Pruning Podcasts

Everyone once in a while I feel the need to prune back some digital hedges that have overgrown while I was attending to other things. In this particular moment, I realized that there are simply too many podcasts queueing up in iTunes that I just don’t have time to listen to at the moment. For my own future memory, the podcasts that are getting dropped are:

  • Digital Media Insider. A great podcast focused mostly on audio production from O’Reilly that, like a bunch of other O’Reilly podcasts is no longer getting updated.
  • Distributing the Future. Another abandoned bit from O’Reilly, but I am keeping the shows I already have around, there are some really nice pieces in here. (Where to put them is the question.)
  • Escape Pod is free, spoken versions of science fiction stories. I’m keeping this one around, but I don’t listen to it very much.
  • Science Friday. Sorry, Ira Flatow, but sometimes you’re just too glib and/or silly at the wrong time. I really wanted to like SciFri, but it doesn’t help that the show is now only available in one-hour chunks. (It’s been replaced in my listening rotation by the more imaginative RadioLab, but the boys there, Had and Robert, have made a few dumb remarks in their day as well.)

Podcasts on the verge:

  • HBR IdeaCast. The problem with business gurus is that they really don’t have much to say, and the HBR staff don’t really reach out to interesting humanists or scholars. (An interview with Anthony Bourdain was, well, amusing, but it wasn’t much of a conversation. It felt like one of those awkward fan moments.)
  • Thinking Allowed. I really want to like Laurie Taylor’s show, but he mumbles a lot.

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