Delicious Ingredients: The Best Podcasts of the Week – 4/12/19
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. The past week, I listened to 29 episodes for this podcast review recap – 4 new shows for me this time, one 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.
Unladylike: How to Curse Like a F*cking Lady (4/2/19): What it’s about: “Why is cursing still considered so effing unladylike, and how does swearing affect how women are heard? Caroline and Cristen decode the unspoken gender rules in our taboo talk with Australian linguist Kate Burridge who knows pretty much everything you’d ever wanna know about allegedly ‘filthy’ language. Then, Egyptian-American feminist author Mona Eltahawy flexes the patriarchy-smashing power of profanity.” Why it’s great: I made use of RadioPublic’s awesome HearMarks technology this week to keep track of exactly what Caroline and Cristen were talking about that made me laugh out loud. It was a description of the cuss words that are sexualized – and why? The quote was “fuck, shit, dick, the whole gang …” and I was doubled over. In classic Unladylike fashion, they, and their guests, made me laugh while at the same time provoking my mind about the absolute bullshit double standard of women swearing, as if it’s some improper thing to do. Super fascinating look back in history, too. (Feminism)
Pretend Radio: The One Who Got Away (4/9/19): What it’s about: “Peter Pan syndrome is when someone refuses to grow up. It’s neither a disease nor a recognized mental disorder—it’s just a state of mind. Today, you’re going to meet a man who became a fugitive in order to live in his very own Neverland. Larry Douglas Jones is not your typical fugitive. He had a wife and three kids. And to be honest, he’s not a dangerous man. He became overwhelmed with life and decided to run away.” Why it’s great: This was the first episode of Pretend Radio’s new season, which is going to be about fugitives. *Gets popcorn* This first episode ensured I will be moving every other episode to the very top of my queue (which is extremely long) as soon as I see it published. Host Javier Leiva did an excellent job of marrying two stories that were told from different viewpoints about the same fugitive, and even acknowledged during the story that he felt somewhat conflicted about Larry Jones. (Storytelling, Crime)
Conan O’Brien Needs a Friend: Michelle Obama (3/17/19): What it’s about: “Former First Lady Michelle Obama feels cautiously optimistic about being Conan O’Brien’s friend. Michelle and Conan sit down to talk about Michelle’s memoir Becoming, childhood inspirations, embarrassing her kids, spending time alone with Chipotle, putting the right people in office, and the loss of anonymity.” Why it’s great: I can’t ignore a Michelle Obama podcast episode, ever. I was impressed by the obvious camaraderie between Obama and O’Brien, and I liked that the entire team spent a few minutes at the end of the episode to reflect on that relationship. (Interview, Humor)
Embedded: How it Ends Part 1: The Brother (4/5/19): What it’s about: “What would you do if your brother wound up far away, having made a terrible mistake? What would you do if it involved ISIS? How far would you go? On today’s show, we find out.” Why it’s great: Embedded comes out with some interesting little 2- or 3-part series once in a while when you kind of least expect it. I haven’t listened to the second part of this story yet, but it’s high up on my queue. Kelly McEvers has a knack for producing a podcast episode that sounds like it took a year to put together – her shows always sound extremely professional, get right to the point of what you’re going to hear about, and make me want to research more about the topic. (Current Events, News, Investigative Reporting)
The Uncertain Hour: George H.W. Bush and His Baggie of Crack (3/21/19): What it’s about: “It was the perfect political prop: drugs seized by government agents right across the street from the White House, just in time for a big presidential address. The reality was more complicated.” Why it’s great: I’m a huge fan of The Uncertain Hour – this is its third season in as many years and I can tell how much work goes into research and production. I didn’t know about the baggie of crack – I must have been a titch too young to comprehend, but somewhat in the same vein as Bag Man or Slow Burn, I loved hearing about recent history and how there was a lot more going on in the background than what the government wanted Americans to see. Imagine what our kids will be learning about in the next generation about 2019. (Yikes.) (Policy, Investigative Reporting) // Read Audible Feast’s 5-star review of The Uncertain Hour (2016)
Terrible, Thanks for Asking, Episode 67: Their Day (3/26/19): What it’s about: “Days can be significant for many reasons. For many people. At the same time. In our second of three episodes from Pittsburgh, PA, two stories of parallel lives on a big day.” Why it’s great: I’m a die-hard TTFA fan (although I’ve never reviewed it). I highly recommend the set of three episodes (66, 67, and 68) about the Tree of Life massacre in Pittsburgh and all the different ways people were impacted by it, but I especially loved this episode. I could feel the day just dragging, and being completely confusing, for the people who were at other synagogues, unable to (but also not understanding why they would need to) use technology to connect with loved ones who feared for their lives. The pacing was phenomenal and every person’s story was treated with utmost respect. Beautiful work. (Storytelling)
Undiscovered: The Lion, the Bear, and the War Zone* (4/8/19): What it’s about: “In Mosul, the local zoo had been long abandoned amidst the chaos and destruction of ISIS occupation. Two animals, Lula the bear and Simba the lion, remained trapped in the city. Today we hear from the vet, Dr Amir Khalil, who made it his mission to save their lives.” Why it’s great: I heard about this new show a couple of different ways, which is actually pretty rate if it’s not being publicized by its network spamming the feeds of all the other shows on the network, so congrats to the team on its marketing strategy. This was a great story about a very brave vet, who has likely even now risked his safety by sharing how he used deception to evacuate two animals abandoned in a zoo. (Storytelling, Iraq)
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