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#1 twitch

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Posted 14 September 2009 - 12:59 PM

I've gotten really hooked on I radio programs, not necessarily news or political which there are plenty of, probably too many but shows like NPR's This American Life which I've been hooked on for a good year now. The whole show format is nice and loose and the storys and topics are always so well presented. That and Ira Glass seems like a really cool guy with one of the best jobs you could ever dream of. I like some of the other NPR shows like Wait Wait Don't Tell Me but they aren't as good. Anyone with iTunes can find a ton of these sort of casual informative shows, How Stuff Works, Things You Should Know...and my latest favorite one run out of WYNC in New York by Jad Abumrad and Robert Krulwich. If anyone hasn't listened to those they are really well put together, both from an informational perspective and from a creative standpoint.

Any shows like this folks check out, and I'm talking non-political....but more like audio documentaries? I want more and I'm sure there's some stuff folks could suggest.

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Posted 14 September 2009 - 01:29 PM

cbc

wire tap http://www.cbc.ca/wiretap/

the vinyl cafe http://www.cbc.ca/vinylcafe/

npr

the story http://thestory.org/

a way with words http://www.waywordradio.org/about/

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Posted 14 September 2009 - 01:31 PM

awesome, I knew you'd have some...do you ever listen to radiolab? It's really cool, I should send you some.

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Posted 14 September 2009 - 01:32 PM

fresh air http://www.npr.org/t...wn.php?prgId=13

terry gross is a super snob sometimes and it makes me want to upchuck but she gets really good guests.

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Posted 14 September 2009 - 01:33 PM

btw, ira is my boyfriend and you can't have him. he's mine!!!

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Posted 14 September 2009 - 01:37 PM

"This American Life" is one of the best around. :)

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Posted 14 September 2009 - 02:12 PM

Wabanakwut Kinew did a really great series that i heard last summer on cbc on saturday afternoons. it was called "live by the drum". i don't know if you can find it anywhere in the internets but it was great with a definite "native" slant.

http://www.cbc.ca/the204/


AND, there is this guy on npr on saturday afternoons that is simply unbelievable. i think he has the most unique voice that i've ever heard. he got in his car and traveled america asking question and conducting interviews. give me some time to think about the shows that i've heard and i will google my brain to find a name... courierre???

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Posted 14 September 2009 - 02:17 PM

I've just discovered Radiolab too. Anything with Robert Krulwich is fine by me.

Here's a link to my all-time favorite "This American Life," though it goes back quite awhile. The part about the Hasidic Jew who joins a rock band is fascinating and the part about the teen who changes schools and decides to be a slut is hilarious.
http://thislife.org/...spx?episode=268

Do you know Sound Opinions? Kind of like the Siskel and Ebert of rock criticism. You want to choke them sometimes but it's worth it for the news and they ask intelligent questions of their guests.
http://www.soundopinions.org/

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Posted 14 September 2009 - 02:26 PM

here, i found him; scott carrier. listen to this guy. he is AWESOME!

http://www.thisameri...aspx?sched=1293

Edited by lindapoirier, 14 September 2009 - 02:27 PM.


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Posted 14 September 2009 - 03:08 PM

wow...I expected to get like 2...now I'm overwhelmed, stop posting!

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Posted 14 September 2009 - 03:27 PM

when i am at home i very rarely watch television. i could probably give you 15 more...

edit, i watch movies all the time but rarely television.

Edited by lindapoirier, 14 September 2009 - 03:28 PM.


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Posted 15 September 2009 - 11:03 AM

okay, just this one more. this is a sunday ritual. fantastic short fiction read to you. READ TO YOU! lovely.
http://www.wnyc.org/shows/shorts/

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Posted 15 September 2009 - 03:29 PM

I've listened to them all but the only one I could really get into was This American Life. A show I love is Dan Carlin's Hardcore History. Highly recommend give the Apache, Steppe or Punic War shows a listen!

LINK

The reason I like the show is he tries to put himself in the situations and made me think of things a different way. The stories of the Punic Wars blew my mind too. Total carnage, surrounded by death, the earth covered in blood oh my. The shows take a long time to come out and the last three kinda sucked but I've listened to some of the older ones multiple times.

