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iPod full of sunshine

rl2309The results of my informal podcast poll are in! I’ve listened to long excerpts from 35 podcasts recommended on this blog and by friends on Facebook and in TheRealWorld. That’s all it takes, really — within 3 minutes I have a strong inkling whether a podcast is for me. If I’m still listening at ten minutes — rarely the case — it’s decided.

Here then, in no particular order, are the eight podcasts that are, at this point in my life, for me:

Clever Little Pod (comedy)
Friday Night Comedy (BBC)
Wait Wait, Don’t Tell Me (NPR)
The Bugle (topical comedy with John Oliver etc)
This American Life (narrative nonfiction)
The Moth (narrative nonfiction)
RadioLab (science and culture)
The Naked Scientists (science)

…and though those are in no particular order, one podcast — after hearing just half of a single episode — has risen waaaaaay above the rest: RadioLab — “where science meets culture and information sounds like music.”

Holy shite, that’s a great program.

I first heard about RadioLab about a year ago — in fact, I think it was from Joe, the designer of the PBB website. I checked it out, thought it looked good, then filed it away, since I wasn’t into podcasts at that point.

Then another friend mentioned it, and another. Finally I put out this call for recommendations, and several people screamed RADIOLAB.

Now I see why.

Titled “Stochasticity,” the episode I’m halfway through is about randomness. And even though I was already familiar with the principles they’re talking about, I’m still eating it up alive. I also played the first bit for the kiddos, who likewise feasted on its tasty innards.

After just half a listen, I’m so well convinced that I downloaded 62 past episodes — 62 hours of RadioLab. [Cue Homer Simpson’s gargle when thinking about bacon.]

As promised, a plenary indulgence is now winging its way to kcruz, barrettc, MCable, tarrkid, Jenny, and several others who wouldn’t know what to do with a plenary indulgence even if it did windows. And a retroactive one for Joe.

I’ll be doing a post about stochasticity shortly. Thanks ever so very seriously much to everyone for your suggestions. My earbuds are buzzing with gratitude.

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  1. Thanks! Glad you are enjoying some of my suggestions as I just shared with my husband some on your list. There are a few we will be adding to our IPods very soon:)

    Comment: kcruz – 29. June 2009 @ 10:48 am

  2. Just want to say thanks for introducing me to the RadioLab podcast! I tried it out last evening, and I’m now downloading most of their back catalogue. 🙂

    Comment: MattM – 30. June 2009 @ 9:52 am

  3. That’s exactly what I thought when I heard my first episode of Radiolab, too. It was the episode entitled “Choice”, I think. About a year ago. The Stochasticity episode is easily my favorite episode since then. I like them all, but Stochasticity was fantastic. Thanks for the pointers to the other podcasts; I listen to some of them already, and I’ll be checking the others out soon!

    Comment: Saganist – 30. June 2009 @ 7:18 pm

  4. Although I have an iPod, until now I have only used it to listen to music while I do housework or mow the lawn. I subscribed to Radiolab and just finished listening to the Stochasticity episode while my son took his weekly guitar lesson. Looks like I have found a new way to spend that hour! I was famiiar with Deborah Nolan from the chapter on Probabilities in Natalie Angier’s book, The Canon. The same themes are discussed in John Paulos’ book, Innumeracy. And Jonah Lehrer talks about the dopamine issue in How We Decide. All excellent books for those of us who are still addicted to the low tech information dissemination systems!

    Comment: codysmom – 01. July 2009 @ 3:51 pm

  5. I absolutely cannot get enough RadioLab! Thanks for the recommendation.

    It’s very cool hearing references to bits that I’ve read or heard about elsewhere (such as the Emergence bits)

    Comment: jdewald – 05. July 2009 @ 7:05 pm

  6. Dale, I’m going to have my first Secular Parenting Discussion group at my house this month. I’m going to use both of your books. Any chance you could put me in touch with others who have groups like this as well?

    Comment: UteMitchell – 08. July 2009 @ 12:52 am

  7. Sure Ute, I’ll email you.

    Comment: Dale – 08. July 2009 @ 9:09 am

  8. I know it was mentioned twice in your suggestion post, but The Skeptics Guide to the Universe is really a wonderful podcast (beyond all others in my opinion). Try to listen to two podcast all the way through, and I hope you will be hooked! I’m a science nerd, so I was hooked after about 2 minutes. best of luck, hope you find more great ones!

    Comment: magra178 – 16. July 2009 @ 5:54 pm

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