If you crave ice cream and all things ice cream related, you’re going to be very satisfied with last week’s podcast highlights. Not an ice cream fan? Don’t worry, there was plenty more going on in podcasting to keep you laughing, thinking and otherwise entertained.
The Sporkful: Summer means ice cream, and last week’s Sporkful focused on what many think of as the default flavor of ice cream: vanilla. Host Dan Pashman addressed a number of questions you likely never knew you had about vanilla ice cream, like how did vanilla become the default flavor of ice cream in the U.S., what are those black flecks you sometimes see in it, and which founding father is credited as being the father of vanilla ice cream in the U.S. If you want to honor your forefathers while priming your hunger for ice cream, listen to last week’s Sporkful.
Womp It Up: Fans of the improvised comedy podcast Womp It Up had to be ecstatic last week as actor, comedian and all-around-great improviser Andy Daly joined Jessica St. Clair and Lennon Parham on their show. The combination certainly did not disappoint as Daly played health teacher Joe Dunleavy (a.k.a. Joe Bongo) visiting with regular hosts Marissa Wompler and Charlotte Listler. Turns out, Joe Bongo likes to play the bongos in his spare time, lives on a speed boat and has a passion for bringing people together … on his speed boat. If you haven’t been listening to Womp It Up, now’s a great time to start.
Alison Rosen is Your New Best Friend: Speaking of great improvisers, Lauren Lapkus, who has her own improvised comedy podcast With Special Guest, Lauren Lapkus, made guest appearances on a couple of other podcasts last week, including ARIYNBF. Lapkus spoke about her recent work on Jurassic World and the upcoming TBS show, Clipped, her childhood and early career, and her unique dietary habits, which include an aversion to yellow cheese (except in powder form).
Ted Radio Hour: The Ted Radio Hour podcast took listeners through time last week. Each of the discussions on the podcast dealt with the theme of time, from Cesar Kuriyama’s idea to record a second of his life every day as a way of remembering his past to professor of psychology Laura Carstensen’s discovery that people tend to get happier as they get older. All of this led up to a dizzying discussion with theoretical physicist Sean Carroll about the idea of time itself and whether time moves in one direction, when time began, and could time have existed before the big bang. You may not want to multi-task while listening to this one.
Dinner Party Download: Last week’s Dinner Party Download featured some actor named Al Pacino. Apparently, he’s been in a few movies of note, and he sat down with hosts Rico Gagliano and Brendan Francis Newnam to talk about some of his most memorable work and his upcoming movie, Manglehorn. If that’s not enough, the podcast also featured an interview with actors Adam Scott and Jason Schwartzman, who also have a new movie coming out this week, The Overnight. Scott and Schwartzman discussed their work on the movie, which involved wearing some interesting prosthetics around the set. Filling out the podcast were musician Flo Morrissey’s suggestions for a dinner party playlist and a discussion of the history of red hair.