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 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.
I was on vacation last week, so this is a double up week. Over these two weeks I listened to 74 episodes before deciding what was top notch.
One True Pairing: Black Panther – Nakia & T’Challa / Okoye & W’Kabi *First appearance on Delicious Ingredients* (3/14/18): What it’s about: “The biggest movie in America means the biggest ships on screen! Erica and Marissa talk their fave Black Panther couples and why this movie is “even more feminist than Wonder Woman.”” Why it’s great: Super fun take on Black Panther, specifically the romantic relationships between some of the main characters. I wasn’t really prepared for the f***, marry, kill (and be) of superheroes at the end of the episode, but it was actually a very fun addition. This and the Song Exploder episode were some of the best Black Panther episodes I heard in the last couple weeks (and I’ve been looking for all of them!). (43 minutes)
Terrible, Thanks for Asking, Episode 30: Route 91 (3/13/18): What it’s about: “On the eve of Kelli’s 25th birthday, she found herself running for her life in a dystopian nightmare. It was supposed to be an incredible weekend to celebrate the dawn of a new phase of her life. Instead, it was the deadliest mass shooting (so far) in America.” Why it’s great: My Podcast Brunch Club Podcast co-host, Adela, told me not to listen to this episode in a car–I concur. It was a crushing story about a couple who survived the Las Vegas country music festival shooting in 2017 – what happened to them during the shooting and how they’re handling life afterward. (46 minutes)
Missing and Murdered: Finding Cleo: S2 Episode 7: Lillian (3/20/18): What it’s about: “Connie’s chance meeting with the father who Cleo never knew is followed by new revelations about the Semaganis children’s biological mother, Lillian. A picture begins to emerge about why her children were taken, and when she joined the fight to stop the adoption of more Indigenous children into white homes.” Why it’s great: I really recommend reading my full review on this show, but this episode in particular really started to hone in on a huge issue with indigenous women in Canada: generation after generation, the mother-child relationship has been deeply impacted by an external force, the government. (32 minutes)
Read my 5-star review of Missing and Murdered: Finding Cleo here! (March 2018)
Varmints!, Episode 73: Black Bears (3/22/18): What it’s about: “This week on the Varmints! podcast Paul and Donna learn all about adorable, yet terrifying black bears!” Why it’s great: You know I really like Varmints! – it’s appeared on Delicious Ingredients several times – and it’s always for what some people would think of as a strange animal choice on my part. I just enjoy Paul and Donna’s banter and comedy (this episode in particular features Paul doing fairly awful joke telling about bears). I actually learned a lot about bears and enjoyed the pop culture reference and bear songs, as usual. Varmints! does a great job of breaking up the show into many segments and using different types of sounds to mix it up. (49 minutes)
This is Love, Episode 6: What Are We Going to Do (3/21/18): What it’s about: “”People wanted to put him up for sainthood because he married me, like he’d made the ultimate sacrifice.”” Why it’s great: This is the final This is Love episode, and I think the first and last episodes bookended the series perfectly. The compassionate way the husband and wife in this story talked about each other was so sweet. (19 minutes)
Read a Q&A about This is Love with Phoebe Judge here! (February 2018)
Hidden Brain: The Lonely American Man (3/19/18): What it’s about: “Boys get the message at a young age: don’t show your feelings. Don’t rely on anyone. This week, we take a close look at misguided notions of masculinity in the United States. We explore how those notions create stressed-out romantic relationships, physical health problems, and a growing epidemic of loneliness. Plus, we consider how we might begin to tell a different story about what it means to be a man.” Why it’s great: I have two young boys, and this episode has given me a lot to think about that I had, I guess, taken for granted. They’re still young enough to love their friends and aren’t facing peer pressure or anything yet, but I’m glad I have time to think about, and hopefully help guide, their sensitivity and relationship building before they get to puberty. (48 minutes)
Radiotopia Showcase: Errthang #1: 808s and Three Heartbreaks *First appearance on Delicious Ingredients* (3/23/18): What it’s about: “Al Letson and Willie Evans Jr. are back with season two of Errthang! After a long hiatus, the dynamic duo returns to tell stories, and have a good time. This season Letson and Evans focus on stories and interviews about fatherhood, the political unrest in the country, and ruminations on love. It’s a wild, fun ride with a lot of heart and depth. In episode one, Al tells the stories of three excruciating heartbreaks that will leave you laughing.” Why it’s great: Al really should meet Terry Gross and just, you know, chill and have coffee. What’s wrong with sending her a love letter first to break the ice? I was laughing out loud. (43 minutes)
Ear Hustle: Firsts (3/14/18): What it’s about: ““Firsts” in prison can be especially memorable: the first time you meet your cellie, or leave the prison for medical treatment, or run your first marathon. Alongside these tales, Adnan Khan shares the story of his first visit from his mom, 13 years after he was incarcerated.” Why it’s great: Ear Hustle is BACK for another season and it feels like it hasn’t even been that long! How exciting! This was a really touching discussion about some difficult firsts behind bars, and I also loved the interview about Lt. Sam Robinson’s firsts. (39 minutes)
Read my brief interview with Ear Hustle Executive Producer Julie Shapiro here! (January 2018)
Song Exploder: Ludwig Goransson – Black Panther (3/14/18): What it’s about: “Marvel’s Black Panther was released in theaters on February 16, 2018, and in just a few weeks, it made over a billion dollars worldwide. It’s already broken some box office records and it looks like it’s going to break some more. The score for the film was created by Swedish composer Ludwig Göransson. His film and TV credits include Creed and New Girl. He’s also Grammy-nominated producer, who’s worked most often with rapper Childish Gambino. In this episode, Ludwig takes apart one of his pieces from Black Panther. The track is called “Killmonger,” and it’s the theme for Erik Killmonger, a character played by Michael B. Jordan. Black Panther is set in the fictional African nation of Wakanda, and coming up, Ludwig tells the story of doing research and making recordings in Africa, and how he incorporated that into the score for the film.” Why it’s great: Some of the best Song Exploder episodes are songs from a TV show or movie. I am thirsty for everything Black Panther right now and this was fantastic, of course now I want to go watch the movie again and listen for the Killmonger music. (20 minutes)
Read my 4-star review of Song Exploder here! (July 2016)
Code Switch: Searching for a Home After Hate (3/6/18): What it’s about: “In February 2017, Srinivas Kutchibhotla fell victim to an alleged hate crime. In the aftermath, his widow, Sunayana Dumala, had her life and her immigration status thrown into question. Now, she’s trying to figure out what it means to stay — and find community — in the small Kansas town where her husband was killed.” Why it’s great: Sometimes an episode will stick with me because I find myself so drawn in to someone’s emotional diary-like story; this is one. It was heartbreaking listening to Dumala share how her husband just didn’t come home when he was supposed to, and she had this intuition that something bad happened. (18 minutes)
Read my 4-star review of Code Switch here! (October 2016)
Armchair Expert with Dax Shepard: Ellen DeGeneres
A Pint with Seaniebee, Episode 80: Nick Reynolds Has a Pint with Seaniebee
The Document: Bad is Good
Us & Them: The Black Talk
Latino USA: They See Me Rollin’
Invisibilia: What Was Not Said
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