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.
Code Switch: This Racism is Killing Me Inside (1/9/18): What it’s about: “On this weeks episode we hear the story of Shalon Irving, who passed away after giving birth to her daughter. Black women in the United States are 243 percent more likely than white women to die of pregnancy- or childbirth-related causes. There’s evidence that shows this gap is caused by the “weathering” effects of racism.” Why it’s great: Code Switch for the win, two weeks in a row. The scientific research on stress levels and health by race drew me in – it’s yet another example of white privilege. (31 minutes)
Read my 4-star review of Code Switch here! (October 2016)
StoryCorps, Episode 521: Rickey and Eddie (1/10/18): What it’s about: “An unsolved murder, a child who wanted to do the right thing, and a lie that would put an innocent man in prison for nearly 40 years — in this episode, that wrongfully imprisoned man speaks with the person whose lie put him in prison.” Why it’s great: This conversation is tender and delicate, when it shouldn’t be. These two men shouldn’t be having this conversation, and we get to listen in as a fly on the wall. Beautiful. (13 minutes)
Read my 4-star review of StoryCorps here! (September 2015)
Uncivil: The Portrait (12/27/17): What it’s about: “A listener voicemail sends us deep down the rabbit hole into one of the most toxic myths of the Confederacy.” Why it’s great: This is a somewhat complex story that addresses both how racists pushed for the acceptance in historical record that blacks fought for the Confederacy in the Civil War (which is completely false), and how groups like the Daughters and Sons of the Confederacy lure in young members and perpetuate these myths. (32 minutes)
No Effects, Episode 97: The Killers (12/19/17) *First appearance on Delicious Ingredients*: What it’s about: “Brandon Flowers and Ronnie Vannucci Jr. of The Killers join me for the season finale of No Effects. If you want to know what it felt like to play a Killers show on the floor of a Las Vegas sports bar to 13 people (and then solicit sign-ups for the email list)… this is the show for you!” Why it’s great: I’ve never even considered what the music scene in Las Vegas might be like, but apparently, it’s not great. I thought Flowers and Vannucci Jr. were very down to earth and it was a fun, fast-paced interview. (35 minutes)
The Nod: Paradise Garage (12/18/17): What it’s about: “Reggie Ossé, friend of The Nod and host of The Combat Jack Show, explains how a wild night of dancing and partying helped him get into his dream law school. And Producer Emanuele Berry shares the story of the man who made that magic night happen: DJ Larry Levan.” Why it’s great: The Nod is so good. Ossé passed away shortly after this episode, so it feels very much like a personal diary from someone truly opening up, but it’s also about an enigmatic DJ who most of us have never heard of, but who had quite a following in his prime. (34 minutes)
Making Gay History: Morty Manford (12/28/17): What it’s about: “Teenaged Morty Manford came of age in the 1960s, at a time when psychiatrists often did more harm than good with young people struggling to come to terms with their sexuality in a world that had nothing nice to say about homosexuals. But once Morty settled his internal civil war, he jumped with both feet into a social justice movement that would change how he saw himself and how the world thought of and treated LGBTQ people.” Why it’s great: This episode capped off the third season of Making Gay History, and much like the end of season two, it ended with the stark reality that many, many gay men contracted HIV or AIDS before knowledge and prevention is what it is today. I especially enjoy the interviews where the unassuming and so-polite Eric Marcus involves himself ever so slightly in the discussion. Though these tapes were recorded decades ago, I can still hear the young, ambitious but sometimes starstruck Marcus as the protege learning about civil rights from these pioneers. I hope it inspires another generation to do the same and carry the torch forward. (24 minutes)
Read my 5-star review of Making Gay History here and my interview with Eric Marcus here! (February/March 2017)
The Mash Up Americans: Time to Move On
Between Us Girls, Episode 61: Computer Love
HumaNature, Episode 34: The Law of Gravity
Sunshine & PowerCuts Podcast, PowEp001: Brief Intro into our Off-Grid System
Classroom Brew, Episode 17: Getting Shot a Badge of Honor (ft. Mike)
The Cleaning of John Doe, Episode 9: True Crime: Living with the Dead
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