Delicious Ingredients: The Best Podcasts of the Week – 7/20/18

Delicious Ingredients: The Best Podcasts of the Week – 7/20/18

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 best. Over the last two weeks I listened to 92 episodes for this podcast review recap.

ZigZag, Chapter 2: Blockchain, Blockwhat? (6/14/18) *First appearance on Delicious Ingredients*: What it’s about: “Manoush and Jen have a LOT of questions. Should they stake their careers on the blockchain? How can they explain it without sounding like techno-utopians who have bought into a pyramid scheme? And anyway, can the blockchain really upend how society works…AND help fund Manoush and Jen’s media company? Most importantly, can this episode really explain, simply and clearly, what the hell the blockchain is and how it works?” Why it’s great: Thanks to Katie Ward from The Enthusiasm Enthusiast podcast for this recommendation – I had heard of ZigZag but her recommendation prompted me to move it up the queue. Manoush and Jen are former partners at WNYC’s Note to Self, and they took a big leap and decided to start a media company. This episode features the fantastic Martin Austwick as blockchain guitar guy. I’ve been trying to wrap my head around blockchain and cryptocurrency and ZigZag is doing a lot to help me understand – they reinforce the concepts, they echo the same doubts I have, and while the protagonists are already wildly successful, they still have some self-doubt about that leap of faith they’re taking. (28 minutes)
Twitter: @zigzagpod

Homemade Stories with Shannon Cason, Episode 99: Hi, My Name is Shannon (7/10/18): What it’s about: “The 1994 Freaknik spring break in Atlanta is the scene. College spring break is a perfect time to come out of your insecurities and let loose. My breaking loose was more practiced and rehearsed, but it did the job well.” Why it’s great: Sometimes, when I’m lucky, I come across a storyteller that in any medium, on any show, I can tell – the story being told is uniquely “that person.” Al Letson, Andrea Silenzi, Glynn Washington, Erica Heilman are all great examples of this. I love Shannon Cason’s style and I was only a few minutes in to this story when I knew – this is so Shannon Cason. Narrators who have the ability to make you feel like you know them personally are my idols. (23 minutes)
Twitter: @hmmdstories

BBC Outlook: The Baby I Found Buried Alive (7/10/18): What it’s about: “It was complete chance that Azita Milanian went jogging in the foothills on the outskirts of Los Angeles on the evening of 16th of May 1998. That wasn’t her routine. But those few hours made all the difference. While out, Azita discovered a half buried baby, miraculously still alive. It was an event that would leave her asking questions for 20 years.” Why it’s great: Incredible story of a chance meeting and a hopeful lifelong connection. (13 minutes)
Twitter: @bbcworldservice

Reply All, Episode 124: The Magic Store (7/12/18): What it’s about: “Sruthi asks a question “why does it seem like Amazon has suddenly gotten a lot sketchier?“ Alex investigates.” Why it’s great: If you listen to this, you will immediately think back to earlier this year when Amazon totally seemed to get sketchier! You didn’t even notice it, right? And it did get sketchier! The fake reviewers are pretty interesting – Planet Money also dived into them recently. (38 minutes)
Twitter: @replyall
Read this 5-star guest review of Reply All from Adela Mizrachi! (July 2017)

Her Money with Jean Chatzky, Episode 117: The Relationship Between Ambition and Money (7/10/18) *First appearance on Delicious Ingredients*: What it’s about: “What’s your definition of success? Did your mind go straight to career? Family? Both? This week we’re tackling this loaded question with Hana Schank and Elizabeth Wallace, authors of the new book: “The Ambition Decisions: What Women Know About Work, Family, and the Path to Building a Life.” We discuss all things women and ambition — the realities of work-life balance, motherhood, what “counts” as ambition, success and more. Also, see if you’re a “High-Achiever,” an “Opt-Outer” or a “Life-Flexer” and what each could mean for your career, finances, love life and overall happiness. In Mailbag, we answer your questions on the percentage of income to save and how to go about getting 401(k) dollars from past employers. Plus: Wedding season isn’t the only season that’s in our midst — hurricane season has also begun. In Thrive, we’re talking whether or not you should consider flood insurance.” Why it’s great: Thank you to my friend Christine for recommending this show to me – it’s part personal finance, part career advice, and part just how to keep your head above water. I love when advice is backed up with research! I, as a Life-Flexer, have been a High-Achiever and may be again, although I wouldn’t necessarily say I’m not a high achiever right now – I just prioritize flexibility more. I loved how candidly the guests spoke about why they embarked on writing this book and how it changed them after meeting so many women around their age with similar starting points out of college. Super fascinating. (35 minutes)
Twitter: @JeanChatzky

