pocsasts por favor

Hey… Linette and I just decided to go further into debt and get an iPod Nano (as a 6th anniversary gift for each other). We’re setting it up now and we’re wondering if any of you might have suggestions as to which podcasts we should consider subscribing to… Any tips would be appreciated… Thanks.

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  1. Ken
    Posted October 2, 2005 at 12:30 am | Permalink

    I like to listen to the Nightline podcast. There are also these people from Roswell, GA that have a pretty good one called Skepticality.


  2. Hillary
    Posted October 2, 2005 at 12:46 am | Permalink

    Our friend Luke does podcasts in Polish.


  3. Posted October 2, 2005 at 12:55 am | Permalink

    Though I haven’t jumped into the world of podcats, I have a copy of a Jello Biafra speech from a 2000 hacker convention you might find mildly interesting.

    My iPod is full of subhumans, gang of four, and every song minor threat song ever recorded but I have yet to hook it up to iTunes.

  4. mike_1630
    Posted October 2, 2005 at 3:13 am | Permalink

    Al Franken’s podcast are great!

  5. Posted October 2, 2005 at 9:19 am | Permalink

    My big three are:

    • KCRW’s Left, Right & Center – great weekly panel punditry… very little irrational screaming, and generally good multi-perspective discussion of the big issues of the week. (~30 minutes)
    • NPR/WNYC’s On The Media – weekly show. It’s an interesting show to hear because it’s not about current events, exactly, but about media coverage of currrent events. (~60 minutes)
    • Air America’s Mother Jones Radio – weekly. Usually a good alternative news source, on some occasions seems to be more of an advertisement for the magazine. (“To learn more about this story, pick up the current issue of Mother Jones magazine on news stands now.”)
  6. mark
    Posted October 2, 2005 at 9:47 am | Permalink

    Very cool, guys. Thanks. We appreciate it.

  7. Posted October 2, 2005 at 12:22 pm | Permalink

    I second On The Media, and try to keep my list of podcasts up-to-date at http://odeo.com/profile/GeorgeHotelling. You might want to check out Benjamin Walker’s Theory of Everything too.

  8. Posted October 2, 2005 at 12:52 pm | Permalink

    What kind of stuff fo you like to listen to?
    I would start with some of these:

    I’ve been listening to podcasts since late October 04 and I can suggest more if you let us know what you like to listen to. Also check out podcastalley.com for reviews and descriptions of shows

  9. Posted October 2, 2005 at 12:54 pm | Permalink

    I almost forgot you should definitely check out this

  10. Doug Skinner
    Posted October 2, 2005 at 8:00 pm | Permalink

    I too have not gone into podcasts, but my friends tell me that http://www.coasttocoastam.com offers a rich vein of weird infotainment.

  11. chris
    Posted October 2, 2005 at 10:09 pm | Permalink

    Hey! Does anyone know if Fresh Air does a podcast? I would love to download interviews she has done with rock stars. I cannot find it, and if I do, really figure out how to download it.

    Mark, you did not have an original iPod and are now trading thin to the next technology are you? Or are you pod virgins?

  12. Posted October 3, 2005 at 9:03 am | Permalink

    Npr has a list of available feeds of their podcasts here http://www.npr.org/rss/podcast/podcast_directory.php . Unfortunately fresh air is not yet among them although they are adding more programs regularly. The beauty of podcasting is that it provides a distribution medium for all kinds programming that wouldn’t make financial sense on radio or tv. Most podcasts are audio programs but rss enclosures can be any type of file and there are more and more video programs coming out. Because traditional broadcasting has a limited number of channels that can cover only a limited geographic area, programs that might only appeal to limited audiences within that area, don’t get broadcast. However since the net has not geographic limitations the audience for nich programming can be aggregated over the whole planet. There might only be a few dozen people in a given town that like a certain kind of music or art or author for example. But if you add up all those small groups in all the towns across the country or world, you suddenly have a fairly large audience. Traditional broadcasting will never touch this group but podcasting is perfect for it.

    There is also the time shifting aspect. You can listen to podcasts anywhere anytime. Since they are standard mp3 files they can be played on any mp3 player (not just ipods, the name came about because of the ubiquity of ipods and it was just a good catchy easy to remember name) or on computers or pdas or phones that can play mp3s. I have discovered a ton of new music in the last year that I might never have heard on radio all because of podcasting. If you haven’t checked it out yet tryout the directory in itunes or use one of the other podcatching clients like ipodder, ipodderx, doppler, jpodder and others and go through the directories at podcastalley or indiepodder.org.

