Train of Thought brings you the “Best of Podcasts” featuring extended samples from a variety of producers. We also share our own creations, and exceptional music from across the world. The following liner-notes tell you about the works and publishers.

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1) Car Bomb

That’s the trouble with owning a car—it’s just one thing after another. The Houston Post says reading Mark Leyner is like fishing in some hallucinated lake of the subconscious. Actor, Jessi Corti makes you think you were there. Produced by Jeff Knowles  

2) The Gray Man

We’re in Pawleys Island, South Carolina, where a ghost may appear to warn you of an approaching hurricane. If you see this dude—get moving. Unique Travel Company, Atlas Obscura, releases consistently top-drawer podcasts.

3) March of the Red Beans

“Beans” is a Cajun-flavored piece by composer Steve Croes. Steve was a major session player/arranger in Los Angeles before heading east to became a dean of the Berkley Music School.

4) Old Lady From Booster

Old Lady from Booster is from “Been in the Storm So Long,” an extraordinary collection of folk tales, shouts and children’s games from the people of Johns Island, South Carolina. Their unique culture, called “Gulla,” embodies some of the oldest forms of African American folklife in the U.S. 1:02

5) Captain Blood

It’s always a wonderful moment preparing to board!… pistol in one hand, naked cutlass in another: So says Capt. Blood who despite his hideous reputation, is actually a regular sort of chap—the type who likes to whip up a festive Catalan dinner for the Crew after a satisfying raid. Written by the late, great Donald Barthleme, performed by Phillip Clarke, and produced by Jeff Knowles for Train of Thought. From Overnight To Many Distant Cities, ©1986 Putnam Publishing Group, used by permission. 12:32

6) Dome Epais

Leslie Garett sings both parts in this epic recording of Dome Epais from Lakmé. The opera was first performed in Paris in 1883. From Diva! A Soprano at the Movies. (Warner Records)    

West Cork

7) West Cork

West Cork, Ireland is an outpost at the edge of Europe. Rugged windswept and coastal, it was a place of farmers and fisherman until the 1960’s, when it was discovered by the ‘blow-in’s.’ People who drove until the road ran out, artists and urban runaways – a haven for those ready to turn their backs on their old lives and start again. But then there was a murder in West Cork, and overnight, everything changed. West Cork is an original production from Audible. We excerpted half of the first 27 minute segment, and you can listen to all 13 episodes—at Audible—West Cork.  I highly recommend…Audible maintains a vast selection of spoken word entertainment including superbly produced original content.

8) My Dinner With Frank Sinatra

You had to be there—well, you are, sort of. After a show, comedian Dennis Miller takes his mom and his kid’s nanny to meet Frank.  

Stories Mother Told

9) Stories Mother Told

This delightful podcast features folk tales which have had a major influence on African children. As times have changed, these bedtime stories are not as well-known as they once were. The “Stories Mother Told” podcast aims to bring them to a new generation of African children—and to you, too. Today’s tale is from the Hausa Tribe in Nigeria. It is a story of hard work, kindness and selflessness. As Fourrell, the podcast’s talented storyteller says, “Sit back, relax and enjoy.” 3:56

10) Baghdad Without A Map

Tony Horwitz was a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist who covered wars in the Middle East, Africa, and Europe for the Wall Street Journal. He gave me permission to record this excerpt thirty years ago, when things in Iraq were—pretty much the same as they are now. The writer passed in 2019.

Apple.The Line Podcast

11) The Line

Podcast: The Line— A Righteous Thing, Episode 2.  In 2017, during the Battle for Mosul in Iraq, a ISIS fighter is taken prisoner and brought to the SEALs of Alpha Platoon, SEAL Team 7. The prisoner dies—and the SEALs from Alpha Platoon accuse their chief of war crimes. What makes someone able to (or want to) push their body and soul to the limit? This Apple original explores how blurred the line between right and wrong has become in the forever wars—and what that’s doing to the hearts and minds of those we send to fight them. Train of Thought brings you 18 minutes of the first episode, “A Righteous Thing”  The Line is a six-part non-fiction audio series hosted and executive produced by Dan Taberski. Subscribe on Apple Podcasts


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