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 45 episodes for this podcast review recap – 7 new shows for me this time, two of which made it on the list below, including Honorable Mentions.
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The Double Shift: On Not Having It All (4/8/19): What it’s about: “Host Katherine Goldstein was dedicating her career to covering issues facing working moms when her own personal and work life came messily crashing together. Recorded as an audio diary, Katherine shares a very personal story about family, ambition, and loss.” Why it’s great: Goldstein bravely shares her personal struggle with the collision of motherhood, working, and simply being a human. Her emotional journey is one that many women experience, yet few feel comfortable to talk about even with their closest friends, leading to isolation in times when support is so critical. This was a beautiful, real-time journal. Hugs to you, Katherine, and solidarity to all moms, working for pay or not, in the world: you’re not alone. (Feminism, Motherhood, Work)
Lost Notes: Teenage Offenders: Reckoning with a Punk Past (4/25/19): What it’s about: “Rob and his buddy Clif were teenagers when they founded The Freeze, a Boston punk band, in 1978. One of the definitive compilations of music from the Boston’s ’80s hardcore punk scene was named after a Freeze song: “This is Boston, Not L.A.” They opened for Black Flag, Fear, the U.K. Subs, and toured across the U.S. and Europe. The Freeze remains Cape Cod’s longest running punk band. Like most punk bands from this era, they sang about what they were against: religion, jocks, and conformity. But they were bratty, too, and aimed to offend. Now, 40 years later, Rob and Clif reckon with the lyrics they wrote as teenagers.” Why it’s great: Music storytelling is one of my favorite niche podcast genres because for me, music is and always has been a soundtrack to my life. This is a VH1 Storytellers-esque tale of the meaning behind a song and what it meant to the people who wrote it 40 years ago and today. Excellent soundtrack throughout the episode. (Music, Storytelling)
The Pledge: How Do You Break That Mentality?* (3/31/19): What it’s about: “Episode Four of The Pledge introduces Ashley Smith. Ashley ran to become a District Judge in rural Lowndes County, Alabama, where the court system reflects the same all-white power structure it has since before the civil rights movement. Inspired by her grandfather and dedicated to providing justice for everyone regardless of race, Ashley drove hundreds of miles and shook thousands of hands to get her message out. Listen to The Pledge as Ashley tells her story of the ongoing struggle for equal rights and justice in the footsteps of the 1965 Selma-to-Montgomery march for voting rights.” Why it’s great: The Pledge debuted just as everyone and their brother and sister is entering the 2020 U.S. presidential race, and the show has actually made me think about my expectations for the candidates. I want to hear how they’re addressing the things that these awesome women are addressing on a local level: how does their grass roots organizing and policy-changing translate on a bigger scale? I want people like Ashley Smith and the other women profiled in the show to keep going, to keep fighting for justice and representation. This is a great episode for In the Dark fans who can’t understand why Doug Evans keeps getting elected (and runs unopposed) in Mississippi. (Politics, Civics, Justice)
Death, Sex & Money: Damon Young & Kiese Laymon: The ‘Good Dude’ Closet (4/24/19): What it’s about: “The writers on why the label covers a multitude of sins.” Why it’s great: I moved this episode up my list when I saw on Twitter that the folks at Scene on Radio loved it and referenced the “MEN” series it ran last year. I absolutely loved this (somewhat profanity-laced, which made me happy) discussion between two friends who reflect on how some of the ways they treated women when they were younger make them feel bad today, and how it’s a shame that there isn’t a good, socially “acceptable” way to connect with other men. (Men, Sex, Society, Culture) // Read Audible Feast’s 5-star review of Death, Sex & Money (2015)
Radio Atlantic: The Trauma at the Border (4/19/19): What it’s about: “On Tuesday, Attorney General William Barr ordered immigration judges to stop releasing asylum seekers on bail. The move signals an even fiercer immigration policy that could include the return of family separations. A few weeks ago, the president threatened to close the southern border. Days later, he fired his Homeland Security chief, who reportedly lost out to hardliners in the White House. Isaac Dovere interviews Taylor Levy, the Legal Coordinator at Annunciation House, a Catholic charity based in El Paso that provides shelter to immigrants on both sides of the southern border. El Paso has emerged as a hot spot for migration recently. It’s drawn national attention for the number of people crossing there and for the conditions in which those people have been held. Levy shares the harrowing stories of migrants she works with every day. What are these families escaping when they seek asylum in the U.S.? Why are they being held outside under bridges? And does the Trump administration’s new “Remain in Mexico” policy endanger them?” Why it’s great: I’ve written before about how I want to hear more from the U.S.-Mexico border. If we want to exercise our right to vote in the U.S., we need to be educated, and if we want the inhumane treatment of asylum-seekers to stop, we have to raise our hands and voices and force the issue with our elected officials. The best way to do it is by being educated, something that episodes like this from Radio Atlantic and others from Reveal and Latino USA give us for free. (News, Current Events, Immigration)
On the Media: Harm to Ongoing Matter (4/19/19): What it’s about: “After years of waiting, journalists finally began digging into the redacted version of the Mueller report. On this week’s On the Media, how the special counsel’s findings confirm years of reporting about turmoil within the White House. Plus, what the Notre Dame fire and the Sacklers show us about the dark side of philanthropy, and how the Justice Department stopped prosecuting executives. And, an undercover investigation shines a light on the NRA’s PR machinery.” Why it’s great: The exposé (with undercover audio) of the NRA PR process was unbelievable – the episode is worth it for that alone. (News, Reporting, Media, Current Events)
Switched on Pop: Country at the Crossroads (4/16/19): What it’s about: “Lil Nas X currently holds the #1 spot on the Billboard Hot 100 chart with his surprise hit “Old Town Road.” But though the song is dripping with country twang, you won’t find it anywhere on the country charts. That’s because Billboard removed it, on the grounds of not having enough “musical elements” of country—a move that in turn left many wondering if the vanishing had something to do with Lil Nas X, a black artist, venturing into a field dominated by white musicians. We dig deep into the history and musical matter of “Old Town Road,” then pit it against other country hits to test its deep fried bonafides.” Why it’s great: Sometimes I skip a Switched on Pop when I have no idea who the artist is that Charlie and Nate are going to be talking about – but this time I looked at the show notes first, which always show what other songs that are discussed on the episode, and I saw Florida Georgia Line and Bebe Rexha’s song “Meant to Be” on the list … and I hate that song. So I thought, I want to hear what the guys say about whether these songs are country or not! What makes it country? I still don’t like that song (they didn’t need Bebe Rexha, I’m sorry) but I loved the discussion about race and expectations of what is country. (Music) // Read Audible Feast’s 5-star review of Switched on Pop (Updated 2017)
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Ladies, We Need to Talk: When Bad Sex Is Your Life
Sooo Many White Guys: Phoebe and Trevor Noah DJ Your Next Party!
PLAYLIST Podcast, 5.11: Jukebox Hero
At Liberty: The Question of Who Gets to Count in the Census Goes to the Supreme Court*
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