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 68 episodes for this podcast review recap – 9 new shows for me this time, one 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.
Nothing But a Bob Thang, S2E1: Meadow Lake (1/14/19): What it’s about: “The very beginning of the very Second Season of Nothing But A Bob Thang!” Why it’s great: This show brings me joy – I remember watching Bob Ross on PBS as a kid and he seems to have resurfaced as a cult fave lately, which makes me happy. Two friends narrate The Joy of Painting episodes with Bob Ross (think happy little trees) and judge how great the end product painting is. It’s silly and light and a great escape for me. (Humor, Art, Television, Pop Culture)
Business Schooled, Lesson 1: Stitching it all Together *First appearance on Delicious Ingredients* (11/23/18): What it’s about: “Quilting, one of America’s oldest pastimes, is now also a great American success story. Alexis Ohanian visits Hamilton, Missouri, to meet Jenny Doan, founder of Missouri Star Quilt Company and her son, Al, to learn how they rebuilt their life, their town, and created a global quilting community…one “four-patch block” at a time.” Why it’s great: This is one of those examples of me apparently living under a rock – for all the podcasts I listen to, somehow I missed this one. I object slightly to Alexis Ohanian calling anyone older than a millenial an “OG” if they started a business (why even make the comparison to millenials?) but it is refreshing to hear from voices that aren’t half my age about what it takes to start up a company. This was the first episode in the 8-part series and the other two I’ve listened to were just as great and actually taught me to look at new business opportunities in a different way. (Business)
The Big One: The Walk (1/16/19): What it’s about: “No car, the trains are down, the road’s a mess and you need to get home. In this episode, you walk 15 miles back to your house through a city that feels unrecognizable. ” Why it’s great: The Big One is freaking me out in a healthy way, I need to be less oblivious and more prepared. This was so scary to listen to, thinking about my own kids and spouse and how I would reach them if we weren’t together during a natural disaster – and the chances are, we may not be. My action item from this episode was to find out what my kids’ schools’ emergency action plans are and tell my loved ones that texting will get through better than phone calls. (Survival Guide)
Hidden Brain: The Best Medicine (1/14/19): What it’s about: “This week, we explore the many shades of laughter, from the high-pitched giggles of rats to the chuckles of strangers, from the guffaws of Car Talk to the “uproarious laughter” indelible in the memory of Christine Blasey Ford.” Why it’s great: My partner complains *cough* about my giggling and laughing and always points out when he hears someone giggling too much on TV (usually on a reality show). So this was super fascinating to me, because believe me, I’m not giggling because it’s a choice. This episode gets really deep into the neuroscience and socialization aspects of laughing. (Science, Society)
Pantsuit Politics: 5 Things You Need to Know About House Committees (1/17/19): What it’s about: “We do a lightning round on current events including the shutdown, Rand Paul’s Canadian surgery, the Gillette commercial, and fast food in the White House. In our main segment, we break down what you need to know about House Committees: their history, how they are formed, and what exactly it is they do.” Why it’s great: I haven’t recommended Pantsuit Politics in a long time – probably because I’ve been avoiding most politics podcasts post-Kavanaugh hearings. I needed a break. But I thought this was a great primer about House Committees and who gets to be on them, in light of some freshman Congresspeople’s powerful appointments this week. (Politics)
First Day Back, S3E1: The Attack (1/22/19): What it’s about: “What happens on stage to set in motion comedian Jason Weems’ first day back story? On May 3, 2017, Jason collapsed at a Philadelphia comedy club after suffering a near fatal asthma attack. We hear a blow-by-blow account of Jason’s night as it shifts from raucous to downright terrifying.” Why it’s great: This is a harrowing story not just from Weems’ perspective-the people who were there have a story to tell too. Each season of First Day Back has focused on a person coming back to a life they used to live after a detour. (Storytelling)
The Brain Candy Podcast, Episode 289: Risky Women, Instagram Scam, & Sarah’s Snail (1/20/19): What it’s about: “Today Sarah talks about a crow who gives gifts to a girl, & they’re better than the gifts actual humans give. We talk about the schadenfreude of the Fyre Festival, & the joy of people getting what they deserve. Sarah revealed how Landon got scammed into buying a crappy item, & how these companies are becoming more prevalent. We agree on the glee of finding a great bargain. Susie talks about a study that determined women take just as many risks as men. Plus, we find out where the phrase “I need space” came from & why Sarah is mourning a snail.” Why it’s great: Ubiquitous, anthropomorphizing, and zeitgeist – three words heard in this episode that I wish were in my standard vocabulary. Lest you think that MTV only ever employed dummies as personalities on its reality shows, I suggest you listen to Sarah and Susie, a Master’s student and Ph.D. respectively, bring you pop culture with hilarity and a beautiful level of nerdiness. (Pop Culture, Society, Women, Humor)
The Trip, Episode 23: A Life in the Commune with Tanja Fox *First appearance on Delicious Ingredients* (1/20/19): What it’s about: “Not all revolutionaries wear bandoliers full of bullets. Some of them tend beautiful little gardens next to a wooden cottage they built in a neighborhood called Dandelion. That’s the kind of revolutionary that Tanja Fox is. Tanja has spent her entire life living a little bit differently, in one of the world’s most fascinating districts, the commune of Christiania in Copenhagen, Denmark. As a social experiment Christiania has been remarkably resilient, a bit of squatted military base turned hippie utopia that has lasted more or less independently almost 47 years now. As you’ll hear in this episode, is under threat like never before, from the twin menaces of a hardcore narcotics trade and, increasingly, mass tourism. Tanja and Nathan sat in Tanja’s house last spring, while birds plucked from a Disney film serenaded them, and talked about how to live your politics in one of the world’s great, complicated social experiments.” Why it’s great: The Trip is advertised as stories gleaned while “drinking with exceptional people around the world.” If you’ve read my suggestions of A Pint with Seaniebee in the past you’d like The Trip. It was super interesting to hear about life in a commune in Copenhagen; I appreciated Fox’s frustration with non-organized tourism options for the area; when she described just wanting people to stop looking directly into her windows I felt so much empathy. (Travel, Society)
Why Not Sports w/D. Murph: WhyNotSports Short: Sets for Life w/Joi Walker *First appearance on Delicious Ingredients* (1/20/19): What it’s about: This is an interview with Joi Walker, a coach who helps student-athletes prepare for and handle life after sports. Why it’s great: Walker was inspiring; the Gladiator podcast last fall enlightened me about how little student-athletes are supported in building life skills, especially if they’re an elite all-star or play for a Division I school with a prestigious program. Walker’s goal is to help the athletes who don’t turn pro assimilate into the corporate or non-profit world. (Sports)
Cross Examined Life, Episode 041: Should the Govt Screen Our Kids’ Mental Health?
Latina to Latina: Michelle Poler Inspires Fearlessly
Out of the Blocks: Pine Ridge Reservation, Part 1: Meeting a Prayer Halfway
Finding Drago, Episode 06: No Easy Way Out
Imagined Life: The Rebel
The Guardian’s Science Weekly: How Do We Define Creativity?
* indicates first appearance on Delicious Ingredients
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