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Podcasts: Like Radio, but Better (and With More 0s & 1s)

Podcast Wallpaper from OllyHart (flickr)I have never listened to an audio podcast, it’s true. And yes, I know, I know – it’s shocking and it’s a slap in the face to Generation 2.0©. That’s why I’ve decided that now is the time for me to diversify and experiment in this strange medium.

After doing some research and compiling a list of possible subscriptions, I’m presenting them here as a way to keep track of them and also in hope that you may chip in with your thoughts and recommendations to liven up my daily commute.

BBC Worldwide

  • The Naked Scientists – “Stripping science down to its bare essentials” (in association with Cambridge University)
  • BBC Newsnight - Not strictly a podcast, but you can’t miss Newsnight!

National Public Radio (US) a.k.a. NPR

  • Intelligence Squared – also known as IQ2 U.S. While you’re at it, check out the live London Debates.
  • RadioLab – “Science meets culture, and information sounds like music”
  • Science Friday – “Making science user-friendly”
  • Fresh Air – “Probing questions, revelatory interviews and unusual insights”
  • On the Media – “Explores how the media ‘sausage’ is made, casts an incisive eye on fluctuations in the marketplace of ideas, and examines threats to the freedom of information and expression”

CBC Radio One

ABC Radio National (Australia)

  • All in the Mind – “From dreaming to depression, addiction to artificial intelligence, consciousness to coma, psychoanalysis to psychopathy, free will to forgetting – exploring the human condition through the mind’s eye”
  • Philosopher’s Zone – “Your guide through the strange thickets of logic, metaphysics and ethics”
  • Big Ideas – “thinking on major social, cultural, scientific or political issues”

IdeaCast – “Breakthrough ideas and commentary from leading thinkers in business and management” from The Harvard Business Review

EconTalk from The Library of Economics and Liberty on “the economics behind current events, markets, free trade, and the curiosities of everyday decision-making”

…Open Source “Inverting the traditional relationship between broadcast and the web: not a podcast with a web community; a web community that produces a podcast”

Physics for Future Presidents with Richard Muller – “What every world leader needs to know”

Scientific American’s Science Talk – “Exploring cutting-edge breakthroughs and controversial issues with leading scientists”

Seminars About Long-term Thinking (SALT) – “promoting ‘slower/better’ thinking”. Part of The Long Now Foundation

The Skeptics’ Guide to the Universe – “Your escape to reality”

Studio 360 and specifically its Design for the Real World segment – “Get inside the creative mind: a smart and surprising guide to what’s happening in pop culture and the arts”

Philosophy Talk with Stanford University’s Professors of Philosophy – “The program that questions everything… except your intelligence”

The CERN Podcast is recorded in situ at CERN’s Large Hadron Collider with special ‘celebrity’ guests – “A cocktail of entertaining chat shows with a bit of particle physics thrown in”

That’s quite a few isn’t it? Of course there are many more great ones I’ve missed that may be of equal or greater interest to me as all of the above, so if you know of any please let me know (yes, I am actually begging).

How about these popular ones that I left out of the above list purposefully – am I being foolish in demoting these to the footer: Slate’s ‘Daily Podcast’ or ‘Explainer’, This Week in Tech, The Glenn and Helen Show, Shire Network News, This American Life, World Beyond the Headlines, Common Sense, BrainStuff from HowStuffWorks, The Guardian’s Science Weekly, Selected Shorts, The Economist, The Writers’ Block, This Week in Science, Sex is Fun and Open Source Sex with Violet Blue. Regarding those last two: one’s on the physiology of sex and the other is written for women; both are supposed to be interesting; and I imagine they’re both super-NSFW.

Sources or: Where I Found These

One Comment

  1. Posted February 23, 2008 at 19:07 | Permalink

    Speaking as a contributor to Shire Network News, I’d say add SNN to your list. :)

    As a general bit of advice, from a podcast listener as well, don’t bring down too much, and be free with your list, removing those you don’t like. You can spend a week listening to one day’s worth of podcasts if you don’t watch out.