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 44 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.
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.
Criminal, Episode 111: Silvon Simmons (3/28/19): What it’s about: “My first instinct, to be honest, was they shot this guy and now there’s a coverup.” —Liz Riley, Special Assistant Public Defender, Monroe County Public Defender’s Office” Why it’s great: We rarely get to hear the perspective of someone who has been the victim of an officer-involved shooting. This was amazing storytelling. (Crime, Current Events) // Read Audible Feast’s 4-star review of Criminal from September 2015
The Daily: One Family’s Story of Survival and Loss in New Zealand (3/28/19): What it’s about: “TNew Zealand is holding a national day of remembrance today for the 50 people killed in the mosque shootings in Christchurch. Our colleague spent several days with one family of one man who died in the attack. Guest: Charlotte Graham-McLay, who spent time with the family of Atta Elayyan.” Why it’s great: I’ve said many times in Delicious Ingredients reviews that if a podcast episode moves me so much to bring tears to my eyes, it will probably show up on the list. I thought the reporting was extremely respectful and important. I commend Elayyan’s family for being brave enough to share their pain on an international stage, literally as it unfolded. (Current Events, News, New Zealand)
The Doc Project: Life in a Laundry Room (3/17/19): What it’s about: “Nearly half of Nunavut’s population of 38,000 people lives in overcrowded conditions. But it’s hard to imagine exactly what that looks like… until you meet Brenda Maniapik. Brenda is a mother of four who lives in Iqaluit, in a windowless laundry room. She’s been living there for seven years, while she waits for public housing. So what’s the hold up? This week, we climb the bureaucratic ladder to the source of Nunavut’s housing crisis. And try to get some answers for Brenda.” Why it’s great: Much like the previous story, this also made me tear up, but for a different reason. I felt the pain of the unbearable situation the impoverished people of Nunavut find themselves in, when they have so little opportunity to escape it. Excellent reporting from a place in the world we don’t get to hear much about. (Culture, Storytelling, Policy, Canada)
Probably True Podcast: Moral (3/15/19): What it’s about: “There’s been a lot of people asking a stupid question this week, so please join me on this little soapbox as I have a little rant about the damage of “just asking the question”. OR: Why pretending gays don’t exist just leads to even more blowjobs.” Why it’s great: Scott Flashheart laid the smack down on the bullshit question of whether kids should know about LGBTQIA “issues” or not. This was a departure from the oft-humorous (yet passionate and meaningful) episodes of Probably True, but I loved it. I won’t get into too much detail so as not to create some drama that someone can dig up related to my kids when they’re in middle school, but I’ll say I’ve already dealt with this as a parent and it’s complete horse shit. (Current Events, LGBTQIA+) // Read Audible Feast’s 4-star review of Probably True Podcast from July 2017
Aria Code: Flower Power: Don Jose and Dangerous Love in Bizet’s Carmen* (2/5/19): What it’s about: “You hear the message over and over in pop culture: love overcomes everything. But when Don José sings “The Flower Song” in Bizet’s Carmen, you’re reminded that love has a dark side, too. In the Season 1 finale, host Rhiannon Giddens welcomes tenor Roberto Alagna, critic Anne Midgette and psychologist Andrew G. Marshall to consider the crazy, possessive side of love and the importance of experiencing art that doesn’t have a fairy-tale ending. Then, you’ll hear Alagna sing the role of the passionate and violent Don José onstage at the Metropolitan Opera.” Why it’s great: I only recently found out about this podcast, so that’s why it’s a first-timer on the Delicious Ingredients list despite the epiosde coming out a couple of months ago. I love when I listen to something with no expectations and am delighted at what I find. I know absolutely nothing about opera, and now I want to go (mission: accomplished, I’m sure, for the producers of this show). The editing was fantastic, combining music history, the backdrop of what the opera is about in the first place, and the actual singing of the song being discussed. (Music)
It’s Been a Minute with Sam Sanders: Interview: Karamo Brown on ‘Queer Eye’ & ‘Embracing Purpose’ (4/1/19): What it’s about: “Fab Fiver Karamo Brown takes Sam to church, so to speak, in this episode recorded in front of a live audience at Sixth & I in Washington, D.C. Sam and Karamo spoke about his new memoir, ‘Karamo Brown: My Story of Embracing Purpose, Healing, and Hope.'” Why it’s great: I must be around the same age as Sam Sanders, because I too fell in love with Karamo Brown way back when he was on The Real World Philadelphia, and only within the last couple years did I realize he has done so well for himself, something so many reality TV-ers cannot say for themselves. Queer Eye has been on my Netflix to-watch list forever: I am kind of saving it up to binge watch when I need some therapy! But I really thought Sanders queued it up nicely in the beginning when he said this was probably one of the most positive interviews he’s done; it was really enjoyable to listen to, in large part because of Brown’s candor about his strained relationship with his father and how he’s faced that head on. (Interview, Pop Culture)
You Had Me at Black: Acing Lessons on Sexual Liberation (3/12/19): What it’s about: “Paula’s date from Plenty of Fish goes awry and sends her on a journey of self-love and liberation.” Why it’s great: You Had Me At Black is live storytelling, and this season, they’re including stories told via Skype – I could tell that it sounded a little different than the past – but it didn’t lose any effectiveness. The storyteller was so brave to share her experience and how she came to grips with whether the sex she had with a man was consensual or not, and what that meant for her. (Storytelling)
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