So life continues to be hectic. It feels like I’m completing a series of to-do lists (or not completing them) and I have to remind myself that I’m doing things I chose to do, I’m exactly where I put myself. But I still need the occasional breather.

And generally reading is my breathing time, my “me time”. But I can’t always read, either because I’m walking somewhere or I’m too tired or I have to prioritise doing some exercise to maintain the gradual improvement to my health that is my major goal this year. So the other thing I have been filling my brain with is podcasts.

What a great invention! Seriously, being able to pick and choose the best radio shows from all the channels and listen to them when it suits you? Genius! I use the humorously named MyPod app on my Android phone to manage them but there are no doubt other ways. I can listen on the walk to and from work, at the gym, in the kitchen while making dinner, in my library while sorting books into alphabetical order (yes, dull I know but I have a lot of books and I like to be able to find the right one).

I do feel that I’m not making the most of this wonderful new world, though. I have five podcasts that I follow – The Naked Scientists, Radio 4 Open Book, Excess Baggage (another Radio 4 one, discovered thanks to Liz of Eliza Does Very Little), Wittertainment (Mark Kermode and Simon Mayo’s 5 Live show) and the Guardian Books Podcast – plus I will of course eagerly download the Adam and Joe show when it finally starts back up. But what am I missing? Any and all recommendations gratefully received!

5 thoughts on “Podcastery

  1. Chaja March 15, 2011 at 9:28 pm

    If you’re sure you’ve got enough time to listen and read…
    To stick with radio 4:
    In Our Time
    More or Less (currently off air though)
    Thinking Allowed
    Friday night commedy

    5 live has a science phone in, but some of the naked scientists’ podcasts end up in the same feed
    Dr Karl and the Naked Scientist

    And if you are ready to listen to American podcasts, try
    The Skeptics’ Guide to the Universe

    Let me know how you’re getting on…

  2. The Girl March 16, 2011 at 8:54 am

    I love my podcasts. Most of the ones I subscribe to are Radio 4 ones actually – there’s Open Book obviously but I also listen to a good one called Americana which keeps me uptodate on happenings across the sea and I also (but don’t tell anyone this) listen to The Archers on podcast. There’s another good one called More Or Less which is a fun way of looking at statistics (no really!) and that’s another Radio 4 one but it’s on a break at the moment.

    Didn’t know about the Guardian Books podcast, will add to my list immediately!

  3. Lloyd March 16, 2011 at 12:31 pm

    Im with you on Open Book and The Guardian books ones.

    Another good Radio 4 one is “Front Row” podcast and the best of The Today Show, too.

    Others I download weekly are:

    podquiz (excellent 15 minute weekly quizes)

    Im with Chaja aswell: “The sceptics guide to the universe” is my favourite podcast. It follows the same format every week with, largely, the same main host and 4 co-hosts so you’ll get an idea if you’ll enjoy it with one listen.


  4. Nose in a book March 16, 2011 at 8:55 pm

    Thanks everyone. Will check all your suggestions out.

  5. gusset March 22, 2011 at 7:06 am

    The Pod Delusion always has something interesting in it:

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