Hello again. Today’s topic is podcasts! I do like podcasts. In a nutshell, a podcast is like a recording of a radio show, but a podcast can be recorded and uploaded to the internet by anyone. They can be of diverse topics, styles, and genres.
I’d love to share a list of the podcasts I listen to. I like listening to podcasts while I’m going somewhere in order not to spend time for nothing. So, let’s start.
I’m subscribed to… as it turns out, 136 podcasts, English and Russian. About a half is suspended for some reason. Here is a screenshot of gPodder, a podcast aggregator:
Firstly, I’ll have a brief look at English podcasts.
No Agenda (http://noagenda.mevio.com/) – a very interesting podcast about the current situation (mainly in the USA). The two hosts, Adam Curry and John C. Dvorak, have a very critical view on the American government. The podcast has an innovative approach to podcasts monetization, it’s a user-donated show. The average length is two hours, thus it can be hard for non-native English speakers to listen to, although they speak clearly and understandably.
ESLPod (http://www.eslpod.com/website/index_new.html) – a very good and easy podcast for ESL students (as me). There is a great deal of free podcasts now, so you can listen to them for over a year.
FLOSS Weekly (http://twit.tv/FLOSS) – a podcast about “Free Libre Open Source Software”. Every week the host, Randal Schwartz, and co-hosts interview people developing open-source projects. Judging by his plans, we’ll hear a lot of interesting people.
A Way with Words (http://www.waywordradio.org/) – a podcast where the hosts explain English idioms, words origin, expressions and everything about English. It’s worth listening to for those who want to know more details about English.
Grammar Girl’s Quick and Dirty Tips (http://grammar.quickanddirtytips.com/) – another podcast about English, but more concentrated on writing. It’s quite short, five minutes on average, and each one explains one topic.
Freakonomics Radio (http://freakonomicsradio.com/) – a podcast that explains “the hidden side of everything”. And, as it turns out, this “everything” is related to economics. Worth listening to.
EconTalk (http://econtalk.org/) – another podcast on economics. The host talks with his guest about various economics-related things.
This American Life (http://www.thisamericanlife.org/) – a podcast that is usually consisted of four or five stories on a certain theme. They can be pretty amazing.
Well, in order not to make this post too big, I’ll stop now. The rest of podcasts will be given in next part.