Every fortnight, guest writer Joe Ducarreaux picks out his recent podcast highlights in an effort to provide yet more wonderful content for your ears. Joe is an avid podcast listener who has been known to listen to over 40 episodes in just one week. To be honest we’re surprised he found time to write this column…
THIS WEEKS MUST LISTEN:
THE SECRET LIVES OF BLACK WOMEN
Another new podcast to introduce for this week’s Book Of Joe! Charla Lauriston and Lauren Domino bring to the ears stories of what it means to be a black woman in the modern world. This may very well prove to fill the 2 Dope Queens hole in your life. Charla and Lauren are powerful women, who in their first episode explore the importance of their own self-realisation and self-worth. They describe previous working conditions which prove horrendous- phrases like “diversity hire” were commonplace and led to their leaving of their posts. They are joined to further explore being a black face in a white space with Bari A. Williams- a fantastic advocate for diversity, specifically in the technology industry. Incredible advice passed down from their elders is shared and evaluated towards the end, with emphasis on communication and family. A genuinely beautiful listen.
EPISODES WORTH A DOWNLOAD:
OFF MENU – EPISODE 22: SUZI RUFFELL
Poppadoms or bread?! Ed Gamble and super-magical waiter/genie James Acaster provide another brilliant visit to the restaurant where all food can be served! Dining with them for this episode is the hilarious Suzi Ruffell. Listen for an absolutely bonkers argument erupt when it is suggested that sparkling water is more hydrating than still water and is exacerbated still when it is suggested that if anything, it would prove to hydrate less as the bubbles take up valuable space where water could be. Yeah. Odd, but brilliant.
FILMS TO BE BURIED WITH #56: RHYS JAMES
Handsome Brett Goldstein welcomes regular Mock the Week guest Rhys James through the pearly gates to discuss his cinematic life. This episode may well contain my favourite moment ever from FTBBW, where Brett eases Rhys into discussing the temporary separation of his parents- it’s a genuinely lovely story! Rhys also gives insight into what it’s like to record an episode of Mock the Week, including how terrifying it was to experience his first ever appearance.