Last night @arrtwest asked me if I listen to any podcasts other than my own.
@sealfur do podcasters listen to podcasts? other than their own of course…we all know you podcasters are megalomaniacs ;-)
Of course I do. My listening week is almost entirely podcasts.
Some of what I listen to is made by my friends:
- Justin Hamilton’s look at the world of stuff he’s interested in, Can You Take This Photo has some great interviews and nerds it up big time.
- Sometimes I like to hear my poof mates talk about gay stuff in way too much homo detail. That’s when I prick up my ears for some the Poofcast from Talking Poofy.
When I get my media coverage on, I turn to NPR in the US:
- I like how On The Media covers every single medium with seemingly equal contempt.
- Santa Monica is as close as I like to get to Hollywood and I enjoy The Business for my show biz news.
- For in-depth interviews with people who make movies, I can’t go past Elvis Mitchell’s The Treatment.
I need to get information about the world and how it works. For those things I listen to:
- Background Briefing from Radio National;
- NPR’s great Planet Money economics summary;
- and more economic wizardry from Freakonomics;
- In Our Time from the BBC for how the world works;
- The regular discussion of language on Lingua Franca;
- NPR’s All Songs Considered get me introduced to some new music from time to time;
- Dan Savage’s sex and relationship advice, which is strangely compelling;
- The insights into the world of science from Radio Lab
There’s this thing I would call “modern knowledge”. It’s more than just tech. It’s also how we interact with it and use it in our lives:
- Merlin Mann has yells at me about being more passionate in his new podcast;
- New and interesting web apps get discussed on The Social Hour;
- Then, for a very literal discussion of the topic I turn to the excellent local Radio National show, Future Tense;
Sometimes, though, I just want to sit back and get my funny haha taken care of. In that case it’s time for:
- Jonathan Goldstein’s description of my sliding doors life in Wiretap;
- The news mocked and thrown on the floor by The Bugle;
- and sometimes three guys talk about not very much in a pretty funny way in You Look Nice Today.
So that’s it. Actually, that’s not it. There’s a whole lot more that I listen to every now and then but those are the ones I download weekly. Some of them are podcast only and some of them are podcasts of radio shows. Either way, I want my audio entertainment on my own schedule and that’s how I get it.