  13. Tony Buttons
    Posted October 3, 2005 at 11:54 am | Permalink

    I was just listening to my first podcast last night. I just chose one at random. It was by this man in Chicago, and he was telling, in excruciating detail, about some anonymous man-on-man sex that he’d had the day before in a public park. Fascinating stuff.

  14. mark
    Posted October 3, 2005 at 7:54 pm | Permalink

    The only thing that comes to mind that I might be looking for that isn’t readily apparent from what I write about here on the site is really old blues and jazz music. I’d like to find a podcast that focuses on that stuff… Thanks for all the other leads. I’ll try to give all of them a shot.

  15. Posted October 3, 2005 at 8:29 pm | Permalink

    Mark check out a few of these. I found them by entering blues in the search on podcast alley

    The last 2 are part of the association of music podcasting (musicpodcasting.org)
    Here’s some jazz

    You can also find some more here:

    happy podplay!

  16. be OH be
    Posted October 3, 2005 at 9:58 pm | Permalink

    It sounds like you’ve got plenty to start with, Mark, but since this thread has already become a pretty good resource for locating good podcasts I wanted to deposit a link to a similar thread over at Airbag Industries.

  17. Dick Cheney's Extending Taint
    Posted October 3, 2005 at 10:19 pm | Permalink

    Here’s a piece that belongs on every iPod.


    The story:


  18. be OH bE
    Posted October 4, 2005 at 8:32 am | Permalink

    ahh Red.

    I’ve heard he was the real life inspiration for Moe Szyslak on The Simpsons.

  19. Posted October 4, 2005 at 8:54 am | Permalink

    mark, I’m not sure about web-based sources for old jazz and blues, but in a somewhat similar vein a large number of early radio programs have become public domain, and there’s a few people on eBay who are selling cd-r’s at dirt cheap prices (less than $5) that each contain 20 hours or so of shows (which usually means fifty or more episodes per disc). If you do a search for “old time radio” on ebay one of them should come up.

    Last year I bought one of these for my wife, which contained something like a hundred episodes of the “You bet your life” radio show with Groucho Marx, as well as one disc of “X minus 1”, the early sci-fi show.

  20. Posted October 4, 2005 at 10:52 am | Permalink

    This probably doesn’t help much, but for the record, I would like to add that I want an ipod more than words can say.

    Aside from podcasts, you can find some excellent mp3 blogs here: http://wiki.monkeyfilter.com/index.php?title=MP3_Blog_Listing

  21. Dick Cheney's Extending Taint
    Posted October 4, 2005 at 6:24 pm | Permalink

    B.O.B, Yeah I’m sure Moe came from that tape. I mean, some of the Simpson’s line are there verbatim.

  22. john galt
    Posted October 4, 2005 at 7:17 pm | Permalink

    can you get coast to coast AM on a podcast? I’d love to get news from a credible source.

  23. mark
    Posted October 4, 2005 at 8:25 pm | Permalink

    I feel like shit… but this helps. Thanks, guys.

  24. Posted October 25, 2005 at 7:31 am | Permalink

    but love is good

  25. Posted November 6, 2005 at 9:19 pm | Permalink

    but love is good

  26. mark
    Posted November 6, 2005 at 9:35 pm | Permalink

    The reason I don’t delete these last two posts, that look like spam, is because they were left by our friend Abraxas Incarnate, the time traveler from a previous thread who said that he was never coming back.

  27. be OH bE
    Posted November 7, 2005 at 10:06 am | Permalink


    I guess when you can’t find a receptive audience with which to share the mysteries of the universe, your next move would be to start a personals site on Yahoo. Makes sense to me.

    But maybe “Love is good” is really the sum of his message after all.

    btw, that’s a much catchier handle, Abraxas.

  28. Posted November 22, 2005 at 8:54 am | Permalink

    but love is good

  29. be OH bE
    Posted November 22, 2005 at 3:04 pm | Permalink

    got it.

    I guess it’s like a mantra now.

  30. mark
    Posted November 22, 2005 at 8:56 pm | Permalink

    Maybe the whole thing was just a clever set-up for this series of ads for Yahoo’s dating site.

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