The Best Podcasts of the Week – 5/24/19
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 46 episodes for this podcast review recap – 7 new shows for me this time, one of which ended up on the list below, including Honorable Mentions.
Here is a Podchaser link to this playlist – it’s playable on most podcatchers. You can click/tap on the little box that looks like a square with a diagonal arrow through it (at the top of the list), and then export that list to whichever player.
Running From Cops, Episode 5: The Worst Day of Your Life* (5/14/19): What it’s about: “How does it feel to be hunted for months by police officers and camera crews, both of whom seem hellbent on putting you on TV?” Why it’s great: I admit I was skeptical about this show because of how I felt at the end of Missing Richard Simmons – was this going to feel exploitative as well, especially because it was about a show that is absolutely exploitative? But I think Dan Taberski appropriately addresses just that; it’s the central theme of the show. In this episode a woman shared how she had basically been stalked by law enforcement and the police, because the police called her a “frequent flyer” and intimated she’d be good for TV, which is sickening. (Pop Culture, Crime, Police, Television)
The Double Shift: Let’s Talk About Sex, Baby (5/20/19): What it’s about: “Angelica Lindsey-Ali is the mother of four and a sex educator. She’s also a practicing Muslim who travels around the country with a bag full of rainbow dildos teaching mothers that a sexually awakened woman is a powerful woman…. And the best “self care” of all might just be really mind-blowing sex.” Why it’s great: Amen. There is nothing wrong with great sex, so kudos to Lindsey-Ali for bringing this message to women across the U.S. (Feminism, Women)
Science Rules! with Bill Nye: We’re All Science People* (5/16/19): What it’s about: “In a world of fake news and real warming, Bill Nye is back to assure you science is for everyone! Along with his co-host Corey S. Powell and Ologies host, humorist and science correspondent Alie Ward, Bill takes your questions about everything from declining insect populations to how to be a dad who combats climate change.” Why it’s great: How great to have Alie Ward as the very first guest on the new Bill Nye show! Longtime readers will know I LOVE Ologies and recommend it to so many people. I’m pumped for this call-in show about everything science-related because Nye is a fun science communicator, and I look forward to hearing who else joins him in the guest host seat. (Science)
30 For 30 Podcast: BACK PASS (5/12/19): What it’s about: “The 1999 Women’s World Cup transformed Mia Hamm, Julie Foudy, and the National Team into celebrities overnight. They used their newfound fame to launch the world’s first women’s professional soccer league: WUSA, the Women’s United Soccer Association. But mismanagement and tension with the U.S. Soccer Federation put the league’s future in jeopardy. This is the story about how the stars of the ’99 World Cup Team built a league from scratch and fought to keep it alive.” Why it’s great: I currently live in a huge soccer city, Houston (which has both men’s and women’s professional soccer teams), so I had my blinders on that women’s soccer has had such a tough path compared to men’s soccer. I thought this story was absolutely fascinating (though depressing) – it’s unbelievable how men’s professional sports leagues can not turn a profit and it’s okay, but for a women’s league, it’s the reason to pull the plug. I am glad that they have persisted thanks to many of the women profiled in this episode. Go Houston Dash! (Storytelling, Sports, Women)
Unladylike: How to Wear Body Hair, Part 1 with Sasheer Zamata (5/21/19): What it’s about: “Pit hair might be having a moment, but more than 90 percent of American women still choose to remove it. In the first episode of a three-part miniseries spilling all our body hair secrets, Cristen and Caroline talk to comedian and actor Sasheer Zamata about opting out of the hair-removal rules. Plus, we investigate who decided lady-hair is gross, and why girls still take shaving for granted.” Why it’s great: The interview with a lovely 11-year old girl about what she thinks of body hair was awesome, though Cristen and Caroline acknowledged she may have been telling them what she thought they wanted to hear. They did uncover the sad reality that even at 11, girls are starting to feel shame over body hair and the “popular” girls are the ones who shave (legs, arms, whatever …) because that’s what boys like. Ugh, it starts so young. The bonus for me was hearing from Sasheer Zamata on her body hair choices: she’s always a treat on any podcast. (Feminism, Women)
More Gooder Than, Episode 70: The Finale (5/22/19): What it’s about: “Holy switcheroo, Home Trees! For our final two episodes,we decided to flip the script. We felt that the Goodie Bag was a more proper farewell, so this week you’ll get the ‘main’ ep first! We each brought a movie to the table that we wanted to get on the show, but never managed to squeeze in. Donnie suggested Brick, Chris offered up Road House (for which we will never forgive him), and Cory brought some obscure space opera called Rogue One. So the theme for this week is ‘because we wanted to.’ Be sure to tune in next week for the More Gooder Than finale, but for now please enjoy The Finale.” Why it’s great: This is an indie podcast that I have featured here once or twice in the past – three friends recommend movies to each other and they laugh through how terrible the movies are or what surprised them. Sadly, the show is ending, so I wanted to feature it again – and I really did enjoy the finale (well, second-to-last episode) movie picks (I’d never heard of Brick and was totally laughing about Road House!). (Movies, Pop Culture)
Rough Translation: How to Speak Addiction (5/14/19): What it’s about: “A daughter — and reporter — discovers an uncomfortable truth about her mother’s alcoholism. She travels to the other side of the world to find out if there’s a better way to treat addiction.” Why it’s great: This story was really nicely tied together – a discussion of different approaches to addiction other than AA, including a progressive approach in Indonesia, bookended by the reporter’s own discussions about addiction with her mother. (Storytelling, International Culture, Language)
Lez Hang Out: SBG27: Incredibles 2 (5/20/19): What it’s about: “Leigh (@lshfoster) and Ellie (@elliebrigida) talk about why Incredibles 2 Should’ve Been Gay. Voyd is the queer fan girl in all of us when she meets Elastigirl. Violet will totally have a coming out moment in college. And the biggest lesbian of them all is Evelyn Devers, our favorite super villain. What’s the gayest thing about her? Her hair is perfectly unkempt. Her outfits just scream boss lesbian. That lesbian smoulder. The fact that she can’t sit. There is too much evidence to pick just one. And Elastigirl herself. Is sexuality elastic? She falls in love with being the gender roles being reversed and we don’t think that’s the only think she falls in love with.” Why it’s great: The “should’ve been gay” episodes of Lez Hang Out are so good! Leigh’s and Ellie’s utter enthusiasm for shows and movies that have such a gay subtext is infectious, super, super fun, and entertaining. I love this show so much – the hosts are phenomenally charismatic. (LGBTQIA+, Pop Culture, Movies, Feminism)
* indicates first appearance on Delicious Ingredients
The Motherhood Sessions: Parenting Through Trauma*
Organize 365 Podcast, Episode 280: You Need an Admin Day*
On the Media: Constellation of Secret Evil
The Daily: The Freshman: Rashida Tlaib, Part 2
The Stakes: To Be Young, Conscious and Rap
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