Baboon Podcasts

Husband commented the other day that he thought the Baboons should make podcasts because we have so many  things to talk about and say to one another. It is an interesting idea. I don’t listen to podcasts. I probably would listen if I had a longer commute, but it takes me less than 5 minutes to get to work, and when I am at home I decompress by listening to music. I know that the topic has come up on the Trail before, and that  Baboons listen to them.

What podcasts do you listen to?  What sort of podcasts can you imagine Baboons creating?

27 thoughts on “Baboon Podcasts”

  1. Nobody has less of a commute than I. (No job, no commute.) Nobody listens to fewer podcasts than I. (I’ve never heard one.) The challenge facing me years ago was how to replace the lyricism, melody and variety of TLGMS. The best replacement I’ve found is an internet radio signal called Folk Alley.

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  2. The New Yorker Fiction podcast is my favorite. Another literary podcast that would probably appeal to a lot of baboons is Barnes & Noble’s Meet the Writers.

    Someitimes public radio shows that you can’t find on the radio anymore migrate to podcast format. Wisconsin Public Radio’s To the Best of Our Knowledge, and Michael Feldman’s Whad’ya Know? for example.

    I’ve also listened to Grammar Girl from time to time. Because I’m sort of a grammar geek.

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      1. Here are the episode notes for the latest Allusionist. How could you resist?
        Today’s episode is something a bit different to usual. A few months ago, I was a guest on the podcast Ologies, a terrific show where the very funny and delightful and curious Alie Ward interviews an ologist of some kind – bisonologist (ologist of bisons), ludologist (video games), corvid thanatology (crow funerals!). 
        Alie interviewed me as an etymologist (I’m not a qualified etymologist, mind; just an enthusiast), and we cover etymologies of words including ‘buxom’, ‘mediocre’, ‘coccyx’, ‘lacuna’, bust some etymological myths, discuss some broader attitudes towards language, and wonder why so many people hate the word ‘moist’. Here’s some of our conversation; you can hear the full-length version on Ologies.
        There are a couple of swears in it, including what Alie calls ‘the Swiss Army Knife of cussing’.

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  3. i was with my son and wife on saturday for a drive to fairbault to see wifes brother coach a team of blind kids play in a tournament of a sport that is kind of like soccer but with no sight it is reliant on the ball making some noise so they make it jingle while it rolls by putting bells in the balls.
    son was trying to be nice and think of a podcast debbis and i would enjoy so he put up a broadcast of a discussion of some guys he listens to discussing the breakfast club movie for the brat pack in 1982 or 3 or whenever it was. the people discussing were quite knowledgable of the catagory and knew some interesting stuff about ally sheedy and emillio estavez but it was only so so on an interesting level to listen to people talk about something and how it effected them in their high school days.
    when i listen to podcasts to pass the time i like ted talks, my go to is on being a spiritual discussion of interesting peoples views on a vast array of topics
    al franken just came back to public life a little while ago with al franken podcast. it good. i also listen to old car talk radio shows and old prairie home companions . tim pharris has an interesting show that has a broad range of topics. mo rocca has mobituaries that is an interesting look at things. i als listen to connan obrien , tony robbins, the moth radio hour the new yorker short stories podcast and a few others. i listen to books on tape and i also love my pandora shuffle between lyle lovitt and yo yo ma, the ability to listen to stuff today is wonderful.
    the trail podcast would be interesting. if we want to try it ill be game.

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  4. Not a big podcast listener. When I do, it’s usually writing-related. On long drives, I prefer audiobooks or public radio if available–not usually possible in the middle of South Dakota or Wyoming or some other radio no-man’s land.

    Chris in O-town

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  5. If any podcasts can be considered classic, I would put RadioLab and This American Life in that category. Even though Wait Wait Don’t Tell Me is news-based and therefore topical, selections from the archives are always rewarding.

    As you might expect, I listen to several history-based podcasts: Stuff You Missed in History Class, Footnoting History, Malcolm Gladwell’s Revisionist History, and The Bowery Boys (New York City history).

    I also like 99% Invisible, which is ostensibly centered on topics related to architecture but is actually much broader.

    A couple of food-related podcasts I like are: Gastropod, which is the more serious presentation, and Spilled Milk, which is very light and silly, the hosts entertaining each other as much as the audience.

    A really imaginative one is: Everything is Alive. It’s a series of interviews with inanimate objects.

