Sometimes I end up listening to just one particular episode from a series as I'm looking for a particular author talking about her or his book, but most of the time I listen to regularly podcasted programs. In this post, I'll give attention to both categories -- the ones I listen to regularly and one "special" episode. And I'll give you a sentence or two about why I like them.
I'd thought about listing a bunch, but today I'll just do a few with the intention of coming back to the topic with additions when the mood strikes.
I'M A REGULAR LISTENER TO THESE PODCASTS:
None of these are focused exclusively on climate change, though many have the occasional (or, in the case of the first and third, frequent) program dedicated to it. The links typically will take you to the show's homepage. You can generally find a link to subscribe there, or type or paste the name into iTunes search box.
- SALT: Seminars About Long Term Thinking (from the Long Now Foundation) Last week's post was partly a plea for thinking beyond tomorrow or next week. The Long Now Foundation strives to push our thinking in that way. The site's blurb describes it this way:
The Long Now Foundation's monthly Seminars were started in 02003 to build a compelling body of ideas about long-term thinking; to help nudge civilization toward our goal of making long-term thinking automatic and common instead of difficult and rare.
- Ideas: How to Think About Science (from CBC Radio) This series gives a good overview of thinkers in the nature of science. It's a few years old now, and it's been a while since I listened to it, but it's a good course to stick in your pocket. How to Think About Science is really a subset of their Ideas program, which is also quite good.
The Canadian Broadcasting Company has perhaps as rich an array of good podcasts as NPR, and I live within broadcast range to catch some of it over the air. In fact, as I looked at CBC's podcast page (the previous link), I saw a new one which I'll just go ahead and add a new bullet for:
- The Bottom Line, with David Suzuki (from CBC Radio) As noted above, I just stumbled across this (it's new!), but I've never been disappointed with David Suzuki's work. He's the pre-eminent Canadian environmental journalist. Wouldn't it be nice if the US had one of those? Or a few that you had to choose amongst? Ah well, at least we can listen to Suzuki's fine work more easily in this digital age.
Here's an episode description to whet your appetite: "David Suzuki goes camping in Haida Gwaai with former Minister Jim Prentice. They discuss the root of the word economics and climate change. David also interviews the former chief economist of the World Bank about the cost of climate change." There's my morning commute for tomorrow.
- Radiolab (from WNYC) Radiolab is just a delight. The way the hosts play with ideas and bring life to science is hard to top. Here's a blurb from a show a couple of years ago, Stochasticity, that I really liked:
And, of course:
- TED My guess is you already know about this, but if not, follow the link and be prepared to surrender some time to some great talks. I'll also note that I'm pleased that TEDx Buffalo is coming April 7, 2011. TEDx are locally organized TED Conferences. I'm kind of excited about it...
HERE IS AN INTERESTING "SPECIAL EPISODE" PODCAST:
Click on the episode name to get to the identified special episode. Clicking on the podcast name will take you to the series site.
- This American Life: Kid Politics (from Chicago Public Media) This episode of one of the most popular podcasts that there is includes a segment on climate change understanding and the resistance to changing one's mind. It's fascinating. And it's got a dash of extra coolness because I know Roberta Johnson a little.