Each week I will publish the most Delicious Ingredients of my Audible Feast … the scrumptious, delectable, savory, rich, sweet, spicy, and best podcasts that have fed my ears this 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 week.
This week I listened to 37 episodes before deciding what was top notch.
Make No Law: On the Job *First Appearance on Delicious Ingredients* (2/14/18): What it’s about: “When Richard Ceballos, a deputy district attorney in Los Angeles County, expressed concern about the validity of a search warrant in 2000, he discovered the fuzzy line between free speech rights and the need for government entities to maintain workplace discipline. His case brought to light the question of whether the government can terminate its employees based on their words as well as why acting as a citizen versus an employee is an important distinction. In this episode, host Ken White explores the Garcetti v. Ceballos case, the results of which saddle government employees with a tough decision. Either they can report misconduct to their superiors and potentially face discipline, or report to media or other sources on the outside and face different discipline.” Why it’s great: Proof that blindly asking me to take a listen to your podcast can actually result in being featured here! (Cue pitches en masse.) Host Ken White pitched it to me and at 23 minutes, I said – sure, I’ll give it a shot. I loved it. The show is about law, but it’s not dry at all – it’s about how the law translates to real life, which can be tricky. (23 minutes)
Order 9066, Chapter 1: The Roundup *First Appearance on Delicious Ingredients* (2/19/18): What it’s about: “Japanese warplanes bombed Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941. Hours later, the FBI began rounding up people of Japanese ancestry on the West Coast. This episode explores the history of anti-Asian prejudice in the United States that laid the groundwork for an assault on Japanese American communities after Pearl Harbor.” Why it’s great: It’s likely that most Americans who are Gen X-ers or younger don’t know a lot about Japanese imprisonment during World War II – I certainly don’t know much other than what my Baby Boomer parents remember, and they were very young at the time, but do recall an “anti-Jap” sentiment. APM Reports almost always puts out quality work and I love the length of each episode. I’m really looking forward to learning more about this piece of history in a distinctly different from American History Tellers – it feels much more personal. (21 minutes)
The Conversation: Swimmers (2/18/18): What it’s about: “Two swimming stars look back on their extraordinary careers and talk frankly about sexism in the sport, how they overcame major challenges to keep competing and how they dealt with their period ahead of a race. Natalie Coughlin is among the greatest female swimmers in history, with 12 Olympic medals to her name. However when she was a teenager, and already a rising star in the pool, she suffered a severe shoulder injury which put her off competitive swimming altogether. It was only at university when she met her first female coach, Teri McKeever, that she once again felt inspired to go for gold. Natalie went onto become the only US woman to earn six medals at one Olympics. And at 35 years old she still hasn’t officially retired. Natalie du Toit is a Paralympic champion from South Africa who refused to be defined by the scooter accident that left her an amputee at the age of 17. Before the accident she had been dreaming of competing in the Olympics and was tipped for success. Three months after she lost her left leg at the knee, she was back in the pool, determined to see what she could achieve. Not only has she now won 13 Paralympic golds but she also competed at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing. She retired from the sport in 2012.” Why it’s great: I enjoy The Conversation because it almost always features two women who did not previously know each other discussing something they have in common. I loved Coughlin’s admission of being happy she can fit into “normal” women’s clothes again now that her shoulders are less muscular. I was also touched by the admiration these two swimmers have for each other. (26 minutes)
Embedded: Trump Stories: Obstruction (2/15/18): What it’s about: “Embedded tells the story of another part of special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation–the question of whether President Trump may have obstructed justice by attempting to thwart the Russia investigation. It’s a crime that could have been committed regardless of whether the Trump campaign coordinated with Russia in the 2016 election.” Why it’s great: I hadn’t been able to get into this season of Embedded thus far, but heard some good things about the latest couple of episodes so I took it for another spin. I’ve been listening to The Daily a lot, and this (and the previous) episode was like an episode of The Daily times 3 – in length, investigation, and “boiling down for the common person” quality. This is a tough topic to report on in real-time due to the ever-revolving door of criminals tied to Trump (one minute they’re in the White House, the next they’re in jail), and of course Kelly McEvers is fabulous at it. (60 minutes)
The Promise, Part 4: The Great Divide (2/14/18): What it’s about: “This is a story about the assumptions we all make. And the secrets we keep. With WPLN reporter Meribah Knight as the go-between, Big Man, a public housing resident from the Cayce Homes, walks across the street to meet the wealthy couple who live in the fancy new home on the hill. In many ways, their lives couldn’t be more different, but in breaking the silence between the two sides of the gentrifying neighborhood, a friendship begins to form — only to be dashed in a way no one could have expected.” Why it’s great: This miniseries takes an almost unbelievable turn that underscores the difficulty of making progress in improving the public housing struggle. It’s terrific, a must-listen from episode 1. (33 minutes)
Women at Work: Mind the (Wage) Gap (2/21/18): What it’s about: “Do you earn the same salary as your male coworkers? How certain are you? For women, the wage gap is a common concern, for good reason: the average, college-educated woman starts out earning close to what her male peers do, but over a lifetime, the pay gap widens. Even for women who graduate from college, get an MBA, and take a job at a high-paying firm — 10 or 15 years into our careers, we’re earning only 60 percent of what men are. There are a lot of complex factors that go into creating the wage gap — race, education, industry. Amy, Sarah, and Nicole dive into one that doesn’t get as much attention: age. What’s going on in our careers that causes us to earn so much less as we get older? Guests: Claudia Goldin, a Harvard economist, and Margaret Gullette, an age critic and author.” Why it’s great: I wish this was not a limited-run series (it’s a six-parter), because HBR approaches the topics of equality at work with facts, research, and experts. I am in the process of letting my hair go naturally gray and am right on that precipice of not being “young” and “cute” anymore (not that I try to be that way, just can’t help myself (HA! purely joking here …). I’m 37 – the magic age mentioned in this podcast about the maximum pay gap between women and men. I’m perceived to be less ambitious because of the stage of life I’m in (I have young kids). I’m not nervous yet about the impact of age on my career, but the tide is turning and I will have to consider my place compared to the next generation coming up. I will be relevant, but won’t have the boost that young age brings. This show is fantastically thought-provoking for women and men alike. (44 minutes)
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