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January 7, 2010

More great podcasts

In December, I did a post talking about the podcasts that I listen to regularly.  Since that time, I've added to the bunch, so much so that it can be hard to get them listened to.  Of course, that's the handy thing about podcasts:  as long as they aren't news-related, they don't get stale!  Well, sometimes, but they're still interesting.

First, my one complaint in my previous post about the sound volume of the spoken word on the Blues podcast I listen to, I have to change that.  I fiddled with a couple of iPod settings on the iPhone and now I can hear it pretty well.  It helps that I now have the iPhone elevated in my car (thanks to this weird looking device that sticks out of my windshield, I'll add a picture later).

Anyway here are some more podcasts that I've discovered and that I love to death.  I'll link to their web page if I can find them, as you can often listen to them on your computer as well.  But if you want to take them with you, you often need an iPod:

1) Between the Covers

National Review's podcast where John J. Miller interviews authors about their books.  Topics range from modern day conservatism to history, economics, and just a wide array of subject matter.  There was even an interview about vampires with author/editor Otto Penzler! This is food for your brain, though Liberals be warned.  National Review is a Conservative magazine, so you may not like what you hear.  I've only listened to a couple of episodes so far, but I'm really enjoying it.  Also, the podcasts are short, about 10-15 minutes so far on the ones I've listened to.  Interesting stuff.

2) DWO WhoCast

This is a Dr. Who podcast from the home of our favourite Time Lord, Dr. Who!  Yes, this is a UK production, and there's a bunch of stuff from reviews of the current episodes to news on various Who spin-offs (Sarah Jane Adventures, Torchwood, and the like) and opinion on all things Who.  I haven't listened much yet, but I like what I've heard here too.

3) Doctor Who: Podshock

For an American look at Doctor Who (though they do have a British member as well), look no further than this excellent podcast.  I remember listening to it a while back on iTunes for the computer, before having an iPhone, and I really liked it, but I forgot about it until recently.  Now I've listened to one episode, and unfortunately the sound was very soft, when all of my other spoken-word podcasts were fine.  Thus, I'll have to listen to it with headphones, unless it was just that one episode.  Anyway, they just got done reviewing the final David Tennant episodes, but they're also full of news, reviews, and other great Who-related stuff.

4) The Dragon Page: Cover to Cover

This is an SF book podcast, covering both science fiction and fantasy.  Join author Michael Stackpole (himself an accomplished SF author), podcast creator Michael Mennenga, and Summer Brooks for a weekly look at what's going on in the SF publishing industry.  Book reviews, interviews with some great authors (Kristine Kathryn Rusch is on this week's, which I haven't heard, as well as Lou Anders in last week's and recent appearances by Michael Zapp, Robert J. Sawyer, and Alma Alexander just give you an idea of what's contained.  It's an entertaining podcast, especially if you have any interest in the SF field.

5) Game Informer Magazine

This is another video game podcast from the writers and editors of the magazine.  This is a multi-platform podcast, however.  Not just Xbox like my previous one.  Interesting stuff if you like video games.

6) Stuff You Missed in History Class

Those of you who know me aren't surprised by this one.  You should be surprised that it took me so long to find it!  This is a great podcast with overviews of a variety of historical topics.  Recent ones included "What was Saturnalia?" and a number of episodes on Queen Elizabeth I.  The most recent topic seems to be William Randolph Hearst, as the last one I listened to introduced the topic and the next one is about the castle he built.  Another rather humorous one was "Bungled Attempts at One-Person Flights."  Katie Lambert and Sarah Dowdey are your guides on this wonderous History tour.  Some are short and some are longer, but so far all of them are interesting.

7) Talk Radar

Yes, another video game podcast.  Want to make something of it?

This is the official podcast of the Games Radar web site, and it's quite irreverent.  The only reason I checked it out was because Dan Americh was leaving the Xbox Magazine podcast and he mentioned that he was on an episode of this where they roasted him really good before he moved on to Activision.  I had to hear it because he said it was hilarious.  It truly was.  In doing so, I discovered a podcast that's quite entertaining, as long as you don't mind some salty language and adult content.  They don't bleep out words and they can talk about anything and everything game-related.  There's a reason this podcast has an "explicit" logo on iTunes.  But it's funny as hell and also gives you the latest video game news.  The only problem is that it's so long that it's hard to find time to listen to all of it.  The two regular episodes I've listened to are over 2 hours and the Christmas special is over an hour.

But if you have time, this is a great podcast.

So this is what I listen to. Any podcast suggestions for me?  What do you like to listen to?  Let me know!

Update 1 (1/9/10):  Here's a picture of the contraption sticking out of my windshield.  This is as seen from the driver's side.  That's the dashboard underneath, and the passenger-side windshield wiper.

It's very cool!  And easy to use, too.  Just make sure you tighten those two holders enough so that your iPod doesn't go flying when you hit a bump.  Close it as tight as you can, and then squeeze it one more time, just to make sure.


  1. I have only just started to subscribing to podcasts and the best I have uncovered, to date are
    * BBC History Magazine
    * Dan Carlin's Hardcore History.
    * The Naked Scientists


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