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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

DATE: Friday June 30, 2006 -- 8:49:23 am
The Battlestar Galactica podcast is very good too. They sync it with the show, so it is in effect the DVD directors commentary - but it's available the day the show is broadcast.

FROM: Dave Walls [E-Mail]
DATE: Friday June 30, 2006 -- 11:56:22 am
For those of us who can't hear them everyday on the radio, The Don and Mike Show podcasts selected parts, and quite frankly, takes up a good deal of my iPod. It's one of the rare podcasts that can be listened to over and over again, and it's still funny.

FROM: Robert
DATE: Friday June 30, 2006 -- 4:45:20 pm
Dave: I nearly peed my pants a few weeks ago when I found D&M online. Since moving to Richmond 4 years ago I could only listen to them on the rare times I was visiting my parents on a weekday afternoon.

FROM: Adam [E-Mail]
DATE: Saturday July 1, 2006 -- 12:17:19 am
I'm a tech guy, so I gravitate to those. I like CNet's Buzz Out Loud (, Diggnation (, and This Week In Tech (

I listen to those regularly. Occasionally I'll also listen to Bill Mahar's HBO show, which is available in podcast form from iTunes.

I don't have the time anymore, but I used to listen to a podcast that some in this audience might like. It's called Stuck in the 80's and it's from a radio station in Tampa. They talk about all kinds of 80's topics - one topic per episode. Topics such as one-hit-wonders, Miami Vice, Van Halen - Roth vs. Hagar, etc. Not bad.

FROM: Riley
DATE: Monday July 3, 2006 -- 7:54:01 pm
Check out the Ask a Ninja podcast. It's hit or miss random humor. You'll either love it or not get it, plus on average it's only like two minutes long. Check it out.

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