What I’m listening to….

October 17, 2007


I’ve been getting caught up on my podcast downloads lately. I’m a big fan of CBC podcasts.

Visit iTunes and you’ll frequently see CBC podcasts in the “Today’s Top Podcasts” list. One listen and it’s not hard to figure out why they are the most popular downloads on iTunes.

Here are some of my favourites.

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Search Engine hosted by Jesse Brown

An insightful and thought provoking look at the political and cultural impact of technology and the internet on the world. The blog is rich with follow-up commentary and videos discussed on the show.

Search Engine is the most popular iTunes news podcast in the US!

(Broadcast times: Thursdays at 11:30am (12:00 NT) and Tuesdays at 3:30 pm (4:00 NT, select markets) on CBC Radio One.)

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Spark hosted by Nora Young

Offers a different perspective on technological innovations and grass-roots solutions to technical questions.

“Spark is your guide to the Next Big Thing. On-air and online, join Nora Young for a surprising and irreverent look at tech, trends, and fresh ideas.”

Past episodes include boosting your WiFi with aluminum foil and a glue stick, blogging in Africa, and what to do with your wet cell phone.

(Broadcast times: Wednesdays at 11:30 a.m. (12:00 NT) and Saturdays at 4:00 p.m. (4:30 NT) on CBC Radio One.)

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CBC The Best of Ideas hosted by Paul Kennedy

“Ideas is eclectic in form and content. We cover social issues, culture and the arts, geopolitics, history, biography, science and technology, and the humanities. Most of our programs are documentaries in which thoughts are gathered, contexts explored, and connections made.”

My favourite episode so far is “Second Life and First” — an insightful look at the confusions and contradictions of online identity.

(Broadcast time: Weekdays at 9:05 p.m. (9:30 NT) on CBC Radio One)

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The Hour hosted by George Stroumboulopoulos

They won a few Gemini’s! George for best talk-show host/interviewer, best talk series and set design.

….I’m listening to the latest show on TV as I write this blog post 😉

(Broadcast: 11 PM Nightly on CBC)

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Vinyl Cafe hosted by Stuart McLean

“The stories and misadventures of Dave, the owner of the “Vinyl Cafe”, the world’s smallest record store, where the motto is “We may not be big, but we’re small.” The show also features Dave’s wife, Morley, their two children, Sam and Stephanie and assorted friends and neighbours.”

(Broadcast time: Tuesdays at 11:00 p.m. (11:30 NT) on CBC Radio One, Saturdays at 10:00 a.m. (10:30 NT) on CBC Radio Two, Sundays at 12:00 p.m. (12:30 NT) on CBC Radio One. United States Broadcast Information)

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Visit the CBC Podcasts page for information on how to download episodes.

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