Monday, August 2, 2010

Podcast Recommendation of the Week - Number 2

Last week I started a new series recommending the podcasts I enjoy listening to while crafting.

*Please note you don't need an iPod to listen to these programs, they are available on the websites I link to and can be listened to through any MP3 player or right on your computer.*

I'm going in the order in which they appear on my iTunes and 2 short podcasts from The New Yorker are next. Sometimes I don't want or need an hour's worth of distraction so I like having some shorter listening options.

The New Yorker offers a great collection of free podcasts.

I listen to two, the first one is The Political Scene which is usually short, about 15 minutes, and features "A weekly discussion about developments in Washington, hosted by The New Yorker’s executive editor, Dorothy Wickenden, and featuring the magazine’s Washington correspondent, Ryan Lizza, and other contributors."

I'm interested in politics so I like it because of the subject matter, also I'm a progressive liberal and I'm pretty sure these folks are too. It's casual and cogent, the speakers are knowledgeable but not inscrutable.

The second New Yorker podcast I listen to is Out Loud which is a weekly conversation with a writer about a feature in the magazine that week, the topics vary widely but are almost always interesting. I don't have time to read The New Yorker so I listen to this short (about 15 minutes) podcast and if the story they discuss intrigues me I'll go search it out online or in print to learn more about the subject. It always amazes me how in-depth the New Yorker writers get on their subjects. Really refreshing in this day of headlines and soundbites.

See you next week!


  1. I am so glad you are writing about these podcasts. This is all new to me and very interesting.

    I found a "Bob Edwards Weekend" on my computer last week and enjoyed it very much. I would not have thought of any of this without your wonderful blogpost.

  2. This is super helpful. I like that I can use the computer. I am trying to reduce tv in my house, so this is cool. Thanks.

    Peace, Angela

  3. Thanks for the great advice! You turned me on to Garrison Keillor's Writer's Almanac several years ago and I plan to check these out, too.
    Glad you had fun on the Cape last weekend!

  4. Glad this series is helpful! Thanks for the comments :) Yes, I most often listen to these shows through my PC.