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June 30th, 2006

Some Good Podcasts

Between us two Pingers, Ryan was the one who latched on to podcasting first. I thought it was a good idea, but just wasn’t getting into it… until iTunes rolled in a basic podcast subscription manager. It’s not perfect, but it functions adequately.

Since then I’ve been seeking out a number of regular podcasts. I started out with around 10 and have fallen back to just five, four of which are updated regularly. I’d like to mention them so you can check them out, too – so please, feel free to mention the ones you like.

  • CBC Radio 3 Podcast: By far, my favorite. Every Friday (hey, that’s today!) I get an hour’s worth of independent Canadian music of all types, hosted by the delightful Grant Lawrence. The music is quite, quite good in general and has turned me on to some great artists like The New Pornographers.
  • Wait Wait, Don’t Tell Me: The venerable NPR news quiz. I’m almost never listening when it’s on here Saturday mornings at 10, so this works better. Viva la NPR!
  • Sound Opinions: Billed as “The World’s Only Rock and Roll Talk Show”, columnists Greg Kot and Jim DeRogatis – not a fan but he works well here – discuss and debate popular music. They recently scored a long, good interview with Radiohead. Smart discussion.
  • The Official LOST Podcast: Because I’m addicted to the show Lost, of course. Interviews with the actors are regular features, along with the all-important 5-10 minute briefing from the executive producers. Some people have shot down the producers’ segment for being bland or in-jokey or not divulging enough spoilers (hello?) but I like it just fine, thanks.

But that’s really it. I also like Le Show with Harry Shearer, but not enough to listen weekly.

Posted in Television, Movies, and Music

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