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. This week I listened to 65 episodes for this podcast review recap – 8 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.
Feel Better, Live More, Episode 41: Stress: The Health Epidemic of the 21st Century with Dr. Rangan Chatterjee*(12/21/18): What it’s about: ““We need to give our mental health the same care we give our physical health.” This week, I’m in the hot seat being interviewed by friend, fellow GP and lifestyle medicine advocate, Dr Ayan Panja. We talk about the whirlwind of the last year and how those experiences have shaped me. After the huge success of my first book, The 4 Pillar Plan, it became clear to me that the area that people struggle with the most, myself included, is relaxing. In fact, The World Health Organisation have named stress as the health epidemic of the 21st Century. Indeed, one study found that 80-90% of what GPs see is in some way related to stress. Ayan and I discuss why stress has become such an issue and why it can be so damaging to our health. But what can we do about it? I talk about the areas covered in my new book, The Stress Solution, which is full of simple, practical tools that you can apply in your lives. I also share my top tips for reducing stress, from having a golden hour every morning without your phone to prioritising your relationships.” Why it’s great: Thanks to my friend Angela for this recommendation. I found it fascinating to learn about how the brain can only handle a certain number of functions when it is overwhelmed by too much cortisol, caused by stress. This is so tied to the mental load concept. (Wellness, Health)
The Science of Happiness: Trying Compassion on Capitol Hill (2/20/19): What it’s about: “Can you extend compassion toward a difficult person in your life? Congressman Tim Ryan tries a practice to help him reach across the aisle.” Why it’s great: Tim Ryan definitely didn’t sound like a politician while talking about his personal meditation practices and how he envisions his young son during mindfulness sessions. Just a lovely way to get to know someone you might not expect to be into meditation, and a great reminder to let go of resentment toward others. (Wellness)
The Allusionist, Episode 94: Harsh Realm (2/21/19): What it’s about: “On 15 November 1992, the New York Times printed a ‘Lexicon of Grunge’, a list of slang terms from the Seattle music scene. ‘Harsh realm’ = bummer. ‘Wack slacks’ = old ripped jeans. ‘Swingin’ on the flippity-flop’ = hanging out. Not familiar with any of these? It’s OK, that’s not because you’re a cob nobbler (= loser). They were all made up. By Megan Jasper. Now the CEO of Sub Pop records, she recounts her linguistic prank.” Why it’s great: This prank took place slightly before my interest in grunge music in the mid-90s, so the story brought me back to a coming-of-age time. (Language, Education) // Read Audible Feast’s 5-star review of The Allusionist from December 2015
Criminal, Episode 109: Homewrecker (2/28/19): What it’s about: “It’s one thing to get into an argument with a stranger on Facebook. It’s another thing to try to ruin that stranger’s life.” Why it’s great: Does Criminal ever have a bad episode? These are the stories that stick with me – I will be able to recall this story for quite a while. This was certainly a cautionary tale about leaving public comments on internet articles. I cannot believe the extent to which the people involved in this story went to try to make life for one real estate agent unbearable. (Storytelling) // Read Audible Feast’s 4-star review of Criminal from September 2015
Getting Curious: How Has Figure Skating Shaped Your Life? with Michelle Kwan & Eliot Halverson (2/19/19): What it’s about: “Michelle Kwan is an American figure skater, two-time Olympic medalist, five-time world champion, and nine-time US champion. Eliot Halverson is an American figure skater, choreographer, and three-time USFS national champion. They both join Jonathan to talk all things figure skating, Jonathan’s progression, Michelle’s Olympic wins, and more.” Why it’s great: I’m a sucker for unexpected emotion from a host or a guest (for one of my all-time favorite examples of this, see How to Be Amazing with Michael Ian Black when he interviews Tim Gunn). I felt my own chest tighten up hearing Jonathan Van Ness get so verklempt about figure skating – specifically what it meant to him watching Michelle Kwan smile through adversity. His enthusiasm and excitement about interviewing Kwan was just infectious and fun to listen to. (Interview)
