Okay – maybe it’s lame to use the blog name as a post title. But I figured since the blog is actually called “On the Download,” maybe I should chat a bit about what I’m actually downloading.
I’m not gonna lie, podcasts and I had a falling out up until lately. There wasn’t a big fight or particular reason, just a general distancing. When podcasts and I first met, it was hot and heavy, like any new relationship. I remember sitting in a college classroom and actually dissecting the make-up of a podcast, learning how to write the code and post it on a very simple Web page. Ahh, the early days. Initially it was interest that kept us together. Then, it was necessity. When I moved to London, it was a 45 minute commute each way from my tiny little flat to the newsroom. Music was expensive, but podcasts -and occasionally a discarded newspaper – were free entertainment.
When I moved back to Midwest America, a five minute commute cut down on the necessity for podcasts and cable television nearly eliminated the desire.
But, on a recent roadtrip to Des Moines with our 5 p.m. producer, podcasts and I had a chance to rekindle the flames of affection. Maria introduced me to some of her favorite podcasts. Some made us laugh, others inspired intelligent conversations. I arrived home and sat in bed – pouring through thousands of podcasts and getting to know them all over again.
Here’s what have become some of my favorites over the last few weeks.
Meet The Press:
Okay, maybe a little predictable, but not purposely self-promotional. I’ve always loved MTP. I was one of those big nerds in high school that watched the reruns on Sunday evenings. Nowadays, I definitely don’t wake up early enough to watch it on Sunday mornings, and why not watch a little political banter during a good run at the gym. My iPhone props up perfectly on the treadmill and David Gregory helps to distract me from the pain in my side or the fact that I’m very thirsty.
I’m not a big fan of the iTunes machine. I frequently change my country of residence so I can buy overpriced music from the European iTunes store because the American iTunes store has a scaled down and pathetic selection. But, I do enjoy their Indie Spotlight podcast. This isn’t the type you hit play and walk away. It’s a 12 minute sampling of 40 or so artists. It’s all about finding something to peak your interest and investigate later. It’s not meant to be something you soak in.
Wait, Wait…Don’t Tell Me!
Love, love, love this podcast. It’s really a radio show. An NPR radio show to be exact. Which might explain part of why I love it. I love all of the NPR shows/podcasts (Political Rewind, Fresh Air, Technology, Pop Culture, On the Media). Wait, Wait…Don’t Tell Me is a quiz show based on news events with a bit of humor thrown in between. I love listening to it in the morning. Gets me thinking and makes me laugh.
Couch to 5K with Robert Ullrey:
Robert claims to be a runner (I say claims to be because I’m always skeptical). He decided he wanted to run a 5K, so he put together a series of podcasts to help him train. It follows a running program he found online. He gives instructions set to a decent collection of running music. I have my doubts that I’ll be ready for a 5k in nine weeks. I’ve always been more of an elliptical, aerobics or pilates person, but I’m on week two, so we’ll see how it goes. Robert is there to tell you when to run and when to slow down. He has a dry, steady voice. And what it lacks in enthusiasm, it has in reassurance. I’ve used these coaching podcasts before. I have a couple from Nike that I like. My favorite is the OkGo treadmill workout. But the Roberty Ullrey version is free and so far, gives just as good of a workout.
Now that I’m back together with podcasts, I’m looking for suggestions. Leave a comment with your favs.
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This post was written by jjarvis on March 13, 2009