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 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. The past two weeks (last week was a rough one for me so I took it off!) I listened to 62 episodes for this podcast review recap.
Welcome to LA: The Grifter (5/29/18) *First appearance on Delicious Ingredients*: What it’s about: “When a suspicious couple and a former soap opera actress applied to rent an apartment, they wanted to deposit an entire year’s rent into the building owners bank account. But something wasn’t adding up.” Why it’s great: I am enjoying being along for the ride with host David Weinberg as he shares some of the crazy situations he’s found himself in after migrating to LA. He’s a great storyteller. This episode played like a segment of This American Life – very well produced, fascinating story about our biases and assumptions, and of course, felt like it would totally happen in the LA we hear about in pop culture. (31 minutes)
Lost Notes: A Million Dollars Worth of Plastic (5/17/18): What it’s about: “In 1989 McDonald’s ran the biggest flexi-disc promotion ever, sending out 80 million discs (playing the “Menu Song”) as inserts in newspapers all over the country. A very special copy of this record was almost burned to heat a family home in Galax, Virginia. Instead, it ended up winning the homeowner a million dollars.” Why it’s great: In this story only slightly tangentially related to music, the listener is constantly wondering whether they’re going to learn the truth. (34 minutes)
In the Dark, S2 E6: Punishment (5/29/18): What it’s about: “Odell Hallmon, the state’s key witness in the Curtis Flowers case, is serving three consecutive life sentences. We wondered what he might say now that there are no deals to cut, and he will spend the rest of his days in prison. Would he stick to his story that Flowers had confessed to the Tardy Furniture murders? We wrote him letters and sent him a friend request on Facebook. Weeks went by and we heard nothing. And then, one day, he wrote back.” Why it’s great: Why isn’t Curtis Flowers’ conviction being thrown out today? Hallmon has admitted now that he was pressured to continue to keep up the lie that was the ONLY factor damning Flowers. Very impressive that a few white ladies from Minnesota were able to embed themselves in this community and try for months to get Hallmon to open up. And when he does, it’s unbelievable what he admits to. With every episode, I see how much effort and care the team puts into reporting on the real story here, which is the complete abuse of power by district attorney Doug Evans. (43 minutes)
Read my review of season one of In the Dark here! (December 2016)
Ear Hustle: The Row (5/23/18): What it’s about: “San Quentin houses California’s only death row for male inmates. And though it’s technically not far from the media lab, access to this area of the prison is highly restricted. Still, Earlonne and Nigel figured out a way to reach out to the guys there, and interviewed three men about daily life on death row.” Why it’s great: Great creative solution to get audio directly from death row. Ear Hustle is really not about the crimes that landed these men in San Quentin, it’s about what life is really like on the inside. Hearing from death row is something we just don’t ever get to do other than when it’s fictionalized in a movie, so I really appreciated this episode. (42 minutes)
The Ben and Ashley I Almost Famous Show, S5E8: Celebrate Love (5/22/18): What it’s about: “Ashley has a very emotional announcement to make that is close to her heart, and will affect her entire future. Then, Becca the Bachelorette joins them in studio, and Ben and Ashley have some surprise guests that have words of wisdom for Becca. Plus Ben and Ashley give their power rankings of former Bachelorette seasons, and a listener has a huge request to ask of Ben.” Why it’s great: Okay, this show is not the greatest production of all time, there are a crap ton of ads and the topic is crappy reality TV (which I love), but I am very happy for host Ashley I. to finally get together with her long pined-over best friend, Jared Haibon. She’s truly in love and it was really sweet to hear. I love how transparent she is about her emotions. (63 minutes)
Twitter: @ashleyiaco @benhiggi
How to Be a Girl, Episode XXII:Moving & Marrying, Part I: The Prince (5/17/18): What it’s about: “Did you know there’s a wedding coming up, uniting an Englishman with an American bride? Listen now for ALL the juicy details on this intercontinental couple’s forthcoming nuptials! (And hear what my daughter thinks of her soon-to-be stepdad.)” Why it’s great: A lovely, syrupy-sweet introduction to Marlo Mack’s future husband, timed to coincide with the royal wedding. I always love when Mack’s daughter is on the show. (12 minutes)
Let’s Not Meet, Episode 47: Night Vision
ArtCurious Podcast, Episode 35: Rivals – Lee Krasner and Elaine de Kooning vs. Their Husbands
Sleepover: Native Child and the Full Moon 3: Tegan
Caliphate, Chapter Six: Paper Trail
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