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Miette has been podcasting the best of world literature's short fiction since March 2005, when she was just a pup.

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  1. katrina
    katrina December 15, 2007 at 6:26 am |

    Of course you’re the best! Another podcast I listen to regularly though, is Cast-on by Brenda Dayne. As a gauge of how good it really is – it’s ostensibly about knitting – but even my husband will happily listen to an hour of it!

  2. bubbly
    bubbly December 20, 2007 at 8:57 pm |

    How about the Yale Open Courses, at

    Between you and Yale, I’m almost an ivy leaguer.

  3. Denise
    Denise December 21, 2007 at 5:17 am |

    This American Life ( is great! It’s a weekly, hour long podcast and each week they choose a topic and then have interviews, short stories, non fiction, fiction, found tape, little commentaries, anything and everything to go along with that topic. To explain it would be kinda hard. It’s not a news show or a talk show or anything like that. It’s just unbelievably humane, relatable stories about ordinary people. I’ll just say it seems like it’s centered around being good, being kind, empathy, paying attention to people, finding out what makes people tick and what makes us human and what connects us all. Actually, I’ll stop babbling and give you their much better description of it…

    Check it out if you get a chance! I’m addicted.

  4. Patrick
    Patrick December 31, 2007 at 12:13 am |

    Happy New Year, everyone.
    Miette is pretty wonderful so, these suggestions pale in comparison but here goes.

    Garrison Keillor’s two podcasts.
    The Writer’s Almanac is great. Each morning, every day, for about three minutes he gives some insights into writers and historical events that were born or happened on that calender day, and then he ends on a poem. I always listen while I eat breakfast and then during the day tell everyone what I learned and pretend that I actually know more about the subjects than what I learned in a three minute podcast:

    His other podcast—News From Lake Woebegone—is also rad. Since I was a kid I’ve been listening to his storytelling. He’s no Miette, but it’s hard not to be lulled by his cadence and low voice and also— hard not to learn a thing or two about storytelling to boot. Warning, liking this podcast pretty much means that you are an old geezer, no matter how old you are:

    Runners up:

    KCRW’s Bookworm. Silverblatt is honest and unabashedly ponderous:

    Slate’s Audio Book Club.
    All the fun of hanging out with really smart friends and discussing books, without any of the sexual tension:

    Nature Magazine’s Podcast.
    Just to remind you that whatever artistic endeavor you’re working on cant compete with the wild and complex wonders of the natural world:

    Of course This American Life is great. But I see that it is already taken.
    I also like the Beatles. But no one asked.

  5. Franlinstein
    Franlinstein January 1, 2008 at 4:07 pm |

    I just thought I’d let you know that I was listening to your gorgeous reading of Samuel Beckett as the clock ticked over, and rather than saying Good Riddance To 2007, it was all okay. Happy New Year and here’s my vote for second best podcast, which is not a podcast but a recording of a college class.

  6. hugh
    hugh January 3, 2008 at 3:01 am |

    hey thanks for the plug, and thanks (to the miette-ites) for the suggestions.

  7. kehlar
    kehlar January 28, 2008 at 7:12 pm |

    Varient Frequencies I love their dark world view, wonderful stories from the end/ or a slightly different world. especially the failed city monologues

    The Transmitter Victim (although a dead feed is a bizarre and entertaining little podcast)

    botar’s Old time radio (includes such radio gems as War of the Worlds, the mysterious traveler, x minus one, and the green hornet)

    stupendous tales is another good one I like the short pieces better

    Audio Literature Odyssey where it sounds like Nikolle Doolin is trying to seduce you with reading from lancellot and the knight of the cart and turn of the screw.

    I also recommend and – neither of which are podcasts, both of which provide full books for free, although occasionally librivox includes electronic readers.

  8. hugh
    hugh January 29, 2008 at 8:00 pm |

    hey kehlar…actually librivox does have a podcast:

    and there shouldn’t be any electronic readers on librivox, do you know of a book that did? (i have a personal interest in that site, so to speak).

  9. Karma
    Karma February 8, 2008 at 12:01 pm |

    The other podcasts that I love lean toward the political. Some I reccommend:

    Grist Podcast: a weekly podcast from that manages to keep a humorous tone while delivering the consistently bad news of the environmental movement. presents Benjamin Walker’s Theory of Everything. When Benjamin Walker took a hiatus, I didn’t realize how much I missed the odd combo of narration and politics. It is also very well produced, with very pleasing backround music.

    KCRW’s Morning Becomes Eclectic’s live performances often sound better than the album’s official recordings.

    And there’s always Wait, Wait Don’t Tell Me which is always entertaining.

  10. BadAunt
    BadAunt February 9, 2008 at 7:23 am |

    My favourite (when I’m not listening to Miette) is the Radio New Zealand podcast of “Saturday Morning with Kim Hill.” Kim Hill is a brilliant interviewer, and she gets to interview some very interesting people.

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