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. Over this time period, I listened to 83 episodes for this podcast review recap – 14 new shows for me this time, two 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.
One plug – I had the pleasure of interviewing Helen Zaltzman a couple of weeks ago and our conversation came out this week on the Podcast Brunch Club podcast. I obviously enjoyed talking with her and appreciated her personal recommendations of podcasts to try and our chat about finding time for reading vs. listening to audio. I’ll transcribe the interview shortly and post it on my main website.
The Sporkful: A Soda Jerk and a Mormon Walk Into a Podcast (3/24/19): What it’s about: “Ben Abbott wants to pair his meals with drinks, but as a Mormon, he doesn’t drink alcohol. So Dan journeys to an offbeat soda shop in Los Angeles to find Ben some beverages. Plus, a linguist explains why some people say soda, coke, or pop.” Why it’s great: There are some episodes of The Sporkful where I feel like I hear just a slightly more hearty chuckle from Dan Pashman – I could tell that he was just tickled by Ben Abbott, and I was too. The way all the flavors and tastes and mouth feelings were described on the episode was perfect – made for excellent audio that was so much better than if it was, for example, on a screen. Terrific sound design. (Food, Humor) // Read Audible Feast’s 4-star review of The Sporkful (January 2017)
UnFictional: Friends in Juggalo Places (3/6/19): What it’s about: “Take a three-day bus trip across the country with a juggalo, and you’ll learn some things.” Why it’s great: The title of this episode queued me up for loving it before I heard a single word. It seems like a journalism dream come true to go on a bus trip with some juggalos! I loved Carla Green’s inclusion of Roger Tedi’s wariness about a journalist covering juggalos at all – most of the press juggalos get is negative. (Storytelling)
Call Your Girlfriend: Businesswoman Special 2: Podcast Millionaires (3/7/19): What it’s about: “Aminatou, Ann, and Gina discuss the business of Call Your Girlfriend, LLC in this hyper-transparent check-in. We still make most of our money from the ads you hear on the podcast, but we’ve branched out into live touring, more merch, and adding team members! (Welcome Sophie Carter-Kahn of She’s All Fat fame, who is doing our social media!!) How CYG fits into all of our individual work lives (and LLCs). Then, we hear from Claire Mazur and Erica Cerulo about the bestie-preneurship secrets they uncover in their new book, Work Wife.” Why it’s great: Congratulations to the CYG team for sharing the inner workings of their media company/companies. It was super inspirational for me personally because I see some podcasters as “stars, they’re just like us!” – the very best voices create more than fangirlism for me; they make me believe that I can slay the dragon. I’m sorry, but this will never happen with a podcast that is trying to tell me how to be more productive, sell something, build a business, etc. My inspiration for making my life better is going to come from people who are genuine, authentic, and honest. I can’t say enough about this particular episode – bravo. (Feminism, Women, Business)
Desert Island Discs: Marlon James, Writer* (3/15/19): What it’s about: “Marlon James is a writer who won the Man Booker Prize in 2015 for A Brief History of Seven Killings, a novel which centres on an attempt to assassinate Bob Marley. Marlon was the first Jamaican to win the Prize. He was born in Kingston in 1970 and grew up in suburbia. His mother worked as a detective, and his father was lawyer, leading to a family joke that his mum locked criminals up and his dad got them out. As a self-confessed geek, Marlon did not enjoy his time at school, and even pretended that he was not related to his older brother, a fellow pupil, because he thought his lack of cool would embarrass his sibling. After studying English at the University of the West Indies, he worked in advertising as a copywriter. His first novel was rejected 78 times, and he thought he had destroyed every copy of it, until he met novelist Kaylie Jones at a writing workshop and she insisted on seeing it. She showed it to her publisher and his career was launched. The book, John Crow’s Devil, was published in 2005. His fourth novel, Black Leopard, Red Wolf, the first of a fantasy trilogy, was published earlier this year. Marlon lives in the United States, where he teaches Creative Writing at Macalester College in Minnesota. BOOK CHOICE: Tom Jones by Henry Fielding LUXURY: A pressure cooker. CASTAWAY’S FAVOURITE: When Doves Cry by Prince” Why it’s great: Thank you to Helen Zaltzman for this recommendation – I can’t believe I hadn’t listened to it before. I hope the other episodes are just as great – I immediately requested one of James’ books from the library. (Music, Interview)
