Because I know you’re all dying to know, here’s a list of all the great podcasts I’m subscribed to and why and what they’re all about…
1. APM Presents Garrison Keillor’s “The Writer’s Almanac” (daily)
The official description: “Each day, The Writer’s Almanac features Garrison Keillor recounting the highlights of this day in history and reads a short poem or two. The Writer’s Almanac is produced by Prairie Home Productions and presented by American Public Media.”
This represents my first official podcast subscription. Not only do I love Garrison Keillor, but he fills you in on the crunchy nuggets of “today in history” with an added bonus of a poem at the end.
2. Battlestar Galactica Podcast (weekly, I think)
The official description: “With the Battlestar Galactica Podcast, you can listen to exclusive commentary by Executive Producer Ronald D. Moore about each episode, while you’re watching it.”
Ummm, this isn’t really mine. I’ve never seen an episode of this show and based on the level of geekdom it’s brought my husband to, I never want to see an episode of it. However, this podcast is by the high and lofty executive producer and so that makes it important. I guess…
3. Money Girl’s Quick and Dirty Tips for a Richer Life (weekly)
The official description: “Money Girl provides short and friendly personal finance, real estate, and investing tips to help you live a richer life. Whether you’re just starting out or are already a savvy investor, Money Girl’s advice will point you in the right direction.”
I’m in that “just starting out” category. I know almost nothing about finances other than how to make and stick to a budget, that credit cards are usually bad, and that I owe the government a lot of money for a college degree I don’t use. So this comes in handy. I’m not trying to be rich, I’m just trying not to be broke.
4. Mosaic (weekly)
The official description: “Audio archives for the soul. Podcast of the celebration services at the original Mosaic in Los Angeles. ”
I cannot rave enough about this podcast. The pastor of this church (Mosaic Church in LA) is Erwin McManus, one of my all-time favorite Christian speakers. He spoke at a leadership conference I went to a few years back and rocked my world. I highly highly recommend him. He’s not your traditional Christian speaker.
5. Mr. Manners Quick and Dirty Tips for a More Polite Life (weekly)
The official description: “Mr. Manners provides short, friendly tips to help you live a more polite life. Whether you want to impress your business associates or just your friends, these tips will start you on your way. ”
Everyone can use some tips on being nicer to other people. And this guy helps me out with some of those adult etiquette things I’m not aware of yet because they don’t have etiquette classes anymore in college or high school. Things like when you are expected to bring a gift, how to politely ask someone to desist an annoying action, or what to do when you or someone near you passes gas.
6. NBC Nightly News Video Podcast (nightly)
The official description: “Watch NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams, providing reports and analysis of the day’s most newsworthy national and international events. ”
We don’t get television at our place, so this is a good way to keep up on current events and things I might miss in my almost obsessive checking of cnn.com.
7. NPR All Songs Considered (weekly)
The official description: “An eclectic mix of fresh music by emerging artists and breakout bands — from NPR.org’s Web-only music show. With host Bob Boilen.”
I just subscribed to this one recently and I’m not sure if I’m going to keep it or not. It’s a good way to keep up on the music scene, although my husband helps me out with that a lot anyway. It also helps me to know what those random songs they play in between All Things Considered segments are.
8. NPR’s Movies on Friday (ummm, every Friday)
The official description: “NPR reports, interviews and reviews about the movies — and the people who make them.”
I like learning about movies, although it seems I don’t much like watching movies anymore. This fills me in on what movies are coming out and which ones might be good to see. I like this podcast because it doesn’t just review movies. There are interviews with directors and actors and musicians. And they cover everything from the blockbusters to the very very small screen.
9. Podington Bear (Every M,W,F)
The official description: “Podington Bear gives the world an instrumental song every Monday, Wednesday and Friday in 2007. He makes them with love and care. Podington Bear is just a regular bear, but by the end of the year he hopes to be amazing. He grew up in The Big Woods, humming to himself. Now he’s lives in Portland, Oregon, where he’s trying to fit in. Good Luck Podington Bear.”
This is another newbie on trial for me. The music is quirky almost new age but kind of techno. And it’s funny enough to keep me coming back every other weekday for more.
10. Strongbad Emails and More! (I’m not exactly sure their method for putting these out…)
The official description: “Strong Bad answers real emails from real morons, draws his independent comic “Teen Girl Squad!” and lots freaking more!”
If I need to explain to you why I’m subscribed to this, you are in a sorry state, my friend.
11. The Week in Whedon (weekly)
The official description: “The weekly summary of headlines regarding the happenings in Joss Whedon’s universe of works.”
This is another one I download for my husband. He’s a Joss Whedon fan. (Whedon created Buffy, Angel, Firefly, Wonderfalls, and some other things, I’m sure).
12. This American Life (every Monday)
The official description: “Official free, weekly podcast of the award-winning radio show “This American Life.” First-person stories and short fiction pieces that are touching, funny and surprising. ”
Being a story lover, I can’t resist a weekly podcast that is composed of true stories that happen to my fellow Americans. We sure do live in a crazy country.
13. Vintage Tooncast (weekly)
The official description: “There are a significant number of cartoons from the 30s, 40s, and 50s that are no longer protected by copyright, allowing for their free distribution. Vintage ToonCast looks to provide these cartoons to video iPod users via iTunes. ”
I like cartoons? Oh, and if you go to subscribe to this one, don’t be put off by the explicit label. They’re required to place this on because of the lack of political correctness in many of the earlier cartoons. (Situations and characters that could be offensive to almost everyone, including white Christian people.)
14. X-Play Video Podcast (Daily)
The official description: “Get ready to have a blast with games and a bit of ‘tude. “X-Play” gives gamers tips, tricks, and previews for the latest games in its own X-ceptional way. “X-Play” also offers comprehensive daily reviews of the hottest new videogames on the market-and the not-so-hot.”
I love the show X-play on G4. However, we do not have tv at our apartment, so I miss watching it. Now I can get little five minute snippets of Adam and Morgan goodness every day! Not to mention getting snarky reviews on the latest video games I can never afford and would suck at playing.
Well, there you have it. What I listen to and watch daily and weekly on my trusty Powerbook G4. If you have any suggestions of other great podcasts for me to check out, feel free to drop me a comment.