Delicious Ingredients: The Best Podcasts for the Week Ending 10/27/17
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.
My RadioPublic playlist is active but not updated for this week – working through a technical difficulty and will be back shortly!
This American Life, Episode 629: Expect Delays (10/22/17): What it’s about: “We all love to travel to different places, but not many of us like the stressful, banal process of the journey. This week, stories about delays—including a town known entirely for its speed trap, and a woman who comes up against bureaucratic nightmares every time she wants to go just a few blocks away.” Why it’s great: I was on a road trip while listening to the speed-trap segment – you better believe I was paying close attention to the speed limit! But it was a great story about local and state government, though it made me irritated that we as taxpayers pay for both sides’ shenanigans when they disagree. (59 minutes)
Heaven’s Gate, Episode 1: The Seekers (10/17/17) *First appearance on Delicious Ingredients*: What it’s about: “The Heaven’s Gate faithful weren’t freaks or space cadets. They were regular people, hungry for something more. They were Seekers.” Why it’s great: Glynn Washington narrates this new limited series about what led up to the Heaven’s Gate mass suicide, and he has an interesting personal connection to the cult world. I’m looking forward to the entire series while trying to resist the temptation to believe these cult members were just like me … I have a feeling the podcast is going to try like hell to do that. (47 minutes)
Strangers: Do You Like My Little Lie? (10/12/17) *First appearance on Delicious Ingredients*: What it’s about: “It’s the time of year when skeletons come out of the closet. We honor the dead, as we get ready for holidays among the living, where secrets will be spilled, and secrets will be created that will haunt us for years to come. You might describe today’s story as a classic “noir,” if it wasn’t someone’s real life….” Why it’s great: I don’t subscribe to Strangers so would not have heard this episode if not for another pod-writer recommending the episode. I liked it because it was a great story, which could have been on a number of storytelling podcasts, not because it fits in with Strangers. I’m conflicted about Strangers, so to keep it positive, enough said … it was a great story about family lies. (35 minutes)
Podcast Meander: The Bristlecone Interview (10/12/17) *First appearance on Delicious Ingredients*: What it’s about: This unique podcast, which is part fiction, part self-reflection, has a sporadic release schedule, which makes it perfect to binge on, in order. In short, host Daniel Leone had a traumatic experience in his life and is currently working through … well, it’s hard to describe, but I think I’m safe to say mental health issues and wanderlust. Why it’s great: This particular episode is not fictional, it’s an excerpt of his interview with The Bristlecone Project, which is a campaign to share men’s stories of sexual abuse in order to inspire healing in others. I’m impressed by Leone’s honesty in the entire show, it’s so different and although hard to explain, I am always wanting more. (39 minutes)
Alone: A Love Story: Chapter 1: Not If, How (9/17/17) *First appearance on Delicious Ingredients*: What it’s about: “On the cusp of her 39th birthday, recently divorced Michelle struggles with a complicated new romance. A drunken tarot card reading returns her to 1999, when she first met The Scientist (soon to be The Husband) and all was filled with promise.” Why it’s great: Beautiful story wraught with tension – I binge listened to this one in two days. Terrific, beautiful story. You MUST listen to it if you are into storytelling, personal journals, diary-type shows … so good. (19 minutes)
How I Built This: Burton Snowboards: Jake Carpenter (10/22/17): What it’s about: “In 1977, 23-year-old Jake Carpenter set out to design a better version of the Snurfer, a stand-up sled he loved to ride as a teenager. Working by himself in a barn in Londonderry, Vermont, he sanded and whittled stacks of wood, trying to create the perfect ride. He eventually helped launch an entirely new sport, while building the largest snowboard brand in the world. PLUS for our postscript “How You Built That,” how Jane Och solved the problem of guacamole turning brown, with a container that removes air pockets, the Guac-Lock.” Why it’s great: Awesome How I Built This episode that had the usual dose of renegade entrepreneurship but this time, a significant amount of personal tragedy. This was probably my favorite HIBT episode ever. (47 minutes)
Inflection Point with Lauren Schiller: How to Hit Back at the Harveys of the World (10/25/17): What it’s about: “With the Harvey Weinstein tsunami of sexual misconduct allegations, it has everyone asking, will this be the moment when everything changes? And if it is, what will it take to balance the power between harassers and their victims? And what about the enablers–Is this all one big conspiracy? I talk with sexual harassment and internet privacy lawyer Carrie Goldberg to find out.” Why it’s great: I loved Lauren Schiller’s fierce response to the news from Hollywood this week. I hope like hell it truly is an inflection point for how sexual harassment is handled in the workplace. #metoo (29 minutes)
Read my 5-star review of Inflection Point here! (Updated December 2016)
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