Podcasting has been around for some time but I just started paying attention, perhaps because it's so easy to search, download, and play on my iPhone (god I love my iPhone) or because Howard Stern only works at most 3 days a week now (on weeks he actually works) so there's a big gaping hole in my listenership requirements during the long slog of the work day that I've found has been filled by this thing called "Podcasting" which, for the uniformed, is simply people talking like they'd be talking on the radio but without commercials, without cost, and 8000x funnier than anything you would find on the radio outside of Howard Stern. There are really funny people (mostly comedians) doing really funny stuff, with really funny guests, and the whole thing is free! And so freaking easy to use. You download to your iPhone and play just like you would any music, either on the speaker on the phone or in your car connection or in your earbuds at the gym so you can laugh as you suffer through the daily exercises. And if you don't have an iPhone, I'm sure you could do it on a Droid, although I never did when I had a Droid (and god that phone was garbage compared to the functionality and beauty of an iPhone -- and I used to love that Droid!). And if you don't have a smart phone, then please stop reading this blog. But I digress. Check out podcasting if you want to laugh, if you have any kind of sense of humor at all, or if you are just cheap and want something free (hi Legfu!). And if you don't know what to listen to, I've prepared this handy list of my personal favorites:
- The Bugle. John Oliver of The Daily Show, who happens to be both my favorite British correspondent on the Daily Show and my favorite correspondent on The Daily Show, has a weekly podcast with a fellow Briton in which they talk about current events, typically news reports of some import, and make hilarious unbelievable fun of them. They've done 200+ podcasts in the life of the program and it was originally sponsored by a British newspaper I believe, but that has stopped and they are now doing it gratis (but please contribute if you listen because if they stop doing this show I will not be happy). Anyway, it's typically just around a 45 minute podcast and the other British guy is only mildly funny but every single thing that comes out of John Oliver's mouth I find funny so I highly recommend.