Delicious Ingredients: The Best Podcasts of the Week – 1/5/18

Delicious Ingredients: The Best Podcasts of the Week – 1/5/18

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 last two weeks.

Code Switch: Before We Give 2017 the Middle Finger, Part 2 (1/2/18): What it’s about: “This week, Gene Demby talks with ESPN’s Jemele Hill. The SportsCenter anchor discusses becoming a lightning rod in the culture wars and the flimsy partition between politics and sports. And we’ll look ahead to a year of looking back: the 50th anniversaries of the tumultuous events of 1968.” Why it’s great: The look back at 50 years ago was a bonus, but I really came for the Demby-Hill party, which didn’t disappoint. Hill was great, unfiltered, and herself. (26 minutes)
Twitter: @NPRCodeSwitch
Read my 4-star review of Code Switch here! (October 2016)

Here Be Monsters, HBM089: Human Wish Tree (1/3/18): What it’s about: “Sometimes, Tatianna Zichella asks people to make a wish, write it on a piece of paper, and staple it to a fleshy part of her body.” Why it’s great: Classic HBM, this time with producer Bethany Denton as she talks to a woman who does something a lot of people would find creepy or even gross. Who even knew it was a thing to be a professional sideshow act? Pretty cool. (11 minutes)
Twitter: @hbmpodcast
Read my 5-star review of Here Be Monsters here! (January 2016)

HumaNature, Episode 33: Ten Steps (12/20/17): What it’s about: “On December 22, 2016, Karen Klein got trapped in a snowstorm near the Grand Canyon. But she pushed through it to save her family.” Why it’s great: A captivating, heart-wrenching story about survival in the wilderness. I won’t soon forget Klein talking about taking just 10 more steps, 10 more steps. (30 minutes)
Twitter: @HumaNatureShow

The Zoo: First Contact (4/26/17) *First appearance on Delicious Ingredients*: What it’s about: “Talking to strangers is tough. It’s even tougher when you have a stutter. Listen to Chase’s story in the final episode of the miniseries.” Why it’s great: I believe this show has finished its run, but I binge listened to all the episodes this week. It’s a bit like Why Oh Why but more personal diary-ish. Thanks to one of my newsletter readers for the recommendation! I look forward to hearing what comes next from producer Sophie Nikitas. (14 minutes)
Twitter: @snickertas

Breakers, Episode 1: Shepherd Grey (6/22/17) *First appearance on Delicious Ingredients*: What it’s about: “Breakers Podcast is Shepherd Grey’s account of what life looks like after organized civilization crumbles as he and his faithful canine companion, Rommel, venture out from their home in Virginia to try and count themselves among the survivors. It has been several years since the outbreak began. The virus is just a sick and twisted part of life now. You test as much as you can, but there is no preventing it, only staying alive until you catch it. “Red you’re dead” is a phrase all to commonly heard throughout the world. You have the survivors, outlaws and your breakers… If you don’t fit into those categories, you’re probably among the dead.” Why it’s great: Excellent recommendation from #2PodsADay. I am definitely going to listen to this series, I can envision it having a following. There’s something about the minimalist approach to production combined with the great storytelling voice that makes this so listenable. (19 minutes)
Twitter: @BreakersPodcast

 Honorable Mentions
Atlanta Monster: Boogeyman
Worst Meatball Sandwich Ever, Episode 32: Frankenmuth Follies, Part 1
Death Sex & Money: All Your Workplace Rage
Between Us Girls, Episode 60: Colorism on a Scale of 1 to Black
Heaven’s Gate, Episode 10: The Class

All episode descriptions and artwork come from the linked sites. What else was fantastic this week? Send me a note! or @audible_feast on Twitter.

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