Each week I will publish the most Delicious Ingredients of my Audible Feast … the scrumptious, delectable, savory, rich, sweet, spicy, and best podcasts that have fed my ears this 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 week.
Making Gay History: Paulette Goodman (12/14/17): What it’s about: “Paulette Goodman’s experience of growing up as a Jewish child in Paris during the Nazi occupation gave her a unique perspective as the parent of a gay child who faced discrimination in the country where Paulette’s family sought refuge. Paulette knew what it meant to be different, to be demonized, and to have your life threatened because of who you were. And she brought all that experience to bear in her work with PFLAG (formerly known as Parents, Families, and Friends of Lesbians and Gays). During Paulette’s years heading PFLAG’s Washington, DC, chapter and subsequent tenure as president of the national PFLAG Federation, from 1988 to 1992, she used her powers of persuasion, the media, and her standing as a gray-haired mom to carry the ball forward in the fight for LGBTQ equal rights.” Why it’s great: I loved hearing from a PFLAG mom about why she supported her kids no matter who they loved. (21 minutes)
See my 5-star review of Making Gay History here! (March 2017)
Migration Trail, Day 0: Leaving (11/17/17) *First appearance on Delicious Ingredients*: What it’s about: “Risky, under-the-radar journeys to Europe are nothing new, but you wouldn’t think that from all the talk of a ‘migration crisis’ in the past couple of years. In 2015 the media was saturated with stories of migration, so you may think you know this story already. But you probably don’t. This story is deeper and stranger than it initially appears, with roots that extend way back. And it isn’t over. Over this series we’re going to be taking a closer look at the factors that shaped the so-called ‘crisis’. We begin by asking why do people leave in the first place? We follow a handful of them – Abdulrahim, Ebrima, Abdurrahman and Fatima – as they set out on one of the most dangerous journeys of their lives.” Why it’s great: This series reminded me somewhat of Scott Carrier’s Home of the Brave mini-season on immigration. I like this one more, I’m enjoying following the individual stories of the migrants. Binge-worthy. (20 minutes)
The Impact: The Black Robe Effect (11/27/17) *First appearance on Delicious Ingredients*: What it’s about: “What is the best way to care for patients with severe mental illness? The United States has struggled with this question for decades. In 1963, President Kennedy signed a law that was supposed to transfer patients with severe mental illness out of hospitals and back into their communities — into outpatient treatment. That effort hasn’t really worked. A lot these patients end up homeless. Many are in prison or jail. One recent study found that more than half of all inmates have some kind of mental illness. Summit County, Ohio, thinks it has a solution: court-ordered outpatient treatment. It’s often called Assisted Outpatient Treatment, or AOT for short. That’s sort of what President Kennedy hoped for: treatment outside of the hospital, in the community. But the treatment is enforced by the courts — and that’s what makes it so controversial.” Why it’s great: This was my first listen to The Impact and I definitely want to check out more episodes of this new show. In general it’s about how policy impacts people – something we should probably all know more about, as long as the reporting is balanced. (40 minutes)
Mortified, Episode 116: I Found My Sister’s Diary! (11/19/17): What it’s about: “Dying to know what your sister really thinks of you? Who they’re fighting with? Crushing on? Discover the consequences for kids who break into their sister’s private diary.” Why it’s great: A rare Mortified live recording where we actually get to hear from the person spying on the diary and the writer herself! (27 minutes)
Read my 4-star review of Mortified here! (September 2015)
Hi-Phi Nation: The Ethics Bowl (11/28/17) *First appearance on Delicious Ingredients*: What it’s about: “High school students from around the country converge on the University of North Carolina for a weekend of moral dilemmas. We follow twenty-four of the nation’s top ethics teams competing in the 2017 National High School Ethics Bowl, and take a whirlwind tour of moral philosophy in the process. Guest voices include Walter Sinnott-Armstrong, Geoff Sayre-McCord, Jeff Sebo, and students from high schools across the country.” Why it’s great: I’m not a millennial and don’t feel at all connected to high schoolers, so I wasn’t sure if I’d connect with this episode, but I loved it and have thought about it several times this week. The unabashed enthusiasm of the students as they compete in the Ethics Bowl is intoxicating and inspirational. (49 minutes)
She’s in Russia, Episode 26: Small Shuttered Palace ft. Molly Zuckerman (12/5/17) *First appearance on Delicious Ingredients*: What it’s about: “This fall, European University at St. Petersburg was shut down under dubious circumstances. We talk with Molly Zuckerman about the school’s contentious history with government and the plight of foreign students now stranded by the school’s closure. Plus, she shares some good tidbits on kegels from a Russian sexologist.” Why it’s great: I really like this show because it kind of pulls back the curtain on Russia, which we Americans think we understand but really have no idea about. I thought this story was fascinating, these grad students were just totally left in limbo in Russia when their school closed for what was likely a political reason. (41 minutes)
Closer Than They Appear: If Not Me, Then Who? (with Dr. Ayaz Virji) (11/28/17): What it’s about: “Going out and talking to people is a little thing, but it’s also a big thing. Especially if those people are different from you, or might not like you, or might even reject you. Carvell Wallace talks to someone who’s doing just that. Dr. Ayaz Virji is the town doctor in the 1400-person town of Dawson, Minnesota. He, his wife, and their three children are the only Muslim family in Dawson. The 2016 election changed how he saw his neighbors — so he started talking.” Why it’s great: I’ve been really into this new show – it appeared on last week’s Delicious Ingredients as well – so that says something. I love that host Carvell Wallace talks through his own personal history and conflict as he goes through each discussion with a guest – in many podcasts it could seem very self-centered, but here, it really doesn’t feel that way. (30 minutes)
The Trail Went Cold, Episode 48: The Yuba County Five (11/29/17) *First appearance on Delicious Ingredients*: What it’s about: “February 24, 1978. Chico, California. After embarking on a road trip to attend a basketball game, five mentally disabled young men – 24-year old Jackie Huett, 29-year old Bill Sterling, 30-year old Jack Madruga, 32-year old Ted Weiher, and 25-year old Gary Mathias – begin the 50-mile drive back to their homes in Yuba County, but never arrive. Four days later, their abandoned car is found in some snow on an isolated mountain road, but the five men, a.k.a. “The Yuba County Five”, have gone missing. After the spring thaw hits, the remains of four of the victims are discovered at different locations throughout the area, but Gary Mathias is never found. While the cause of death is determined to be exposure, there are many unanswered questions. Why did they drive over 35 miles off the highway to such an isolated location? What prompted them to abandon their vehicle? Did an eyewitness see other people with the five men on the road that night? This week’s episode about the Yuba County Five is one of the most bizarre mysteries we’ve ever covered, and is considered by some to be an American version of the infamous Dyatlov Pass incident. Special thanks to the Unresolved Mysteries subrebbit for bringing this story out into the open.” Why it’s great: I said this on my Facebook page, but when I catch an episode of The Trail Went Cold, I often feel compelled to look for older episodes I haven’t heard. I also love the theme music 🙂 I’m not a true crime fanatic, but there’s something about the way Robin Warder tells these stories that’s beyond a Wikipedia entry but still not intrusive to the victims’ families, etc. (41 minutes)
Rumble Strip: Scott’s Nature
A Pint with Seaniebee, Episode 70: Julia Ross has a Pint with Seaniebee
More Perfect: Sex Appeal
Unmapped, Episode 4: Travel Like a Rock Star (ft. Danny Duncan)
Uncivil: The Spin
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