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Sunday (9/21/08) 9:24pm - ... wherein Peter asks for podcast recommendations.

Hi all --

One of the best things about having a decent phone is that now I can listen to lots of podcasts while walkin' around.

Here's what I'm listening to currently:

The Animation Podcast:  A Mouse-House artist spends his off-hours interviewing various legendary animators.  It's only sporadically updated; I'll probably wind up burning the whole run to CDs and listening to it straight through one of these days.

The Economist - United States Section:  More news, this time through the funhouse mirror of a London newsmagazine.  Every few days, there's a new five-to-ten-minute piece about some aspect of American life.  These days it's mostly election chatter, but outside of that they pick interesting topics a little out-of-step with vapid MSM jabber.

The Treatment:  Film critic Elvis Mitchell interviews actors, directors, producters, et cetera.  He's a good interviewer, and the half-hour interviews allow him to go into at least a little bit of depth.

The Business:  KCRW's weekly entertainment-news show.  Y'know, because I don't obsess enough over pointless showbiz news.

NPR's 10AM News Summary:  A daily five-minute news summary, so I'm not completely living-in-a-cave.

Wait, Wait... Don't Tell Me!:  NPR's weekly news game show.  Silly, fun, but only informative if you need to know about (say) lawsuits between competing little-person Kiss cover bands.

Podictionary Weekly:  A lexicographer's podcast -- every weekday, he picks a word and spends five minutes exploring its history and etymology.

This American Life:  I'm having trouble getting into this.  It's entertaining enough, but I tend to let the episodes accumulate on my podcatcher.  This may be something I just burn to CDs every so often and listen to in the car.

60-Second ScienceScientific American's daily science podcast -- every day, one of their staffers spends a minute talking about some science issue of the day.

Have Games, Will Travel:  It's weird.  I've never spent time gaming, but I've always been fascinated by gaming (vide my childhood, when I accumulated hundreds of board games but never played them with anybody).  This is ptevis's outlet for his current thoughts about the world of tabletops, RPGs, etc.

Coverville:  A podcast devoted to cover songs.  I don't listen to it too much lately, but it's still good background music for when I'm cooking or cleaning.

EscapePod:  Every week, Steve Eley reads a science-fiction short story.  I'm finding I far prefer my science fiction in short-story form:  get in, explain your cool idea, get out.  (I keep recommending "The Clockwork Atom Bomb" to absolutely everyone.  Second-favorite:  "Squonk the Dragon".)

So, lazyweb:  what podcasts do you recommend?  I'm generally looking for good nonfiction -- I could use another science podcast especially -- but if there are decent audiodrama podcasts out there then I need to listen to those, too.

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From:wackyengineer
Date:Sunday (9/21/08) 8:44pm
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The Science Friday podcast was usually fun for longer listens.
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From:hujhax
Date:Monday (9/22/08) 9:01am
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~ thanks! ~
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From:midorable
Date:Sunday (9/21/08) 8:48pm
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I actually was nerdy enough to do Car Talk. Yehoodi talk show and the Mr. Jesse show just because it's so informative for any Swing Audiophile. I also have Mr. Manners & Grammar Girl from the Quick and Dirty Guide series. They also have Legal Lad and Money mommy. I have random NPR stuff too. There's a Broadway Behind the Scene one, just interesting to hear about different shows.
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From:hujhax
Date:Monday (9/22/08) 9:01am
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~ thanks! ~
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From:zinereem
Date:Monday (9/22/08) 12:53am
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I'm too tired to provide links right now, but the only three podcasts I listen to regularly are Zenprov, The History of Rome, and Storycorps
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From:hujhax
Date:Monday (9/22/08) 9:01am
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~ thanks! ~
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From:pegamoose_g
Date:Monday (9/22/08) 4:34am
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Before we got the CDs/DVDs, I subscribed to the They Might Be Giants Friday night podcast.

I also subscribe to EscapePod. I haven't tried their others (PseudoPod and PodCastle). I'm trying to remember that EscapePod story you recommended quite a while back with the small town, country folk. That one was one of my favorites.

I'm also subscribed to the Lost podcast, which is the most entertaining, yet non-informative podcast ever.
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From:hujhax
Date:Monday (9/22/08) 8:19am
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I haven't tried their others (PseudoPod and PodCastle).

Ooh, they finally spun off a fantasy podcast!  Cool!  (I am way way behind on EscapePod.)

I'm trying to remember that EscapePod story you recommended quite a while back with the small town, country folk. That one was one of my favorites.

"Connie, Maybe", perhaps?

I'm also subscribed to the Lost podcast, which is the most entertaining, yet non-informative podcast ever.

Oh, yeah!  I need to re-subscribe to that.

Thanks for the recommendations....
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