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 54 episodes for this podcast review recap – 8 new shows for me this week, two of which made it on this list.
Home Cooked: On the Back Burner (10/1/18) *First appearance on Delicious Ingredients*: What it’s about: “At school, Nick was embarrassed by the smell of the Chinese food his parents packed him for lunch. When he decided to become a chef, he perfected French techniques under some of the top chefs in North America and Europe. Returning home, it was his grandmother’s wontons that gave him a jolt of sensory memory that would define his current success.” Why it’s great: Home Cooked is a lovely new show about family recipes and the stories behind them, with a backdrop of actual cooking going on in the background. The sound is mixed really nicely and after one episode I found myself wanting much more – a great sign of good storytelling. (22 minutes)
Twenty Thousand Hertz, Episode 51: Classic Cartoon Sound Effects! (10/1/18): What it’s about: “Cartoon sound effects are some of the most iconic sounds ever made. Even modern cartoons continue to use the same sound effects from decades ago. How were these legendary sounds made and how have they stood the test of time? Featuring Oscar-winning sound designer Mark Mangini of the Formosa Group, and Advantage Audio’s Heather Olsen.” Why it’s great: There’s not much lighter of a topic than what kind of sounds make up cartoon sound effects! Sometimes you need a break from the drama – Twenty Thousand Hertz is great for delivering this. (30 minutes)
Read this 5-star guest review of Twenty Thousand Hertz from Entwined podcast host Elliot Gladstone here! (May 2017)
How It Is: Time, With Maria Menounos, Eve Rodsky, and May Kim-Tenser (10/17/18): What it’s about: “If there’s one thing we never have enough of, it’s time. So how can we be more mindful of it — appreciating each moment without losing momentum? Relationship expert Eve Rodsky shares her groundbreaking research about how couples divide their time and household labor; Maria Menounos tells us how being diagnosed with a brain tumor changed her perception of time; and neurosurgeon Dr. May Kim-Tenser explains what it’s like to make life and death decisions in a matter of minutes.” Why it’s great: At the risk of sounding dramatic, Maria Menounos’ commentary on what time means to her given her potentially shortened life was profoundly impactful for me. Why should we spend hours, days, weeks of our lives worrying about meeting non-family members’ expectations? We have to take time for self-care. Life is just not unlimited and it’s crap to waste time stressed out when a job, something you volunteer for, all the mental load things that women carry will be there whether you’re alive or not. All The Things will get done. You don’t have to do all of them. (30 minutes)
Everything is Alive: Chioke, Grain of Sand (10/16/18): What it’s about: “Chioke is a grain of sand. He’s not as small as he looks.” Why it’s great: Yet another tongue-in-cheek Everything is Alive episode about an inanimate object that has a life of its own. This time Chioke, a grain of sand, discusses his pronouns and identity, in addition to correcting misconceptions about white sand and just how old he is. (28 minutes)
How to Be Amazing with Michael Ian Black: Maeve Higgins (10/17/18): What it’s about: “The delightful and hilarious Irish-born comedian and writer sits down with Michael to discuss her passion for using her comedic voice to start conversations about immigration, environmental issues, and social justice. A star in her native Ireland, she left fame behind to come to the US to continue her comedy career but also began chronicling the lives of immigrants in her podcast and book of the same name Maeve in America.” Why it’s great: Mothers of Invention, hosted by former Irish President Mary Robinson and comedian Higgins, has renewed my love affair with Higgins this year (it’s a show about women making policy changes and inventing products to address climate change). Podcast aficionados who listened to Maeve in America will be interested to hear about why the show ended. I would listen to anything Higgins put out (and I do – she has a new show, not plugged in this interview that I remember, called My Best Break-Up, from Reese Witherspoon’s Hello Sunshine – the episode made the honorable mention list below). (54 minutes)
Read my 4-star review of How to Be Amazing here! (May 2016)
Women in Charge: Sukhinder Singh Cassidy (9/24/18) *First appearance on Delicious Ingredients*: What it’s about: “What’s it like to be a woman who’s worked at the helm of multiple Internet-based companies? On this episode of Women in Charge, Julia Turner talks to Sukhinder Singh Cassidy—someone who worked her way from investment banking at Merrill Lynch, to heading up sectors at Amazon and Google, and finally taking on the role of President of StubHub.” Why it’s great: I haven’t listened to other episodes yet, but what I liked about this particular interview was that Julia Turner did not overly explore what it is to be a woman in charge – she just interviewed a badass woman who happens to be in charge. It’s nuanced and appreciated. I’m not sure what will happen to this show as Turner leaves Slate for the LA Times (she is staying on as co-host on Slate’s Culture Gabfest) but I hope the show continues if not with Turner, with an equally capable leader interviewing powerhouse women. (40 minutes)
In Sickness and In Health, S3E3: Gun Violence in America: Guns & Honor
Death, Sex & Money: I Served 27 Years in Prison. Now, I’m Out On Parole.
Making Gay History, Season Four: Magnus Hirschfeld
My Best Break-Up: Arianna Margulis Breaks Up with An Extreme Meditator
70 Million: In One State, an Opioid Crisis Led Police to Start an Angel Program
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