I love podcasts. I have been listening to them ever since I got my IPod two years ago. It gives me control over what I listen to while driving. They are informative and very entertaining.
For those who don't know, a podcast is a regular MP3 download that can be subscribed to either by an RSS feed or on a media player like ITunes. Often they are radio shows that you can listen to at your leisure, but many are only available as a podcast. Here is a decent description of how to download podcasts.
Here are my favorites:
- Buzz Out Loud - I am a regular listener now for nearly two years. Great 30-ish minute podcast about tech and other stuff. Great hosts. Short enough to listen to the whole thing often.
- TWIT - This week in Tech, with Leo Laporte - another tech podcast. I have to confess, I have not listened as much lately because it is longer, although it is only once a week, where BOL is every weekday.
- NPR Science Friday - Great science content once a week. My wife and kids like this one as well (not as geeky as the first two).
- Ask a Ninja - This is a video podcast. If you have not heard of it, then just go there. Words cannot describe it.
- Car Talk - The guys from Boston on NPR. Hilarious and educational.
- PTI - Pardon the Interruption. Tony and Michael are the best sports commentators out there. They are funny and keep me up on the world of sports.
- Grammar Girl - Yes, I do listen to this. It is quick, informative, and entertaining. If you write, it can really help.
- The Onion Radio News - Off color sometimes, but hilarious. Some recent subjects covered include: Puppet Show Turns to Subject of Divorce, Elderly Woman Destroys Internet, Giraffe Wants to be Appreciated for More than her Humongous Neck, and President Bush Converts West Wing into Injured Animal Shelter. Yes, my kind of humor.
Medical Podcasts? I have found some, like the Annals of Internal Medicine podcast and Contemporary Pediatrics, but I seem to use podcasts more as an escape than a learning tool.
I would be fascinated to see what ones my readers listen to.