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 the last two weeks. 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 52 episodes for this podcast review recap. I was on vacation so it was a light week!
Call Your Girlfriend: Hot Bods (6/1/18): What it’s about: “(Hint: you’re already in one.) We talk about all the ways we’re feeling good in our bodies this summer; why body positivity is about working to make the world better for ALL kinds of bodies, not just your own; our favorite instagram accounts from people with a range of hot bods; microdosing, psychedelics, and other ways we get out of our heads and into our bodies.” Why it’s great: I don’t know if the microdosing piece fits so much into the hot bod conversation but it doesn’t really matter – because CYG is all the conversations you are having with your best friends and maybe talking about your bodies leads to talking about making your body feel good with drugs! This was fabulous because I got a whole slew of new Instagram accounts to follow – not just to see bodies like my own but also to get style inspiration! (49 minutes)
Caliphate: Chapter Eight: The Briefcase (6/7/18) *First appearance on Delicious Ingredients*: What it’s about: “We found a trove of secret documents after Mosul fell. It led us to the mother of an ISIS official.” Why it’s great: This episode and the preceding one, Mosul, reminded me of Kelly McEvers’ Embedded’s first season. Reporter Rukmini Callimachi is embedded in Iraq as ISIS begins to falter there, and literally digs through rubble and trash after a control center is raided. It’s an unbelievable investigative reporting journey. (34 minutes)
Criminal, Episode 93: Lavender Scare (6/15/18): What it’s about: “Helen James grew up in a military family – her great great grandfather fought in the Civil War, her father in WWI, and her uncles in WWII. So when she enlisted in 1952, she felt like she belonged. Shortly after, she realized something was wrong.” Why it’s great: I think I’ve written about this in the past, but I am a member of a progressive church, and on Memorial Day weekend this year one of the church members spoke about her experience as a lesbian in the military. Much like Helen James, the subject of this great episode of Criminal, she talked about how she loved being a part of the military and felt she’d found a home. But then she, like James, began to be targeted by people who were threatened by her. It was heartbreaking to hear, as was this story of homophobia on the part of the government. But this story has a very happy and triumphant ending, so give it a listen. (29 minutes)
Read my 4-star review of Criminal here! (September 2015)
What Makes Us Human with Jeremy Vine: Marian Keyes (6/5/18) *First appearance on Delicious Ingredients*: What it’s about: “The hugely successful novelist joins us to answer the question.” Why it’s great: Thanks to my friend Angela for this recommendation – I love the conciseness of these interviews. I’ve read Marian Keyes and had no idea she had an addiction background. I love the idea that what makes us human is humor! (24 minutes)
The Tip Off, Episode 18: All the President’s Club Men (5/30/18): What it’s about: “Madison Marriage broke a story that ricocheted around the world. The sleazy goings on of the President’s Club fundraising dinner provoked shock and outrage from all camps. But where did it all begin…. ? This is the story of how Madison and a team of FT colleagues uncovered one of the biggest stories of the year so far.” Why it’s great: The Tip Off is so good, I really enjoy hearing how a journalist got a “scoop.” Every story is told as if you are racing against the clock and being found out right alongside the reporters. My favorite part of this episode was Marriage’s description of the dress she had to wear to this event. (33 minutes)
In the Dark, S2 E8: The D.A. (6/12/18): What it’s about: “After investigating every aspect of the Curtis Flowers case, we were nearly ready to present what we’d found to District Attorney Doug Evans. But first we tried to learn all we could about him: his childhood, his years as a police officer and his record as district attorney. Then, finally, we met the man who’s spent more than two decades trying to have Flowers executed.” Why it’s great: I was jazzed up at the end of episode 7 for this encounter with Doug Evans, and it sure as hell met my expectations after a terrific leadup. Then came the news that over 35,000 people have signed a petition to recall the dear D.A. … unbelievable the abuse of power that is happening, no doubt, across this country – not just in Mississippi. (61 minutes)
Read my 5-star review of season one of In the Dark here! (December 2016)
The Leap: Her Double Life
StartUp, Arlan Hamilton 5: Control
The Moth Radio Hour: Thrill Seekers, Wanderlust, and an Italian Stallion
Unravel S1 Episode 03: The Boxer
Making Gay History: Pride Bonus: Kay Lahusen’s Gay Table
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