Delicious Ingredients: The Best Podcasts of the Week – 10/12/18

Delicious Ingredients: The Best Podcasts of the Week – 10/12/18

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 65 episodes for this podcast review recap – 12 new shows for me this week, one of which made it on this list. One show on the list this week is celebrating its 100th episodes – congratulations to A Pint With Seaniebee – I’ve been with you from the beginning and congratulate you on your success!

Women at Work: We Deserve Better Than “Attagirl” (10/9/18): What it’s about: “Hearing your manager say you’re doing a great job is, of course, lovely. But without examples of your greatness in action, or suggestions for how to be even better, you don’t have the information you need to keep improving. Studies have found that women tend to get feedback that’s vague or tied to their personalities, which doesn’t boost our performance ratings. Meanwhile, men get feedback that’s specific and tied to business outcomes, which sets them up to develop and be promoted. First, we talk with Harvard Business School professor Robin Ely about the research on women and feedback. Next, we talk with Tuck School of Business professor Ella Bell Smith about how to draw out actionable, useful feedback from our managers, and how to respond when we’re not getting what we need to succeed.” Why it’s great: I was yelling “YES! YES! YES!” listening to this while simultaneously wondering if it would be kosher to send it to my boss. No offense to him, but his reviews are along the lines of “attagirl” which leave me almost no actionable growth opportunities. I know enough to push back and ask for specific examples, so I felt validated by this podcast episode albeit a little depressed that it’s so prevalent. (38 minutes)
Twitter: @HarvardBiz

Inflection Point with Lauren Schiller: Running for Office in the Era of #MeToo: Minnesota State Representative Erin Maye Quade (10/10/18): What it’s about: At age 32, Minnesota State Representative Erin Maye Quade is positioned to be at the forefront of a wave of progressive political leaders representing a new generation of voters. She made history while running in the Twin Cities suburbs as a deeply progressive, biracial, openly queer, anti-gun violence, anti-racist, pro-social justice candidate. There’s no doubt she’ll rise high and go far. The question is: as an unprecedented amount of women run for office and have a good chance of winning, will the powers that be yield to the kind of change politicians like Erin will bring to office? Or will they double down and fight dirty?” Why it’s great: This young millennial is so full of energy, perseverance, and ambition and she’s applying that to politics! I’m very impressed. Host Lauren Schiller did a great job not making the episode less about Maye Quade’s specific politics and more about how she got to where she is, what her successes and disappointments have been, and the sexism she’s encountered along the way. (43 minutes)
Twitter: @laschiller
Read my 5-star review of Inflection Point with Lauren Schiller here! (December 2016)

My Dad Wrote a Porno, S4E3: Cubicle Confessions (9/9/18): What it’s about: “More shocking revelations come to light from an unlikely source as the wedding of the year continues…” Why it’s great: I listened to season one of My Dad Wrote a Porno, but only earlier this year – and then I could never find the time to catch up to the present. So I just decided to start listening at the beginning of Season 4 and hope I didn’t miss too much. (After all, Belinda Blinked is not exactly literature.) I have been laughing my ass off with every episode so far (I’m on #4). I particularly loved this episode because of the voicing of the character Helga, who is Dutch and has a hilarious accent and a super hot encounter with Belinda in the toilet stall. (40 minutes)
Twitter: @dadwroteaporno

Tara and George, Episode 5: The Long, Hot Summer (9/11/18) *First appearance on Delicious Ingredients*: What it’s about: “Life on the streets is hard and precarious but every soul who sleeps on a pavement has a story. Tara and George is a six-part series exploring the lives of two people in their late forties who sleep rough in London’s Spitalfields. It asks the simple questions – what led them there and why do they remain? Journalist Audrey Gillan has come to know them as neighbours in this diverse and fashionable area of the capital, and has been recording her conversations with Tara and George for nearly two years. In this fifth episode, Tara and George endure the hottest summer the country has experienced for years, Tara carries signs of having suffered an assault and George, his health visibly deteriorating, returns increasingly often to his hostel.” Why it’s great: Like Ear Hustle or Out of the Blocks, Tara and George lets us hear from people who don’t often get their story told, people who aren’t rich. Host Audrey Gillan is so careful, so respectful, and non-exploitative with Tara and George as she gets to know them, their addictions, where they came from, and what their ambitions are. (27 minutes)
Twitter: @BBCRadio4

Nocturne: I Don’t Get Lost (10/2/18): What it’s about: “Sometimes it takes losing your way in the dark, to realize that you were already lost.” Why it’s great: Lovely, sound-rich story about a middle-aged man who got lost in the actual dark on a walk, when he was seeking some time alone. So heartfelt and emotional. (28 minutes)
Twitter: @nocturnepodcast

For Keeps, S5E1: Milli Vanilli Fan Todd Cuzzort’s Connection with Fab Morvan (9/15/18) *First appearance on Delicious Ingredients*: What it’s about: “Milli Vanilli fan and memorabilia collector Todd Cuzzort first connected with Fab Morvan, one-half of the infamous pop music duo, back in 2002 after leaving a positive comment on Fab’s website. Since then, Todd has remained a true fan of Fab and Milli Vanilli — and it was only a matter of time before the two crossed paths again.” Why it’s great: Thanks to Paul Csomo from Varmints! for this recommendation. The show is about people who collect things. This is just such a special episode but I can’t tell you the ending – it’s heartwarming, though, and restores a tiny bit of my faith in humanity that most people are kind. (45 minutes)
Twitter: @forkeepspodcast

