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My favourite Podcasts and episodes I recommend listening to. Also, How the heck do you find podcasts?

The Food Chain (BBC world service) examines the business, science, and cultural significance of food, and what it takes to put food on your plate.


  1. Inside the Kitchens of power, July 26th, 2016
  2. Jaques Pepin: my life in 5 dishes, July 8th, 2020
  3. The quest for black gold, June 26th, 2019
  4. Unseen: the rise of eating disorders in China, Oct. 3rd, 2018
  5. I don’t cook, May 3rd, 2017
  6. Food waste, how low can it go?, March 12th, 2016

The Comb (BBC world service) Combing Africa for stories about the unseen forces that bind us together and tear us apart.


  1. Sand Wars, July 30th, 2020
  2. Access denied? Travelling on an African passport, Oct. 1st, 2020
  3. The job scam, July 22nd, 2021
  4. Tricked and shipped, Jan 21st, 2021

       Digging Deep with Mark Sutcliffe “I meet people every day with incredible life stories and lessons to share in leadership, entrepreneurship, failure, and success. But the vast majority of daily media is focused on superficial, transactional news. So I started doing in-depth interviews with those people to find out what they’ve learned and how all of us can benefit from their experience. Get ready to start digging deep.”


  1. The Honourable Murray Sinclair: it could have been different. #57 Sept. 24th, 2021
  2. Perdita Felicien: Clearing hurdles and discovering your strength #50 July 9th, 2021
  3. Hassan Al Kontar: Owning your destiny #47 June 18th, 2021
  4. Janice Dean: Weathering any storm #38, April 16th, 2021
  5. Peter Mansbridge: Taking advantage of luck #23 January 5th, 2021
  6. Elizabeth Manley: Rebuilding yourself, reinvention, and the art of starting again. #7 October 16th, 2020

David Chang “David Chang has a few questions. Besides being the chef of the Momofuku restaurant and the creator and host of Netflix’s Ugly Delicious, Dave is an avid student and fan of sports, music, art, film, and of course, food. In ranging conversations that cover everything  from the creative process to his guest’s guiltiest pleasures, Dave and a rotating cast of smart thought provoking guests talk about their inspirations, failures, successes, fame, and identities.”


  1. How to be fearless in Failures, with Ellen Bennett, May 17th, 2021
  2. Crazy ideas and how to use them. March 1st, 2021
  3. Roy Shvartzapel tells his story. November 21st, 2019 eps. #86
  4. Helping people on a global scale with Dr. Jim Yong Kim. Aug. 9th, 2019
  5. Gabriela Camara: A titan of Mexican Food. June 6th, 2019 eps. #61
  6. Joe Beef: Staying true to yourself and being damn good at it. April 25th, 2019 eps. #51

I am a newbie in the “listening to podcasts” world. I’m only one year in.  Peering down the rabbit hole.  I’m definitely someone who listens to music while cooking, working and driving.  But, I’m getting hooked on Podcasts.  I do a lot of repetitive work projects like labeling thousands of spice bags, and filling all of those bags.  Grinding, mixing, and blending, lots of spices and sea salts.  Baking. Washing dishes. Solitary tasks. Not much time to read and learn new things. So Podcasts. The new book?  There are thousands of them. So many categories. Lots of terrible ones. Lots of great ones. How do you find them? How do you listen to them? How do you make time for them? What are you interested in? People? Politics? Cooking? Farming? Travel? True crime dramas? Musical history? Art? Religion?  Mechanics? News?  Ideas?

 If you want to get started, here’s how you do it.

  Choose and download a Podcast player app in Google Play or Apple. You can do this from your smart phone or your laptop/computer. You need an app to listen to podcasts, without your smart phone going to sleep and stopping the podcast.  I use my smartphone and a portable speaker with Bluetooth so that I can listen anywhere (like in my car that has no sound system. Our next car is going to be all decked out for sure! ). Once you have a player app, enter a subject you are keen on, into the search bar. Click on a podcast that looks interesting to you, and read through the episode selections. Click on one episode, press play and give it a listen. If it is not grabbing your attention after a few minutes, or you find the host annoying, then go back to the search bar and keep looking. Some have a few minutes of their own ads, promoting endorsed products, but you can usually skip them.  Ask your friends what they are listening to. Ask your kids or grandkids, or your favourite store clerk.  When you find something you really like, then you should click on the “subscribe” or “follow” button and then the podcast can be found in your podcast library. You can always find it again because the picture of the podcast will end up there and you can just click on it to open it up again. A lot of podcasters post every week, so there should be lots of episodes to check out. You can also download them, so you can listen to them without using wifi, like when you go for a long walk, run, or car trips.

 Here are a couple of podcast players to check out. I use Pocket Casts and find it really simple to use.

  Spotify( free, but with ads or $10/month ad free), Apple ($1 plus for subscribed podcasts) Pocket casts (Free..I mostly use this app), Stitcher ( free with ads or $5/month ad free), Audible ($8/month over 100,000 podcasts), Tunein Radio (free with ads or a one time $10 payment. Has over 4 million podcasts).

There are many more options out there, but as I said earlier, I am a newbie. Find one that works for your system.  If all of this seems overwhelming, but you still really want to listen to podcasts, find someone to help you. If you want it on your smart phone, feel free to come in to the Clever Crow Farm Store and I will coach you through getting started. There are also YouTube tutorial videos that can help you out. I hope you give podcasts a try. There is a lot of really positive stuff out there that we can all benefit from listening to and learning from.

If you are already an avid podcast listener, tell me what I should be listening to. Also, let me know if you are listening and enjoying the podcasts that I have recommended.

 Here are some other really good podcasts that I listen to.  Check them out.


  1. The Edible Valley Podcast (local)
  2. Overheard at National Geographic
  3. The Bridge with Peter Mansbridge
  4. Ongoing history of new music
  5. Recipe Club
  6. Holding Heritage (local)
  7. At the Pass with Adam Vettorel
  8. Table manners with Jessie Ware
  9. Oprah’s Master Class
  10. Off Menu
  11. A year on the Farm (local)

Written by Lia McCormick


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