magic” (7/25/16): What it’s about: “The author of BIG MAGIC talks to Brene Brown, the author of RISING STRONG, about how essential creativity is for healthy, wholehearted living.” Why it’s great: I know little about Brene Brown and Elizabeth Gilbert, but I heard about this podcast episode via Podcast Brunch Club’s June listening list on creativity. This so rarely happens to me, but I want to listen to this episode again – I was riveted by the wisdom nuggets scattered throughout this show. Not only did the pair discuss creativity, but they also addressed fear, which is something that prevents many people from being creative. Gilbert said a therapist told her once that the thing has caused the most fear for you has already happened – so it’s not likely to happen again, and you’ve already made it out the other side. It was really inspirational. (35 minutes)
StoryCorps, Episode 503: The Son You Wanted (6/9/17): What it’s about: “In this episode, we listen to three interviews recorded over the course of a decade that trace the journey of a young man with Asperger’s Syndrome from middle school through college and into the working world.” Why it’s great: I almost don’t want to tell you anything more about this episode other than that it made me cry in a very sweet and tender way. I guarantee you’ll come away from listening to this wanting to do this with your kids over the span of a decade. (19 minutes)
Read my review of StoryCorps here! (September 2015)
Hidden Brain: Rap on Trial (6/12/17): What it’s about: “Olutosin Oduwole was a college student and aspiring rapper when he was charged with “attempting to make a terrorist threat.” We explore how perceptions of rap music may have played a role.” Why it’s great: An engrossing story that made me think of the current season of Invisibilia, how two people can perceive a situation through completely different filters. Oduwole did go to prison for what he was accused of, and the prosecutors swear to this day that he was guilty and a threat to society. He says he was persecuted for writing rap lyrics and a whole bunch of coincidences lining up, not in his favor. The show explores the bias against rap music and how much that bias has to do with race. Violent lyrics appear in many music genres, but rap is considered the threatening art form. (55 minutes)
How to Be Amazing with Michael Ian Black, Episode 60: Al Franken (6/1/17): What it’s about: “The Senator from the great state of Minnesota discusses his new memoir, Al Franken, Giant of the Senate; which traces his unlikely path from a 30 year career as a comedian, writing and starring at Saturday Night Live, to diving into politics after being a passionate follower on the sidelines. In this emotionally honest conversation he shares with Michael why he cares so much, and even dishes a bit on his fellow senators.” Why it’s great: Franken and Black are a great match – two funny and intelligent people bring a lot of wit to this episode. Franken’s talk of his grandkids was priceless. (61 minutes)
Read my review of How to Be Amazing here! (May 2016)
The Podcast Digest, TPD146: Sook-Yin Lee of Sleepover (6/11/17): What it’s about: “Sook-Yin Lee from CBC’s “Sleepover” is my guest this week! We talk how this very unique show was born, what it’s like producing it (including editing 24 hours of tape to a 90 minute presentation!), feedback from previous guests of “Sleepover” and so much more! Sook-Yin is a creative tour-de-force and has great insights into the world of storytelling, journalism and more! You will love this show!” Why it’s great: Host Dan Lizette is a pod fanatic like myself, so he typically asks his guests a lot of questions about their radio/podcasting history, specific episode questions, and tries to probe about where a show is going next. But this interview was with the wacky, fun, quirky Sook-Yin Lee, who has a captivating personal and professional history and a fabulously authentic personality to tell her story with. Lizette matched her energy well, it was one of my favorite interviews that he’s done. (58 minutes)
The Kitchen Sisters Present, Episode 72: Warriors vs Warriors (6/12/17): What it’s about: “For the last five years The Golden State Warriors have been going inside San Quentin, the legendary maximum security California State prison, to take on The San Quentin Warriors, the prison’s notorious basketball team. The Kitchen Sisters Present team up with Life of the Law to take us to a recent showdown between these two mighty Bay Area teams. Featuring Draymond Green, Kevin Durant, Bob Myers, and Golden State Warriors’ support staff — and San Quentin Warriors players, inmate spectators and prison officials. Everybody say, “Warriors!”” Why it’s great: Each of the Radiotopia shows produced respective episodes with the theme “Doing Time” in celebration of the launch of Ear Hustle (see above), and this was my favorite take on it. The sincerity with which the inmates speak of the Warriors, appreciating the time they took away from their families to visit the prison, is heartwarming. Great story. (19 minutes)
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