Switched On Pop: Drake vs Drake (9/6/18): What it’s about: “Drake, per usual, has been inescapable this summer. “In My Feelings” and “Nice For What” top the charts, but there’s depth to these bangers. We argue for hearing one as a meditation on fragile masculinity, the other as a paean to NOLA Bounce.” Why it’s great: Drake is everywhere this year, you just can’t avoid In My Feelings. I have been thinking about NOLA Bounce every time I’ve heard Drake this week – this is why I love Switched On Pop, it helps me hear and appreciate pop songs, which so often get a bad rap, in a new way. (43 minutes)
Twitter: @switchedonpop
Read my 5-star review of Switched On Pop here! (January 2017)

Other Men Need Help: Brown Bad Boys (10/3/18) *First appearance on Delicious Ingredients*: What it’s about: “Based on his recent experiences, every old man in the world wants Mark to look like them. In this premiere episode of season two, Mark asks a group of fellow brown men to examine who they wanted to look like versus who they look like now. Warning – there will be singing.” Why it’s great: Here’s one of the reasons I love RadioPublic – every week they refresh the “new seasons” and “new shows” section on the home page of the app, and I almost always find something at least worth trying. (Thank you to Ma’ayan Plaut, the RadioPublic librarian.) This episode of Other Men Need Help featured a phenomenal, hilarious, original song, which pretty much guarantees a spot on my list. But I also just appreciate what the show’s about – examining masculinity from a male standpoint. (19 minutes)
Twitter: @othermenpod

The Competition, Leather: May the Best Man Win (10/7/18): What it’s about: “11 contestants fight for the title of Mr. Los Angeles Leather 2018. But only one will win.” Why it’s great: The penultimate episode of The Competition season two has all of the contestants we’ve met in previous episodes competing for Mr. L.A. Leather. Some completely bomb portions of the competition (be it the “bar-wear” or very personal interview questions in front of the judging panel) and others are total crowd-pleasers. When James Kim and Elyssa Dudley caught up with the winner after he was announced, I could totally feel his exhilaration and freaked-out-ness – really great tape. (55 minutes)
Twitter: @competitionpod
Read my interview with James Kim, producer and co-host of The Competition, here! (September 2018)
I also reviewed Season 1 of The Competition here. (September 2017)

A Pint with Seaniebee, Episode 100: Peter Casey Has a Pint with Seaniebee (10/9/18): What it’s about: “Businessman and candidate for the upcoming Irish Presidency, Peter Casey joins the podcast to share his views on everything from growing up during the troubles, the Catholic Church, Irish-Americans, Trump, Homelessness, former president Mary Robinson, Brexit, Irish neutrality and why he believes the current president, Michael D Higgins may be hiding something and needs to be replaced.” Why it’s great: Congrats to Sean Boyle on 100 episodes. I talked to him early on his podcast project, which he truly hopes will help teenagers and young adults see some potential career paths for themselves, and not just the typical suits and tech geniuses we always hear from. I’ve featured the show several times here and I am glad he is going to continue beyond 100 episodes because I really enjoy the realistic discussions he has with some fascinating guests. In this episode I loved the pushback Boyle gave Casey about whether Ireland should welcome Trump and whether Casey knew anything scandalous about current Irish President Michael Higgins. (68 minutes)
Twitter: @seaniebee

PLAYLIST Podcast, 4.6: This is the Soundtrack to My Life (9/18/18): What it’s about: “Featuring: Chris (More Gooder Than), Hannah (Boozy Movies), Jason (The Binge Movie Podcast) We share our favorite songs from TV and film. Plus: Someone shares the song they lost their virginity to, only one of us has seen The OC (and it’s not who you think), and The Handmaid’s Tale makes us all a little bit nervous.” Why it’s great: I loved this episode because it was really insightful to hear about, and then think about this for myself, how the panel identified with soundtrack music and why. There were even some TV soundtrack picks. I didn’t remember the Blondie Heart of Glass cover at all from The Handmaid’s Tale and my husband and I binged that whole thing this summer. Anyway, I really enjoyed this particular panel, how they interacted with each other and how funny it was. (66 minutes)
Twitter: @playlistpcast
Read my 5-star review of PLAYLIST here! (October 2017)

Honorable Mentions
U Up?: When Do You Introduce Your S/O to Your Friends?
This American Life, Episode 657: The Runaways
Hope Chest, Episode 7: Something Hollowed, Overdue
Impact Statement: A Parent’s Dark Secret
The Allusionist, Episode 86: Name Therapy
The Color Line Murders, Episode 2: Mary Turner – Brooks County, Georgia
Battle Tactics for Your Sexist Workplace: The Problem No Workplace Has Fixed

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. I’m also on Instagram at @audiblefeast.

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