Delicious Ingredients: The Best Podcasts of the Week – 6/29/18
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 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 67 episodes for this podcast review recap.
Reveal: Ripped Apart: Families Separated at the Border (6/23/18): What it’s about: “President Donald Trump said he was ending family separation at the border this week. But we’ve stayed on the story, investigating the issues that remain: children being drugged at migrant shelters, asylum-seekers being denied at ports of entry and the problems with Trump’s new detention plan.” Why it’s great: I was riveted by this uber-current, literally-at-the-border reporting. I believe this is going to be a regular series and I can’t wait to hear more about what is actually going on there – not so far from where I live. (51 minutes)
Read my 4-star review of Reveal here! (October 2015)
The Longest Shortest Time, Episode 164: When Al Letson Met His Sons (6/13/18): What it’s about: “When Al Letson was 23, he found out he was the father to a 6-year-old boy he’d never met. Years later, another son entered his life, and this one was white.” Why it’s great: I love Al and love that this episode featured clips from Errthang, which I just reviewed in May. A tender look at a dad’s unlikely journey. (34 minutes)
Read my 5-star review (pre-Andrea Silenzi) of The Longest Shortest Time here! (October 2015)
StoryCorps, Episode 534: Ghetto Life 101 (6/8/18): What it’s about: “In 1993, teenagers LeAlan Jones and Lloyd Newman recorded a week of their lives on Chicago’s South Side. Working with StoryCorps founder Dave Isay, LeAlan and Lloyd produced a documentary they called Ghetto Life 101, one of the most acclaimed programs in public radio history. To mark the 25th anniversary, we bring you a special presentation of Ghetto Life 101.” Why it’s great: No offense, but I don’t know if I see eighth graders putting together this kind of audio today – it was really awesome to hear interviews from that age perspective. (33 minutes)
Read my 4-star review of StoryCorps here! (September 2015)
600 Second Saga, S3.13: Objective Contagion (6/27/18) *First appearance on Delicious Ingredients*: What it’s about: “Objective Contagion by Nyla Bright” Why it’s great: 600 Second Saga features sci-fi and fantasy fiction and I love that it’s just a few minutes of a short story or essay. I really liked this one for its mother and child futurism. (7 minutes)
Love and Radio: Coming Back (6/8/18): What it’s about: “In 1991, Pam Reynolds underwent surgery to remove a large aneurism from her brain stem. Doctors cooled her body to less than half of normal temperature and temporarily stopped her heart during the procedure. This is what she experienced.” Why it’s great: This is a broadcast from an older NPR documentary, and it fits perfectly into Love and Radio’s feed. The sound is fantastic, it’s an intimate story told in delicate detail, and I absolutely loved it. (26 minutes)
In the Dark, S2 E10: Discovery (6/26/18): What it’s about: “Prosecutors have always said that Curtis Flowers was the only serious suspect in the Tardy Furniture investigation. But we found a document showing that another man, Willie James Hemphill, had also been questioned just days after the murders. Who was he? Why was he questioned? When we finally found Hemphill, living in Indianapolis, he had some very surprising things to say about the case.” Why it’s great: I am a little sad that this Tuesday will bring the last episode of season 2 of In the Dark, but I’m also anticipating some big changes coming due to this investigative journalism, and I hope the last episode is the icing on the cake that helps recall D.A. Doug Evans or even ultimately release Curtis Flowers. There is a mountain of reasonable doubt that has been raised by Madeleine Baran and her production team, people who should be less capable than law enforcement of finding the facts in the case. I loved the picture I had in my mind (which was confirmed by some great pictures!) of the team sifting through moldy police records in a random warehouse. (64 minutes)
Read my 5-star review of season one of In the Dark here! (December 2016)
A Pint with Seaniebee, Episode 88: Carrie Reichardt has a Pint with Seaniebee
The Moth: New Pride: Jill McDonough, Owen Lewis, and Bethany Cintron
StartUp: BONUS: Behind the Scenes with Arlan & Amy
All episode descriptions and artwork come from the linked sites. What else was fantastic this week? Send me a note! firstname.lastname@example.org or @audible_feast on Twitter.