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Six Podcasts

Currently, the only podcasts I listen to with any regularity are Coverville (see this posting on why I dig it), Ebert and Roeper and NPR on the Movies. Those podcasts have, however, opened me up to listening to some audio books. I listened to Steven King’s Bag of Bones, read by the author. I’m not ashamed to say that it creeped the hell out of me. Mr. King has a, uh, distinctive voice.

A couple of colleagues have emailed me recently and asked me to plug podcasts. I’ve given them only a cursory listen, and they sound compelling enough to pass on to those who might be interested:

  • Monique sent along
    her new Raincoast Book initiative: author podcasts. This seems like a natural
    fit, as it’s essentially a free, virtual reading. Here’s the
    and here’s the
    feed (RSS)
  • Monsieur Scoble
    is in Ireland at the moment, and Tom Rafferty Raftery recorded
    an interview with him
    . Tom notes "Robert talked about the advantages
    of blogging for businesses, attention data and about social software, kind
    of as a preview to his addresses at the IT@Cork Annual Conference’.

Finally, Travis mentioned another movie-related podcast that might interest
me–Variety Screening Series 2005 (RSS). As he says:

A series of 30 minute interviews with directors, actors, etc. being interviewed
by good Variety reporters — this isn’t talk show style. They’re talking in
front of an audience who has just seen their film, so it’s pretty insightful.
Good stuff, especially if you like finding out about the process of film making.

I haven’t listened yet, but it sounds like a promising, very un-Entertainment

5 Responses to “Six Podcasts”

  1. Derek K. Miller

    Commentary in the form of a shameless plug: podcasts appear in a lot of different formats than the typical (radio-like) “music-plus-DJ” (i.e. like commercial radio) and “talking head interview” (i.e. like public radio) formats.

    There are the audiobooks (usually not free) that Darren mentions, the personal journals, serialized performances of Shakespeare plays and children’s tales and original stories, and (in my example) original recordings that just appear in your podcatching software, like a free album released one track at a time. I think there are a lot of other possibilities too, which means it’s quite possible for listeners to find not only topics, but also formats, that they couldn’t have before.

    Yeah, I’ve smoked the dope now. (Figuratively. A brownie is as far as I’ve ever gone in real life.)

  2. Tom Raftery


    thanks a million for the plug – the imterview was great – Robert is full of enthusiasm, knowledge and ideas!

    A couple of minor points, Robert is not in Ireland yet – he is coming here on the 29th for a conference on the 30th. I did the interview with him over the phone.

    The other thing is my surname is Raftery – the surname Rafferty is far more common and so many people have linked to me using that spelling that I am now no.1 in Google for a search for Tom Rafferty!

    Thanks again for the link,



  3. Darren

    Whoops, sorry about the name there, Tom.

    Derek: Indeed, I did pay for the audio books, but that’s a confession for another day.

  4. Monique

    Link love from Darren. Thank you very much. By the way, the Northern Voice podcast workshop with Tod Maffin was the true catalyst. So I must thank you for more than just plugging the end product. The producers of the podcast at At Large Media are my other heroes.

    Thank you millions of times over.

  5. dale

    I highly recommend checking out thesniffer,, with Nora Young and Cathi Bond. They’re generally around 6 minutes long and come out every couple of days. I loved listened to Young and Bond when they did Definitely Not the Opera on CBC. Now I find out they’re even MORE interesting without CBC rules holding them back.

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