fripodding and enlightening: the “stuff you should know” podcasts


iSaac and I adding new and interesting podcasts once a month or so. It started with The Onion News, then NPR’s Wait Wait Don’t Tell Me, then Obama’s Weekly radio address (which sometimes ended up being a recent speech or something rather than his usual “I’m talking to you” five minute this-is-what’s-going-on recording, all of which are very informal).

 

I happened to be at the iTunes store Tuesday night and picked up a How Stuff Works podcast called Stuff You Should Know. I will admit I’ve spent countless hours wasting time learning about things that may or may not be relevant what I should be doing at the time of my “research.” I’m talking about Wikipedia of course and all of its glorious truthiness. Unfortunately, at work, security won’t allow pictures, among other things (like access to the Indoob). Bummer. Nevertheless, knowledge is power and I intend to take over the world. [Evil laughter]

 

But I do have access to How Stuff Works’ website, and every so often I’m learning about those things as well. But back to the podcasts: I recommend subscribing. I also recommend going back through past episodes to pick up some interesting facts about… well… everything. Chuck and Josh are great, entertaining and informative hosts. They are actual humans with opinions. What do I mean by that? Well they trashed Michael Bay and his movie Armageddon. I forget which episode that was in; I think it was the 2012 episode. Anyway, I like their style and how they play off of each other. Why I also recommend picking up previous episodes is because they make frequent callbacks to those episodes and their blog, which they plug every opportunity they can get.

 

Case in point, a past episode I’m listening to now (and I’m highly enjoying) is about how to launder money. It’s titled “How Money Laundering Works.” It’s something I always had a hard time understanding, but they break it down so nicely with many examples and historic facts. Smurfing, anyone? Either coincidentally or purposefully, the episode before this was about the Ponzi scheme. And apparently, some weeks prior was about moonshine. They actually mentioned that one a couple times. I haven’t gone back to listen to that one yet, but I’ve enjoyed most of all that I’ve heard so far. However, they managed to tie all three ideas together to make mass amounts of illegal money. Not that they are encouraging this… they are just saying… why not?

 

The nice thing about these podcasts is that they are free. I like free. A lot of consumers do. They typically range from 20-25 minutes… so for Connecticut folk, that’s a trip from Middletown to downtown Hartford, especially during rush hour. And it’s painless learning. And they give back to the fans, which means reading listener mail and poems. Again, these often relate to the previous podcasts. So with that, go forth and learn stuff you should know.

 

I really can’t wait to start podcasting of my own.

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2 comments on “fripodding and enlightening: the “stuff you should know” podcasts
  1. Hey… I know that trick where your font gets smaller so you can squeeze in more words!

    NPR has the best programs.

    • t. sterling says:

      I didn’t think I was doing any tricks, but I’m not complaining. And perhaps if the font is smaller, people won’t think I wrote as much and might not be deterred from my lengthy posts.

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