Scin­til­lat­ing tales to take away

Sunday Star-Times - - ESCAPE | ENTERTAINMENT - Katy Atkin katy.atkin@stuff.co.nz

I’m head­ing over­seas this week­end and there’s no bet­ter travel com­pan­ion than a pod­cast. A tiny bit of prepa­ra­tion be­fore­hand is re­quired: down­load the pods be­fore you leave so they’re saved to your de­vice.

For the plane, I’ve down­loaded the lat­est pod­cast from The Bos­ton Globe’s Spot­light in­ves­tiga­tive team.

Gla­di­a­tor: The Aaron Her­nan­dez Story pieces to­gether the puz­zling life of NFL player Aaron Her­nan­dez, who was found guilty of mur­der in 2015.

While on trial, Her­nan­dez was charged and later ac­quit­ted of an­other, dou­ble, mur­der. Days af­ter his ac­quit­tal, Her­nan­dez took his own life and scans showed he had a se­vere brain in­jury.

The pod also ex­plores the loom­ing cri­sis around brain in­juries in pro­fes­sional sport.

I’ll be do­ing a lot of city walks while I’m away and, for pound­ing the pave­ment, I’m go­ing for some­thing dense and his­tor­i­cal.

The Rat­line has been on my wish­list for a while but I haven’t had the time to give it the at­ten­tion it de­serves.

The BBC pod looks at dis­ap­pear­ance of se­nior Nazi Otto von Wachter, who evaded cap­ture af­ter World War II, and died in sus­pi­cious cir­cum­stances in 1949.

Pre­sented by law pro­fes­sor Philippe Sands, this 10-part se­ries is grip­ping and haunt­ingly per­sonal, par­tic­u­larly when Sands in­ter­views Wachter’s son.

For the re­turn leg of my trip, I’m go­ing for some wise re­flec­tion and will chomp my way through the four-part Ask Mimi spe­cial from the Spork­ful pod­cast.

Mimi Sher­a­ton is a leg­endary New York food writer and the Spork­ful team ask for her ad­vice on food, life, re­la­tion­ships and eat­ing alone. My favourite is part three when she talks about elop­ing, and lifts the lid on life as a chef. It will be a great way to end a week­end away.

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