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?

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