I’m sorry this is late today. We finally have our first tooth, and it’s interfering this week with his napping schedule.
Now that Little Mister is more and more aware of the world around him, the sounds around the house have changed significantly. Of course, there are his sounds – lots of babbling and screeching and laughing, and his fair share of crying or grumping about. Right now, he’s taking turns fake coughing and talking to himself.
But there’s also the music, which has increased exponentially from before he was born. It used to be almost all podcasts nearly all the time. Now, since I’m sharing the sounds with LM, we wander in music from Sesame Street to Beethoven to Miles Davis to Tom Lehrer to whichever of my Pandora stations sound at all appealing.
But when the boy’s in bed, it’s time for podcasts again! Some quiet time to myself to learn new things or hear debate or an audiobook. I’m clearly not listening quickly enough for iTunes’s taste, as it keeps telling me it’s stopped updating certain subscriptions because I haven’t listened “lately,” and do I want to begin updating again? Yes, you silly program, I do.
So I figured now is a good time to update my list from before and add some of those that I didn’t include last time.
So, the last time I suggested The British History Podcast, but it’s gotten too slow even for me. There’s a line between “thorough” and “losing the narrative in the weeds,” and for me, that line’s been crossed. I appreciate all the work that goes into this podcast, but when I consistently zone out five minutes into each episode, I know it’s a lost cause.
Instead, this time I’ll point you to Rex Factor again. They finished their series with a playoff that culminated in an overall winner, so you don’t have to wait for new material any more, although they’ll be starting a new series at some point. Besides, they read my comment on the final episode, so I feel famous and want to promote them even more now.
I also suggest The History of England podcast. It may just be “a guy in a shed,” as the presenter often describes himself. But, funny and well researched, it manages to seem thorough while still moving along at a good clip. And, periodically, there are family theatricals to liven things up further.
There’s also the Judge John Hodgman podcast, which is one of the more famous ones out there. A comedy podcast, but with a very humanistic foundation, Hodgman rules wisely (usually) on disputes between friends and family members. Generally, these are disputes along the lines of “My spouse thinks we can eat food past its expiration date. Make him / her throw away expired food!” You know, the important stuff.
And finally, there’s CraftLit, public domain audiobooks with lengthy introductions that include crafting talk as well as background and context on the books. You can get the podcasts without the crafting materials, as well. This is like Librivox with benefits. I recently finished listening to The Scarlet Letter this way – the first time I’ve interacted with that book since high school, and I have to admit, I didn’t really like it any more this time around, although it was probably for different reasons.
So, there you go. Some new things to check out if you ever get into the mood.