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 45 episodes before deciding what was top notch.
Probably True: Reject (2/25/18): What it’s about: “A story about how Grindr hookups don’t always go to plan, and how to deal with it when it happens. Also, exciting breakfast food and the phrase “two humps and a shudder”.” Why it’s great: Probably True host Scott Flashheart’s blunt, diary-level-honest thoughts on sex and love in the LGBT world are refreshing to me because he’s never trying too hard, there’s no overdramatization, and he’s so sex-positive. Yes, most episodes are witty and fun, but I really appreciate the undercurrent (in this episode especially) of accepting who you are and not getting down if your potential (short-term or long-term) mates don’t love everything about you. (10 minutes)
Read my 4-star review of Probably True here! (July 2017)
This is Love, Episode 3: Always Tomorrow (2/28/18): What it’s about: “A woman becomes a best-selling novelist by writing 120 books about her first romance.” Why it’s great: Whelp – the official episode description doesn’t give much away (or necessarily much to prompt you to listen) but this was a terrific story about love. The author, Brenda Jackson, shares how much her romance novels have been influenced by her personal life and her imagination – pretty amazing given she has been married to her first love for decades. (24 minutes)
PLAYLIST, S2E13: Addicted (2/28/18): What it’s about: “We share the most haunting songs about addiction. Trigger Warning: This episode discusses, in detail, drug and alcohol addiction, domestic abuse, self harm, and eating disorders. This week’s playlist: The Needle & The Damage Done by Neil Young (Cheryl), God of Wine by Third Eye Blind (Josh), Never Let Me Down Again by Depeche Mode (Vanessa), The Story by Brandi Carlile (Vicki), Rhyme & Reason by Dave Matthews Band (Cindy), Still by Macy Gray (Josh), 4st 7lb by Manic Street Preachers (Vanessa), It’s Been Awhile by Staind (Vicki), Sam Stone by John Prine (Cindy), All Apologies by Nirvana (Cheryl)” Why it’s great: PLAYLIST is a great break for me, I get to listen to music and hear stories at the same time. This season-ender was particularly emotional, as expected from the theme. (99 minutes)
Read my 5-star review of PLAYLIST Podcast here! (October 2018)
Someone Knows Something, S4 Episode 4: D & L (2/26/18): What it’s about: “A disturbing piece of information about Wayne’s past is revealed and the Greavettes meet one of the people mentioned in the death letter.” Why it’s great: Are you getting an idea yet of how much I love SKS? In this episode, host David Ridgen goes with Wayne Greavette’s widow to confront his mistress. (40 minutes)
Read my 5-star review of Someone Knows Something (season 1) here! (June 2016)
Latino USA: It’s My Podcast and I’ll Cry if I Want To (2/9/18): What it’s about: “Four years ago, Latino USA producer Antonia Cereijido was only an intern and still in college when she did what a lot of people do when they’re not sure what their life will look like after graduation: she cried in the bathroom. After wiping her eyes and returning to her desk, she tried to comfort herself by calculating how many other Latinos had cried at the same time she had. Which led her to ask herself: do Latinos cry more that other people, on average? Thus began her strange and lachrymose journey into the world of crying.” Why it’s great: I’ve never really thought about Latinos crying more than any other group of people! It was very fun that Cereijido did a super informal and totally non-scientific “study” of several people asking them to log whether they’d cried each day for a short period of time. (44 minutes)
Our Americana, S04E01: Mount Horeb, Wisconsin (The Reading) (3/1/18): What it’s about: “A rural town, known as The Troll Capital of the World, unites over the attemped banning of a book reading and its very close-to-home consequences.” Why it’s great: I got choked up multiple times during this episode and felt spurred to activism, so yeah, it was frickin’ great. The book in question is “I Am Jazz.” The way the community responded to the potential banning of this book was what the true America is, and should be proud of. There is a lot of hope contained in this story and there are a lot of amazing people fighting for human rights. (73 minutes)
Neighbors: Matt Got Shot, Part 3 or The Fabric We’re All In
Inflection Point with Lauren Schiller: How Girls Change the World – Paola Gianturco & Alex Sangster
In Sight, Episode 085: Jaliek Rainwalker
The Gaytheist Manifesto, Episode 150: What Does it Mean to Be a Man?
Here Be Monsters, HBM093: The Brain Scoop
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