October 04, 2005

 podcasts for dummies

i've recently started exploring the world of podcasts. i've had an ipod for about a year but have so far been scared to wade through lists of crappy homemade podcasts in the hope of stumbling across something worthwhile. but as my supply of "this american life" episodes starts to run dry (i've already listened to everything back through mid-2000) i've decided to gather my strength and begin to wade into podcasts.

the most logical place to start, i figured, was with the podcast directory in itunes, and specifically with adam curry's "podfinder" podcast. he bills himself as "the podfather" and highlights some of the interesting podcasts he's found in the last week. it's informative enough, but it sounds so commercial that i feel my ears begin to bleed after a few minutes.

he did point me towards my current favorite podcast, though: "fly with me." it's produced by a commercial airline pilot, and gives you a sneak peek as to what happens in the cockpit. pretty fascinating stuff. last week he aired the air traffic conversations between the control tower and the jet blue pilot who had to land with crooked nose gear.

i've also subscribed myself to NPR's "story of the day", but honestly some of their ideas about what is essential listening is just baffling to me. i skip a lot of these.

the "answer bitch" is a celebrity gossip columnist from e! online, and while her snarkiness can be somewhat amusing it really starts to grate on my nerves by the time the 15 minute podcast is over. i love celebrity gossip as much as the next person, but i wish she'd edit down her bitchiness a little. my time is precious.

i'm curious to know whether any of y'all have found any podcasts that are worthwhile. suggestions?

Posted by xta at October 4, 2005 01:09 PM | TrackBack

Loving Coverville, and Tartan Podcast, and a few short KCRW commentaries like "Martini Shot" (it's about 4 minutes per week, by a TV writer, wry inside stories about our local industry hereabouts). I agree, though, not easy to wade through the muck. I'll check the "Fly with Me" one.

Posted by: Penny at October 4, 2005 02:46 PM

the battlestar galactica director's commentary podcasts suck.

because i know you were just dying to try those.

Posted by: lisa at October 4, 2005 03:48 PM

Check out http://www.theviewfromhere.net/ . I like it.

Posted by: John Boy at October 4, 2005 05:16 PM

Is that the Adam Curry who used to be on MTV?

I'm pretty new to the podcasts too. I have gotten some live in-studio performances from KEXP in Seattle that are consistently good.

Posted by: minty at October 4, 2005 08:21 PM

thanks for the tips, y'all! keep 'em coming!

and minty... yes, it's *that* adam curry. crazy, eh?

Posted by: christa at October 5, 2005 12:38 AM

Adam Curry is such a hack! Also, the iTunes store might not be the best listing of non-commercial streams.

Here are some good local music podcasts:

What's playing this week at Local 506 http://www.hamneggs.net/podcast/506.xml

Song-a-Day from Billy Sugarfix http://customserenade.com/song-a-day-podcast/?feed=rss2

DJ Twombly (Tim Ross) Remixes

And of course I'm partial to Audio Activism, a podcast by the love of my life. But it might not be your cup of tea. ;-) http://www.audioactivism.org/wp-rss2.php

Some other local podcasters are listed in this post: http://www.audioactivism.org/2005/09/28/discover-report-share-talk-at-duke-university/

Posted by: Ruby at October 6, 2005 10:04 AM
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