Delicious Ingredients: The Best Podcasts of the Week – 1/4/19
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 46 episodes for this podcast review recap – 11 new shows for me this time, three of which made it on the list below, including Honorable Mentions.
I’m trying out a new way to bring you links – let me know what you think about Podchaser! You can find the link to my playlist here. You can use the Podchaser link to listen to the episodes on a variety of players, including the main ones like Apple Podcasts and Google Podcasts.
Also, in the new year I’m going to try to get this list out earlier on Fridays, meaning my “week” of review will go from Friday to Thursday.
Why Sports Matter: Fight for the Soul (Tribalism)* (11/6/18): What it’s about: “We explore the soul of sports through the prism of the current political moment and the stories of Jemele Hill, Johnny Joey Jones, Nate Boyer, and Dave Zirin. And whether it’s realistic — or the height of naivety — to believe a shared love of sports can be blueprint for civil dialogue and even compromise among those who disagree.” Why it’s great: This was a multi-faceted discussion about a complex issue, mostly centering around Colin Kaepernick’s kneeling for the U.S. national anthem. I loved hearing from Nate Boyer about how he and Kaepernick had discussed their opposing views (like adults, which so many of us need to learn from) and the common ground that resulted was for Kaepernick to kneel versus sit for the anthem. I hope this show comes back for another season as sports storytelling is one of my favorite sub-genres and I liked that each episode had a theme.
Carruth: Epilogue: Healing and the Road Ahead (12/11/18): What it’s about: “Following Rae Carruth’s release from prison, the Carolina Panthers welcome Saundra Adams — the mother of Cherica Adams, the pregnant woman Carruth conspired to murder — and her grandson Chancellor Lee to Bank of America Stadium. Soon after, Scott Fowler tracks down Carruth himself in search of closure of his own.” Why it’s great: This was a great wrap-up episode because it was somewhat unexpected that Fowler would get to speak with Carruth himself, but more time was spent, rightfully so, on Saundra Adams’ perseverance.
Finding Drago, Episode 01: The First Thread* (12/7/18): What it’s about: “A cryptic line on Rocky IV’s Wikipedia page mentions a “final masterpiece” from Todd Noy about Ivan Drago, the movie’s bad guy. Comedian Alexei Toliopoulos asks why the hell would anyone write an entire novel about the bad guy from Rocky IV? His best friend and fellow comedian Cameron James asks why the hell does Alexei care?” Why it’s great: I appreciate these guys’ humor, and I love the premise of investigating why someone would write fan fiction about Ivan Drago. Anytime I find myself maniacally laughing out loud to something no one else can hear (or possibly understand) I feel like I’ve found a podcast gem.
Let’s Talk About Cats: Corn, Magoo & Pudding (ft. Sachi Ezura)* (12/12/18): What it’s about: “Comedian, writer and producer Sachi Ezura (Girl Code, After After Party) had two cats, then one, then two cats again. She tells us about the sudden loss of Corn and the sudden adoption of Pudding, and how Corn’s sister Magoo has dealt with it all. Plus, “How Much Do You Know About Cats In Scripted Television Comedy Since 2013?” and raising cats as a feminist act.” Why it’s great: I’ve only listened to one episode of this show so I don’t know if the format is always the same, but I liked the vacillation between silly and serious as host Mary Phillips-Sandy talked all things cats with Sachi Ezura. It had a quick pace, multiple segments, and a funny cat quiz.
Frontline Dispatch: KIDS’ SPECIAL: Muzamil’s Day* (12/27/18): What it’s about: “In this special episode for kids, FRONTLINE follows a day in the life of Muzamil, a 12-year-old Somali boy growing up in Kenya’s Dadaab Refugee Camp. Producer Bianca Giaever and Reporter Roopa Gogineni bring him questions from American kids about what it’s like growing up in a refugee camp. Are there dentists? A fire department? What is your dreamland? Muzamil takes us through his daily life, answering questions from American kids along the way.” Why it’s great: It was really cool that Frontline dedicated an episode to investigating a refugee camp from a kid’s perspective, complete with a kid host. I enjoyed all the kid questions as an adult!
Story Collider: Science vs. Love: Stories About the Battle Between Head and Heart (12/14/18): What it’s about: “Jacqueline Trumbull is preparing for a career in research psychology when she gets a call from a casting agent for The Bachelor.” Why it’s great: A mash-up of two of my favorite things: the guilty pleasure that is The Bachelor franchise and science storytelling. My favorite Story Collider segments are when you can hear the bashfulness in the storyteller’s voice – these are not overly rehearsed productions and that means the listener gets to hear true emotion come through.
* indicates first appearance on Delicious Ingredients
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