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 36 episodes for this podcast review recap – 6 new shows for me this week.
Code Switch: So What if He Said It? (8/28/18): What it’s about: “In recent weeks, rumors of a recording of President Trump using the N-Word have resurfaced. But critics have been describing Trump as racist for years. So, if this tape were to exist, would it even matter?” Why it’s great: A somewhat depressing commentary on whether it matters or not if President Trump used (or uses) horribly racist language. But – it was a good temperature check about how other people may be feeling about this compared to how I feel. (20 minutes)
Read my 4-star review of Code Switch here! (October 2016)
The Competition: LEATHER, Ep. 1: Mr. L.A. Leather 2018 (9/2/18): What it’s about: “11 contestants fight for the title of Mr. Los Angeles Leather 2018.” Why it’s great: I have tweeted about how stoked I am for this season of The Competition, which is a complete 180 from season one (about a classical piano competition). This season starts out raunchy in such a good way and I can’t wait to hear more about the contestants in the Mr. L.A. Leather competition. I love host James Kim’s personal connection to the story as well. (24 minutes)
Read my 5-star review of season one of The Competition here, and my recent interview with James Kim about season two here!
Household Name: The Bodies at the Brooks Brothers (9/5/18) *First appearance on Delicious Ingredients*: What it’s about: “There’s a Brooks Brothers store across the street from the World Trade Center in New York. Shortly after the attacks on September 11, a young doctor named Sandeep Jauhar headed to ground zero to help. He ended up at the store, which was transformed into a makeshift morgue. Suddenly, he’s put in charge, which was the last thing he wanted. This is a story of ties and white collared shirts, and how heroism is often improvised.” Why it’s great: A story of a different kind of heroism, and the long-lasting trauma from it, on the worst day in American history – all in a Brooks Brothers store. (36 minutes)
Ladies, We Need to Talk: Obsession with Youth (8/13/18): What it’s about: “If we are intelligent, ambitious and capable women, why are we still judged by the way we look? The Australasian College of Cosmetic Surgery estimates that Australians spend around $1 billion a year on cosmetic procedures. Most of that is spent on botox and fillers. So if we’re spending so much money on looking young, are we complicit in society’s obsession with youth?” Why it’s great: Yet another excellent episode from Ladies, We Need to Talk. The “When Sex Hurts” episode is very good also, and I listened to that as well this week, but this one really hit me. This year I cut off my dyed hair and let my gray hair shine (and now people tell me I look younger, of all things they could say), so I’ve been thinking a lot about youth and beauty and feminism lately. As usual, LWNTT presents multiple viewpoints that help the listener explore all the facets of something women should be talking more about. (30 minutes)
Uncover, S1E1: Escaping NXIVM – The Branding (9/5/18) *First appearance on Delicious Ingredients*: What it’s about: “Sarah Edmondson is a high-level member of a self-help group called NXIVM, but an invitation to join a secret women’s group called DOS leads her to do something she later regrets.” Why it’s great: OMG. I had no idea what NXIVM was, but the curtains got pulled back really quickly on this first episode of a new series from the CBC. Sex, cults, sex cults – it’s insane. Must listen. (36 minutes)
The Allusionist, Episode 83: Yes, As In (8/26/18): What it’s about: ““Really? As in the animal/foodstuff/music genre?” “Is that a stripper name?” “What were your parents thinking?” When your name is a word that is more usually a noun or adjective than a human moniker, you hear the same questions a lot. But there’s a story in every name, and yours is probably a more interesting story than most.” Why it’s great: I loved hearing people’s names! I loved the person who said he’s really not even close to as interesting as his name makes him sound, he is just an average dude. Funny but thought-provoking for me, I was glad for the prompt to think about the pre-judgments we sometimes make hearing someone’s name – but it’s not like their name was their choice. (28 minutes)
Read my 5-star review of The Allusionist here! (December 2015)
Tara and George, Episode 2: Looking for Tara
My Dad Wrote a Porno, S4E1: ‘Dearly Beloved’
70 Million: Locals Divided Between Diversion and Border Security
Silent Waves, Act VII: Chains in Cycles
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