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 68 episodes for this podcast review recap.
Versify, Episode 22: Before I Could Give Her the Ring (7/27/18): What it’s about: “A craving for novelty and excitement is a hallmark of early adulthood. But for Jakob Lewis, host of WPLN’s podcast Neighbors, a summertime quest for new experiences nearly cost him his life. Today, Jakob tells the story of how a thirst for adventure landed him on the front lines of a California wildfire at the age of 20. He shares his experience to poet Lagnajita Mukhopadhyay, who takes his fiery tale and turns it into poetry.” Why it’s great: I love getting to know podcast hosts personally, and I’ve been listening to Neighbors since I first knew what a podcast was and admire Jakob Lewis so this was a treat. (22 minutes)
The Realness Ep. 1: This Sunny Day Right Here … (7/27/18) *First Appearance on Delicious Ingredients*: What it’s about: “Prodigy and Havoc begin laying down rhymes together in high school. When their first album flops, they come up with a new sound that’s directly influenced by P’s sickle cell, and it helps define a generation of hip hop. Plus: Big Twins talks about the sickle cell attack he’ll never forget.” Why it’s great: This is an awesome new series that is equal parts rap and medical history. Six episodes are out so far, so it’s a perfect binge listen. It has its own podcast feed but is also available via the Only Human feed. (30 minutes)
Bodies: Sex Hurts (7/25/18) *First appearance on Delicious Ingredients*: What it’s about: “For Bodies host Allison Behringer, sex suddenly becomes painful. This is her journey to find out why.” Why it’s great: Each episode of the new Bodies podcast will answer a question someone has about their body. The first episode was fantastic – Behringer not only talks to a doctor about what’s causing painful sex, but also her mom – and the answers she gets help her heal both emotionally and physically. (35 minutes)
Hope Chest, Episode 6: The Art of Knowing When to Retreat (7/30/18): What it’s about: “Hope Chest returns with a new essay written at SPACE on Ryder Farm’s Family Residency in July 2018. A week-long artist’s residency for parents and their children, SPACE on Ryder Farm affords families that ever-elusive commodity that’s so difficult for many artists to find, post-parenting: time. While there, Stacia writes to Story about how the culmination of her academic and professional decisions to date have led her to face some harsh realities of late.” Why it’s great: Hope Chest is Stacia Brown’s letters and poetry to her daughter. Episodes are released infrequently, so I was thrilled to see a new one pop up this week. Brown reflects on the struggle as a freelancer in her always eloquent prose that conveys so much emotion. (13 minutes)
Ladies, We Need to Talk: Settling for Average (7/30/18): What it’s about: “A healthy relationship is meant to feel like a warm hug from your mum after about a year, according to psychologists. But if your partner doesn’t feel like your perfect soul mate all the time, you might feel like you settled for something you didn’t sign up to. So does ‘settling’ exist or is it just a reality of long-term monogamy?” Why it’s great: Whewwwww. I love this discussion of the concept of settling in relationships. I don’t really believe in it myself, I think it’s a cultural construct derived from the acceptance of judging strangers we have no business judging. Each couple’s relationship is their own and I think the idea of “could I do better” is suggested by external parties. But many, many people do question whether they should settle or have settled, so this was a great discussion to listen to. (27 minutes)
Read my 5-star review of Ladies, We Need to Talk here! (December 2017)
Our Americana, S4 E4: Roadside Attractions (Monuments) (8/2/18): What it’s about: “In this collaboration with The Story Behind podcast, we explore the story behind Roadside Attractions. We take a look at how three Roadside Attractions have impacted and been impacted by community: including the world’s largest beagle, the world’s (former) largest cherry pie pan, and the Unclaimed Baggage Center (a museum of lost luggage).” Why it’s great: I was excited about the return of Our Americana after a short summer break! I especially got into the Roadside Attraction in Alabama, the Unclaimed Baggage Center – host Josh Hallmark really captured the local love for this road trip stop. (60 minutes)
The Allusionist, Episode 81: Shark Week
The History Listen: Sister Kate’s The Whitewashing of Black Children
Blinking Red: Collective Confusion, and Collective Courage
The Document: Dark Money
Don’t @ Me: The Sexual (and Gender) Revolution with Kimberly Peirce
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