What a concept! What a specifically urban commuter, tailored-to-me concept! And yes, I am well aware this is neither a new or groundbreaking subject, but bear with me for a sec, cause I just got into the whole thing a few weeks ago.
It started with the Bill Simmons podcast when that whole thing started. Say what you will about the fella, but he still writes the only sports column I regularly read and reference in conversation. Sure there might be a few more eye-rolls these days than in the past, but for a guy pushing 40, he still feels remarkably relevant and fun. So he starts doing these podcasts cause he's doing another book and doesn't have time to write as much, and they're pretty interesting! Good guests, smart conversation with people who not only have something to say, but people who he usually knows and has a great back and forth with. It's a really entertaining listen, and once he started doing it weekly, I FINALLY went into the iPod podcast center and hooked up an automatic update thingy.
From there, I figured I aught to start getting into others. I have about a 20 minute commute door-to-door, and while i can get a few songs in if I wanted, there are plenty of podcasts that I can get a whole story told to me in that time. So now I have a few things going. There's weekly Simmons and daily Pardon the Interruption (which is annoying because it's always yesterday's news,) Then I hooked up with the Joystiq podcast, which is these three dorks (one of which sounds like the Electronics Boutique store manager in Phillipsburg, NJ.) talking about video game news that I BARELY have an interest in. Then there's the smart stuff. NPR's Fresh Air podcast is remarkably dry and oftentimes unlistenable, but sometimes there's a good guest on that makes it interesting. The Slate Daily Podcast, which is usually a narrator reading a column out loud that's already available on line, but it's short and usually good. Then there's the gem, This American Life, which judging from my iTunes, I am 338 episodes behind. I can't say enough about how great this show is, and I'm the last person with the Internet to talk about it so I won't embarrass myself any longer.
So that's all. Welcome back from 2004, or whenever this all got started. I don't have a video ipod so I'm not getting into those yet. Hopefully there will be a new iPod in a month or so that will be worth the upgrade. For now tho, I'm happy with the radio stuff. Like I said...ideally there'd be a 20 minute daily show that i could get into and listen on the way to work every day. I'm sure there's something out there. Any suggestions?