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 over 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. This week I listened to 52 episodes for this podcast review recap.
HumaNature: Bonus Episode: Through the Keyhole (7/25/18, originally aired 5/31/17): What it’s about: “An encore presentation of our 2018 PRNDI Best Station Podcast award-winner. Tyler Dunning went into the wild to distract himself from his grief…but ended up coming face to face with it instead.” Why it’s great: Wow. I missed the first airing of this episode, so I’m glad it was re-run during a brief hiatus for HumaNature, a show profiled often here on Delicious Ingredients. This was so tender; I felt Tyler’s aching pain driving him to attempt a dangerous climb and disbelief at what he came across. (22 minutes)
On Being: [Unedited] Cory Booker with Krista Tippett (7/26/18) *First appearance on Delicious Ingredients*: What it’s about: “We don’t really reward or allow our politicians, good or bad, to be searching, or to change their minds and grow — to admit their human frailty. So it’s surprising to hear Cory Booker say that the best thing that’s happened to him is “being broken, time and time again.” He’s taken flack for talking about politics as “manifesting love.” He speaks with Krista about the inadequacy of tolerance, strengthening the “muscle” of hope, and making your bed as a spiritual practice.” Why it’s great: I didn’t listen to the edited version of this podcast, but I’m glad I picked the longer episode anyway – I enjoyed listening to Booker’s eloquent and thoughtful answers about how he connects with spirituality. (87 minutes)
California Foodways: From Farmworker to Restaurant Owner (7/23/18) *First appearance on Delicious Ingredients*What it’s about: “Rosa Hernandez left Oaxaca when she was 20 to work in the fields in Madera, California. Now, she co-owns a restaurant, cooking the food of her homeland for the many indigenous Mexicans who live in the area. She did it, she says, through inter-ethnic friendships and connections.” Why it’s great: First of all, check out that logo – it’s to die for. I was thrilled after listening to just one episode of this new show; I think podcasting needs a lot more food-related storytelling and I love the idea of traveling around one state finding people who are actually growing it. (9 minutes)
The Undersiders, Ep 07: Richard “Rich” Porter (5/21/18) *First appearance on Delicious Ingredients*: What it’s about: “Harlem, NY – 1984. Imagine a world without social media. No Facebook, Instagram or Youtube. A world were influencers do not come from the screens but from the streets. A world where trends and styles are built far away from the the 5th Avenue. Well, this world existed, in the 80’s Harlem, where a young hustler emerged from the concrete to create esthetics that would define the style of Rap for the next decades.” Why it’s great: Compact episodes of this terrific 8-part series make it a great binge listen. There were several that could have made it on the list but I especially enjoyed the discussion of Rich Porter and Alpo Martinez (profiled in episode 8) and how greed got the best of their relationship, with one of them ending up dead. (22 minutes)
Twitter: #TheUndersiders @anotherengle
Ocean Currents: Sex in the Sea (9/11/17) *First appearance on Delicious Ingredients*: What it’s about: “Author Marah J. Hardt shares stories from her book Sex in the Sea: Our Intimate Connection with Sex- Changing Fish, Romantic Lobsters, Kinky Squid, and Other Salty Erotica of the Deep.” Why it’s great: I’m doing some pre-listening for an upcoming Podcast Brunch Club playlist that I’m very excited about (ocean conservation) so I checked out quite a few ocean-related shows this week. This is a radio program out of West Marin in Northern California and this episode was a little bit like a (slightly) more serious Ologies episode – I learned a ton about sex in the sea and the author of the book was very cute and sparkly. (50 minutes)
The Conversation: Chess Grandmasters (7/1/18): What it’s about: “What does it take for a woman to excel in the ruthlessly competitive, male-dominated world of chess? Kim Chakanetsa meets two outstanding female players from Hungary and China to find out. Judit Polgar is the strongest female chess player of all time. As a child prodigy she broke Bobby Fischer’s record to become the youngest grandmaster, aged 15. She went on to beat the World No 1 Garry Kasparov, after he had said women shouldn’t play chess. Judit says she made a decision very early not to play in the Women’s competition, because she wanted to play the best, and they were men. She remains the only woman ever to place in the top 10 players in the world, despite retiring 4 years ago. Hou Yifan is widely considered to be the best woman playing chess today. She has been the Women’s World Chess Champion three times, the youngest ever to win the title, as well as the youngest female player ever to qualify for the title of grandmaster. Yifan has now decided not to play in the Women’s Championship anymore. She took time out of competing to study for a degree and is about to do a Masters at Oxford University, because she believes doing other things is beneficial to her and to her chess.” Why it’s great: This is one of my favorite shows, it has appeared here often – the variety and diversity is what keeps me coming back. These two women had a lot to say about playing against other women, what they attribute their success to, and what their future plans are with regard to chess. (27 minutes)
Reveal: Families Splintered Apart, by Government and By Storms (7/7/18): What it’s about: “This week, we continue our ongoing investigation into what happens to immigrant children after they’re detained by the U.S. government. Our latest story investigates a vacant office building being used by a defense contractor to house children. Then, we travel to the Gulf Coast to learn why last year was the costliest hurricane season on record. In Houston, we discover that homes flooded by Hurricane Harvey were actually built inside a reservoir. We end on the Louisiana coast, where officials say they can no longer provide protection to homes most vulnerable to flooding, and that residents will have to abandon them.” Why it’s great: This reporting is so important. I was heartbroken listening to the account of what a neighbor observed outside a holding center for immigrant children – I live in Houston and I would not be surprised if there are more office buildings like this in my area. Cut to the second segment actually about Houston, where the impact of Hurricane Harvey is still felt as I drive not 5 miles from my home and see formerly beautiful houses boarded up and vacant. Our government is failing us in so many ways. (50 minutes)
Read my 4-star review of Reveal here! (October 2015) – I need to update this, huh?!
Getting Curious: What’s Your Origin Story? With Bobby Berk (7/24/18) *First appearance on Delicious Ingredients*: What it’s about: “Bobby Berk is an interior designer & fellow Queer Eye cast member who joins Jonathan to talk growing up closeted in the Midwest, emancipating himself from his parents as a teen, landing the role on Queer Eye, finding his way to New York City, and his love for interior design.” Why it’s great: Thanks to Nick Quah (from Hot Pod Media and Nieman Lab) whose Hot Pod newsletter this week clued me in to the show. Van Ness has a super fun interview style and this episode made me wonder why the HELL I’m not watching the Queer Eye reboot yet! Come on! (39 minutes)
Scene on Radio: MEN, Part 2: Ain’t No Amoeba
BBC Documentary: Crypto Rico: Blockchain for a Broken Paradise
My Ocean: Karina Oliani: Diving in Style
Outside/In: An American Lobster in Stockholm
Why Not Sports w/ D. Murph, S4 Ep. 86: Maintain
A Pint with Seaniebee, Episode 92: Mistress Absolute has a Pint with Seaniebee
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