I thought I’d post a few things I’ve been reading and listening to, in case other people are looking for something entertaining to pass the time. (The photo is Evan20 and the dogs at the #backyardbeach.)
I’ve been listening to Dave Ramsey‘s podcast for years. For those who haven’t heard of him, he runs a 3-hour talk-back radio show on American radio about getting out of debt and staying away for credit cards and other borrowings forever and ever amen. He uses a few biblical references every now and then, which is weird for Australian ears to get used to, but I love his general philosophy on living beneath your means and reducing risk in your financial world. Every hour he has people come in to do their debt-free screams and they tell their stories. Very motivational stuff.
When my commute got HUGE after I moved an hour away from work, I began to add to my podcast list.
My Dad Wrote a Porno. I’m binge-listening this podcast at the moment and I love it. It’s the funniest thing I’ve ever heard in my life. Evan20 and I started listening to it and even though this sounds like a weird Mother-Son bonding thing, trust me. This ‘erotic book’ is not erotic in the slightest. It’s made me stop taking the train to work so that I can I have privacy when I hear something hilarious. The premise of the podcast is that a trio of thirty-somethings get together each week to hear a chapter of said porno being read aloud. Two of them haven’t heard it before the recording, so we get their unadulterated reactions to “Rocky Flintstone’s” book. He’s an awful writer. Well worth a listen, though maybe make sure your headphones are working if you’re going to listen to it in public.
The Moth. People go to various venues around the world, throw their names in a hat and, if chosen, speak about a real-life experience they’ve had. Usually, the events have a theme to them. You never know what you’re going to hear, from hilariously funny to heart-wrenchingly sad. I’ve been using some of these podcasts to teach public speaking with my English classes when I run “Moth-style” classes with them.
This American Life. This is one of my favourite podcasts. Every week is different, with different stories told around a common theme. This podcast is always thought-provoking and entertaining. I look forward to it every Monday – it’s a “must listen.”
Serial. This was the first podcast I subscribed to after listening purely to Dave Ramsay for a couple of years.
The New Yorker has quite a few podcasts. Here are the ones I subscribe to.
The New Yorker: Fiction. Authors read a story written by someone else and then they discuss it. Gee, there’s some wonderful short stories out there!
The New Yorker: Poetry. Every month or so a poet chooses a poem that’s been published in the “New Yorker” magazine and s/he and the poetry editor read and discuss it. Then they read one of their own poems. Marvellous attention to the details and nuances of language. I’ve heard some magnificent poems here.
The New Yorker: The Writer’s Voice – New Fiction. Each month an author reads a short story of theirs that the ‘New Yorker’ has published. I know I’m not alone in liking to be read to.
Alice Isn’t Dead. This is basically a novel broken down into bite-sized pieces. I binged on the first season over a week of travelling on the train. I think the next season is soon to arrive.
Missing Richard Simmons. A friend at work put me onto this one and I really enjoyed it for the first four episodes, but now I’m starting to feel as if this guy’s starting to err on the side of harassment, assuming everything is genuinely fine with Richard Simmons and he just wants to be left alone. Of course, the whole question is that nobody appears to know for sure if this is the case. Interesting listening, but I’m not sure I’ll continue for much longer…
No Such Thing as a Fish. I haven’t listened to this yet, but this is a weekly podcast by the researchers for QI. They get together and talk about the most interesting fact they’ve each uncovered that week. Sounds as if it could be really interesting, and funny as well. Gotta be happy with that!
Welcome to Night Vale. Spo wrote about this one on his blog. I’ve downloaded every episode (yikes! There’s about 3 years’ worth!) but I haven’t tackled it yet.
The Tim Ferris Show. I’ve only listened to one episode, when he interviewed Mr Money Moustache. I’ve downloaded a few eps to try, though they’re quite long and appear to be fairly business-oriented. Still, I’ll give him a go.
Financial Independence podcast – Early Retirement. I’ve linked to the page on his blog that has a list of who he’s interviewed on his podcast. Lots of the FIRE bloggers are here. (Financial Independence Early Retirement.)