Rough Translation: Austenistan (7/11/18) *First appearance on Delicious Ingredients*: What it’s about: “Two sisters attempt to use a 19th century novelist to outwit modern Pakistani restrictions on women. And a war reporter discovers the power of drawing room comedy to understand her own family.” Why it’s great: Another great friend recommendation, this time from my Podcast Brunch Club Podcast co-host Adela. Jane Austen novels serve as a backdrop for Pakistani complexity around dating. Makes me want to re-read some classics for sure! (47 minutes)
Twitter: @roughly

Is This Adulting, Episode 67: Tooba-stank (With Rabia Chaudry of Undisclosed and The 45th) (7/11/18): What it’s about: “Rabia Chaudry (@rabiasquared) of Undisclosed (@undisclosedpod) and The 45th (@45thpod) stops by to chat with the guys this week! The gang talks about cleaning habits, Steven recounts the greatest test of his life, Rabia tests her strange book knowledge, Chris pens a bestseller, and they discuss mental health in religious communities.” Why it’s great: Kudos to Steven and Chris for landing a high-profile guest who admits she is going to think about relaxation on an upcoming trip a little bit differently thanks to the show! I loved hearing Rabia in a non-legal context. (98 minutes)
Twitter: @isthis_adulting

Still Processing: Asian-Americans Talk About Racism, and We Listen, Part 1 and Still Processing: Asian-Americans Talk About Racism, and We Listen, Part 2 (6/28/18, 7/5/18) *First appearance on Delicious Ingredients*: What it’s about: “This week and next, we’re doing something different. After witnessing an awful instance of anti-Asian racism at a movie theater, we couldn’t stop thinking about how this type of racism is rampant in American culture, both on the screen and off. At first, we wanted to talk about it. But then, we realized that we needed to listen. For the next two episodes, we hand the microphones over to our Asian-American colleagues, friends and listeners to hear about their experiences with racism. From Pablo Torre (of ESPN) to Emily Yoshida (of Vulture) to Parul Sehgal (of The Times) and more, we hear about childhood traumas, politicization, pop culture and hierarchies of oppression as they relate to Asian-American identity. The ideas are varied and complicated, conflicting and nuanced — which makes sense for a hugely diverse community that makes up almost 6 percent of the American population.” Why it’s great: I’m in love with Still Processing lately. This two-parter could easily be its own show. (34 minutes)

Terrible, Thanks for Asking, Episode 39: Natalie (6/12/18): What it’s about: “The punishment is supposed to fit the crime. But sometimes, when the sentence is served, the punishment is far from over.” Why it’s great: Can you imagine being arrested for killing someone in self-defense, and the judge not giving the jury the proper instructions about how to judge the crime you’re accused of? Oh yeah, and having a baby in prison by the person whose life you took. Whew. (43 minutes)
Twitter: @ttfapodcast

Scene on Radio: Dick Move (MEN, Part 1) (7/11/18): What it’s about: “Launching our Season 3 series, co-hosts John Biewen and Celeste Headlee look at the problems of male supremacy. And we visit Deep Time to explore the latest scholarship on how, when, and why men invented patriarchy.” Why it’s great: I’ve been anticipating this series – Seeing White knocked it out of the park and I expect nothing less from John Biewen and CELESTE HEADLEE (hello! amazing!). (43 minutes)
Twitter: @SceneOnRadio

Honorable Mentions
Welcome to L.A.: The Case of the Missing Sprinkles
Out of the Blocks: A Conversation with Mayor Catherine Pugh
Moonshot: Inside Careem – The Uber of the Middle East
Ladies, We Need to Talk: The Pelvic Flaw in All of Us
Story Collider: Pride: Stories About Coming Out in Science
The Leap: 17andMe
PLAYLIST Podcast, S3.11: Pretty Good Year (So Far) – 2018

All episode descriptions and artwork come from the linked sites. What else was fantastic this week? Send me a note! or @audible_feast on Twitter.

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