Delicious Ingredients: The Best Podcasts of the Week – 12/7/18
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 61 episodes for this podcast review recap – seven new shows for me this time, one of which made it on the best-of list below.
This week 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. (I personally listen on RadioPublic.)
30 For 30 Podcasts: Rickey Won’t Quit (11/12/18): What it’s about: “At age 46, Rickey Henderson refused to walk away from the game of baseball. This is the story of a baseball legend doing everything he can to keep playing the game he loves, whether or not it will ever love him back.” Why it’s great: 30 For 30 Podcasts has been outstanding this year – they’ve really gotten into the hearts of the sports figures profiled in both the BIKRAM series and this season’s return to individual documentary-style episodes. I felt myself rooting for Rickey and feeling his pain when he felt the game wasn’t loving him back at an advanced playing age.
Inflection Point with Lauren Schiller: “Put Down Your Male Fragility” – Scene on Radio’s John Biewen & Celeste Headlee (12/4/18): What it’s about: “What’s going on with men? Why is it so hard to negotiate the gender power dynamic in everyday situations, like work meetings? Can masculinity exist without its more toxic forms? And why can men get away with sexual misconduct—and even end up seeming like the “real” victim when they’re accused? While I’ve taken this season of Inflection Point to focus on what women can do to rise up and have more power, John Biewen and Celeste Headlee of the podcast Scene on Radio – MEN have been examining how the patriarchy that we’re rising up against was formed in the first place–and what to do about it. Today we’re taking a look at the conversations we’ve had over the past seasons of both shows and comparing notes to see if we can find some answers–together.” Why it’s great: Two of my favorite shows in one – great crossover. I thought this was a smart move by Schiller to get the “MEN” perspective from the excellent team of Biewen and Headlee.
Read my 5-star review of Inflection Point with Lauren Schiller here! (Updated December 2016)
Song Exploder: Fleetwood Mac – Go Your Own Way (12/4/18): What it’s about: “Lindsey Buckingham is a singer-songwriter, a guitarist, and a producer. In 1974, he joined the band Fleetwood Mac, along with Stevie Nicks, his girlfriend at the time. A few year later, in 1977, Fleetwood Mac released the album Rumours, which would go on to sell over 40 million copies and become the eighth highest-selling album in history. In this episode, Lindsey Buckingham breaks down “Go Your Own Way,” a song he wrote for that album about his relationship with Stevie Nicks.” Why it’s great: What a coup for Song Exploder to get Lindsey Buckingham on to explain a Fleetwood Mac song, especially since he’s no longer with the band. Of course the song is about the end of the romance between Nicks and Buckingham, but I also enjoyed the history about the other band members. Buckingham was so honest and sweetly nostalgic about a painful time in his life and in the band. I’ll definitely never hear the song the same way again.
Read my 4-star review of Song Exploder here! (July 2016)
HBR Ideacast, Episode 659: The Right Way to Solve Complex Business Problems (12/3/18): What it’s about: “Corey Phelps, a strategy professor at McGill University, says great problem solvers are hard to find. Even seasoned professionals at the highest levels of organizations regularly fail to identify the real problem and instead jump to exploring solutions. Phelps identifies the common traps and outlines a research-proven method to solve problems effectively. He’s the coauthor of the book, “Cracked it! How to solve big problems and sell solutions like top strategy consultants.”” Why it’s great: This is a nerding-out pick for me, but bear with me as I recommend a business podcast, something I very rarely do. I work in project management and continuous improvement of internal business processes so it drives me up the wall when business leaders jump immediately to a conclusion instead of trying to figure out what the root cause of a problem is. Using a methodology like the one the book is about can help prevent a team from following too narrow of a path and solving the wrong problem.
Bag Man, Episode 7: You Can’t Fire Me – I Quit (12/3/18): What it’s about: “Disgraced Vice President Spiro T. Agnew officially becomes a private citizen and addresses the nation one last time… as a convicted criminal. Agnew continues his attacks on the press and the prosecutors right to the end. But his sudden resignation leaves questions– unanswered– that echo 45 years later. Can a President or Vice President actually be criminally indicted while in office? And if not, what sort of pressure can be brought to bear… to force them out?” Why it’s great: Tremendous wrap-up episode – this is how it’s done. Part end of the story and part question and answer session, it doesn’t spend too much time on either – just wraps the show up neatly.
Love Me: Take Me Home (12/3/18): What it’s about: “A woman with Alzheimer’s dreams of returning to her childhood home as she lies in bed, staring at the ceiling; two adult siblings find themselves sharing their old room again after years apart; and a daughter navigates the loss of her childhood house after her father’s death.” Why it’s great: So very lovely – I loved all three of the stories, but especially Lu Olkowski’s opening piece. Love Me is delivering time after time this season.
Exeter – 6 part series *First appearance on Delicious Ingredients*: What it’s about: “A veteran detective (Jeanne Tripplehorn) must face the errors of a past case when the woman she convicted of murder is exonerated after 10 years in prison. Our heroine struggles to keep the trust of her department as a series of grisly murders rock her decaying South Carolina town, which puts her at odds with her ambitious partner (Ray McKinnon) and the department at large. Exeter was created by Ronnie Gunter, written by Ronnie Gunter and George Ducker, and stars Jeanne Tripplehorn and Ray McKinnon.” Why it’s great: Great crime audio fiction set in South Carolina in the mid-90s, full of complex, misunderstood characters and plot twists. It was so well done – reminded me a lot of Bronzeville in production quality, it was truly like listening to a movie.
Longform, Episode 319: Madeleine Baran
How to Be a Girl, Episode XXVII: Playdates with Christians
The Sugar Baby Confessionals, Episode 2: Gingerbread Men*
Modern Love: A Young Man’s Game | With Stanley Tucci
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