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Delicious Ingredients: The Best Podcasts of the Week – 11/9/18

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. I didn’t post last week, so this is a two-week recommendation list (more for you!). These last two weeks I listened to 119 episodes for this podcast review recap – 10 new shows for me this time, two of which made it on this list.

Fresh Air: Jonah Hill (10/30/18): What it’s about: “Hill always wanted to be a writer and director, but an unexpected complement in an acting class shifted him towards performing instead. He co-starred in ‘The Wolf of Wall Street,’ ‘Superbad,’ and ‘Moneyball.’ Now he’s written and directed his first movie, ‘Mid90s,’ about a group of young skateboarders. He talks about toxic masculinity, self-acceptance, and his experience directing for the first time. Also, book critic Maureen Corrigan reviews ‘Let The People See,’ the story of Emmett Till.” Why it’s great: I didn’t know anything about Jonah Hill’s desire to be a director, so that itself was really interesting. But even better was Terry Gross’s playful nature when asking about Hill’s past as a skater and her bluntness addressing the script of Superbad. (48 minutes)
Twitter: @nprfreshair

Ologies: Corvid Thanatology with Kaeli Swift (10/31/18): What it’s about: Crows have funerals? CROWS HAVE FUNERALS. The inky black bird with the big brain warns and maybe mourns around their fallen friends and Dr. Kaeli Swift is here to tell us all about it. As an avid wildlife researcher and corvid specialist, she’s observed death behaviors that will shock you to your bones and ruffle your hackles — while somehow also making you cry about peanuts. Also: so much inspiration to keep being yourself and to work hard toward what you love. She is a hero.” Why it’s great: Just read the episode description again. Yeah. Crow funerals are a thing. So is crow necrophilia! Plus, you can learn about the difference between ravens and crows. (73 minutes)
Twitter: @ologies

HumaNature, Episode 48: The In-Between II (10/31/18): What it’s about: “A haunted shop. An interview with spirits. A protective force field. It’s the time of year when the shadows lengthen and we bring you stories that aren’t quite natural and aren’t all the way human.” Why it’s great: This could have been a Here Be Monsters episode, sso no surprise that I loved it – it was out of the box, creative, and a perfect release for Halloween. (24 minutes)
Twitter: @humanatureshow

Someone Knows Something, S5 Episode 6: The Call (10/29/18): What it’s about: “A retired RCMP officer claims that certain suspects, tips and evidence may have been overlooked during the original investigation, including a very suspicious phone call.” Why it’s great: I really loved the whole trio of episodes that were released this week from SKS (one of my all-time favorite shows because of David Ridgen’s careful, calm approach when talking to people directly or peripherally related to a cold case) but this one was really great because I almost couldn’t believe that the current RCMP officer he talked to would actually talk to him on the record about what he did or didn’t hear related to said suspicious phone call – and suggested that Ridgen’s source may not be credible. The drama! So good. (54 minutes)
Twitter: @skscbc
Read my 5-star review of Someone Knows Something (season 1) here! (June 2016)

Intrigue: The Ratline, Episode 8: Nest of Spies (10/1/18): What it’s about: “Philippe and the team work out the identity of the mysterious man Otto lunched with on Lake Albano, and discover he too is connected with the Nazi Bishop. They take a trip to the lake to meet the Priest who buried the man and he reveals an unbelievable family secret.” Why it’s great: Honestly, this entire series was a phenomenal show, extremely well-crafted and researched, with creative audio including voice-overs by Laura Linney and Stephen Fry. This episode stood out to me but you need to listen in order. (31 minutes)
Twitter: @phillipesands

Making Gay History: Harry Hay (11/1/18): What it’s about: “Read more about Harry Hay in his San Francisco Chronicle obituary. For a more in-depth look at the early days of the Mattachine Society, check out C. Todd White’s Pre-Gay L.A.: A Social History of the Movement for Homosexual Rights and James T. Sears’s Behind the Mask of the Mattachine: The Hal Call Chronicles and the Early Movement for Homosexual Emancipation , and listen to our episodes featuring Chuck RowlandHerb Selwyn, and Hal Call, who wrested control of the Mattachine from Hay, Rowland, and the other original members of the group. In the episode, Hay mentions the “call to the society” that the early Mattachine Society used to gauge the interest of potential new members in joining; you can see the prospectus in its entirety here. And you can listen to an episode from Devlyn Camp’s Mattachine Podcast about “The Call”  here. In 1983 Vito Russo (whom you can hear in this MGH episode) interviewed Hay and Barbara Gittings (who was featured, along with her partner Kay Lahusen, in MGH episodes nine and 18) for his Our Time TV program. Here are part one and part two. Hay is featured in the 1984 documentary Before Stonewall, which also includes interviews with  Edythe Eyde, Barbara Gittings,  Frank Kameny, Chuck Rowland, and  Dr. Evelyn Hooker. As he says in the episode, Hay had a fondness for the word “fairy” and in 1979 he would go on to co-found the Radical Faeries. Philippe Roques made a documentary short about the movement titled Faerie Tales. The Radical Faeries website has a tribute page to founders Harry Hay and John Burnside.” Why it’s great: What a spirited guy Hay was – I love hearing his absolute confidence in himself as communist and fairy. This was the guy who first stood up and said: gay men need to organize; we have rights and we need to fight for them. Due to Hay’s communist affiliation, he ultimately stepped down from leadership in the Mattachine Society. Super fascinating and entertaining. (25 minutes)
Twitter: @makinggayhistry
Read my 5-star review of Making Gay History here! (It’s one of my all time favorite shows! March 2017)

