The Vine: July 29, 2011
I need recommendations for podcasts. I've started a new job recently, and it is boring beyond belief. That's fine. It's temporary. That being said, I need listening material. It needs to be light enough to not require 100% attention.
Right now, I've got the following on my iPod: "Baseball Today," "This American Life," "Pop Culture Happy Hour." In the past, I've subscribed to "Wait, Wait, Don't Tell Me," but like "This American Life," it's not a daily, so it's only one hour of the week! As you can tell, I'm an NPR junkie. I'm also a pretty serious baseball fan (but not many other sports). My reading/music/television tastes are eclectic, and I'll try almost anything once.
Anyhow, I trust you and the readers can recommend things I might try. I have considered the audiobook, but fear that it requires more concentration than I can give it. It's a fine line between providing me with sufficient entertainment to keep the dull work bearable and completely absorbing and distracting such that either I don't focus on my work, or I can't focus on the show because I'm trying to work.
Your listening profile sounds enough like mine that I'll recommend you also try Joe Posnanski's Sports Poscast (he has Mike Schur, a.k.a. Ken Tremendous, on constantly); Extra Hot Great, of course; and WNYC's Leonard Lopate Show (not every segment works, but he's got about four a day at a half-hour-ish each, so if you don't care about a given topic, you can skip it). All available on iTunes and all free.
Readers? Let's find Bored something to listen to. Please limit yourself to three (3) suggestions. Thanks!
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