Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Weekly Geeks 2009-42: Podcasts Anyone?

This week, Suey wants to know what podcasts we listen to, "preferably book related, but not necessarily so."

Well, the first book-related podcast that comes to mind is Books on the Nightstand. Ann Kingman and Michael Kindness link to their weekly podcast in their blog by the same name. Each week they discuss books they love, books they can't wait to read, books by genre, and whatever else they think their listeners might be interested in. I always enjoy listening to their podcasts, but I can't listen to them in the car because I always end up needing to write down the titles to at least two or three books, and I don't want to try to do that while I'm driving! I find this to be a good end-of-day podcast-you can sit in the dark and listen to a couple of friends talk about books, add a couple of titles to your ever-growing TBR list, and then go to bed.

My other favorite podcast has nothing to do with books at all. It's Car Talk, and it's hosted by Click and Clack, the Tappet brothers, a.k.a. Ray and Tom Magliozzi, a couple of MIT-educated auto mechanics who take calls about people's cars. I know this doesn't sound very exciting but it's hilarious! Click around on their web site a little bit and you get a feel for the self-deprecating wackiness that Tom and Ray exude on every show. It's impossible to listen to them and not be in a good mood by the end of it. They clearly have a great time doing what they're doing, and it comes across in every podcast. You don't have to be a car enthusiast to enjoy this show, heck, you don't even have to own a car! This one is good for listening to in the car though!


Michael Kindness said...

thanks for the Books on the Nightstand shoutout and for calling us "friends." That was our intent starting the podcast... thanks for listening!

SariJ said...

Nice to meet you. My we have many of the same interest.We like the same books and have the same hobbies.
I love Car talk. I listen faithfully every Sunday as I clean house. Then it is Wait Wait Don't tell me. If I miss the shows I always download them to my Ipod.

Dreamybee said...

You're welcome. Thanks for producing your podcast! Actually, you guys got quite a few shoutouts this week. It seems you are achieving your goal because almost everyone that mentioned BotNS also seemed to think of you and Ann as friends. So, congratulations on a job well done!

Dreamybee said...

SariJ-It's always nice to meet somebody with similar interests! Don't the Car Talk guys crack you up? My favorite is when they get to laughing so hard about something that they can't even do the show! It's nice to see/hear somebody so thoroughly enjoying what they do.