Delicious Ingredients: The Best Podcasts of the Week – 7/6/18
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 29 episodes for this podcast review recap.
Radiolab: The Primordial Journey (6/15/18): What it’s about: “At two weeks old, the human embryo has only just begun its months-long journey to become a baby. The embryo is tiny, still invisible to the naked eye. But inside it, an epic struggle plays out, as a nomadic band of cells marches toward a mysterious destiny, with the future of humanity resting on their microscopic shoulders.” Why it’s great: Awesome classic Radiolab, purely about science and how phenomenal it is. This is the first of a multi-part series about when life begins (for humans). I loved the original music sprinkled throughout the episode, can’t wait to catch up on the other episodes that are out! (33 minutes)
Armchair Expert with Dax Shepard: Talib Kweli (6/11/18): What it’s about: “Talib Kweli is an American hip hop recording artist, entrepreneur and social activist. He sits down with the Armchair Expert where they have an honest debate about many social issues plaguing America today. They touch on all of the topics one would generally avoid at the dinner table including race, gender and religion. In addition, Talib talks about his place in the hip-hop world, his parents’ emphasis on education and his counterview to Sam Harris. Dax and Talib reminisce about an altercation they teamed up on, they talk about their mutual worship of Jay Z and Monica discusses the gender patterns she’s observed from working on the podcast.” Why it’s great: I have to be honest, I didn’t listen to the last 50 minutes or so where Shepard and his producer fact-check the episode, but I thoroughly enjoyed, and felt much smarter for listening to, the intelligent debate on racism and related topics between the host and Kweli. (173 minutes)
Ologies: Rhinology (NOSES) with John Craig (6/12/18): What it’s about: “Allergies. Nose jobs. Smell nostalgia. Street drugs. Septum piercings. Snoring. Hang on to your faces because Dr. John Craig goes deep and shares why he’s so passionate about rhinology. You’ll have a whole new relationship with your whiffer, appreciating what happens behind your nas-holes and coming away with some strategies to combat hay fever, Afrin addiction plus: a very legal substitute for illegal party drugs. Also: why you may want to shove a crayon into your nose.” Why it’s great: I laughed out loud several times listening to this episode of Ologies, especially at Alie Ward’s nose puns (nas-hole, OMFG) and the discussion of cocaine ingestion. (68 minutes)
Flipping the Game, Episode 01: The 54-11 (6/14/18) *First appearance on Delicious Ingredients*: What it’s about: “This is the Reebok Freestyle “origin story.” How the first athletic shoe made specifically for women was created in 1982. The sneaker was born out of aerobics, and taken from the gym to the streets, and even onto red carpets. We dive into how the shoe became ubiquitous— and became the sneaker that got a lot of women into the sneaker game.” Why it’s great: Awesome (super mini) series from Gimlet Creative about female sneakerheads. I loved Scottie Beam as the host and the sound mixing was terrific. (19 minutes)
Latino USA: The Remarkable Rebirth of Medellin (6/15/18): What it’s about: “Medellín, Colombia, is lauded as one of the most innovative and tourist-friendly cities in the world. But 30 years ago, the city was the world’s cocaine capital—ravaged by the cartel war led by Pablo Escobar. Latino USA travels to Medellín to hear how the city’s violent and narcotic history changed the lives of one family and how Medellín went from being one of the most dangerous places in the world to the “model city” it is today.” Why it’s great: Maria Hinojosa and Luis Gallo bridge two generations to share what Medellín once was and the incredible investment in urban planning that transformed the city. A surprise bonus was the connection that Hinojosa and Gallo have as reporters in the city, including Hinojosa’s present-day encounter with a cartel killer who was watching her as a young reporter. (38 minutes)
Qualia: Risk (7/2/18) *First appearance on Delicious Ingredients*: What it’s about: “In this IMMERSIVE episode, “Risk,” our goal is to immerse you in a soundscape that pulled and pushed you to alternatively feel risk-seeking and risk-averse. To preserve this immersive experience, we stripped out a lot of the reporting we did on the science of risk. Here, you can find out more about the science of risk perception. We’ll walk you through the episode, and point out materials – interviews we did with researchers, journal articles we dug up, books we read – that let you dig deeper into the research.” Why it’s great: I love this because it’s so different from anything I’ve heard. The last immersive podcast I listened to was The Walk, and I just couldn’t ever get into it, I think it needed a different type of narration style. Here, it’s very clear what you should be doing, the scenes are set up well and if you want to read about the scenes you can find useful research in the show notes. The intense sound mixing added so much to the show; the team was so intentional about where sounds should go and how volume should be used. (26 minutes)
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