Late great summer listens

From a deep dive into Janelle Monae's summer hit to investigating why we haven't found aliens yet - we've got a list of hot podcasts you might have missed last summer.
Janelle Monae's song "Make Me Feel" gets analyzed on the podcast Switched on Pop. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni (REUTERS)

This week we're sharing one of our favourite episodes from August 2018.

Frances McDormand will teach us how to make asparagus risotto. This is possibly the most stereotypically "public radio" sentence I've ever written in a script while working at the CBC. 

I couldn't be happier about it.

This delightful promise comes courtesy of the new podcast Cooking By EarIn each episode, host and chef Cal Peternell is joined by a special guest (usually someone famous) and they cook an entire meal together. The above mentioned risotto is made, step by step, in the first episode. "Fran," as she's sweetly referred to, invites Cal over to make dinner in her kitchen. It's pretty much as quirky and charming as you'd imagine.

I've been wondering about podcast cooking shows for a while. It makes a lot of sense to me. You can listen along to instructions, keeping your hands free to do the cooking. There's no wiping off your hands to check the cookbook or dropping your phone into the pasta water. Cooking By Ear has great guests, intriguing recipes and very comfortable conversations.

Now onto making béchamel sauce with Mr. Alexander Payne...   

- Kate Evans, Producer, Podcast Playlist.

Podcasts featured this week: 

Crazy/Genius – "Where is everybody?" That's the question physicist Enrico Fermi asked in 1950. Nearly 70 years later, we're getting tantalizingly close to solving the riddle known as Fermi's Paradox: If the universe is so large and so old, why haven't we found life on other planets? Click here to listen to the full episode.

Switched on Pop – "Make Me Feel," is the first hit from Janelle Monáe's album Dirty Computer. It is a sensual song about the fluidity of desire. Fans have embraced the song for breaking free of normative sexual expectations. But these non-binary statements aren't just limited to the lyrics... Click here to listen to the full episode.

How to Be a Girl – Marlo Mack attempts to sort out just what it means to be a girl with her young transgender daughter. Click here to listen to the full episode.

The Realness – The rapper Prodigy (from Mobb Deep) may have been the voice of New York, but he couldn't escape a single recessive gene. He was born with sickle cell anemia. It's extremely painful. Despite his illness, Prodigy went on to become one of the most influential rappers in the world. Click here to listen to the full episode.

The Big Story – In February 2017, The Globe and Mail revealed that one in five sex assault allegations in Canada was being dismissed as "unfounded" - meaning police believed no crime was committed. Since the Unfounded series was released, rates across the country have seen double digit declines. What was it about this investigation that worked? Click here to listen to the full episode.

Cooking by Ear – Academy Award-Winning Actor and Producer Frances McDormand makes asparagus risotto and discusses the creative process fuelling her long, fascinating career. Click here to listen to the full episode.

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