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.
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BBC Documentary: C-Section Brazil (10/18/17): What it’s about: “Brazil is the C-section capital of the world. In a country where caesareans account for over half of all births and 88% in the private sector. BBC correspondent Julia Carneiro investigates what some call the “C-section epidemic” and examines recent government measures to counter a C-section culture which remains dangerously strong.” Why it’s great: Every mother has their birth story – the things that didn’t go as planned, the pain, the glory, and the bliss. Many of the comments from Brazilians in the story resonated with me, mainly the doctors’ attitude toward not wanting to spend as much time with patients (more $ in less time). I reflected also on why the U.S. is different, but I can imagine that the cultural pressure to operate with “less” pain and no screaming (at least in the hospital) would make people choose a c-section. (26 minutes)
This is Actually Happening, Episode 100: What if He Wouldn’t Let You Leave? (10/17/17): What it’s about: “”I just didn’t feel like a person, I didn’t feel like I was a being walking on this planet a lot of the time.”” Why it’s great: Completely gripping story, so well told, about a woman in an abusive relationship that turned deadly violent. I don’t know that I could be brave enough to share a story like that, but the narrator is a very, very strong woman. (54 minutes)
Love + Radio: For Science! (9/28/17): What it’s about: “Karaoke is Alex’s main gig, but that’s not how he makes his money.” Why it’s great: Love and Radio pretty much always keeps it weird, which I love. It’s not a spoiler to tell you Alex makes his money subjecting his body to all kinds of medical studies (it’s almost unbelievable how many and what kind of studies he’s done). I wasn’t a fan of the interviewer being off-mic, but the rest of the episode when Alex was narrating was awesome, it was almost like a Here Be Monsters episode. (36 minutes)
Modern Love: ‘When Your Greatest Romance is a Friendship’ (9/27/17): What it’s about: “Ali Fazal (“Victoria and Abul”) tells the story of an unlikely friendship between a man and his elderly neighbor.” Why it’s great: This is a really tender story about how friendships can trascend generations; I felt like I was cozied up with a hot cup of tea and a blanket, though I was really in the car on an annoying commute. (20 minutes)
Read my 4-star review of Modern Love here! (April 2016)
PLAYLIST, Episode 10: We Belong Together (10/18/17): What it’s about: “Featuring: Daniel Leone (Podcast Meander), Myk O’Connor (Can I Get A Ride?), Steven Pappas (Is This Adulting?) We share our favorite collaborations. Plus: An explanation on power bottoms. The perfect music for robot sex. Josh hates on Bjork, Myk hates on Ed Norton. Dan comes out as a Limp Bizkit superfan. And Steven brings us one pretty fuck.” Why it’s great: I disagree with Regina Spektor being “cutesy” but overall I loved this panel. It was another great example of an episode that introduced me to some great new music but also reminded me of some old faves. (98 minutes)
Read my 5-star review of PLAYLIST here! (October 2017)
Atomic Moms: People Pleasing, Infertility, “Perfect” Moms (9/20/17): What it’s about: “Award-winning writer and journalist Elizabeth Day joins us from London to discuss Ellie’s new favorite novel THE PARTY (August 15, 2017), what to say (or NOT SAY) to women dealing with infertility, the big lesson she learned from interviewing Sheryl Sandberg, and how she kicked “the good girl” habit.” Why it’s great: “People pleasing” being in the title was what made me add this to my playlist, and I was so happy I did. The interview covered a lot of topics and was really genuine; host Ellie Knaus did an excellent job as interviewer and of course now I want to read The Party! (48 minutes)
Death, Sex & Money: Why She Steals: Your Reactions
Buddha and the Slut, Episode 1: Peaks and Geeks
2 Dope Queens, Episode 42: White Lesbian Urkel
The Karen and Ellen Letters: S02 Aftershow 1: Tamie & Sue
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