In the Dark, S2 E12: Before the Court (3/18/19): What it’s about: “We resume Season Two with the U.S. Supreme Court weighing Curtis Flowers’ case. In the first of four new episodes, we preview oral arguments – set for Wednesday, March 20 – and delve into the allegations at the heart of the appeal: that Doug Evans tried to keep African-Americans off the jury in Curtis’ sixth trial.” Why it’s great: APM is extremely smart to follow this Supreme Court case as it’s happening – I’m not surprised at all,, given its phenomenal work on 74 Seconds, which followed a similar model. I’m sure it is a ton of work and outside the producers’ comfort zone to be reporting from a court room, and it’s fascinating to get to be in that room with them. This episode set up what would happen when the oral arguments began, and the next episode featured audio from inside the court room – amazing. (Investigative Journalism, Crime, Justice) // Read Audible Feast’s 5-star review of season 1 of In the Dark and interview with Madeleine Baran (December 2016)
Sooo Many White Guys: Phoebe and Jameela Jamil Stop Being Polite (3/18/19): What it’s about: “We kick off the new season with Jameela Jamil of The Good Place! The actress, writer, and activist talks to Pheebs about her embarrassing audition to get the role of Tahani, dealing with paparazzi in her native England, taking on companies whose ads make women feel bad about themselves, and not giving a fuck about being polite anymore.” Why it’s great: I was thrilled that Sooo Many White Guys returned for a fourth season – I don’t think I’ve missed many of the episodes in the entire run of the show. Jameela Jamil was a perfect guest for the show – she’s witty and passionate and a great match for Robinson’s interview style. I loved when Jamil said she is no longer living a life she regrets – oh, my heart. What an awesome motto. (Humor, Interview)
This American Life, Episode 664: The Room of Requirement (12/29/18): What it’s about: “Libraries aren’t just for books. They’re often spaces that transform into what you need them to be: a classroom, a cyber café, a place to find answers, a quiet spot to be alone. It’s actually kind of magical. This week, we have stories of people who roam the stacks and find unexpected things that just happen to be exactly what they required.” Why it’s great: This episode is a selection from the upcoming month’s Podcast Brunch Club playlist, so I listened to it ahead of time. I haven’t been listening to TAL as much in the last couple of years. This was a phenomenal episode that mixed some shorter stories with longer and had a good diversity of segment producers. I was in tears at the end of this episode, which is a hallmark of a great episode for me – those will almost always show up on Delicious Ingredients lists. (Storytelling)
Today, Explained: Tried Six Times for the Same Crime (3/19/19): What it’s about: “Today the Supreme Court hears oral arguments about Curtis Flowers, who has been tried six times for the same crime: a quadruple homicide at a furniture store in Mississippi. Madeleine Baran, host of the “In the Dark” podcast, explains how this case represents a fundamental problem with jury selection in the United States.” Why it’s great: If somehow you have been living under a rock and haven’t heard about the Curtis Flowers case that is now in front of the Supreme Court, this is the primer you need. Madeleine Baran is just so poised and relatable. (News, Investigative Journalism)
The Lonely Hour, Episode 29: Facing Dead-of-Winter Maine Alone in a Tent
And Especially You: Define Your Own Identity, with Nicole Byer, Sabrina Jalees, and Geena Rocero*
The Allusionist, Episode 96: Trust
HumaNature: Part 1: The Sinking of the Blythe Star
Latino USA: Stranded in Tijuana
The Moth: Occasional Magic: Ana Del Castillo
* indicates first appearance on Delicious Ingredients
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