Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Works for Me Wednesday: Free Podcasts

It's Wednesday again - time for another "Works for Me!" tip, inspired by the blog carnival/series at We Are THAT Family. Check out We Are THAT Family's Wednesday tip (and others' Mr. Linky'ed tips) here.

I frequently listen to free podcasts while getting some of my chores done - laundry folding, dishwasher loading, etc. What I play depends on my mood - but freebie laughs and encouragement (plus hearing adult voices) can propel me through my tasks so much more sanely than if I try to do them sans podcasts.

If you have iTunes on your computer, you can do a search and check out the following podcasts for free (and check out past weeks' podcasts!). Note that while the majority of the following shows' content is generally family-friendly, it is always wise to check the subject matter of each week's show before playing with little ones around.

The Boundless Show. (Generally aimed at 20- and 30-somethings; also can listen straight from the website here). Hostess Lisa Anderson's self-deprecating sense of humor is just one of the reasons I tune in every week. Updated on Thursdays.

Car Talk. This classic radio show - hosted by brothers (and old school mechanics) Tom and Ray Magliozzi. These guys cover their callers' car mysteries, sure, but half the fun of the show is the weekly Puzzler, and especially the brothers' busting chops on each other. Click here for info. Updated on Saturdays.

Family Life Today.
Family Life is "a Christian organization helping couples build healthier marriages and families." The collective wisdom and experience with marriage and parenting is astounding and very encouraging on this show. Click here for info on getting the podcasts.

A Prairie Home Companion's News from Lake Wobegon. In this excerpt from Garrison Keillor's weekly radio show, Mr. Keillor wryly spins some tall tales about his hometown - "Where the women are strong, the men are good-looking, and the children are above average." Click here for info on the podcasts. Updated Mondays.

One for post-kiddie bedtime:

The Moth.
One of our husbands stumbled on this one, and we like to listen to it during adults-only time. The Moth is a non-profit storytelling organization. The podcasts feature "true stories from the storytellers' lives and they must be told live, without notes." Most are captivating, but some involve language inappropriate for children. Click here for The Moth podcasts.

Do you listen to any free podcasts? Which ones make you laugh, encourage you, uplift you, and generally inspire? Post a comment!
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1 comment:

Ticia said...

I do the same thing. I also like Dave Ramsey show (finance), and I get sermons on my Ipod.