Sunday, July 4, 2010
Time to listen.
Another thing I love about the summer is that I have AMPLE time to listen to podcasts. I listen while I walk my dogs, in my car, sometimes while I cook, and sometimes while I eat what I cooked. However, I'm not constantly with the earphones on ignoring the world while I'm cradled in good radio bliss. I promise, I value human contact!
Although I'm probably the only person I know who doesn't own an ipod, and wouldn't know how to use one anyway, I have a regular mp3 player. I have to say itunes does come in handy for quick and easy downloading of each week's new episodes. I've subscribed to them via itunes and each week they get automatically updated into a folder on my desktop where I simply copy/paste into my mp3 player. Oh the smug feeling of mastering some technology.
Instead of guarding my precious list of favorite podcasts like a wide eyed Golum, I'll share my list with you:
This American Life- True stories revolved around a topic. Danger, you will be late for things if you subscribe to this.
The Moth- live stories told onstage with no notes. I cry and laugh and look insane to others as I wait in line at the bank listening.
Great Speeches in History- often the live recording of the speech. I love to hear the scratchy recordings of significant people in history riling up others with words.
To the Best of Our Knowledge- pieces, both fiction and non, about a specific topic. Just the opening theme of this show makes me giddy with excitement.
Ted Talks- audio version of a TED conference. Probably the most thought provoking, best quality media time possible that I've found.
Radiolab- from WNYC. Pieces on a question in science. I suggested this to a friend of mine and now she wants to major in college in something that will lead her right into the Radiolab studio. It's great science radio.
BBC World Book Club: I don't know what it is about the host of this show, but I would really like to be her, just for one day. She seems like the smartest woman on radio.
60 Minutes: Good old fashioned news reporting just so that a person like me who doesn't regularly read the news can me somewhat informed of things that are happening in the world.
Selected Shorts: 2 or 3 excellent stories read by professionals, sometimes it's classics of short story and other times very avant garde pieces.
New Yorker Fiction-I don't think this needs an introduction.
About meditation and mindfulness:
Zen Cast: Never fails to inspire me to be a better human.
Audio Dharma: Much like the above, so I get a double dose of dharma talks weekly.
If you have any podcasts that you love and want to share- please DO! I can't get enough.