Family Ghosts

The Disappearing Grandmother

Episode: ”The Family Jewels” | Podcast: Family Ghosts | 50m53s

Lots of families have secrets, often passed down the generations but never resolved. This podcast attempts to solve those mysteries. In this episode, host Sam Dingman tries to track down his vanishing grandmother, who walked into his grandfather’s life one day in 1961 and then disappeared again completely two years later leaving her husband and children behind (50m53s)

Across The Sea

Episode: ”Otherworld Islands In Folk Tradition” | Podcast: Blúiríní Béaloidis | 72m59s

Bewitching, soothing podcast about Irish folklore. It’s told bilingually, partly in English and partly in the Irish language, with plenty of music and poetry woven through. This episode deals with the recurring idea of “otherworld islands” in Norse and Celtic legends, where souls travel after death and happiness lasts for ever (72m59s)

Fill Your Bowl

Episode: ”Four” | Podcast: The Empty Bowl | 25m55s

Two men review breakfast cereals over a meditative soundscape of crashing waves. This episode is devoted to a breakfast treat called “sugar cookie toast crunch”, which although sickly-sounding, is apparently hugely popular among cereal aficionados (25m55s)

Risotto On Air

Episode: ”Frances McDormand and Risotto” | Podcast: Cooking By Ear | 52m11s

Surprisingly successful audio-only cooking show, in which a guest makes a cherished recipe on air while being interviewed by the hosts. Frances McDormand is as compelling when describing how she chops onions as she is talking about how she prepared for roles such as Marge Gunderson in Fargo (52m11s)

A Test of Memory

Episode: ”Lisa Brennan-Jobs” | Podcast: Longform | 77m10s

Steve Jobs’s daughter Lisa is open and frank about the process of writing her recent memoir, which included several headline-grabbing stories about the Apple CEO. The interviewer skilfully draws her out on how she selected which memories of her father to share, and which to keep private (77m10s)