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 57 episodes before deciding what was top notch.
HumaNature, Episode 39: Junk (3/28/18): What it’s about: “Marcus Eriksen wanted to draw attention to a problem no one could see. So he sailed into the middle of it.” Why it’s great: I had a hard time deciding between episodes 38 and 39 – you may as well just check them both out – HumaNature is SO GOOD. Every story is told first-person, about something that has happened in nature. I loved this narrative about a man who sailed out into the ocean in search of the Great Pacific Garbage Patch. (30 minutes)
The Brain Candy Podcast, Episode 207: Sarah’s Sorry, Superstitions, & STEMinist Dr. Kate Biberdorf (3/28/18): What it’s about: “Today Sarah talks about how she enraged some Brainiacs, and apologize for her “happy ending” story. We read some of your superstitions, and reveal our own. We talk about International Women’s Day, tattoo parlors for women, and the science of tattoos. And we interview STEM enthusiast, and Smart Girl, Dr. Kate Biberdorf who teaches the fun of chemistry and does amazing explosive science videos.” Why it’s great: Of course I loved Dr. Kate Biberdorf, she wants to have an explosion show in Vegas, but I also enjoyed Sarah nerding out about science with her guest. I love this show – I’ve written about it often – and don’t have a chance to catch every episode anymore because it’s now released twice a week, but I enjoy how Sarah and Susie have multiple topics each episode and pepper in interviews every so often. They also engage with their listener community extremely well (the aforementioned Brainiacs in the Brain Candy Crush Facebook group). (50 minutes)
Read my 5-star review of The Brain Candy Podcast here! (Updated February 2017)
Caught, Episode 7: ‘It’s the Hardest Thing I’ve Ever Done’ *First appearance on Delicious Ingredients* (3/26/18): What it’s about: “The justice system isn’t the catch-all for every struggling kid. Desperate parents with means can turn to a whole network of private programs before their kids even get caught. The state of Utah houses a $400 million industry for just such families. For an average cost of $513 a day, parents can send their kids to one popular option: wilderness therapy camps. These are programs that send kinds into the wild in hopes of curing all kinds of issues, including everything from drug use to screen addiction, anxiety, and defiance. For a young person named James, this type of intervention in his teenage years was life-changing.” Why it’s great: Caught is a great binge-worthy miniseries, and this was my favorite episode. Not only does the episode address what happens at wilderness camps and how the young people are impacted by it, but also compares this type of treatment to regular juvenile detention. (31 minutes)
How to Be Amazing with Michael Ian Black, Episode 81: David Roberts (3/5/18): What it’s about: “One of the best Alaskan alpinists of his generation and most prolific American climbing authors with over 28 books to his name, David Roberts discusses the lure of adventure, the incredible risks that come with alpine climbing (including death), and how being grounded by stage 4 cancer has led him to new discoveries.” Why it’s great: I love Black’s diversity of guests, from all walks of life, who exemplify “being amazing.” I’ve been thinking about this interview all week, about how Roberts said climbers are often very egotistical, how his life is very “grounded” now that he doesn’t have a long life to live, and how he has such hope for the next generation of climbers. (55 minutes)
Read my 4-star review of How to Be Amazing with Michael Ian Black here! (May 2016)
Sooo Many White Guys, Episode 28: Phoebe and Awkwafina Get Matching Tattoos (3/20/18): What it’s about: “The rapper/actress drops in to open up about Asian-American representation in Hollywood, the perils of searching for a place to pee in NYC, life on the come-up, and making her family proud while rapping about her vag. Plus, Phoebe does her best to recap ‘Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf’!” Why it’s great: SMWG is just so good this season. Robinson is honing her interview craft with phenomenal guests, some of whom I’ve never heard of, like Awkwafina – who is hilarious and very fun. I feel just a tad younger now that I know about this YouTube megastar and how smart she is about business. (36 minutes)
The Enthusiasm Enthusiast: Moms & Weed: With Kim Griffin (3/20/18): What it’s about: “Is weed the new “wine” for moms? As cannabis products become widely legally available across the U.S., women are finding themselves exploring everything from edibles to vapes to sublingual sprays. They’re using cannabis to address their physical and emotional well-being. Women are micro-dosing in lieu of using anti-depressants. They’re using CBD to treat pain. There are even suppositories to help women handle period cramps and sexual dysfunction. How do moms come out from the shadows to discuss their cannabis use when it has been the source of crime, shame, and judgement for their entire lives? How do moms raise their kids to understand responsible, legal use? I spoke with actor, teacher, mom, and cannabis user, Kim Griffin, about the role weed plays in her health and well-being. You should also check out this incredible article from our buddy Lindsey Hunter Lopez on the topic of Marijuana For Moms.” Why it’s great: It’s a great episode for me because I’m a mom, and I literally do not know anything about weed, and I’m very liberal and want to know about it. I’m not necessarily sold on using it myself, but I thought it was a really good discussion. (41 minutes)
Ologies: Melittology (BEES) with Amanda Shaw (3/19/18): What it’s about: “BEES! Hives, honey, and how to keep them as outdoor pets. Meet melittologist and President of the Urban Beekeepers Association, Amanda Shaw. She and Alie cozy up in a weird hotel in Portland to chat about honeybees vs. native ones, how to become a beekeeper, social savagery that rivals Game of Thrones, if you should eat honey to deal with seasonal allergies, what happens in the drone zone (hint: boning) and how we can SAVE THESE FRIGGIN BEES. Also: what happens when 15,000 bees go through a carwash.” Why it’s great: Alie Ward is a super charming host, and I love how she authentically mirrors her guests’ enthusiasm about their chosen field of study and/or work. I am addicted to Ologies, if you aren’t listening, this is one you’re really missing out on. (74 minutes)
Sooo Many White Guys, Episode 26: Phoebe and Yvonne Orji Put it On God
Nocturne: The Nocturnist
Latino USA: Pump Up the Jam: L.A.’s Backyard Party Scene
Snap Judgment, Snap 910: The Trouble with Shannon Cason
See Something Say Something, Episode 46: Why the Group Chat is a Holy Space
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