With time on my hands and podcasts to review, let's get to it:
Grammar Girl's Quick and Dirty Tips for Better Writing
Another podcast where the name says it all. It seems dry and plodding compared to my other podcasts, but when considering the subject she does a miraculous job. The podcast is usually around five minutes long and gives writing tips that I summarily ignore. Perhaps I will one day perfect the use of English as a persuasive medium and be able to convey the impulses firing in my head onto the pages of a book. I will first need to learn to write in English for that to occur.
Literary Lug Wrench
If a "lug wrench" is one word or two, I do not know. I am in a writing, not a looking stuff up groove so you will have to deal with it. Greg Crites writes books. Greg Crites writes stories. Greg Crites even writes when he is writing and that leads to several books being unfinished at the same time. His irreverent humor wafts forth in this podcast (or, clodcast as he calls it) to hint at the myriad delights to be had actually reading/downloading his books. Multitudinous references to alcohol consumption and full English usage hint that intoxicating beverages have not blunted the talents of Mr. Crites. I look forward to his weekly podcast, everyday, and quench that thirst about once a month. The "Combat Circus" alone is worth the wait.
Wait Wait... Don't Tell Me!
An NPR program that airs on Saturdays. I work Saturdays, so this is the only chance I can listen in. This program is modeled after a radio game show with liberal sprinklings of impromptu humor and preconceived material. The very creative host, Peter Sagal and his three, random, humorists form a panel that presents the weeks news in a lighthearted, entertaining, and fun way. This is one of the few podcasts I listen to that confirms to my co-workers I have a screw loose. When I bust out laughing at inopportune times, what else are they to think?
An educational podcast updated at least once a day, Mr. Hodgson delves into the lexicographical roots of words to provide a more thorough understanding of why we use words the way we do in the way we do. The podcast is short, his voice is mellow, and the bells and whistles are limited to opening and closing guitar rifts. Even if you don't like one days podcast, it's short enough that there is no point reaching into your pocket to change to the next track.
Mark Crislip introduced me to a new word in English: Persiflager. As a teaser, I recommend listening to the podcast to find out what it is. It isn't that he actually comes out and defines it, it's more that his personality is the dictionary definition of persiflager. Mr. Crislip is an infectious disease doctor that knows diseases. He knows his medicine and in this love offering, he eviscerates the claims of people that do not know medicine and he does it thoroughly. In fact, he goes beyond doing it and throws in a few ad hominems just to keep it in perspective. His philosophy is, "“Ridicule is the only weapon that can be used against unintelligible propositions. Ideas must be distinct before reason can act upon them.” Thomas Jefferson said it, Mr. Crislip epitomizes it and that settles it.
Dave Hitt provides a skeptical view over a wide range of topics. He is unique among the podcasts I listen to because I disagree so strongly with many of his political views. In his short podcast he manages to say things I agree with completely, then form an opinion many miles to the right of my politics. Why listen to someone I disagree with? As the quote I'm going to screw up goes, "You never know what you believe until you hear someone who believes differently." I embrace the notion of looking at the other side of an issue and as he so eloquently points out, "..if you are able to understand a different point of view, then you've been Smartenized(insert copyright symbol here that I do not know how to make).
Reasonable Doubts or Doubtcast
A podcast from Michigan that is also broadcast on the radio, this show is about religion. Specifically, counter-apologetics. Reigned in by the FCC, they use restricted English to great effect providing material in a concise format to really flush out the issues. Their episodes 26 and 27 entitled, "cross examining the four witnesses" is one of the most thorough I've heard explaining the evidence supporting the hypothesis that a historical Jesus never existed. Their other shows are refreshing and fun as well. Check out their facebook group, also.
That is enough for now. The free time I had has dwindled away to naught and I'm hungry. I hope you give these podcasts a try and enjoy them as much as I do.