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. This week I listened to 66 episodes for this podcast review recap.
*Next week I will be taking a break from writing, and will return on 6/22 with the next Delicious Ingredients.*
Ladies, We Need to Talk: Can Porn Be Good for Women? (5/21/18): What it’s about: “It’s free, it’s prolific, it’s easy to find and more of us than ever are watching it, so why don’t we admit to our porn consumption? Is mainstream porn culture contributing to the exploitation of women? Is it normalising sex practices that are problematic? Or is it just good, dirty fun?” Why it’s great: Really thought-provoking, panoramic view of what porn does for women. There is so much porn that is so violent, which unfortunately teaches young people how to be intimate – and it’s not real. No one wants to be choked by a d*ck. (28 minutes)
Read my 5-star review of Ladies, We Need to Talk here! (December 2017)
How it Is: Power, with Lena Waithe, Glennon Doyle, and Ellen Pao (5/16/18) *First appearance on Delicious Ingredients*: What it’s about: “This is our season finale. We end on a powerful note as Lena Waithe breaks down the importance of giving zero f**ks; author Glennon Doyle reflects on raising boys and changing the world; and Ellen Pao explains how she gained power when she took a stand against sexism in Silicon Valley.” Why it’s great: What a 1-2-3 power punch … Glennon Doyle has me charged up about raising my young boys, Ellen Pao shared her reaction to losing her discrimination lawsuit and how she felt as an icon for fighting sexism, and Lena Waithe is making me think about the number of fucks weighing down my backpack… (32 minutes)
30 for 30 Podcasts: BIKRAM Part 1: Arrival (5/21/18): What it’s about: “Bikram Choudhury begins his journey to fame, wealth, and scandal in 1970s Los Angeles. He takes Beverly Hills by storm, using his Hollywood connections and rags-to-riches origin story to build a devoted following and lay the foundation for a yoga empire.” Why it’s great: Great binge listen from a storyteller who took 20 months to craft this narrative – it shows how much thought went into reporting the truth about the sexual misconduct committed by Choudhury, especially placed against the backdrop of an incredible rise to fame. (39 minutes)
Reveal: Cops on a Crime Spree (6/1/18): What it’s about: “Baltimore’s police department was already notorious. But this year, eight former police officers were convicted on federal racketeering charges stemming from an FBI investigation. They belonged to an elite task force charged with getting guns off the city’s streets. Instead, the plainclothes cops roamed Baltimore neighborhoods at will, robbing people on the street, breaking into homes to steal money, drugs or guns and planting evidence on their victims. The targets of the Gun Trace Task Force included drug dealers and ordinary citizens. One of its favorite tactics was to speed toward a group of men on a street corner, chase whoever ran and shake them down. On top of all this, the officers falsified their timesheets to almost double their salaries. This episode of Reveal asks if the task force was simply a rogue operation or if the officers were aided and abetted by fellow cops and even supervisors within the department.” Why it’s great: The Baltimore city PD has a PR problem … they’re all over my podcast feed right now for corruption. This was fascinating, and more focused than The Daily’s 5-part series this week on Charm City police corruption. (53 minutes)
Read my 4-star review of Reveal here! (October 2015)
Unravel, S101: Blood on the Tracks (5/27/18) *First appearance on Delicious Ingredients*: What it’s about: “Thirty years of mystery surrounds the death of 17-year-old Mark Haines.” Why it’s great: Yes, it’s another cold case crime podcast, but I’m interested in this one in particular because of the backdrop of race in Australia and the fact that the victim was so young and seemingly happy with a great group of friends he was partying with the night before his death. (27 minutes)
Between Us Girls, Episode 72: Co-parenting is For Adults, OK? (6/1/18): What it’s about: “After watching The First Episode of “Red Table Talks” we wanted to know; if you’re not ready to deal with another parent, or co-parent then should you be dating seriously?” Why it’s great: Michel and Sharonda get super fired up about being an adult when you co-parent, and not bringing “new girlfriend” BS into a child’s life. (60 minutes)
The Allusionist, Episode 79: Queer (6/3/18): What it’s about: “Strange or obtuse; a stinging homophobic slur; a radical political rejection of normativity; a broad term encompassing every and any variation on sexual orientation and gender identity: the word ‘queer’ has a multifarious past and complicated present. Tracing its movements are Kathy Tu and Tobin Low from Nancy podcast, Eric Marcus from Making Gay History, historian and author Amy Sueyoshi, and Jonathan Van Ness from Queer Eye.” Why it’s great: Loved hearing Eric Marcus (who I interviewed in 2017) on this episode where people from two generations that sandwich my own non-generation (I’m a 1980 baby) talk about a word that I myself feel conflicted about; when I was younger, it was not cool at all to call someone queer, but now, the word has been reclaimed. Classic The Allusionist episode where we get to learn the origin of a word, its evolution over time, and how many ways people understand a single word. (28 minutes)
Read my 5-star review of The Allusionist here! (December 2015)
Is This Adulting? Real Talk – Josh Hallmark (6/3/18) *First appearance on Delicious Ingredients*: What it’s about: “Content Warnings: Sexual abuse, alcohol abuse, physical and sexual assault, & self-harm. This month on Real Talk, Steven is joined by Josh Hallmark as he shares his story of trauma, and how he processed it.” Why it’s great: Is This Adulting? has appeared on Delicious Ingredients before as an honorable mention pick, but this is the first time it’s made it to the main event. Usually the show features mental health check-ins and lightness with various guests, but this “Real Talk” segment was a very serious chat with Hallmark, of Our Americana, who has previously told his sexual abuse story on the Austin, Indiana episode interlude. Really emotional but important story to share, because if you need help as Josh did, you should know you are not alone and there are people to help you. (28 minutes)
In the Dark, S2 E7: The Trials of Curtis Flowers (6/5/18): What it’s about: “There’s one critical aspect of the Curtis Flowers case that we haven’t looked at yet — the makeup of the juries. Each of the four times Flowers was convicted, the jury was all white or nearly all white. So we decided to look more closely at why so few black jurors had been selected. And it wasn’t always happenstance.” Why it’s great: Yet another In the Dark episode where I was getting really pissed off in my car and then was telling people for the rest of the day about how insane it is that this man has been repeatedly convicted by the same prosecutor who blatantly strikes all the black jurors from the pool. What the fuck is going on in Montgomery County, Mississippi? Listen all the way to the end to find out who Madeleine Baran is talking to next week … *rubs hands together and buys popcorn for the show* (61 minutes)
Read my 5-star review of season one of In the Dark here! (December 2016)
Code Switch: What We Inherit
Science Vs: How Science Created Morons
Spilled Milk, Episode 334: Goldfish Crackers
Still Processing: We Wouldn’t Leave Kanye, but Should We?
Radiolab: Poison Control
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