- I love thee for thy convenience - there are a lot of radio broadcasts on NPR that I live and love to hear. However, I'm not always actually in the car when they're on. Podcasting has revolutionized the way I listen to these programs. I subscribe to a number of them (including This American Life, which if you're not listening to, you're really, sorely missing out on), sync them on my iPod, and then I can listen at the gym, or in the car (even if they're not on the station), or even at home while I'm vacuuming or my husband's watching baseball.
- I love thee for thy entertainment value - Continuing in the same vein about my favorite NPR shows (not just This American Life, but also Car Talk and Wait Wait Don't Tell Me), I used to hate when I was slave to the radio and howling with laughter that I knew I'd have to retell and paraphrase whatever it was that made me so hysterical, and that I knew I wouldn't do it justice. The new re-tell-ability (yes, I coined the phrase) is terrific, not just for giggles, but also because I've used a lot of them in class.
- I love thee for thy knowledge - There are some fantastic podcasts that I've used in class, and legions more I need to look at for integration. There are others I've used not to share with students but to deepen my own background about a text before I teach it. Overall, I've been impressed by the quality of the humanities podcasts available through iTunes U, especially those created by museums and libraries. iTunes U, incidentally, also has what I think is the best directory system. It's easy to search and provides just the right level of detail about the podcast.
- I love thee for thy cheapness - It's pretty cool that so many podcasts are free - I almost got carried away raving about how it's bringing knowledge to the people and breaking down some walls to information, but the truth is, you still need a computer to locate and hear the podcasts, so it's not nearly as proletariat as it could be, but it's a good start.
19 April 2010
Thing 19: Podcasts = Love
How do I love thee, podcasts? Let me count the ways: