Sunday Playlist: Guilty Pleasures
Eating grapes, Circa 1915
November 4th, 2012
06:00 AM ET

Sunday Playlist: Guilty Pleasures

By Pat St.Claire, CNN

(CNN) – If you need a little break from the cacophony of the campaigns, you've come to the right place. This is an apolitical Sunday Playlist just for you: a brief respite from the Right and the Left to simply enjoy some guilty pleasures.

Ever watch the "Housewives" of this or that city? The latest "Survivor" cast-off from a  faraway island? Or perhaps go ga-ga over the guys of "Grey's Anatomy?" It's okay! Guilty pleasures are sometimes a necessary indulgence, especially when enjoyed with food.

Joy the Baker knows all about guilty pleasures. She's a cookbook author and the founder of Homefries.com, described as "a destination for fun, high-quality podcasts, covering food and wine, parenting and simple living, and entertaining." Joy the Baker podcasts live on Homefries.com. Her "Guilty Pleasures" episode is a fun mix of  conversation about indulging in reality TV and bad-for-you food.

You've got to love a show that describes itself  like this: "Here at Spilled Milk headquarters, we combine food and comedy in a bowl and stir it up until it explodes."  This podcast is hosted by Seattle food writer, Matthew Amster-Burton and Molly Wizenberg, a freelance food writer and creator of the award-winning blog Orangette. If you could use a belly laugh you'll get it in this week's Spilled Milk Episode 77. It's 16 minutes of witty banter about, of all things, Brussels sprouts. The bitter little greens may not be a guilty pleasure, but this podcast certainly is.

Finally, The Moth is less of a guilty pleasure than just a good listen. The podcast began in 2008, but the storytelling competition, called StorySLAM, has been around since 1997. It gives storytellers a chance to tell their true stories, live, in front of an audience of strangers with only a microphone and no notes. An episode of The Moth podcast from October 30th features stories by Kerry Weeks, who recounts how a  lie befuddled a camper, and Micaela Blei, who recalls a story of a teacher facing an ethical dilemma.

That's it for this week's Sunday Playlist. Hope you enjoy the diversion from politics, at least for a little while. Be sure to check back next Sunday for a new playlist.

Happy listening!

The CNN Radio team

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