Tuesday, May 15, 2007

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    The scientific theory I like most is that the rings of Saturn
    are composed entirely of lost airline luggage.
    - Mark Russell

    I have a couple of plane trips coming up (another one of the joys of Dermatology - I can take leave!). Both are to delightful and exciting events:

    1. My brother Billy is graduating from college. (Maryland)
    2. My fifth college reunion. (Providence, Rhode Island)

    And both involve lots of air travel. (The second trip, in particular, due to a particularly busy travel weekend, has multiple stops.) And I've come to a stunning realization. I only listen to one knitting podcast (Cast On, for those who must know). I listen to lots and lots of other podcasts, but I would like some other knitting options, for those times you just want to hear about knitting as you knit your way across the sky.

    Let's make a deal, shall we? I'll share a list of my favorite podcasts, and you share yours. Knitting and crafty related ones are highly sought, but any suggestions are welcome.

    OK, your turn!

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    Blogger Karen said...

    My two favorites are Sticks & String and Stash and Burn. They should both be able to keep you well entertained on your journeys.

    5/15/2007 10:12 AM  
    Blogger Molly said...

    This American Life, from Chicago Public Radio:

    If you watch movies, even on DVD, you might enjoy "Film Week," from my local NPR station (KPCC), also available as a podcast: http://www.scpr.org/help/podcasthelp.html You'll hear discerning reviews of all types of movies including foreign and arthouse films.

    I don't have an iPod yet but I tape these shows (and "Speaking of Faith," already on your list) on old fashioned cassettes and listen when I can or listen online.

    5/15/2007 10:20 AM  
    Blogger Kazen @ Always Doing said...

    I just opened up my RSS reader: over 50 podcasts! >_< A short list of my favorites, limited to those that update regularly (at least once a week):

    Public Radio
    (most are easily found via NPR's website)
    - NPR: Most Emailed Stories
    - NPR: World Story of the Day
    - APM: Marketplace
    - NPR: Station Showcase with PRX
    - APM: Word for Word
    - APM: The Story
    - Bread and Circus
    - WNYC: On the Media
    - B-Side Radio
    - WAMC: The Media Project

    Other Podcasts
    (sorry for lack of linkage, running off to work soon!)
    - NYT: The Ethicist
    - They Might Be Giants Podcast (an awesome band)
    - Both Princeton and Berkeley have a treasure trove of speeches and lectures and forums... most easily found through iTunes, I believe.

    And here are a couple of podcasts that come out less often, but a look back through their RSS feed yields tons of great stuff:
    - NPR: Intelligence Squared
    - Chicago Public Radio: Re:sound -
    - Chicago Public Radio: Third Coast Festival Podcast

    So yeah, I'm a public radio nut. -_^ Happy flying!

    5/15/2007 10:42 AM  
    Anonymous Anonymous said...

    I'm a public radio nut too, so alot of the NPR ones already mentioned are on my list.The only one I don't see mentioned that I've been getting a kick out of is NPR Flashback which looks back at each month's news from 25 years ago with current commentary.

    Knitting-wise, the only one I listen to is Lime & Violet.

    Others: I love Escape Pod (short story sci-fi fiction), Accident Hash (podsafe music), Dave's Lounge (more down-tempo trip-hop type music), Hometown Tales (two guys who talk about strange news, urban legends and ghost stories), and I've been slowly working my way through the vast library of stuff at podiobooks.com.

    5/15/2007 11:28 AM  
    Blogger Katura said...

    I listen to a lot of pod casts all about knitting!
    all the links are on the side bar of my blog:
    Check it out!

    5/15/2007 11:34 AM  
    Blogger Liz said...

    Hey! I'm going to be there for my 15th! Maybe we'll run into each other (We'll definitely be at Field Day and walking on Sunday, otherwise your guess is as good as mine). Enjoy!

    5/15/2007 11:37 AM  
    Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Have save travels! I am a fan of Guido's podcast, "It's a Purl Man." He makes it a habit to have bloggers come in and talk to him, very entertaining.

    5/15/2007 11:44 AM  
    Blogger Alice Yu said...

    Oh i feel so out of touch! I haven't ever listened to a podcast... I am missing out!

    Theresa - I tagged you on my blog, hope you don't mind!

    Alice missmaliceknits.blogspot.com

    5/15/2007 12:23 PM  
    Anonymous Anonymous said...

    THIS AMERICAN LIFE!!! And I buy the old ones from Audible.

    I also LOVE Leonard Lopate from wnyc.org. There's a daily podcast, but it only has one segment of the show. All of the archives can be downloaded for free on the website. LOVE Lenny!

    Also, Car Talk now has a weekly free podcast (the whole show.)

    5/15/2007 12:27 PM  
    Blogger sloth-knits said...

    I haven't even figured out podcasts yet! I'd better fix that and fast.

    Are you looking for any knitting time in Providence that weekend? There's always the new store to check out.

    5/15/2007 12:32 PM  
    Blogger Carole Knits said...

    Lime and Violet. They crack me up.

    5/15/2007 12:44 PM  
    Blogger WandaWoman said...

    Lime and Violet, Stash and Burn, and Sticks and String, It's A Purl, Man for knitting. I also like Car Talk on NPR, Tavis Smiley/PRI and Tell Me More on NPR.

    5/15/2007 12:59 PM  
    Blogger Liz K. said...

    I've really enjoyed Stash and Burn a lot. They have a really good rapport, and generally keep it to the knitting.

    I'm also a big fan of This American Life.