Edited by Flizzzipper, 15 September 2009 - 03:32 PM.


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Posted 22 September 2009 - 11:28 AM

i find that i really enjoy the npr and cbc shows based on spirituality. i find the canadian version to be a bit more preferable because they tend to embrace ideas less "religious".
http://www.cbc.ca/tapestry/

npr's is very much more "religious". this is just my opinion and i expect to be erroneous, of course. listen to john o'donohue. he is terrific.
http://speakingoffai...ublicradio.org/

alas, my favourite radio show of all ALL time was "Gilmour's Albums" which ran from 1956 - 1997. he was quirky and wonderful. he would read the liner notes of all albums and explain what you were going to hear. it is very sad for me to think that he is no longer around.
http://archives.cbc....hives_en_17.asp

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Posted 12 February 2010 - 01:37 PM

KEVIN!!! i am listening to radiolab right now. it's a show about numbers. Benford's Law and Paul Erdos. I LOVE THIS SHOW!!!

edit. and the "calculus of friendship". awww!

Edited by lindapoirier, 12 February 2010 - 02:03 PM.


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Posted 13 February 2010 - 12:52 PM

Yea Radiolab is one of the more interesting ones to me....I think the production quality is just top notch. I think one of the guys majored in audio engineering or something so they are very rich shows to listen to. Do you want me to upload all my Radiolab stuff for ya?

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Posted 13 February 2010 - 01:17 PM

this american life is really the best thing around. i've been listening to it for about 5 years now and even when they rerun shows that i've heard before, i listen again because the shows are always so interesting. i look forward to listening every monday morning on the way to work. and i just downloaded their new app for the iphone and now i have access to every episode they have ever aired. it's very exciting! but i can only listen when i have service, so i can't listen when i'm on the train, so the podcast is good for that.

another NPR podcast that i listen to is Planet Money. they really break down the financial stories of the day and make it easier to understand. they include interesting stories from people to help explain what is going on. like one show they went to the fruit and veggie trade area of NYC to see how the people buy and sell and who has the power based on the time of night it is, etc. very interesting stuff. http://www.npr.org/r...siteId=94411890

a really fun thing that i listen to is the tobolowsky files. it's a slash film podcast where actor stephen tobolowsky (groundhog day, glee, deadwood...a million other things) tells various stories from his life and work. it's super fun to listen to. look it up on itunes and take a listen. http://www.tobolowskyfiles.com

those are my top three things i listen to each week. then i usually listen to a bunch of professional podcasts. like manager tools and career tools. especially since i'm interviewing and such, i like to listen to the casts on how to act and how to set up your resume, etc. manager tools has great casts about how to take care of situations you come across as a manager too....then i have an accounting podcast i listen to, but i doubt people care about that one....

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Posted 13 February 2010 - 02:26 PM

i'll listen to mostly anything on the radio. "from the top", "the splendid table"... anything. i guess that's just what i like. i just heard on "pick of the week" about frightened rabbit, i believe that's their name. a band out of scotland that sounds great. what i've noticed about npr is that all shows usually have a music portion so it doesn't matter if you are listening to "this american life" or "fresh air" you can find and hear some great sounds. not to mention how much you can learn. i think benford's law is the most interesting theory i've heard all week. ha!

oh, i will just keep listening one show at a time. thanks for the offer though. i really appreciate the offer.

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Posted 14 February 2010 - 04:46 AM

The Skeptic's Guide to the Universe has made me obsessed with science.
Dan Carling's Hardcore History has made me obsessed with history.
The Complete Guide to Everything has made me obsessed with drinking beer and rambling.

I could go on.

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Posted 14 February 2010 - 07:30 AM

a really fun thing that i listen to is the tobolowsky files. it's a slash film podcast where actor stephen tobolowsky (groundhog day, glee, deadwood...a million other things) tells various stories from his life and work. it's super fun to listen to. look it up on itunes and take a listen. http://www.tobolowskyfiles.com

Wow, it's Ned Ryerson. I'll check that one out, hehe

Think I'll also check out Skeptic's Guide to the Universe. Damn, I can barely keep up with my podcasts as it is!

It's strange how I never watch TV anymore and just listen to podcasts.




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