Delicious Ingredients: The Best Podcasts of the Week – 9/28/18

Delicious Ingredients: The Best Podcasts of the Week – 9/28/18

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 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 45 episodes for this podcast review recap – eight new shows for me this week, three of which made it on this list.

The Allusionist, Episode 85: Skin Story (9/23/18): What it’s about: ““I wanted a story that actually lives, and actually dies, and disappears.” In 2003, artist and author Shelley Jackson started the Skin Project: a story printed, word by word, as tattoos on volunteers.” Why it’s great: This was a super cool story about a woman’s vision to make words into a human, living project. I loved that Jackson gives out one word at a time, in order of the story she wrote several years ago. (20 minutes)
Twitter: @allusionistshow
Read my 5-star review of The Allusionist here! (December 2015)

Kalki Presents: My Indian Life: The Goddess of Big Things (9/21/18) *First appearance on Delicious Ingredients*: What it’s about: “What happens when you don’t feel comfortable in your own skin? This is the story of the transformation of a small-town boy into a diva who is setting the ramp on fire as a transgender, plus-size model. Kalki meets Mona Varonica Campbell.” Why it’s great: I loved this narrative of a young woman’s courage to pursue her dream of being a model and the people in the fashion industry who believed in her and treated her as the woman she is. (20 minutes)
Twitter: #MyIndianLife

A Pint with Seaniebee: Heather Massie Has a Pint with Seaniebee (8/30/18): What it’s about: “For over two years, Heather Massie has been touring “HEDY -The Life & Inventions of Hedy Lamarr”, her multi-award-winning, one-woman show about the life of Hedy Lamarr. Lamarr became a feminist icon after her death in 2000, when it was discovered that quite apart from being a Hollywood starlet and “The most beautiful woman in the world”, she was also the brains behind much of today’s wireless technology. Heather embodies the spirit of her alter ego as she brings this, and indeed her own inspiring empowerment story to the world (and this podcast!).” Why it’s great: Massie sounded so passionate about bringing Hedy Lamarr’s story to the stage. I’m impressed at how many characters she plays in the production (it’s a one-woman show, so she plays all of them, but it is dozens). (28 minutes)
Twitter: @seaniebee
Read my 4-star review of A Pint with Seaniebee here! And I will note that the show has taken one of my constructive pieces of advice and included more stories from women “making it work” in creative fields. (June 2016)

The Dream, Episode 1: Wanna Swim in Cash? (9/24/18) *First appearance on Delicious Ingredients*: What it’s about: “There’s nothing as intoxicating as piles of money, unless the Feds are watching you count it.” Why it’s great: Terrific idea for a podcast – an inside look at multi-level marketing (MLM) enterprises. I can’t wait for more episodes, although it might make me feel a little differently about some of my friends who swear by MLM. (40 minutes)
Twitter: @SeeJaneMarie

Threshold, S02 Episode 1: The Water is Wide (9/25/18) *First appearance on Delicious Ingredients*: What it’s about: “In Shishmaref, Alaska, no one’s asking if climate change is real. What they want to know is how bad it has to get before the world decides to act.” Why it’s great: Thank you to Micah Schweizer from HumaNature for this recommendation. This is the story of climate change where it is literally happening, where it can’t be denied, where huge sections of land are now underwater. Coastline is lost, and people live on those coastlines. Where are they supposed to go? (29 minutes)
Twitter: @ThrshldPodcast

Committed: Don’t Give Up on Love (9/26/18) *First appearance on Delicious Ingredients*: What it’s about: “Tami Oldham and Richard Sharp got engaged in Tahiti before they set off to sail across the Pacific Ocean. Only one of them made it to land. This is a story of bravery and survival and a love than transcends life and death.” Why it’s great: In a world where so many things are going wrong, it’s really nice to hear people persevering because they deeply care for each other. Life always gives us lemons, and it can be so hard to stick together with a partner, but this show is about people who stayed committed and came out better for it. This episode in particular was full of sadness and hope at the same time. (31 minutes)
Twitter: @CommittedPod

Here Be Monsters, HBM102: Breath Holder (9/26/18): What it’s about: “Free diver Archer Mayo searches for unusual treasures in the murky water of the Columbia River.” Why it’s great: Here Be Monsters is so good at making the listener feel creeped out by, but curious about, something that is routine, or even fun, for another person. I felt pressure building in my chest – not so much due to the thought of holding my breath, but being under murky, cloudy, gross water – yikes. But I was still drawn to hear why Mayo does it, which is why HBM is so great. (18 minutes)
Twitter: @hbmpodcast
Read my 5-star review of Here Be Monsters here! (January 2016)

Last Seen, Episode 2: Inside Job? (9/23/18): What it’s about: “On the night of the heist, security guard Rick Abath made the critical mistake of letting the thieves into the museum. In this episode, we ask if it was indeed a mistake.” Why it’s great: I feel like I have known Last Seen was coming for so long – promos came out earlier this summer and I knew it would be up my alley – and now that it’s here, I’m glued to it (second appearance here in two weeks). Abath’s story is so critical to the investigation of the heist, yet he’s never been named a suspect, despite some fairly questionable behavior. It was fascinating to listen to tapes of him being interviewed a few years ago. (33 minutes)
Twitter: @lastseenpodcast

Honorable Mentions
The Competition: LEATHER: Yoshi
Slow Burn, S2E5: Tell-All
No Feeling is Final, Episode 00: Hi, My Name is HONOR
The United States of Anxiety, Gender and Power Episode 3: The Pedestal
Reckonings, Episode 20: A Journalist Reckons with Truth

All episode descriptions and artwork come from the linked sites. What else was fantastic this week? Send me a note! or @audible_feast on Twitter. I’m also on Instagram at @audiblefeast.

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