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 44 episodes for this podcast review recap – 4 new shows for me this week.
The Wilderness, Chapter 6: The Big We (7/30/18) *First appearance on Delicious Ingredients*: What it’s about: “How can Democrats build a multiracial coalition that adds up to an electoral majority? A discussion about whether it’s necessary or possible to win back voters we’ve lost.” Why it’s great: I honestly just loved listening to Barack Obama speeches, some of which host Favreau is responsible for. It inspired me to believe that change from the existing political climate is possible. (35 minutes)
Ologies: Oology (EGGS) with John Bates (8/13/18): What it’s about: “The biggest eggs! The smallest eggs! The people arrested for stealing the most eggs! Oologist Dr. John Bates gave Alie a tour of the egg vault at the Field Museum of Chicago and it was a barrage of beautiful sights and shocking facts about bird butts. Get ready for speckly eggs, falcon tales, delicate treasures, pigeon mysteries, modern research with old artifacts, Easter bullshit, and whether or not you can hatch chickens from grocery store eggs. Also the carnival ride Alie will never ever ever go on.” Why it’s great: Alie Ward always makes science dad-punny but in such a non-cringeworthy way. I thought it was pretty cool learning about the reasons eggs have different colors and how chickens laying eggs are different from ladies having babies. (57 minutes)
The Hilarious World of Depression: Andrew Zimmern Wrecks His Life, Rebuilds His Life, and Eats Weird Food
(8/13/18): What it’s about: “Celebrity chef and Travel Channel host Andrew Zimmern has made a reputation as a culinary expert with an adventurous streak, traveling the world and sampling tree grubs, shark meat, tarantulas, and horse rectums among many other cuisines. But before his current fame, he was on the street, stealing handbags to fuel his alcoholism, which existed to deaden his long-held depression. We hear about hitting bottom, redemption, and Andrew’s friend, the late Anthony Bourdain.” Why it’s great: I share Zimmern’s extreme love of the Minnesota State Fair, so he’s always been one of my favorite food celebs. It’s sad how many chefs travel down the path of addiction, and Zimmern tells all of the details in this interview. My favorite quote from the episode was, “Trauma that is not transformed is transmitted.” This is a cerebral, yet still fun interview. (42 minutes)
600 Second Saga, S3.20: Fifty (8/15/18): What it’s about: “Fifty by Chris Kelso: Chris Kelso is an award-winning genre writer, editor, and illustrator from Scotland. His short stories and articles have appeared in magazines and journals across the UK, US, and Canada, including Antipodean-SF, Lovecraft ezine, Daily Science Fiction, SF Signal, Dark Discoveries, Pantheon, Evergreen Review, Sensitive Skin, Shoreline of Infinity, The Airgonaut, New Coin, Verbicide and many more. His work has been translated into French and he is the two-time winner of the Ginger Nuts of Horror Novel of the Year (in 2016 for ‘Unger House Radicals’ and in 2017 for its sequel ‘Shrapnel Apartments’).’The Black Dog Eats the City’ made Weird Fiction Reviews Best of 2014 list.” Why it’s great: I try to catch 600 Second Saga whenever I can – I love that the stories are all short and usually science fiction. I’ve just gotten into The Handmaid’s Tale on Hulu (I know, where have I been for the last year?) so dystopian society fiction really appeals to me right now. This was a terrific short story that gave just enough to whet my appetite for more Chris Kelso short stories. (9 minutes)
Reveal: Take No Prisoners (7/28/18): What it’s about: “In December 1944, Adolf Hitler surprised the Allies with a secret counterattack through the Ardennes forest, known today as the Battle of the Bulge. In the carnage that followed, there was one incident that top military commanders hoped would be concealed. It’s the story of an American war crime nearly forgotten to history.” Why it’s great: I was catching up on a couple Reveal episodes from last month, and I was absolutely entranced by this story of a war crime never prosecuted, and how the players involved may or may not have seen it as a war crime. (50 minutes)
Read my 4-star review of Reveal here! (October 2015)
Switched on Pop: Summer Heat of the 2000s: Nelly + Katy Perry (Pt. 1) (8/9/18): What it’s about: “What made summer jams of the aughties like Nelly’s “Hot in Herre” and Katy Perry’s “I Kissed a Girl” so hot? The answer: big, sweaty, doses of harmonic tension. Specifically, each track relies on the Baroque technique of the ground bass. Wait, we mean: the Baroque technique of PEDAL POINT! When the chords in these songs don’t match up with their bass notes, the ratcheting tension adds heat—fueling both dance moves, and controversy.” Why it’s great: All summer long Nate and Charlie have been digging into summer pop hits of yesterday. In this (first of two parts!) episode they talk about two awesome early 00’s songs and why they were so hot. My favorite Switched on Pop episodes are when the guys get hot and bothered over a song while simultaneously nerding out about chords and the ties to classical music. (25 minutes)
Read my 5-star review of Switched on Pop here! (Updated January 2017)
Unladylike, Episode 23: How to Dress for Success (7/31/18): What it’s about: “Workplace fashion police are tough to please–especially for women and non-binary folks. But with the help of Unladylike listeners, Cristen and Caroline strip down the sexism of professional appearance standards and find out if it’s possible for women to dress for success. Plus, comedian Kate Berlant helps us get dressed with an Unladylike Pep Talk!” Why it’s great: I had to wait a while to hear from Cristen and Caroline again after they were dumped from their own show, Stuff Mom Never Told You, so I’ve kind of been savoring the Unladylike episodes. I’m a few weeks behind on this one but whoa, it was a great one. I have friends in every situation mentioned in this episode – women who are gender queer, women who get promoted and feel they have to dress or look different, and women who struggle to dress their body in a way that is “work appropriate.” This is so relatable and I loved it. (38 minutes)
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