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 51 episodes for this podcast review recap – 10 new shows for me this time, three of which made it on the list below, including Honorable Mentions.
Here is the Podchaser link to my playlist. You can use it to listen to the episodes on a variety of players, including the main ones like Apple Podcasts and Google Podcasts.
Winnetka, Episode 3: Wishing* (2/10/19): What it’s about: “My twin brother Billy and I are close pals. In spite of our fear of our angry father, we each wish he would shine his love light on us. The arrival of an adorable baby sister does not help our cause.” Why it’s great: This is a new memoir podcast about a family with a secret – and I still have no idea what the secret could possibly be after three episodes. There is original music throughout the show, which I always enjoy, and I also enjoy hearing a story from a different generation than my own. (Storytelling)
Hong Kong Confidential, Episode 75: The Change Maker* (1/31/19): What it’s about: “Darius Kokou Agbeko Dzadu was an asylum seeker and refugee in Hong Kong for many years, he is now married to his lovely wife and has residency and is finally able to work. He is an activist helping raise awareness of the plight of refugees in Hong Kong who struggle with equality and justice. He hopes to improve the living and working conditions of those living in marginalised communities, especially refugees and ethnic minorities, many of whom are his friends. Darius has done a TEDx talk and speaks at many conferences and events globally. Darius is from Togo and he did not speak Chinese or English when he arrived. He landed in China and then moved Hong Kong as an asylum seeker and applied for refugee status. He explains how the government support refugees in Hong Kong, but it is unfortunately not enough financial support for people to survive and they must rely on NGO’s to help them. Darius shares what it was like to feel like he had nothing to offer to people he met and how he was often sidelined when people discovered that he was a refugee. He volunteered his time to try and make his life more meaningful and make a difference, given that he was not able to work in Hong Kong. He helps lead Global Youth Connect, a group that brings together ethnic minorities and mainland youth, he plays football, music and joined a local theatre group. He wants to do what he can to help his friends who are struggling as refugees and he reminds us that taking the time to connect with people by providing friendship is one of the most meaningful gestures that anyone can do for a refuge or asylum seeker.” Why it’s great: I was really moved by Darius’ journey as a refugee (especially hearing about how this works in Hong Kong), and I was inspired by his drive to find a place in the community and help others who have been down the same path. (Interview)
Terrible, Thanks for Asking, Episode 60: The Treatment (2/4/19): What it’s about: “Rachel Haines makes everything look easy. Even when things are very very very not easy. A gymnast, a competitor, and a champion, Rachel endures and survives… with a smile.” Why it’s great: This is the quintessential TTFA – a person who feels like she has to put on a happy face while something absolutely awful was happening to her (repeated sexual assault by the hands of now-jailed Larry Nassar), because that’s just what she thought she was supposed to do. I thought the conversation about how gymnasts are so good at putting on a smiling face was really sad and fascinating, how much pain they compete through. (Storytelling)
Excuse My African, Episode 49: The Truth About Kunta Kinte* (1/24/19): What it’s about: “Many of us know of Kunta Kinte from all the slavery stories we’ve been told. However, most of us do not know the truth about where the name originated from. I will be taking you on a journey of the beautiful country, where the name originated.” Why it’s great: This is why I want to listen to podcasts from other parts of the world. I want to know about the culture and landscape of places I’ve never even dreamed of traveling to. I LOVED the host’s unabashed love of the Republic of the Gambia – you’ll definitely be Googling it for pictures. (Travel, Culture)
Death, Sex & Money: How Nikki Giovanni Finally Learned to Cry (2/5/19): What it’s about: “The legendary poet talks with host Anna Sale in front of a live audience about standing up to her father, surviving breast and lung cancer, and why she now cries “over any damn thing.”” Why it’s great: I coincidentally just took Giovanni’s book of poems, A Good Cry, out from the library on a whim. I didn’t know anything about her but the size of the book was palatable (a hundred or so small pages). I initially thought this interview might be sad, based on the title, but I ended up cracking up at Giovanni’s description of having a mastectomy, where she told her doctor she was beyond the age that her breast was going to do anything for her anyway. Might as well take it off! (Interview) // Audible Feast’s 2015 review of Death, Sex & Money (5 stars)
Homemade Stories, HS102: Help for Men (2/4/19): What it’s about: “Straight talk for men of a certain age. Men over 40 need some love too.” Why it’s great: You already know I love what Shannon Cason does. I was telling my (over 40) husband about this episode and we listened to it on a lunch date! What!? What a hilarious episode with some legit observations – you’re not going to win a fight when you’re over 40, you shouldn’t be jacking off at the same rate as when you were a teenager, and you need some manscaping. OMG. (Storytelling, Men, Advice, Humor)
The Tip Off, Episode 26: Burnt (2/6/19): What it’s about: “Shiv Malik thought he was onto something special. He’d been working with a source who was offering incredible insights into the UK terrorist scene. And now, this same source was saying he was ready to turn his back on his past life and he wanted Shiv to tell that story. Then things fell apart.” Why it’s great: This episode of The Tip Off, which features crazy stories about how journalists have gotten that elusive scoop, reminded me a lot of Caliphate. Malik tracked down and then built a relationship with a shady character who ostensibly had something to offer – but their journalistic partnership took quite a turn. (Journalism, News, Storytelling)
The Truth: Meet Cute (2/14/19): What it’s about: “Falling in love is easy.” Why it’s great: I haven’t featured The Truth here in a long, long time, but I am invested in audio fiction more than I was before and I usually like standalone episodes more than serial fiction shows where I have to remember the characters and where the plot left off. I listened to this on Valentine’s Day, which was perfect. It’s a meet cute story where two people “bump into each other” at a bowling alley, and what follows is completely insane. (Fiction, Love)
Conan O’Brien Needs a Friend: Stephen Colbert
She’s in Russia, Episode 85: Domestic Violence ft. Yulia Gorbunova
Latino USA: The NAFTA Diet
The Brain Candy Podcast, Episode 294: Inside the Challenge — Your Questions Answered
Songs of a Bird, Episode 05: The Aftermath*
Here Be Monsters, HBM112: Negative Space
* indicates first appearance on Delicious Ingredients
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