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Fedya Davidovich

HEY, Internet, I want to tell you all about Earideas.

Wow, that sounded a little snake-oily- let me try that again:

HEY, Internet, I want to tell you all about Earideas.

Wow, that sounded a little snake-oily- let me try that again:

Step right up folks and have a look at the one, the only, the world’s finest, most discriminating, most hyperventilating-inducing collection of the web’s best audio content: Earideas.

There, that’s a little less in your shopping cart of the internet sell-out mall. And I won’t even mention that Miette’s Bedtime Story Podcast is included in the Earideas directory of the internet’s best audio content (Are you surprised, really?), although I guess it’s too late.

The real reason I want to tell you about Earideas is because I’ve been challenged. I’m supposed to find “The Five Best Podcasts I Know,” and while I do -know- of five other podcasts, it strikes me that -you- probably have the internet a little better tapped than I do.

So, uh, anybody know any good podcasts, other than this one? You can share them with me through the comments or by email to miette (at) this domain. And I won’t be offended, and assume that whatever you send is your Number 2 pick. Right?

Or, you can go straight to Earideas and tell them yourself.

And in exchange, I’ll give you a story. A good one.

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By miette

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

10 replies on “Fedya Davidovich”

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!

This American Life (www.thisamericanlife.org) 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…

http://www.thislife.org/About_Radio.aspx

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

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:
http://writersalmanac.publicradio.org/

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:
http://prairiehome.publicradio.org/

Runners up:

KCRW’s Bookworm. Silverblatt is honest and unabashedly ponderous:
http://www.kcrw.com/etc/programs/bw

Slate’s Audio Book Club.
All the fun of hanging out with really smart friends and discussing books, without any of the sexual tension: http://www.slate.com/id/2137229/

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:
http://www.nature.com/nature/podcast/index.html

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

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 podiobooks.com and librivox.org – neither of which are podcasts, both of which provide full books for free, although occasionally librivox includes electronic readers.

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

Grist Podcast: a weekly podcast from grist.com that manages to keep a humorous tone while delivering the consistently bad news of the environmental movement.

toeradio.org: 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.

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