    If I were to name the one podcast I would recommend to everyone, it would be The Tobolowsky Files. Stephen Tobolowsky is a character actor who has appeared in countless movies and TV series. He’s an incredible, insightful storyteller with remarkable, often funny stories, some about show business and some about life.

    Robin listens to a lot of fiber arts-related podcasts and often on car trips that’s what we listen to.

    Podcasts are democratic in a way radio could never completely be and range from strictly amateur productions to fully professional ones with the backing of a media partner. While the professional ones offer more well-researched and developed programming and better sound engineering than some of the amateur efforts, some of the small podcasts provide quirky and individual perspectives you wouldn’t get from a big production. Unlike a lot of live radio, podcasters are not obliged to fill a set amount of time with blather whether they have anything to say or not.

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  6. I’m also not a serious podcast listener. In the car I have books on tape. At home I’m not usually in one place long enough. I do listen to “Wait Wait Don’t Tell Me” every now and then and there’s also a podcast called ”Dear Hank and John” that I listen to, the Green brothers. That’s really about it unless somebody sends me something specific that they think I would enjoy.


  7. I can see from the comments here that I should learn how to receive a podcast… I would like to hear, say, The Moth when I miss it, or any number of those already mentioned. So far I haven’t had the motivation, since I rarely have the kind of time required to listen to them. And I presume you need a smart phone to get them in the car.

    Some of our blogs on music or book days might make a fine podcast, but I doubt that any of us have the time/energy to produce one. A “Greatest hits from TLGMS” comes to mind, but wait! – there are several CDs that cover that.

    And I remember VERY early on, when Dale was still at MPR, a (long gone) blogger was going to have her grandkids for the summer, and she asked for kids’ book recommendations – that would probably make a great podcast of we had a group of baboons telling interacting about their favorites from children’s literature.

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  8. bir
    anywhere you get wifi you can a podcast
    if the car is what you are shooting for you could download to a laptop or hard drive and play back through the radio with a $5 cigarette lighter plug in thing
    get an app to listen to / download podcast for starters and check back with questions


      1. You don’t have to wait for a road trip. If The Moth is your interest, just google The Moth to get The Moth Radio Hour. You don’t even have to download episodes to stream them, although if you can download them to a portable device you can play them on a roadtrip. Didn’t you say you had some kind of tablet? Even if you don’t have wi-fi you can go somewhere that does. You could then connect the tablet to the car’s stereo with a cord, using the radio’s auxiliary mode or, if you got a plug-in bluetooth attachment like the one tim mentioned, you could connect the tablet wirelessly.

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  9. So many podcasts, so little time. I listen to a smattering of podcasts, not with any regularity, but in a casual haphazard fashion. What I listen to depends on my mood, and what has somehow cropped up on my radar and piqued my interest. It’s a pretty eclectic variety of topics.

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  10. Rise and Shine Babboons,

    I am rising from an afternoon nap after a weekend of company.

    I love podcasts because, as Bill commented, they are democratic and oh, so convenient. You can listen when it is a good time fir you ( and while one is knitting—a heavenly combo). Anyone can record one, too. My sister does one about inter generational living.

    Ann Reed has a pod interviewing older women called Life Gets Reel. Here are a few more I enjoy:

    Malcolm Gladwell. Revisionist History
    Jad Ebenrod — Dolly Parton’s America
    Ronan Farrow — Catch and Kill
    David Axelrod — The A e Files
    Mo Rocco. — Mobituaries. — my favorite is the demise of the Lawrence Welk Show
    Family Ghosts (about family secrets)
    Preet Bharrara. — Stay Tuned

    Listen on

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  11. Hi-
    I do like Moth Radio hour and several of the other programs people have mentioned. But I don’t do podcasts very often.
    The only one I do listen too is called ‘Light Talk’. The guys based it on Car talk and one of them laughs just like Tom. And people send them lighting questions. Sort of. It’s pretty nerdy, I don’t know if any of you would enjoy it or not. I mean maybe; it is fun hearing about the lighting designer for Pink Floyd or how Broadway designer Ken Billington got his start in 4th grade.

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  12. Quite honestly, podcasts evoke mixed feelings for me. I enjoy them, but if I subscribe, they tend to accumulate much faster than I can listen to them. One of the things I love about the New Yorker fiction podcast is that it doesn’t come as often as most, and I can keep up with it better.

    Sometimes I look at my podcast pile and wonder when I will find the time to listen to them all. And I know that realistically, I won’t.

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    1. I’ve never subscribed to a podcast. There’s really no reason to, when you can download just the ones you want in the quantity you can accommodate or you can stream them without downloading them at all.

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