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 52 episodes for this podcast review recap – 8 new shows for me this time, two of which made it on the list below, including Honorable Mentions. One special note: Committed has the rare distinction this week of garnering two spots in the Delicious Ingredients list – the storytelling was just that fantastic.
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, and my personal favorite, RadioPublic.
The New Yorker Radio Hour: A New Approach to Dementia Care (4/30/19): What it’s about: “In the field of memory care, there is a fierce debate around the question of honesty. Lying can, under certain circumstances, alleviate or avert distress in patients who are suffering from memory loss. But, on principle, many providers, patients, and family members don’t like the idea of deceiving patients who are in such a vulnerable position. Some care homes have strict no-lying policies. But the New Yorker staff writer Larissa McFarquhar recently spent some time at a different kind of assisted-living facility that takes the opposite approach—The facility is one of only a few of its kind in the United States.” The Lantern, in Chagrin Falls, Ohio, is home to about forty patients who suffer from dementia and Alzheimer’s disease.” Why it’s great: It was fascinating to hear about a world set up for dementia patients that makes them happy; although the flip side presents what some would sa is an ethical slippery slope. (Elder Care, Mental Health)
BBQ State of Mind: How a Houston Pathologist Became a Precision Knife Craftsman* (4/25/19): What it’s about: “Dr. Stephen Pustilnik’s desire for better autopsy knives led to a side career as a knifemaker whose customers include top chefs and Texas pitmasters — and members of his own medical community.” Why it’s great: Thanks to my friend Thomas from the Houston Podcast Brunch Club – he mentioned this episode at our meeting last weekend. Dr. Pustilnik is so passionate about knife making, he almost sounds like he is having an out of body experience. (Interview, Knives – first time I’ve had that as a descriptive category!)
Committed: Suddenly Samantha (4/17/19): What it’s about: “Laura and her husband met in college. They got married quickly and had four sons. Laura’s husband was born a man, but always felt like something else, always felt like a woman. After thirteen years of marriage Laura’s husband transitioned into a woman named Samantha. Now Laura and Samantha are navigating their new relationship as parents, partners and wives.” Why it’s great: I’ve heard similar husband-becomes-wife love stories but what I love about Committed is how the show is about how people stay together through something tough. The why is usually because there is deep love at the heart of the relationship, but stories like these always give me hope that more people are staying together and working through challenges than the media might portray. (LGBTQIA+, Love, Relationships)
Committed: Because I Love Ya (5/1/19): What it’s about: “Levi and Jared are ready to get engaged. But Levi has been keeping his relationship with Jared a secret from his family and that has to change if they want to move forward. This is a story about being honest, completely and radically honest, with yourself and the people you love before you get married.
I asked Levi if he was scared, scared to tell his story in such a public way, if he wanted to use a pseudonym. He didn’t. He’s trying so hard to be brave, to be honest. Levi wants to tell his love story now….all of it.” Why it’s great: This felt like a slightly longer episode of Committed, and I was delighted about that, because Levi and Jared got to tell their full love story and just how fraught with fear Levi has been throughout. That fear has been difficult for the pair to navigate, with Jared deeply hurt by being excluded from family events but demonstrably in love with Levi. (LGBTQIA+, Love, Relationships)
The Stakes: A Conversation with Eric Holder, Jr.* (4/30/19): What it’s about: “Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. said “the arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends toward justice.” Former US Attorney General Eric Holder, Jr. told us that that only happens when people put their hands on that arc and pull on it. He joins host Kai Wright and a live audience to discuss the Mueller Report, voting rights, the state of democracy in America and whether or not we should have faith in our national institutions.” Why it’s great: I loved that Kai Wright was giddy about the prospect of interviewing Holder, Jr. If you’re like me (and most people) who hear “gerrymandering” and think “yeah, that’s bad, don’t know what to do about it,” Holder, Jr. will give you hope because he is working on redistricting like a champ and has a very clear plan. (Current Events, Civics, Politics, Community)
She & Her, Episode 66: Nudity is No Big Deal* (3/27/19): What it’s about: “Naomi Prioleau is a self-described “black, vegan nudist.” Despite whatever eyebrows it may raise, for her nudism is about liberation, freedom from judgment, and a loving relationship with her body. She joins us to share why everyone should try living in a nudist colony at least once.” Why it’s great: I don’t know that I’m ready to try life in a nudist colony, but the message I took away from this interview (which was excellent) was to continually work on being more okay with my own body – it’s the only one I’ve got and serves me well every day. (Interview, Feminism)
Fresh Air: Erin Lee Carr, Daughter of David Carr (4/30/19): What it’s about: “Writer and documentary filmmaker Erin Lee Carr, daughter of the late ‘New York Times’ columnist David Carr, talks about her parents’ drug addiction and what it was like to have her father as a mentor. Her new memoir is ‘All That You Leave Behind,’ and she directed the HBO documentary ‘At the Heart of Gold,’ about the gymnasts sexually assaulted by Dr. Larry Nassar.” Why it’s great: Terry Gross is so good. David Carr’s memoir was one of the most impactful memoirs I’ve ever read. He tells of leaving his daughter in the car while he scored drugs. Erin Lee Carr is an adult now, and Terry Gross’s interview with her was fantastic – Carr seemed to be trying very hard to maintain composure, which was poignant – and Gross handled it masterfully, especially with the backdrop of her obvious journalistic admiration for Carr’s father. (Interview)
Human/Ordinary, Episode 20: The Daddy Bear (4/27/19): What it’s about: “Ever since we had kids, our house has been full of bears. But there’s one bear in particular, more dominant than the others, which I have a deep connection to.” Why it’s great: This was a lovely reflection on parenting and how being our true selves as parents can be tricky, with unintended or unexpected consequences. (Storytelling)
* indicates first appearance on Delicious Ingredients
Armchair Expert: Stephen Merchant
Now or Never: Beyond the Shelves: Discovering the Magic in Public Libraries
Terrible, Thanks for Asking, Episode 63: The Intended Outcome
Dinner Sisters, Episode 58: Slow Cooker or Instant Pot*
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