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 – 10 new shows for me this week.
Everything is Alive: Dennis, Pillow (8/13/18): What it’s about: “While we are sleeping, Dennis has dreams too.” Why it’s great: If you haven’t heard this phenomenal show yet, in each episode an inanimate object comes to life and shares what it’s like to be that object. “Dennis” talking about getting punched by his pissed off owner had me in stitches. (20 minutes)
The Allusionist, Episode 82: A Novel Remedy (8/12/18): What it’s about: “When you’re feeling unwell, what’s the book you read to make yourself feel better? And why does it work? Clinical psychologist Jane Gregory explains why she sometimes prescribes novel-reading to her patients; and academic Guy Cuthbertson tells how post-WW1 Britain was soothed by Agatha Christie.” Why it’s great: I can’t help but think about host Helen Zaltzman herself, who has recently been cooped up in a hospital recovering from an illness. (I’m glad you are feeling better, podcast friend!) I have been thinking about this episode a lot this week. Whenever I’ve been feeling stressed (strange for me, but it’s been a lot lately) I have been taking 5-10 minutes to read something and I do feel a relief. (24 minutes)
Read my 5-star review of The Allusionist here! (December 2015)
Outside/In: The Sky is Burning (8/16/18) *First appearance on Delicious Ingredients*: What it’s about: “There are between eight and ten thousand wildfires in the United States each year, but most quietly burn out and we never hear about them. The Pagami Creek Wildfire in Minnesota’s Boundary Waters Canoe Area was supposed to be like that, but things turned out differently. And Greg and Julie Welch were camping right in its path.” Why it’s great: A breathtakingly scary story about a couple who lived to tell what happened when a forest fire descended upon them. (38 minutes)
Dear Young Rocker, Episode 06: Breaking Up (8/10/18) *First appearance on Delicious Ingredients*: What it’s about: “Chapter 6 finds Chelsea’s relationships and band moving forward and getting more complicated. Why can’t she just be a bass player?” Why it’s great: This terrific hidden gem is a memoir from Chelsea Ursin, who went through a young rocker chick phase (among other awkward teen phases) and wants to tell young awkward girls that they’re already cool and they don’t know it, and it will all work out okay. In this particular episode I cringed at how I related to boyfriends insinuating it’s “now or never, I’m not going to stick around waiting for you,” guys begging with whiny voices, and liking guys because they liked me first. AWKWARD! And relatable! (34 minutes)
Why is This Happening? School Segregation in 2018 with Nikole Hannah-Jones (7/31/18) *First appearance on Delicious Ingredients*: What it’s about: “Why are American schools resegregating? Over 60 years since the Brown v. Board of Education ruling forced schools to integrate, the nation is witnessing schools become increasingly segregated. So how did we get to this point? Nikole Hannah-Jones has firsthand knowledge of the system. Beginning in second grade, she was bussed to a wealthy, majority white school as part of a desegregation initiative in her home town. Now, she’s an award-winning investigative reporter writing for The New York Times magazine, doing extensive work on school segregation. In this episode Nikole Hannah-Jones explains why we continue to see segregation in the classroom and how, if at all, the education system can truly desegregate.” Why it’s great: This American Life listeners will remember Hannah-Jones from The Problem We All Live With, the phenomenal 2015 2-part episode. She’s been busy since then – I loved this discussion that blended Hannah-Jones’ personal experience with history school segregation and then what’s going on today. Great education all packed into an hour. (58 minutes)
How to Be Amazing with Michael Ian Black: Jay and Mark Duplass (8/22/18): What it’s about: “In a very funny, touching, and creatively inspiring interview, the filmmakers discuss their incredibly close brotherly bond, how they never doubted success would happen, even though it took almost two decades to achieve, and how they had to learn how to quit each other in order to find the space to have their own lives. Recorded live in New York City.” Why it’s great: This HTBA didn’t follow the normal format, it was a live show so there was no favorite five recommendations at the end, but I loved the interview nonetheless. The honest discussion about co-dependency was refreshing. I don’t think they quit each other too much though 😉 (60 minutes)
Between Us Girls, Episode 79: Is Love Enough
Business Wars: Coke vs Pepsi – Cocaine is King
You Had Me At Black: Sanctified Gangsta
The Hilarious World of Depression: Thom Tran is a Regular Standup Comic Except for the Part About Being Shot in the Head in Iraq
Dinner for One, Episode 2: Greens Do the Body Good
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