are big part of my life. Its how I get my news, how I study things like history or asian studies, and how I mentally stay connected to the US. For those of you who dont know podcasts are essentional like radioshows that you can download to your iPod
or computer. Some actually radioshows have their own podcasts, this is exemplified by NPR. But just about any schmuck
with a microphone of any dubious quality can make a podcast.
And there you have the beauty if it: Anyone can do it, and trust me they are. Niches
and interests that could never make it on the radio are exploding on to the Podcast scene. Some of the ones that I like are talk shows
, only more like two dudes, or some combination of guys and gals having a conversation.
I can't get enough of all of these as I can listen to them on my iPod while I walk
around, play video games, or exercise. Oh, I forgot the best part they are all FREE
! except the ones that I opt to donate to every once in awhile. But here I would like to share my top 10
. You can find almost all of these on iTunes, which automatically searches for updates and uploads it to your iPod.
10. The Bryant Park Project
- Based out of New York this NPR program covers news
, technology, the internet, and basically everything else that might interest generation X and Y. I preticularly enjoy "The Most" and the "Ramble" Sections.
- This Video podcast is really just two fairly knowledgables dudes sitting around talking about videogames
. There are many like this one out there, I am just bias towards this one because one of them lives next door to me in Japan.
8. Napoleon 101
- This podcast is done by the author of Napoleon for Dummies
. If you like history like I do it's a blast, if not... best find a different podcast. This is part of The Podcast Network (TPN).
7. The Dead Show
- This is actually a radio show out of the northeast. Each week is a live Grateful Dead
show from the past. I often listen to it before bed, close my eyes and imagine myself camping in Arizona or on a beach somewhere.
6. G'Day World
- Done by Cameron Riley, the founder of TPN
. He talks about Tech, politics, life, everything. It just so happens that he is an interesting guy. The type of guy worth giving a listen to, even if his australian accent gets on your nerves sometimes.
5. The History of Rome
- This thoughtful and accessible history of the Roman Empire
is released in episodes that generally less than 25 minutes... much to my chigrin.
- Brian Dunning debunks pseudo-science and other pop phenonmea each week. It is rather handy for debunking
much of the "Shit-Science" that we see in pop culture and religion. I feel he is a bit arrogant as of late.
3. Seoul Podcast
- Its about Korea. It is the spiritual successor to Seoul Survivors. You can get an idea of what life is like here. But the main host can be kind of annoy and its all about Seoul and not always relevant to where I live. It has helped me get a "Who's Who" of the Expat community
2. The Skeptic's Guide to the Universe
- Like skeptiod but more geeky and informative. Sick of getting bulldozed by logical fallacies when you are debating Creationists, Scientologists, psychics, and other yahoos? Then this podcast is a must for anyone what wants to arm themselves intellectually. Required listening for any rational
1. The Writer's Almanac
- Done by the host of The Prarie Home Companion, Garrison Keillor
, this podcast talks about imporant birthdays and events on that date. Each episode is concluded with a new poem
each day. This is certainly my favorite podcast. I begin each day with this pod cast. I literally turn on the computer and start this show, and have been doing so for about two years now and I see no reason to stop including this solid podcast as part of my morning routine.
So day I might like to get into podcasting, but at the moment I am crippled by the fact that I can not stand the sound of my own voice, especially for long periods of time.Do you listen to any regular podcasts? Rap about them in your own blogs or in the comments.
Peace and Love,
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