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Unpacking some more boxes this weekend, I was reminded that an old friend once pointed out that you could learn a lot about someone from their CD collection. Obviously this was before iTunes.

These days, surely it is what’s on your iPod. And for me, that’s almost exclusively podcasts.

When you add up the time spent travelling to/from work on public transport and the (unfortunately only) occasional gym session, I get about 6 hours a week when I can use my ears, but I can’t read a book. Podcasts are a perfect  use of that time.

I’ve gone through listening to various podcasts, but currently I’m subscribing to five that I find pretty interesting. If you’re interested enough to read my posts, then you could be interested in also listening to some of these:

  1. Triple J: Hack Half Hour (Podcast) is one of better Australian current affairs shows. Half an hour, every afternoon, it covers topics from youth mental illness to East Timorese politics.
  2. The Economist (Podcast) provides a global perspective on what is happening, and includes “the week ahead” which gives the heads-up on what is likely to be covered in the news in the coming few days.
  3. this WEEK in TECH (Podcast) is a rambly but sometimes insightful technology commentary, with a focus on North American news items. The cast dynamics often overshadow the tech news.
  4. gdgt weekly (Podcast) is a weekly tech news show that covers the consumer electronics industry. Sometimes they talk about things other than the iPhone and the Kindle.
  5. SALT – Seminars About Long Term Thinking (Podcast) are recordings of the monthly seminar series hosted by The Long Now Foundation and have truly fascinating speakers on subjects that consider our society and planet over multiple generations.

I don’t know what you could learn about me from this collection, other than what you’d already know from reading my blog.

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