Saturday, December 22, 2007

Listen up!

Writers' strike got you down? You know there are other places to look for entertainment besides the boob tube. How about some aural pleasure in the form of podcasts? Since I got an iPod and logged on to iTunes, I've been hooked and amazed at what technology will allow amateurs to create. Here are some of my favorites:

Hometown Tales
I get tired of podcasts easily, but not this. It was the first one I ever downloaded and it's still a can't-miss. Every town has local legends, folklore, ghost stories and odd culture. Hear the latest bizarre news and tales from around the world from Gene and Bryan.

Black Women's Roundtable
If you are a fan of the blog What About Our Daughters, then you know how Gina the Warrior Princess does it. You'll always find great information and debate here, and you can hear some of your favorite bloggers, including Symphony of Essential Presence, Attorneymom from Character Corner, DJ Black Adam, Professor Tracey, and sometimes, even moi. You can hear this broadcast live on Thursdays nights at 9 p.m. EST. If you can't stay up that late, download the podcast on iTunes or listen at WAOD.

Addicted to Race
Carmen Van Kerchove is surely the hardest working woman in bloggerdom. She helms Racialicious, Anti-Racist Parent and Race in the Workplace, not to mention her consulting firm New Demographic. Addicted to Race offers insightful discussion on race, including topics covered in Carmen's blogs. ATR is currently on a brief hiatus, but I say subscribe anyway so when it comes back, you don't miss a minute.

Mr. Deity
This is just like a mini-sitcom, but much funnier. Remember when Joan Osbourne asked "What if God was one of us?" Well, in this serialized show, he is...just an L.A. guy with a son named Jesus and an evil wife named Lucy (Get it?). If you don't have video capabilities on your mp3 player, just check out http://www.mrdeity.com/ or look for episodes on You Tube. In the latest episode, Jesus makes family dinner night economical by turning his order of loaves and fishes into enough for the whole table.

Agatha Christie Radio Mysteries and Wormwood: A Serialized Mystery
So, there are no new episodes of CSI or Without a Trace. No one does murder like Agatha Christie. If you like English, it-was-the-vicar-in-the-parlor-type whodunnits, tune in. The producers of this podcast seem to be focusing on Christie's Poirot series, posting multi-part episodes starring the French detective. What makes these tales particularly interesting is that, unlike today's wimpy detectives, Hercule Poirot doesn't need DNA to catch a murderer, just a misplaced chair, a dropped handkerchief and a hunch.

Wormwood is an original, very original, mystery. The acting is, at times, over the top, as is the dialogue, but the tale is strangely engrossing. In this multi-part story, Dr. Xander Crowe chases his vision of a drowned woman to Wormword, an odd little town with even odder inhabitants.

Urban Dharma and 21st Century Buddhism
In Urban Dharma, Rev. Kusula makes understanding the Four Noble Truths and Eightfold Path easy. And, he plays a mean blues harmonica. 21st Century Buddhism discusses how to incorporate Buddhist principles into everyday living, tackling topics like gossip and greed.

These are just a few of my favorite podcasts, what are yours?

6 comments:

Mes Deux Cents said...

Tami,

Wow thanks for the info. I've never really dwonloaded podcasts but I think I'm going to start.

Hometown Tales sounds like something I would really like.

Do you ever listen to Wait wait...Don't tell me on NPR? I think you would like it.

DMB said...

I am embarrassed to say that I don't even know how an ipod works. I really wanted one two years ago before I came to Japan, but I didn't. I want one for Christmas now, but I feel intimidated by possibly buying one in Japan and not even knowing how they work!

But thanks for the info!

FerociousKitty said...

Hi, Tami...

I too am tech-challenged and do not own an iPod. But I am happy to find your blog, having following the link from your comment at AntiRacist Parent. Looking forward to reading you!

~Deesha

Tami said...

MDC--Podcasts are one of my favorite things about having an iPod. It's great to tap into so much FREE creativity. I LOVE "Wait...Wait..." I usually miss it when it airs, but I do download that podcast, too.

DMB--iPods are pretty user friendly. If you can set up a blog, you can operate an iPod. I almost think the best thing about an iPod is the ability to use iTunes, which has introduced me to a bunch of alternate entertainment, from underground bands, to local public radio shows, to hidden gems by amateur filmmakers or stuff like Hometown Tales. Yeah, I am addicted to the thing.

Deesha--Welcome to my blog! I read your introduction on Anti-Racist Parent and I look forward to reading more of your work. I will be contributing to the site as well, in the new year. I know we'll have some great discussions.

g-e-m2001 said...

Tami,

I have been watching Mr. Diety. Hysterical. Thanks for the info

Carmen said...

Hey thanks so much for shouting out Addicted to Race! :) We'll be back soon - I promise.

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