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 55 episodes for this podcast review recap – 13 new shows for me this time, four 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.
Mortified, Episode 159: Age/Sex/Location pt. 1 (2/14/19): What it’s about: “What happens when no one at school like-likes you? The kids of the internet generation didn’t despair. They logged on and scoured the internet for love. Find out what they discovered in this special multi-episode series.” Why it’s great: It was great because I am of this generation! My AOL screen name was Dill73. WTF? I remember chatting with people and thinking, “oh … this could turn into a relationship …” <cue emotional pining> It was all so ridiculous. My parents/the high school did a good enough scare/education job so that I knew not to talk to creepazoids in random chat rooms, but somehow there was a way to see people who were nearby. This was my jam. It was the very first time most of the people in my generation were able to hide behind a keyboard and be someone they really weren’t – or were. I could imagine a whole podcast about this. (Live Show, Storytelling, Humor) // Read Audible Feast’s 4-star review of Mortified (September 2015)
Out of the Blocks: 300 E Eager St.: I’m Fighting For Me (2/11/19): What it’s about: “The release door of the Baltimore City Jail opens out onto this otherwise abandoned block, empty except for the presence of a mobile medical office that posts up there 5 days a week. The PCARE Van, as it’s known, is operated by the non-profit Behavioral Health Leadership Institute, and it’s there to prescribe the opioid addiction medication Buprenorphine (Suboxone) for those in need. Oftentimes, people will walk directly out of the jail and directly onto the van. In this episode, we meet the staff of the van and the clients they serve.” Why it’s great: Out of the Blocks is just an excellent show. Every episode features people from one city block, usually in Baltimore, but sometimes from other places. There is no narrator – the residents tell their own stories in their own words, and I love it. In this episode we hear from people impacted by the opioid crisis, while they’re being served by a non-profit. Fantastic audio from perspectives that deserve to be heard. (Storytelling, Personal Journal)
The Viall Files, Episode 7: Katie Ward* (2/12/19): What it’s about: “On the seventh episode of The Viall Files, I’m joined by feminist Katie Ward for an honest conversation about dating. From the Aziz Ansari article to getting feedback in the bedroom, we attempt to open up the conversation men and women are having or not having about sex. ” Why it’s great: Since there are a lot of Bachelor franchise alumni podcasts, and I do listen to a couple of them, it’s unlikely I would have listened to this show because I wouldn’t know what would make this one stand out. But I saw Katie Ward post about being a guest on the show, so I checked it out. And I am here to say that Ward did a fantastic job talking through a feminist perspective of sex, consent, communication, and dating with Nick Viall. I also appreciated Viall’s openness to learn a different perspective and not worry about coming across as a uneducated – I think (and hope) this is one of the reasons he remains a popular figure in the Bachelor franchise. (Feminism, TV, Pop Culture, Sex)
Best Pick, BP021: Kramer vs Kramer (1979)* (11/6/18): What it’s about: “For this episode, we watched Kramer vs Kramer, written by Robert Benton from the novel by Avery Corman, and directed by Benton. It stars Dustin Hoffman, Meryl Streep, Justin Henry and Jane Alexander.” Why it’s great: I heard about this podcast in a Facebook podcast discussion group, so I decided to pick a fairly recent episode where I didn’t know much about the movie. I thought this moved at a quick, crisp pace and I thought it was smart that the hosts set the stage for what else was going on at the time the movie was released. As I was listening, it made me feel like Pop Culture Happy Hour, another show I listen to for movie reviews, is a little too snarky sometimes … this is a compliment about Best Pick – I felt the hosts were genuine and relatable. (Movies, Pop Culture)
Over My Dead Body, Episode 1: The Husband* (2/11/19): What it’s about: “What makes a good marriage? Dan is smitten when he meets Wendi. But after a lavish wedding and a move to Tallahassee for Dan’s job, cracks in their relationship start to appear. Dan is blindsided when he comes home from a work trip and Wendi is gone. Maybe he should have read her novel.” Why it’s great: Long time readers know I can get into a good true crime story if it’s told well and mixes in interviews and good sound design. (It can’t be something I can read on Wikipedia.) I also get wary about podcasts that go viral (promos for this one have been all over my feed). But – this one has been good so far because it’s the man who is shot this time, not the woman in the troubled relationship. The couple has a lot going for them when they get together, but when they move to Tallahassee, things change. I’m enjoying not knowing anything about this story and following it blindly where it’s taking me. (True Crime)
Reveal: Five Years on Nauru (2/15/19): What it’s about: “Children refusing to eat, talk, or even drink water. A surreal mental illness sweeps across families stuck in an Australian immigrant detention camp on a tiny island nation in the South Pacific.” Why it’s great: I wish Reveal / The Center for Investigative Reporting could expand by 100. The reporting done by Reveal is phenomenal (and not sensational, a place that some investigative reporting outlets veer into from time to time). Last week I wrote about an episode of Hong Kong Confidential that let the listener in on the refugee process in Hong Kong – this week I learned about Australia. It was fascinating to me that the only people who are deported to Nauru, a holding island, are people who try to come via boat – even though the majority of immigrants seeking asylum arrive via air. It was heartbreaking hearing about the mental health struggles of the youngsters on Nauru, but it must be heard for anyone to do anything about it. (News, Investigative Reporting, Immigration) // Read Audible Feast’s 5-star review of Reveal (October 2018)
Pounded in the Butt By My Own Podcast: Monday Pounds Me In the Butt, read by Helen Zaltzman* (12/9/18): What it’s about: “Helen Zaltzman, host of the Allusionist podcast, performs the classic tale of a man who is seduced by a day of the week after a miscommunication with his boss.” Why it’s great: I found a lot of new shows this week, and I don’t even remember how I heard about this one as I’ve never heard of Chuck Tingle (a pseudonym), a prolific author of satirical, bizarrely funny gay erotica. But I completely cracked up listening to it and will definitely dig into more episodes from the catalog. (Humor, Fiction) // Read about the Helen Zaltzman Perfect Podcast Trifecta, which includes this eipsode. (February 2019)
Mothers of Invention: Nothing Happens Unless You Press the Button (2/18/19): What it’s about: “In our first episode back, Mary & Maeve recap the groundbreaking climate events of 2018. They meet our youngest mother yet, 13 year old activist and organizer, Alexandria Villasenor, on why she’s spending every Friday in a sleeping bag at the gates of the UN. Professor Pauline Dube talks to us about co-authoring the IPCC Special Report 1.5, and how she’s countering its rejection at COP24. Mbororo indigenous leader Hindou Oumarou Ibrahim speaks from the World Economic Forum in Davos on how the best way to rebalance our relationship with nature is not artificial intelligence, but indigenous intelligence.” Why it’s great: Well, in the first 10 minutes of the episode, Maeve and Mary talk about how I (ME!) named them “best couple” in the end-of-the-year superlative awards that Adela Mizrachi discussed on the December Podcast Brunch Club Podcast. Regardless, I didn’t know MOI was coming back so soon, and I’m really happy – I’ve written before about how it moves at a great pace and how I find Maeve and Mary’s relationship so charming. I loved the interview with young Alexandria Villasenor because she was treated just like the other guests, no different because of her age. (Climate Change, Science, Policy) // Read Audible Feast’s Mothers of Invention Perfect Podcast Trifecta (November 2018)
First Day Back, S3E4: Pulling For Every Breath
Other Men Need Help: Hermanos
Nocturne: The Blue Time
Trashy Divorces, S1E6: The First Cut is the Deepest | Buttafuocos Bobbitts*
Lez Hang Out, Int3: The L-Word Reboot
Household Name: An International Amazon Mystery
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