âFor those of us who have tried (and no doubt failed) to write about Culture Wars in a spirit of honest and open good faith,â Jon Ronson is âsomething of an icon,â James said. Marriott in the Times. His 2015 book So you’ve been publicly ashamed remains the “final” account of the online cancellation, and his warnings of ever more resentment to come have proven to be “depressingly premonitory.”
Now he’s back with Things fell apart, a superb podcast from BBC Sounds on the genesis of the culture wars. Ronson begins by researching their “pre-Twitter story,” and finds it in the battles that the religious right in the United States waged against abortion and gay rights in the 1970s and 1980s. He identifies this conflict as the âThe first major intersection of moral fury and new technology,â when evangelical Christians used the new mass medium of satellite television to try to ban books and create moral panic. It’s a dark but captivating listening.
Aimed at adults and older children (it includes foul language and ‘uncensored’ accounts of horrific and violent events), Let’s talk about the myths, baby! is a millennial’s take on Greek and Roman mythology, said Charlotte Runcie in Prospect. This is first-class educational entertainment: witty and sarcastic commentary from a modern point of view is mixed with rigorous scientific research.
On a completely different subject, I would recommend Bad cops, a BBC World Service series in which Jessica Lussenhop, from This American life, takes a look at one of America’s most corrupt police units, the Gun Trace Task Force in Baltimore, in an effort to find out why good cops go wrong.
The world is teeming with cookbooks, but “signature recipes – the real custodians” – are indeed scarce, Dale Berning Sawa said in The Guardian. Genius Recipe Tapes, a weekly capsule by Kristen Miglore from the Food52 website, explores such a recipe by episode and talks to its creator. Listening to her descriptions of what she loves about these recipes – of how “Rachel Roddy slowly bakes her beans in the oven, to whole lemon that Ruth Rogers puts in a surprising strawberry sorbet” – is a smashing pleasure. the lips in itself.
Another great podcast for home cooks is Recipe Club, American chef David Chang and journalist Chris Ying. The funniest part of it is that most of the recipes discussed are “derived from how most of us decide what to cook for dinner: by searching on Google”. It’s âa bit millennial, a bit punk, very entertainingâ.
Less recipe-oriented – and more discursive – is Honey & Co: gourmet sessions. London restaurateurs and columnists Itamar Srulovich and Sarit Packer chat with guests from the culinary scene, mostly in Britain, freely sharing food-related anecdotes, tips and experiences.