    5/15/2007 1:11 PM  
    Anonymous Anonymous said...

    I listen to Harry Potter Podcasts & Knitting Podcasts. Hmm, I must be a real geek. You already have the knitting podcasts that I listen to but if you like the Potter check out Leaky Cauldron's Podcast called PotterCast. It is great! And Knit Picks has a new podcast out. I haven't listened yet but I have them downloaded.

    5/15/2007 1:35 PM  
    Blogger Jenn said...

    I also really like Stash & Burn - lots of good ideas for using up that closet-full of yarn I have! On the NPR note, my favorite is "Wait, wait, don't tell me" - delightful for the geek in all of us. Enjoy your trips! Maybe one has a layover in DFW?

    5/15/2007 2:25 PM  
    Blogger GamecockDoc said...

    I'm completely addicted to knitting podcasts. I listen to them on the rive to and from work and in those few quiet moments on call nights. My favorites:
    Cast On
    Lime & Violet
    Pixie Purls
    Pointy Sticks
    Sleepy Eyes Knits
    Sticks & String
    Knitting Cook
    Enjoy your trips!

    5/15/2007 4:31 PM  
    Blogger Rosemary said...

    I have a podcast. It's at CraftBorg.com

    I also like the above-mentioned Pottercast. Quirky Nomads. Creative Mom Podcast (it says "Mom" but I think it's good for anyone)

    5/15/2007 7:43 PM  
    Blogger OzKnitter said...

    I basically only listen to knitting podcasts or music. I like Sticks & String (Aussie guy), Cast-On, Lime & Violet and It's A Purl Man.

    There's a new sock knitters podcast called "Socks In The City" and you can find it @

    Knit Picks also have a new podcast.

    WEBS have one too.

    5/15/2007 7:57 PM  
    Blogger Abigail said...

    Honey you must listen to Prarie Home companion! It's a good healthy laugh. And you know what HE says. Laughter does good like a medicine.

    5/15/2007 8:05 PM  
    Blogger silverarrowknits said...

    Have fun in RI! I hope the weather is nice for you. I was planning on going, but decided to go to Walt Disney World instead, I think I need to admit that I have a bit of an obsession with the place.

    In regards to podcasts, I have been listening to Mugglecast (a fabulous Harry Potter podcast) and a few WDW podcasts, but I feel that you might not be as interested in them.

    5/15/2007 10:46 PM  
    Blogger The A.D.D. Knitter said...

    This American Life makes me laugh and cry, so it's always appropriate...

    Hey I'm a Brown grad too, have a great time, wish I were going to be there as well!!

    5/16/2007 5:22 AM  
    Blogger Tracy Batchelder said...

    I out of the loop when it comes to podcasts. Haven't listened to any yet. It would never work for me on a plane, because I hate headphones.

    5/16/2007 7:05 AM  
    Blogger Heather said...

    I have a 'Cast, Craftlit.blogspot.com--it's knitting/crafting stuff, then a chapter or two or three of a book-on-"tape". We've done a bunch of short stories, Pride and Prejudice, Turn of the Screw, and are now listening to A Tale of Two Cities.

    I also listen to the Official Lost Podcast, but that's about to go off the 'air' until the next season.
    ; )

    5/16/2007 11:21 AM  
    Blogger Karen said...

    Believe it or not, I have yet to listen to a podcast. Shame on me. :)

    5/16/2007 11:29 AM  
    Blogger Kim said...

    I see you've got a lot of NPR stories. I love Robert Krulwich:
    who does science for the public. I also love Frank Deford, who I think is also now available on NPR. You can also download archived episodes of Car Talk from somewhere.

    I don't really listen to podcasts (I don't spend a lot of time in the car) so I can't help with other podcasts, although you might want to give this one a try:
    I've been reading her husband's blog for a little while and he has talked about it a bit.

    5/16/2007 11:54 AM  
    Blogger Nikki said...

    This is your big chance to check out the CBC! (That'd be the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, our outstanding public radio.)

    They have lots of podcasts. I highly recommend Dispatches, Ideas, and Listener's Choice (which is just a mix of great CBC shows).

    Happy travels!

    5/16/2007 1:16 PM  
    Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Oh, you youngster! I have my 30th high school reunion next month!! (I can't believe I just wrote that out loud).

    5/16/2007 3:05 PM  
    Blogger Michelle said...

    I just started listening to podcasts myself so I added some of YOURS to MY list. :-) I also do CarTalk and Wait Wait Don't Tell Me (saw a taping in person once). I also listen to Lime and Violet, but for some reason the little boy I was taking care of would cry when that one came on. Very Weird. Since we're dropping cable the next time we move, I'm really going to start listening to these more. Have a nice trip!

    5/17/2007 7:13 AM  
    Blogger JayJay said...

    I'm embarassed to admit that I don't listen to podcasts. I prefer to rock out listening to my shuffle while knitting on the plane. I also stock up on mindless magazines or bring DVDs and watch them on my computer.

    5/17/2007 8:27 AM  
    Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Oh, do I have to figure out how to listen to podcasts while not at work! Great list, great question, Theresa!

    I love that Mark Russell quote!

    Is Rowena done? Your humbug pillow is so cute! Congrats on finally pulling it out and breaking it in!

    5/17/2007 1:37 PM  
    Anonymous Anonymous said...

    I don't like podcasts, but I LOVE This American Life, as others have suggested. Plus Ira Glass is a Brown alum!

    5/20/2007 9:59 AM  

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