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 73 episodes for this podcast review recap.
Flash Forward: The Grey Dawn (3/27/18): What it’s about: “On this episode, we’re talking about the future of senior care. Namely: what happens when we outsource care for our aging loved ones to robots, apps and devices? ” Why it’s great: My favorite Flash Forward episodes are the ones that posit what may happen in my own lifetime. This was set 25 years into the future but I suspect some of this technology will be available sooner. Not only does host Rose Eveleth talk with technical experts, but she also consults people who would be using this technology, something that is often overlooked especially for older people. (51 minutes)
The Trouble with Shannon Cason: Compulsion *First appearance on Delicious Ingredients* (3/14/18): What it’s about: “Jamie obsesses over everything. And it is taking over her life. This week, what it’s like to live with OCD.” Why it’s great: This episode was actually the pick of the week for the New York Times Podcast Club, and I was excited that I’d already heard it before the recommendation. I like how open Cason is as an interviewer, he doesn’t edit himself too much and none of this sounded scripted – which was fantastic. If you like Homemade Stories, you’ll love The Trouble. (35 minutes)
The Longest Shortest Time, Episode 156: The Scary, Beautiful Teenage Brain (3/21/18): What it’s about: “Why would a sweet kid from Minnesota try to join ISIS? Reporter Dina Temple-Raston fills us in on the complexities of the teenage brain, with help from pizza and poetry. Plus: “What’s Up with Hillary?” – Nor’easter Edition.” Why it’s great: I started listening to Temple-Raston’s podcast (which is really just her audiobook) because of this episode (What Were You Thinking?). But it wasn’t just a replay of another podcast episode (which I can’t stand) – it was a great discussion about why Temple-Raston decided to report on these teenagers who have gotten themselves into deep, deep trouble. (41 minutes)
Read my 5-star review of The Longest Shortest Time here! (October 2015)
Thirst Aid Kit: The Ballad of Colin Farrell *First appearance on Delicious Ingredients* (1/30/18): What it’s about: “This week, we are singing The Ballad Of Colin Farrell… too-ra-loo-ra-loo-ral-BAE. Those soulful eyes! Those thick eyebrows! We’re joined by writer and editor Kendra James, who shares her Colin expertise as we track his career from bad boy to family man. And yes, we do talk about That Sex Tape (and the evolution of privacy and celebrity since the lawless, heady days of 2005). Fanfic Wars sees Colin in the sunroom and in front of a mirror, and in this week’s Thirst Sommelier, we help a listener fill that Adrien Brody-shaped vacuum in their lives.” Why it’s great: I mean, I feel a bit (but really just a tad) strange hearing people gush over why they lust after a celebrity, because I wonder how the celeb would feel if they heard every part of their body being discussed, dissected, and gushed over. But on the other hand, I don’t think there’s anything wrong with lust, and there’s certainly nothing wrong with lusting over Colin Farrell. They didn’t mention my two favorite Farrell performances though, In Bruges and his fabulous reading on Modern Love (my favorite ever). The fanfiction is a hilarious add. (52 minutes)
RISK!: Drugs (3/19/18): What it’s about: “Moses Storm, Andrea Allan, and Stephanie Lyons share stories about cooking on LSD, partying on cocaine and turning in your brother to the FBI.” Why it’s great: The third story, in particular, about sisters turning their brother in for robbing a bank, was just gripping. (86 minutes)
Missing and Murdered: Finding Cleo, S2 Episode 10: Cleo’s Letters (4/1/18): What it’s about: “Even though it was supposed to have been destroyed in 1983, the police file documenting the investigation into Cleo’s death still exists and it contains more detail than Christine ever imagined learning about the last days, hours and even minutes of Cleo’s short life.” Why it’s great: The heart-wrenching conclusion to Finding Cleo really lets the listener in to who Cleo was and what she was facing the day she took her life. This was a truly stunning podcast – congratulations to the CBC team led by Connie Walker. (55 minutes)
Read my 5-star review of Missing and Murdered: Finding Cleo here! (March 2018)
Mortified, Episode 128: Kid Perfectionists (3/18/18): What it’s about: “A tribute to kids everywhere who have no desire to live an A-Minus Life. Tales of teenage perfectionists. ” Why it’s great: I can so relate to these teenage perfectionists … I suspect many of them became engineers like me – HA! (24 minutes)
Why Won’t You Date Me? Episode 18: The Fappening w/Dan Black *First appearance on Delicious Ingredients* (3/29/18): What it’s about: “What if shit actually tasted great, and that’s why people eat ass? Dan Black (UCB Comedy, The Comedians of Wrestling Podcast) is on the show to ask the real questions. Nicole introduces Dan to butt-stuff, details her sexual encounter word doc she keeps, and talks about the effects of the 2004 Fappening. This episode is a wild one and you don’t want to miss it.” Why it’s great: After reading that description, you’re either going to say HELL NO or HELL YES, I want to listen to this. I am very picky about comedy and I realize not everyone has the same sense of humor, but I personally loved this podcast from the comedian who hosts Netflix’s Nailed It. It’s raunchy and very funny. (55 minutes)
Gender Reveal, Episode 3: Carlos the Rollerblader
Fierce Girls: Cathy Freeman: The Girl Who Ran Fast
Sooo Many White Guys, Episode 29: Phoebe and Buck Angel Talk About Sex, Baby
On Drugs, S2E6: Cannabis in Colorado
Criminal, Episode 87: Casper, Wyoming
Death, Sex & Money: 15 Years Later, an Iraq Veteran Looks Back
Someone Knows Something, S1 Update: Final Response
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