Those of you who follow my blog know that one of my favorite means of consuming information and news is the podcast – a medium I enjoy as I travel around the city via subway, bus, and foot – saving me from doing no fewer than two things at a time.
I partake of all kinds of podcasts: AdAge 3 minute casts, Cynthia Turner In Your Ear Cynopses, NYT Front Page, etc. It’s like the Cliff Notes of news, except that I don’t have to know how to read.
Well, one of the podcasts on my top-ten lineup is “Green 960 – Rachel Maddow,” and this afternoon, I had the good fortune of having a business meeting on the east side of Central Park, which compelled me to walk home through the Park. And, hence, I had the opportunity to hear Maddow’s rebroadcast of John Hodgman’s talk at the Radio and TV Correspondent’s Dinner last week.
Barack Obama, with a photo of himself in front of a Superman statue, and a deep knowledge of Star Trek salutes and facts, seems to be the first nerd president. A nerd president being to a jock president what a blogger is to a radio talk show host, gravitating toward “complexity and bookish rumination” rather than “gut instinct, intense confidence and surety.” But yet, he plays sports. And not just bowling, but basketball – making Mr. Hodgman’s assessment of the president somewhat more complicated. After spending four days in deeply red country as a supremely ill-qualified defender of liberal politics, this was a refreshing return to the familiar territory of satirical blue humor – not to mention a quite comfortable temperature in the 80s rather than the high 90s.
But let’s get back to safer territory – for example, Hodgman’s direct allusion to social media. Within his overview of the nerd culture, he notes that it has come to pass that “the state of Iran is somehow deeply entwined with the sleep schedule of the programmers of Twitter and Youtube.” Phew.
And with that, I hereby share with you Hodgman’s quite smart, quite witty, dare I say thought provoking talk at the TV and Radio Correspondent’s Dinner. Live long, live hands-free, and prosper:
My high school Latin teacher, Mr. Fiorella, used to say that a day in which you don’t learn something new is a day wasted. Thanks to the my continued addiction to audio podcasts, I am continuously learning. These are a few of my favorite pods:
Advertising Age’s Daily “Three Minute Ad Age” and other audio reports
- I fall in love with these a little more each day.
- Recommend “Inside the Mommy Blogger Business,” which includes a discussion of the Walmart Eleven Moms blogging hub.
Alas, this was discontinued making it “Can’t Have.”
20 min. Yoga Sessions from YogaDownload.com
LOVE it. Can actually find 20 minutes for a yoga session – as opposed to the 2 hours required to take a 90 minute class at the gym.
MediaBytes with Shelly Palmer – New Media News – Audio:
Be sure to adjust your volume level for this enthusiastic daily report
Cynopsis In Your Ear:
Crucial daily update if you’re in the cable TV space. If I had not listened today, I might have canceled my HBO subscription, not realizing the Bill Maher is coming back on air this week.
Satellite Guys.US – Satellite Guys Podcast:
Long and rambling. Essential when I was working on a pricing strategy for a cable TV network. Not highly relevant at the moment.
Apple Quick Tips:
Very helpful – video – short & sweet
A LITTLE LONG… BUT IF YOU HAVE THE TIME
BusinessWeek — Cover Stories:
LOVED “What’s a Friend Worth?” story that puts a dollar value on an individual’s social network (Twitter, Facebook, etc.)
“The Risk-Takers” is worth a listen
“Could Google Fix Detroit” is a very interesting interview with “What Would Google Do?” author Jeff Jarvis
On the Media:
Many of these are about journalism rather than the business side of media; however, there was a very interesting piece about Twitter last summer. Bob Garfield is always entertaining and interesting – and super nice in person.
Long, in depth.
IF YOU HAVE THE TIME – LIFE
Always good to get a non-American perspective
Green 960 – Rachel Maddow:
Long but interesting
The Kelly Morris Yoga Podcast
President Obama’s Weekly Radio Address:
Often captures key addresses
Real Time with Bill Maher:
Loses something without the video
Good to have when you’re waiting to be served at the Time Warner Cable office – video version. iTouch has incredible video quality. Not as visually explicit at the TV version, however. (Tudors is a little like soft porn.)
60 Minutes Podcast – The Full Broadcast:
A little difficult without the video.