Ideally, I’d love to read all the time. All right, check that. I mean, all the time I’m not watching bad television because, yes, I do watch bad television. Namely, almost anything on Bravo but… I digress. There are times when reading a book is not advisable, like when driving, and times when it’s not so easy: waiting in line, doing chores (which I don’t advise doing but to each their own), exercising, and walking. When I’m doing any of these things I like to listen to podcasts (you know, what we used to call radio). There are so many out there, I thought I’d share a few of my bookish favorites as well as some others I really enjoy. All are free on iTunes.
Literary Disco: This is easily the funniest and best bookish podcast out there. Tod, Rider and Julia have amazing rapport and it comes across in every episode. They discuss new releases, backlist books, and goings-on in the publishing world. They are no holds barred.
Dear Book Nerd: Rita Mead is the genial host of this podcast that covers a wide variety of book topics ranging from All About Book Clubs to Tell Me What to Read
Books on the Nightstand: Michael and Ann are friends who work in the publishing industry. Their love of books comes through every episode. It’s also great for book ideas because it’s weekly.
That Stack of Books: Nancy Pearl is a librarian who has written several books about books. She’s from Seattle and this podcast takes place with an audience at a local café and covers all kinds of literary topics. There is a lot of interplay with the audience as Nancy recommends books based on their likes and dislikes.
Because it’s nice to have at least a passing knowledge of what’s going on in the world I also listen to three of the Slate podcasts. They are the best bet for getting a quick fix in a number of areas because the hosts for each are all outstanding–well-informed without being overbearing, humorous and work really well together.
The Political Gabfest, though it leans a little left, provides great political and legal discussions on current events.
The Culture Gabfest covers what’s new and happening in the arts—music, books, and movies.
Double X Gabfest looks at current events, pop culture and any other issues of interest to women.
These three podcasts cover the balance of my listening life.
Serial, from NPR, which runs in seasons (unlike most podcasts that are ongoing). Season 1 is complete and YOU NEED TO LISTEN TO IT. It is one journalist’s exploration of a 1999 murder case in Blatimore. A young man was convicted and she goes through the evidence and speaks with witnesses and the killer himself. It is addictive and unpredictable.
Motley Fool Money is a bunch of dudes talking about stocks, businesses, and the economy in a way that doesn’t make your head hurt. If you have a 401K or buy stocks, this guys are reliable and interesting.
Invisibilia is another NPR podcast that is quirky and fabulous. Alix Spiegel and Lulu Miller explore human behavior and how it is shaped by invisible forces–forces that we are learning more about through science and new technology. Could be dry but they use storytelling so well it’s fascinating.