Radio. Free. Often European.

Because Technical problems and the siren wail of Guitar Hero is sapping my time, I present one of the lowest effort Artisinal posts ever.

Behold my Podcasts. All are available on iTunes Podcast search, Odeo, etc.

Science and Tech

TWiT (twit.tv)

Description:

This Week in Tech – A bunch of the old hosts from ZDtv/TechTV/G4tv/The Site come together to talk about the week’s tech news.

It’s basically like listening to:

A bunch of Tech nerds having dinner.

Diggnation

Description:

Ostensibly you listen to hear some interesting stuff found on the web this week, but really you just want to listen to Kevin and Alex.They take vacations together, they hang out at each other’s houses, and occasionally they video tape the stuff they do.

It’s basically like listening to:

Those two friends who would be perfect for each other if they were not straight.

KFI Tech Guy

Description:

Leo Laporte fields live tech help call in show. Useful if you want to know what is kicking the bruises of the AOL crowd so you can be better prepared when friends and family want you to do your own tech help call-in show. Beware of the absurd 3 hour, chapter-less audio files.

It’s basically like listening to:

a tech help call in show

The Nature Podcast

Description:

British Doctor interviews the scientists in the news this week (conveniently often people who are being printed in Nature journal) and correspondent interviews. This science podcast makes it to the top of the list because it covers a range of stories, gets info from the horse’s mouth, has an awesome British accent, and has the best album at of any podcast bar none.

It’s basically like listening to:

Prof. Colin Firth and Friends

Science Friday

Description:

NPR weekly science show chopped down in that way only NPR can. Ira Plato hosts a call in show with guests.

It’s basically like listening to:

A really nerdy version of Larry King.

SEED Magazine

Description:

People from SEED read articles from SEED online, which really are better read in text since none of the people have an interesting radio voice. The weekly science news is the most comprehensive of the list, if you can keep focus.

It’s basically like listening to:

A high school english class forced to read passages from a play – a play about science.

The Naked Scientists

Description:

The Nature podcast with more levity.

It’s basically like listening to:

Nature Jr.

Media

Tim Gunn’s Project Runway Podcast

Description:

Tim Gunn is the best thing about PR. Why he’s not a judge is unclear, but now he might as well be. Within hours after the show airs the podcast with his commentary and behind the scenes stories is up. It’s marvelous.

It’s basically like:

Having Tim Gunn at your Project Runway viewing Party. At least, I imagine it is. And wouldn’t that be great?

The Splendid Table

Description:

The Splendid table is a public radio call-in show that covers food, and food-related things

It’s basically like listening to:

The Splendid Table, in Pod form.

X-Play

Description:

The only show of value left on G4 – and now you don;t have to deal with G4’s nonsense like “tightening up the graphics” to see it. Video game reviews and sketch comedy.

It’s basically like watching:

The Drama club take on video games

General Humor

Tiki Bar TV (www.tikibartv.com)

Description:

Dr. Tiki, his bartender, and this year’s neardlust recipient Lala solve problems using BOOZE – with hilarious results. The last real episode – “Volcano” is the best so far so you can start with that to see if you like it.

It’s basically like watching:

An EmoryVision show from 2000.

The Ricky Gervais Podcast

Description:

The pair behind Thee Office (BBC version) and Extras recreate their XFM show with a whipping boy. Plus, they totally ripped off Monkey News from Skeptically.

It’s basically like listening to:

Kurt and me shoebeating one of our friends who says dumb things.

The Ministry of Unknown Science (tmous.com)

Description:

Well, lets call it sketch comedy. And like all Sketch Comedy, it’s hit and miss.

It’s basically like listening to:

The UCB, but with less sticker orgies.

Dawn and Drew

Description:

A couple of punks got married, moved to wisconsin, and are now podcasting bits of their lives.

It’s basically like listening to:

I really have no analog here.

Music

CBC Radio 3 Podcast

Description:

A showcase for Canadian Independent Artists. This is one of the best produced podcasts there is. It sounds great, and it has chapter markers with the band name and track title plus an artist photo. This not only makes it easy to skip songs you don’t like, but to find a song you did to buy it later.

It’s basically like listening to:

CBC Radio 3 on Sirius.

89.3 The Current

Description:

OK, I’m actually fudging a little, they don’t have a podcast (although with all the in-studio performances they have, they really ought to) and you won’t find it by searching but through the magic of Wire Tap Pro I can pull down an hour of the internet radio stream and have that added to my podcast list.

It’s basically like listening to:

The best radio station ever, 89.3 The Current from Minnesota Public Radio.

All Songs Considered

Description:

NPR’s weekly music show. It has become aggravating now that they don’t play the whole song (because someone is TOTALLY going to chop up the podcast instead of getting it off P2P.) But it’s still a good way of finding music for the shut-ins.

It’s basically like listening to:

All songs considered, but chopped up all to hell.

(Man – and this was supposed to be a lazy post…)

2 Comments »

  1. elisabeth said,

    January 19, 2006 @ 10:13 am

    you need to check out berkeley groks.
    its my new fave.

  2. elisabeth said,

    January 19, 2006 @ 10:44 am

    also.
    distributing the future.

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