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 48 episodes for this podcast review recap – 5 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.
Counter Stories: Call Me By My Name (4/11/19): What it’s about: “In this edition of Counter Stories, the team looks at why people struggle to pronounce unfamiliar names. Getting a name wrong seems innocuous, but when the name of someone with non-European ancestry is “dumbed down” for a white speaker or mispronounced repeatedly, it can have a lasting impact.” Why it’s great: Counter Stories is one of my favorite roundtable podcasts that addresses a current event impacting minorities. I always learn something hearing from people who don’t have the same background as me. This was a spirited discussion about the ways given names are maligned by people who can’t or refuse to learn how to properly pronounce them, and how that makes those with the tricky names feel. (Culture)
The Uncertain Hour: Supply (4/10/19): What it’s about: “It’s not easy being an undercover cop in a county of just 40,000 people. But drugs were making it hard for Bucky Culbertson to run his business, so he made it his business to get rid of drugs.” Why it’s great: Second week in a row for The Uncertain Hour! It’s been a terrific season and I’m sad it’s over already (though I have one more episode to savor). Reporter Caitlin Esch obviously spent quite a bit of time with Culbertson, who helped the audience see the opioid epidemic through his eyes. See the Honorable Mention companion piece from Us & Them below where Trey Kay talks with Caitlin Esch. (Policy, Investigative Reporting) // Read Audible Feast’s 5-star review of The Uncertain Hour (2016)
Podcast Brunch Club Podcast: Ologies Host Alie Ward (4/8/19): What it’s about: “Adela chats with Alie Ward, the host of the Ologies podcast. We featured the “Phonology with Nicole Holliday” episode of Ologies on our podcast listening list on Language.” Why it’s great: I am the co-host of this show, but this particular episode had absolutely none of me in it. It is a fantastic interview with a podcast world darling, the great, exalted Alie Ward. It was so fun, and I love interviews where the guest genuinely compliments the host on a thought-provoking question, because you know the two really hit it off. Excellent job, Adela! (Podcasts, Interview)
Outside/In: Must Love Logs (4/11/19): What it’s about: “You hike, you fish, you camp… and you’re single. When you’re looking for love, what is the importance of being “outdoorsy”? And how do you communicate your identity — and expectations for potential matches — on an online dating profile? The fish photo is just the beginning.” Why it’s great: I was right there with host Sam Evans-Brown when he expressed how little he knows about the swipe left (is that even correct? SMH) world of dating these days. Luckily, some young’uns from the office knew just what to do to research the phenomenon of people saying they’re “outdoorsy” as a potential draw for a mate. I was highly entertained. (Dating, Nature)
Episode Party, Episode 49: Constellations, Imaginary Advice, The Food Chain (4/14/19): What it’s about: “Episode Recommendations: Constellations — Israel Martínez – mi vida, Imaginary Advice — RE: The Moon, The Food Chain — Taking the Buzz out of Coffee.” Why it’s great: I love seeing what pops up on Episode Party – this time I couldn’t believe that I knew something about all of these shows and love Jeff Emtman’s creative spirit. I interviewed Helen Zaltzman recently and she recommended Imaginary Advice to me also – crazy! I know Emtman is passionate about how sound and words relate and he, Freddie, and Jack talked about that quite a bit. I also knew about Emtman’s long-term project The Dream Tapes as I had transcribed a couple of them for him a few years ago – brought me back. (Podcasts, Interview)
RISK!: Tramps Like Us (4/15/19): What it’s about: “Jay Byrd, Sarah Brandt and Marcella Allison share stories about drag queens, a scandalous island romance, and a mother and son’s transcendent journey through addiction and mental illness.” Why it’s great: Jay Byrd’s storytelling was phenomenal – the cadence, pace, and humor. I was right there with him feeling that lust escalate and explode during a fabulous sexual experience. (Storytelling, Live Audience)
Love Anyway: The Longest Night* (4/17/19): What it’s about: “Experience one of the darkest, most-terrifying nights in Preemptive Love’s history: The night our entire aid team was nearly killed. The night we were caught between an ISIS convoy and US air strikes that mistook us for the enemy.” Why it’s great: I was intrigued by the organization name “Preemptive Love” and this podcast title. I didn’t know anything about Preemptive Love so I was somewhat surprised that they operate in violent, war-torn countries, and these stories are going to be from those places, showcasing the beautiful human spirit that prevails. (Storytelling, Iraq)
The Daily: The Abortion Wars, Part 1: The Last Clinic in Missouri and The Daily: The Abortion Wars, Part 2: The Illinois Option (4/16-17/19): What it’s about: “When Justice Brett Kavanaugh’s ascendance to the Supreme Court threw the future of abortion rights into question, states scrambled to enact new laws. Two neighboring states in the Midwest are moving in opposite directions: Missouri is taking action to end abortion access, while Illinois is trying to preserve it. In a two-part series, we explore what those changes look like on the ground.” Why it’s great: Front-line reporting is vital. This reporting was decidedly left-leaning, but I appreciated hearing audio from protesters, doctors, and patients at clinics that perform abortions. It was especially painful hearing how the doctors question whether all of the threats and stress is worth it – I can imagine there is much turnover – but they have the conviction that their is important to their community, so they endure the personal stress. (Current Events, News)
Between Us Girls, Episode 102: The Real Deal (4/9/19): What it’s about: “This week we get into real life with the host of The Real Deal with Akil an ESPN podcast. We talk millennial life and how to podcast. Turns out Akil Williams looks like a one man show but he’s got a team of goons behind him. Press play and find out how he operates and what we have to say about his mindset.” Why it’s great: It had been a while since I listened to a BUG episode, but this was a great example of why I keep coming back. I love the hosts’ personalities and how they bring different things to the show, and I loved Akil Williams as a guest. I appreciated Michel’s story about how she met Akil at a restaurant which turned into him coming on the show. (Interview, Humor, Feminism)
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