The Cut on Tuesdays: 23 Weeks, 6 Days (2/18/19): What it’s about: “In the fight over later abortions, the political rhetoric is miles away from the lived reality. This week, we tell one woman’s story.” Why it’s great: Oof. I really think the world needs to hear more stories from people who have lived through late term abortion. I loved that The Cut kept hitting this message over and over, that nearly everyone who has a late term abortion truly wanted a baby and agonize over the decision – it’s not like the majority of people are careless or uncaring and wait on purpose. Sometimes the medical information the mother needs is not available until it is “too late.” (Current Events, Policy, Feminism, Health)
Latina to Latina: Enterprising Chef Lorena Garcia (2/17/19): What it’s about: “She handed her law degree to her mother to thank her, and quit an elite Miami law firm on her first day. Then she headed to culinary school–in France. Might be easy to say the rest is history, but that’s not the case with this Venezuelan powerhouse. From being told her accent would hold her back, to being discouraged from having her own television show, Lorena has never allowed other people’s limitations to hold her back. Now, as the head of a growing culinary empire, she looks back at the unconventional way she made it to the top.” Why it’s great: Another great interview from Alicia Menendez. People did not expect Garcia to succeed because of the way she spoke, but she persisted and succeeded, and poured her passion into growing a business: the ultimate look-at-me-now for anyone who ever thought she didn’t have what it takes. (Interview, Culture, Cooking, Business)
Conan O’Brien Needs a Friend: Timothy Olyphant (2/17/19): What it’s about: “Actor Timothy Olyphant feels “eh” about being Conan O’Brien’s friend. Timothy and Conan sit down this week to chat about their favorite hobbit names, playing a mean mofo on-screen, buying a gingerbread house, and fantasies of quitting Twitter. Plus, Conan’s wax figure controversy heats up with an official response from the Dreamland Wax Museum.” Why it’s great: This was one of the weirdest and funniest Conan O’Brien Needs a Friend episodes. Conan has talked in past episodes about his friendship with Timothy Olyphant, so I wasn’t surprised to hear him as a guest, but I was surprised at how funny he was and how you could totally tell that the two have a real relationship. Olyphant’s fake product promos throughout had me cracking up. (Humor)
The Double Shift: Night Shift in Sin City* (2/24/19): What it’s about: “Nydia Sanchez runs one of Las Vegas’ only overnight, 24-hour child care centers, serving 108 kids. Many of her clients are single moms who work in casinos, and as waitresses, nurses and dancers. We visit to find out how Nydia keeps her business affordable and serves a group of moms that many bosses, politicians, and other daycare owners just don’t think about.” Why it’s great: I have young children and I work a typical 8-5 job, so I use traditional daycare for my kids. But I’ve thought about this challenge ever since I had kids – there are so few child care options for parents who work second or third shifts – which is so many people. I know many are forced to live near relatives, which may not always be ideal. I’d like to hear more from second and third shift working mothers, AND I’d like to hear more about daycare in general. So few child care companies (in my experience) balance needing to make money with loving the families they’re intertwined with; child care roles pay crap wages, yet child care is prohibitively expensive for many parents; and I think the “loving” aspect of child care is so underrated. Coming down off the soapbox now. (Motherhood, Parenting, Feminism)
The Longest Shortest Time, Episode 187: MILF (2/12/19): What it’s about: “Is MILF a fun shorthand for “sexy mom” or does it tell another story?” Why it’s great: I thought this episode might be kind of a cheeky discovery of where the term MILF came from and whether it’s derogatory or celebratory, but it actually explored the term in a somewhat serious way. It was really interesting listening. (Motherhood, Feminism, Language) // Audible Feast’s 5-star review of The Longest Shortest Time from September 2015
Mortified, Episode 160: Age/Sex/Location Part 2
Switched On Pop: Top 40 Activism with Justin Tranter
The Drop Out: What Now?
Terrible, Thanks for Asking, Episode 62: The Bride Price
The Devil’s Advocate: Preserving Paradise*
MinneCulture, Episode 16: Winter Special*
* indicates first appearance on Delicious Ingredients
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