Excuse the riff on that inane credit card commercial, but I am naturally curious about what podcasts web-savvy public radio listeners subscribe to.
Shoe-horned into my Shuffle (yes, Shuffle, as it has been on Cambridge sidewalks more then on my person, the resilient little bugger is ideal for those cursed with a surfeit of thumbs like myself) is the sublime Radio Lab, TWIT, and a U.C. Berkeley philosophy lecture.
To get a highly unscientific sample of listening preferences (and yes, I already knew that “This American Life” is something like the most popular podcast in the extant universe), I Googled both “NPR Podcasts” and “WBUR Podcasts.”
Here is some of what I netted during today’s trolling:
Collin Marshal of “The Sound of Young America” detects a hint of mildew among the stacks of NPR standards. His podcasts are of a more recent, edgier vintage. Among his alt.NPR favorites: a cross-dressing Martha Stewart wannabe.
But J.R. Corkrum ‘s tastes hew more to the classic. He finds “Car Talk” quite literally laugh-out-loud funny as he listens on his recently purchased iPod Classic.
I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention Stephen Thrasher’s detailed categorization of his podcast preferences, especially given that the “WBUR Daily News Update” is filed under “Keeping.” Whew! But why do I keep getting the feeling that Stephen irons his T-shirts and keeps his sneakers lined up in tidy rows?
And then there is the estimable Zort. My search retrieved roughly one-year-old posting that I felt merited a mention as he cites the “On Point” podcast as a reason for renewing his WBUR membership. Well. Zort, I hope that after all that time you remain in the same generous frame of mind as yet another fundraiser looms.
Okay: your turn. Are you partial to “Car Talk” cackle? Ira’s irony? Or do your listening habits take you much farther afield? Perhaps well beyond the warrens of traditional public radio?