2038: In the Internet of Things, You Will Be Just a Thing, Too (10/31/18): What it’s about: “Paul Ford thinks that, by 2038, computers won’t matter—because they’ll be everywhere, embedded in your clothes and constantly surveilling you and shouting at you with advertisements. Nothing will work all that well, but you won’t even notice.” Why it’s great: I have never been so intrigued by futurism. I think it helps that we’re not talking a hundred years into the future, but merely twenty – something many of us will hopefully be around for, and I hope my kids will be the ones influencing policy as well. Paul Ford explained all of his predictions so clearly that I bought into nearly all of them, and am very interested to see if any of the ideas take flight sooner. (40 minutes)
Twitter: @dwallacewells

The Allusionist, Episode 88: Name Changers (11/4/18): What it’s about: “Why did you change your name? And why did you choose the name you chose? Listeners answer these two questions. Hear their stories of gender identity, family fallouts, marriages, divorces, doxxing, cults, and…just not liking your given name very much.” Why it’s great: We can’t pick the names given to us at birth, and for some people, that’s a problem – it’s just not who they are. I loved hearing from people about why they changed names and their logic in picking a new one. Identity can be complex, and I’m glad most people have the freedom to make that change if they need to. (However, see episode 87 for some examples of people who cannot legally change their names!) (29 minutes)
Twitter: @allusionistshow
Read my 5-star review of The Allusionist here! (December 2015)

Gladiator, Episode 4: The Patriot Way (10/30/18) *First appearance on Delicious Ingredients*: What it’s about: “Aaron Hernandez was enjoying success on the field, but in his third season with the Patriots, the fragile balance of his life tipped. There were people who cared for him trying to intercede, from an old girlfriend to his teammates. But no one could successfully help him escape from violence, drugs, and extortion attempts.” Why it’s great: Rae Carruth, Aaron Hernandez, and Steve McNair are current subjects of podcasts about former NFL players, and I’m all in with all three of the shows (besides this one, the others are ‘Carruth’ and ‘Steve McNair: Fall of a Titan). I love sports-related storytelling – big personalities, lots of money, lavish lifestyles, and huge egos. What this podcast brings as a cherry on top of all of that is the subtle yet constant reminder of the business side of sports. The Patriots absolutely wanted to keep winning and keep making money, and it’s fascinating and sad how the NFL and the Patriots may have put those priorities ahead of a player’s mental health and stability. (46 minutes)
Twitter: @globespotlight

Story Collider: Cancer Sucks: Stories from Cancer Survivors (10/12/18): What it’s about: “This week, in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, we’re presenting two stories from cancer survivors. Part 1: Gail Thomas clashes with her oncologist while deciding how to fight her cancer. Part 2: As a marathon runner, Pierce McManus prides himself on his toughness — but then he begins coughing up blood.” Why it’s great:  Well, I cried, so that usually makes a good podcast for me. These two storytellers were phenomenal at using humor and sadness at exactly the right times. I dare you not to cry listening to Pierce McManus. (31 minutes)
Twitter: @story_collider
Read my 4-star review of Story Collider here! (August 2016)

Other Men Need Help: She Makes More (11/7/18): What it’s about: “Your partner makes more money than you. What do you do? Mark meets a few men to learn about their economic insecurities and looks for some answers, as he fights to keep his own series of numbers a mystery. SPOILER ALERT – it does not go well.” Why it’s great: You may remember from previous posts that I am an engineer, so this is top of mind for many women in my field at some point – it can be very awkward to be the breadwinner or even to contribute equal earnings to a family pot. It was so thought-provoking to hear the comment that one partner’s self-worth doesn’t have to be at odds with the other partner’s ambition or success level. (29 minutes)
Twitter: @othermenpod

Reply All, Episode 130: The Snapchat Thief (11/8/18): What it’s about: “This week, a new Super Tech Support: after Lizzie’s Snapchat gets hacked, things start getting really creepy. Alex investigates.” Why it’s great: This was one of the best podcast episodes I heard all year. It’s classic Reply All investigation – which they are so good at. It was genius to first go through everything Alex needed to protect his identity given the type of people he might be exposing (and who would potentially go after him) – it painted the picture so clearly of how serious this hacking is and how it can mess up your life. Then, Alex finds and confronts (with Lizzie) the hackers, who are astonishingly willing to talk on the record. (70 minutes)
Twitter: @replyall
Read guest reviewer Adela Mizrachi’s 5-star review of Reply All here! (July 2017)

Honorable Mentions
99% Invisible, Episode 327: A Year in the Dark
Modern Love: In the Waiting Room of Estranged Spouses
Everything is Alive: Annie, Jack o’Lantern
Inspired: Lily Allen – Fuck You
Women at Work: When We Make All (or Most of) the Money
Probably True Podcast: Crush
StoryCorps: I Always Meant to Tell You This
Someone Knows Something, S5 Episode 8: Other Brother
Between Us Girls, Episode 85: Dating: Get In Where You Fit In!

All episode descriptions and artwork come from the linked sites. What else was fantastic this week? Send me a note! audiblefeast@gmail.com or @audible_feast on Twitter. I’m also on Instagram at @audiblefeast.

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