Each week I publish the most Delicious Ingredients of my Audible Feast … the scrumptious, delectable, savory, rich, sweet, spicy, and best podcasts that have fed my ears over the last 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 best. This week I listened to 69 episodes for this podcast review recap – 19 new shows for me this time, five of which made it on the list below, including Honorable Mentions.
Here is the Podchaser link to my playlist. You can use it to listen to the episodes on a variety of players, including the main ones like Apple Podcasts and Google Podcasts.
Making Gay History: Bayard Rustin (1/9/19): What it’s about: “Bayard Rustin was a key, behind-the-scenes leader of the black civil rights movement—a proponent of nonviolent protest, a mentor to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and the principal organizer of the landmark 1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom. And he was gay and open about it, which had everything to do with why he remained in the background and is little known today in comparison to other leaders of the civil rights movement.” Why it’s great: This wasn’t one of host Eric Marcus’ archived interviews with gay rights icons, both well- and little-known, from the 80s and 90s, it was tape that Bayard Rustin’s partner had saved from another interview – what an awesome find. Rustin played a key role in the civil rights movement but was never recognized for it, so I really loved hearing this missed piece of history. (History, LGBTQIA) (2017 review of Making Gay History)
How I Built This: SoulCycle: Julie Rice & Elizabeth Cutler (1/6/19): What it’s about: “Before Elizabeth Cutler and Julie Rice met, they shared a common belief: New York City gyms didn’t have the kind of exercise classes they craved, and each of them wanted to change that. A fitness instructor introduced them over lunch in 2005, and before the meal was done they were set on opening a stationary bike studio, with a chic and aspirational vibe. A few months later, the first SoulCycle opened in upper Manhattan. Today, SoulCycle has cultivated a near-tribal devotion among its clients, with studios across the United States and Canada. PLUS for our postscript “How You Built That,” how “kid-preneur” Gabrielle Goodwin and her mom Rozalynn invented a double-face double snap barrette that doesn’t slip out of little girls’ hair, no matter how much they play around.” Why it’s great: I appreciate a good “luck” story when it comes to starting a business, because it gives me hope not for myself, but for people who don’t have a lot of money but have a killer idea they’re super passionate about. I love those underdog success stories. Cutler and Rice also get very honest about their third partner. (Business, Women)
The Big One: The Earthquake *First appearance on Delicious Ingredients* (1/5/19): What it’s about: “You’re at Union Station when the big one hits. The next two minutes are terrifying. By the time you make your way outside, the Los Angeles you know is gone. In Episode One, you experience what the first hours after a massive earthquake could be like.” Why it’s great: Holy cow. 1) I’m glad I don’t live in California, 2) I need to make an emergency preparedness kit STAT for a hurricane (which would be the emergency we’d most likely have here in Texas) and keep some water at my desk at work in case I end up stuck there, and 3) this is extremely well done, vascillating between stories of people who have survived earthquakes, expert advice, and a first-person walk through what you would actually be faced with after The Big One hits. (How do I categorize this? Terror? Survival skills? It’s like nothing else … creepy! Storytelling, a little bit)
Still Processing: Apology (1/9/19): What it’s about: “New year, new season. Kevin Hart. Ellen. Brett Kavanaugh. We live in an age of #SorryNotSorry, prevalent in our pop culture and woven into the fabric of our nation’s founding. But how can we grow into the people we want to become when we can’t acknowledge our mistakes and the effect that they’ve had on others? We invite you to start off 2019 with an apology.” Why it’s great: I professed my love repeatedly for Still Processing last year so I’m thrilled it’s back, and it came back with an awesome first episode of the year mostly about Hart and how lame his apologies have been. But a giant bonus was host Jenna Wortham calling a childhood friend and apologizing for a wrong from decades ago – it was so powerful and absolutely encouraged me to make some apologies. (News, Culture)
Lez Hang Out, SBG 18: I Love Lucy *First appearance on Delicious Ingredients* (12/2/18): What it’s about: “Leigh (@lshfoster) and Ellie (@elliebrigida) talk about why I Love Lucy should have been gay. Lucy and Ethel are the 1950s gal pals of our dreams. From working together at the candy factory, opening up their own business together, fighting over their own ship name (should it be Ethelu or Lucel?), snuggling on the roof together, wallpapering Lucy’s living room in overalls and bandanas and trying to make a lesbian long distance relationship work, Lucy and Ethel originated some of our favorite lesbian tropes. Above all else, Lucille Ball and Vivian Vance are true feminist icons so why not be lesbian icons too?” Why it’s great: I picked a random episode from this show, so this wasn’t the most recent one, but I loved this funny take on the gayness of I Love Lucy, or how it could have been improved if they just made Lucy and Ethel an out couple. The hosts have a great, fun and easy-to-listen-to rapport. (Humor, Women, LGBTQIA)
The Untold: Sikh-ing Mr. Right (1/13/19): What it’s about: “Min’s determined to marry a Sikh who wears a turban but after a decade of looking, family and friends want her to widen her search by the time she’s 38 but will she?” Why it’s great: I love this story that’s really more than just about a woman who has a certain attraction to men who wear turbans. It’s about the judgment and pressure from family and friends regarding something that is so very personal – who we fall in love with. I loved when Min explained why she is attracted to the turban. (Storytelling)
Broken Harts: Fear *First appearance on Delicious Ingredients* (12/3/18): What it’s about: “In March 2018, two white moms and their six black kids drive off a California cliff. What are they running from?” Why it’s great: I typically stay away from true crime that has to do with kids – I started listening to Cold but just couldn’t handle it knowing the outcome; hits too close to home as I have two young boys. But there’s something different about Broken Harts that I can’t quite put my finger on yet after listening to just two episodes – I definitely want to listen to the whole thing, and I’m incensed at how it sounds like these adopted children were treated, but it’s palatable and for that I’m glad. (True Crime)
Other Men Need Help: Hermanito (1/10/19): What it’s about: “Mark asks if being the baby brother suuuucks by looking at his family where there were not one, but two little-wittle-baby-brothers-oh-you-so-cute-in-your-little-suit-with-your-little-girlfiend-stand-over-there-so-we-can-take-a-picture.” Why it’s great: Another home run from Other Men Need Help (I will continue to tell you as often as possible that you should be listening to this show about men and their insecurities; I’m telling you, it has the potential to neutralize some toxic masculinity). This time host Mark Pagán talks about his own brother, who was many years older than him, and with whom he had a unique and special relationship. (Personal Journal, Storytelling, Humor)
Soul Music: Smile
Snack Judgment, Episode 012: Cascading Leftovers Theory! with Ma’ayan Plaut*
TED Radio Hour: Citizen Science
Hot Mic with Dan Savage: I Love You, Featuring Kevin Allison*
True Crime Bullsh**, Episode 06: Plans (Part 1)
* indicates first appearance on Delicious Ingredients
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