here are the podcasts to which I subscribe. See below for how to download podcasts
Fresh Air http://www.npr.org/templates/rss/podlayer.php?id=13
Terry Gross is the best interviewer of all time, has encyclopedic knowledge of popular culture, gets the very best people in the arts, high end writers and the like. Essential listening.
On the Media http://feeds.wnyc.org/onthemedia
I can hardly bear to watch/listen/read the news in the usual sources. OTM is a weekly NPR show devoted to analysing the way the news of the previous week was handled and mishandled, and in the process provide a very palatable summary of the news of the week. Edited by Brooke.
In Our Time With Melvyn Bragg http://downloads.bbc.co.uk/podcasts/radio4/iot/rss.xml
Tweedy British academics, mostly, with upper class accents talking about tweedy academic subjects. Gengis Kahn, Fermat’s Last Theorem, carbon, the Minoans. That sort of thing. I hope you enjoy the programme.
99% Invisible http://podcast.99percentinvisible.org/feed/podcast/
Groovy engaging guy talking about design. Really, a very, very good program. Always read the plaque.
Lexicon Valley http://feeds.feedburner.com/SlateLexiconValley
Funny, profane and engaging smart guys, including the guy from OTM, talking about spoken language.
Two Westerners who live and work in China, and know the language very well talking about all manner of things to do with contemporary China. Their guests are typically very smart people, journalists mainly including very well known writers for the Guardian, New York Times, New Yorker and Wall Street Journal. Also post doc students in various Chinaish subjects. The expat community seems pretty chummy in Beijing. Everybody knows everybody.
New Yorker: The Political Scene http://feeds.newyorker.com/services/rss/feeds/campaign_trail.xml
The brain trust of the New Yorker providing the informed and detached liberal take on the events of the week.
Slate’s Amicus with Dahlia Lithwick http://feeds.feedburner.com/SlateAmicusWithDahliaLithwick
Brand new podcast about current cases before the court
Planet Money http://www.npr.org/rss/podcast.php?id=510289
Hipster NPR type economics nerds.
Frank Deford http://www.npr.org/rss/podcast.php?id=4499275
Princeton guy, and sounds it, has worked for Sports Illustrated for 50 years. Wonderful voice, great raconteur , old fashioned appreciator of sports, and calls out bullshit of big time sports from time to time
New Yorker: Out Loud http://feeds.newyorker.com/services/rss/feeds/newyorker_outloud.xml
New Yorker staffers talk in detail about one or two articles in the magazine. A little smarmy at times.
discussions of current legal topics, often including advocates from one or both sides of an issue.
This American Life http://feeds.thisamericanlife.org/talpodcast
Ira Glass. That’s all that needs to be said.
Archaeology Channel http://www.archaeologychannel.org/rss/TACfeed.xml
Archeology nerds giving the archeology news, which is kind of an oxymoron.
WNYC’s Radiolab http://feeds.wnyc.org/radiolab
Very smart media guys, including the great Robert Krulwich, doing interviews about science.
Brain Science Podcast http://brainsciencepodcast.libsyn.com/rss
Really boring people talking about their very interesting research in neurology
The Bugle http://feeds.feedburner.com/thebuglefeed
Two very funny, in a low comedy way, English hack comedians whose main goal every week seems to be to crack one another up. They seem to be good friends. One is John Oliver, now famous, and one is Andy Salzman, still playing gigs for 30 people in Leicester
I’m not crazy about I-Tunes for podcasts, but it is sort of the default way to subscribe. I don’t use it, but most people do. And to their credit, Apple pretty much made podcasts happen by making it easy to download them and making sure they are all free.
Notice the podcasts item on the I-Tunes menu.