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 41 episodes before deciding what was top notch. It’s only mid-day on Friday this week so I have some great ones on my list yet for today, but they’ll be in the mix for next week’s Delicious Ingredients!
Sooo Many White Guys, Episode 25: Phoebe and Gloria Steinem: The Buddy Movie Edition (3/5/18): What it’s about: “The famous activist and writer joins Phoebe and opens up about sex after 60, her early days in NYC, and how to make better feminists of our men. Plus, Joanie Mitch sings a song!” Why it’s great: I’m excited SMWG is back – I think it just keeps getting better. Who better for Phoebe Robinson to talk to during International Women’s Week than the head feminist in charge? I loved Steinem’s comment about how white feminism isn’t feminism, that it has to be for everyone and white women don’t have the right to even say they’re “including” non-white women. (42 minutes)
Repeat, Episode 5: “Shit Magnets” (2/28/18): What it’s about: “Retired Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Deputy Anthony Forlano fired his gun in seven incidents, grisly experiences he says stems from working a busy patrol areas and regularly encountering armed suspects. Sheriff’s department lore holds that certain deputies are magnets for specific types of crimes — so-called “shit magnets” — such as frequently finding suspects with guns. Reporter Annie Gilbertson finds the sheriff’s department is tracking deputies with multiple shootings, and she raises the question: should repeat shooters remain on patrol? ” Why it’s great: Great mini-series about the abuse of power in the L.A. County Sheriff’s office that reminds me of In the Dark. The series concluded this week but I actually liked the episode about “shit magnets” the most – I loved hearing how the Repeat team member cross referenced different publicly available data sources to build a new data set of probable links to officer-involved shooting investigations. (51 minutes)
Missing and Murdered: Finding Cleo: S2 Episode 1: Stolen. Murdered. Missing. (3/6/18): What it’s about: “Connie responds to Christine’s plea for help finding her eldest sister, Cleo. The only proof of Cleo’s existence though is a tiny, undated school photo. A clue soon emerges which will take Christine’s search in unexpected directions.” Why it’s great: The first three episodes of the second season of Missing & Murdered dropped on 3/6, and each has a bombshell cliffhanger. Amazing research, compelling story, and caring treatment of the family members of this missing girl. (34 minutes)
Order 9066, Chapter 2: The Order (3/5/18): What it’s about: “After Pearl Harbor, pressure grew to forcibly relocate all persons of Japanese ancestry from the Pacific coast. This episode tells the story behind FDR’s decision to sign Order 9066, and Japanese Americans recall the painful process of leaving their lives and belongings — and even their family pets — behind.” Why it’s great: It’s painful to listen to, but that’s why you need to hear what Japanese Americans went through as they were forced into labor camps. (23 minutes)
This American Life, Episode 640: Five Women (3/4/18): What it’s about: “A different kind of #MeToo story, about several women who worked for the same man. They tell us not only about their troubling encounters with him, but also about their lives beforehand. Who were they when they entered the workplace, and how did their personal histories shape the way they dealt with his harassment?” Why it’s great: I’ve said before, I have not reached my #MeToo saturation point yet, I really think we need to keep talking about it and keep mandating change. This was a classic TAL and while I did find it a little hard to follow the five women, I thought it was genius to share how each woman viewed her relationship with Don Hazen so similarly to the others, but had such a range of reactions and actions about his behavior. (80 minutes)
Twenty Thousand Hertz, Epiosode 36: Hamilton (3/5/18): What it’s about: “Broadway’s award-winning, record-breaking, smash hit, Hamilton, is a musical unlike any other. Get the story from people in the room where it happens of how sound helps tell the musical’s story eight times a week. We talk to Nevin Steinberg, Hamilton’s Tony-nominated sound designer, Benny Reiner, Grammy-winning Hamilton percussionist, Anna-Lee Craig, Hamilton on Broadway A2, and Broadway sound design legend Abe Jacob.” Why it’s great: The Hamilton music is great, but I have never considered how much goes into the live sound design. Super fun to listen to if you’re at all familiar with the fantastic soundtrack. (30 minutes)
Read a 5-star guest review of Twenty Thousand Hertz here! (May 2017)
How I Built This: Wikipedia: Jimmy Wales (2/25/18): What it’s about: “During the dot com boom of the late 1990s, Jimmy Wales was running an internet search company. That’s when he began to experiment with the idea of an online encyclopedia. In 2001, Wales launched Wikipedia, a website where thousands of community members could contribute, edit, and monitor content on just about anything. Today, the non-profit has stayed true to its open source roots and is the fifth most visited website in the world. PLUS in our postscript “How You Built That,” how Florence Wetterwald created Blabla dolls – eco-friendly knitted dolls made in Peru.” Why it’s great: Jimmy Wales seems to have a conscience, and it was easy to fall in love with the Wikipedia origin story because he is the brave leader who was willing to listen to the community and keep Wikipedia non-profit for its entire existence. (43 minutes)
She’s in Russia, Episode 38: Women’s Day Hooray
The Nod: Josephine and the Amazing Technicolor Rainbow Tribe
Homemade Stories, HS 98: A Perfect Day
Seriously … : In the Wake of Wakefield
WTF with Marc Maron, Episode 893: Jennifer Lawrence
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