Friday, March 21, 2008

Podcasts —What are you listening to?

I'm a big fan of [mom, click here:] Podcasts.
I love that just-about-anybody can produce a podcast on a shoestring budget, or on a huge budget; it makes little difference to me. The trick is, just as in blogging, to keep up with it, and reward subscribers with regularly produced, interesting content. But I love the serial aspect to it; regular episodes doled out, like an old radio show. But not.

But, as an online citizen, i feel the need to ask, What Are You Listening To? What are your favorite podcasts? And why?

Without further ado, my current favorite podcasts are:

#10. Bands Under the Radar Indie and unsigned bands

#9. KQED's Youth Radio

#8. KUSP's Live At Lunch Music Sessions

#7. Bryant Park Project Daily news show for the under-30 set (--i know/i know; i shouldn't be listening!)

#6. Podcast Salad

#5. Sound Opinions "...the World's ONLY Rock and Roll talk show."

#4. Wait Wait Don't Tell Me NPR's weekly trivia game show.

#3. Radiolab WNYC's show where science meets culture, and information sounds like music

#2. Savage Lovecast A weekly, out loud, advice column by Dan Savage.

#1. This American Life

#10. Bands Under the Radar. Great for finding unsigned bands, or for just listening to music that you know you won't be sick of, or even have heard before.

#9. KQED's Youth Radio. Interesting 'youth-produced' segments about their issues. Surprisingly well done and rich in content. Check it out.

#8. KUSP's Live At Lunch Music Sessions. This is just a cool show that outlines a lot of bands headed through Santa Cruz/Felton California. The bands are almost always great and most have gigs in the area that they're plugging. Local and national groups are featured. Boy bands and pop are thankfully not represented.

#7. Bryant Park Project. The BPP is "a distinct and lively take on the news. It combines the authority and intelligence of NPR with the tone and sensibility the next generation of Public Radio listeners demand." Geared to a younger audience, they don't talk down to their tech savvy audience. They regularly feature "The Most..." pieces which tell most downloaded news items and content on the web. If you think regular NPR news can be a little stodgy, then check out BPP!

#6. Podcast Salad. Podcast Salad used to be a stand-alone show, but is now a segment on MacMost's Podcast, the segment profiles other interesting/unique podcasts.

#5. Sound Opinions. Finally, there is a regularly produced show about rock!

#4. Wait Wait Don't Tell Me.
Host: Peter Sagal, announcer Carl Kasell with rotating panel of experts, often Paula Poundstone, Mo Rocca, Tom Bodett, and many others. Not My Job, Limerick Challenge, and lots of other mini-games make this a fun listen. 1 hour long.
#3. Radiolab. Radiolab is just an amazing Podcast that really defies description. They combine rich/diverse creative audio with real-world science/biology/tech topics and interviews to produce great headphone listening content.

#2. Savage Lovecast. (NC-17 rating? PG, at least] If you have read Dan Savage's syndicated column in independent papers, you already know that he can be brutally honest, and speaks frankly about sex and relationship issues.

#1. This American Life. Each week "There's a theme to each episode, and a variety of stories on that theme. It's mostly true stories of everyday people, though not always. There's lots more to the show, but... it's sort of hard to describe. Probably the best way to understand the show is to start at [their] favorites page. there's an archive of all [their] old radio shows and [has] listings for all [their] TV episodes, too." This American Life is just an amazing show. I've been listening to it for years and it is one of the most consistently brilliant shows that I know of (probably not "one of", more likely THE MOST). If you're gonna only check out one show on this list, check this one.

Don't forget to post your favorites too!

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