Friday, May 25, 2012

Great podcasts

The concept of a podcast is a brilliant one. It is usually in an audio format, timed at about 25 to 30 minutes (some longer) and educates and entertains us while we're on the go.Almost every kind of genre is covered: from cooking to political science; from comedy to emerging alternative or independent music and of course a show about nothing in particular or everything in between. Put it on your iPod and get a new insight on your half hour morning jog. Catch up on the latest news from around the world during your office break. Or brighten up your morning commute with some of today's most promising artists. Here are some of my favourite podcasts and why I enjoy them and hope that you too would give it a listen.

BBC Analysis: The podcast from the BBC covers issues of a political and economical nature; everything from the analysis of the American presidential primaries to the apparent illusion behind the value of a piece of paper (or fiat currency). About half-hour in duration per episode, this one is worth downloading and archiving for repeated listens.

Real Time with Bill Maher: If you are a liberal or a fan of the Obama administration and would entertain a hilarious take down of the conservative American right, this show is right down your alley. Hosted by comedian and social commentator Bill Maher, his panel includes celebrities as well respected political pundits and social figures including Cornell West, Toure, (the late) Christopher Hitchens, Rachel Maddow and the occasional Republican. Great for discussing current American politics and for its "New Rules" segment.

Common Sense with Dan Carlin: A political podcast from an Independent and good for getting a POV from neither Democratic or Republican view point. A fast talker and a knowledgeable history aficionado, Dan Carlin's 45 minute podcast covers the latest American issues and has several guest interviews. The show is a tad boring of late and I can't seem to get into Dan's monologue as I used to before. Also, I deleted my archive of his podcasts and I realize that I have to shell out cash for some of the old episodes. As Rick Perry said, "Oops."

The Guardian : The Guardian offers political, sports, literature and music review podcasts. Understandably their political podcast is more Euro-centric but their book review podcasts are quite good and cover many genres.

The Naked Scientist: This is the Holy Grail of science podcasts and it covers the latest scientific advances and contains interviews from people in the field of their expertise and answers many user submitted questions. Here's a little something to whet your appetite: "If anti-bac soap kills 99.9% of all germs on a single wash, will two or three washes even, kill 100% bacteria?"

You can use Google Reader, Feed Demon (Windows) or Liferea (Linux) to subscribe, listen to and download content. Happy listening!
What podcasts do you listen to?

1 comment:

Subhorup Dasgupta said...

Wow, nice compile. Most of them are new for me, and will be trying them out. I listen to Naked Scientist from your list. My favorite podcast is coverville, a program that showcases creative and artistic covers of largely middle of the road rock music.