When a movie doesn’t hold a preview screening for the critics or, in the old days, when it went directly to DVD, there’s a good reason for it.  Anyone who actually wastes their time watching the movie can confirm the reason why.

I thought it odd when Talk 910-AM made no announcement of their replacement show for The Randi Rhodes  Show.  I no longer find it odd.  ’nuff said.

So, what other options do we have?

I’ve compiled this list in the past but I think it’s time to post another reminder where to go when local radio programmers slop out lazy talk shows that leave us wishing we could, for once, tell them where to go…

Of course, these alternative options are not optimal because some of these programs do not have a talk format – they have more of a story-telling type of delivery that is less engaging than a caller-driven show (even when the storyline is interesting).

No one takes calls anymore, anyway.  Today’s talk radio is bland with no one talking except the host.  And, even that is PPM doing all the talking.  Even when the listeners are no longer listening.  It’s the sad state of radio today.

Following are some other options:

This American Life

http://www.thisamericanlife.org/

Note: Under the menu tab ‘WAYS TO LISTEN’, select ‘LIVE STREAM’ and then click the link included in the first sentence on the page (’24/7 stream’ is the link that takes you automatically to a tunein.com player) and it will stream 24/7 episode after episode, mixing new with old.  If you don’t mind varied topics, this is the best way to listen.

If you prefer selecting the subject matter, then browse the archives:

http://www.thisamericanlife.org/radio-archives

I heard one interesting story on This American Life about a pimp from Oakland.   This one is not for everyone.  It’s about the life of a pimp.  How he got into it, what was his experience, and why he got out.

http://www.thisamericanlife.org/radio-archives/episode/127/Pimp-Anthropology

 

Radiolab

http://www.radiolab.org/

Radiolab posts one hour podcasts.  It’s annoying to have to select another podcast every hour, but, hey, it’s one thousand times better than hearing Gil’s wife on the radio.  I can’t even listen to Gil’s show any longer because, unbelievably, he has his wife call-in during his show during the week, not just on Fridays, so he can talk to her about some lame subject like what’s happening on a television show.  That’s when I turn off the radio for the day.

I’ve been listening to radiolab.org podcasts, as well as the thisamericanlife 24/7 stream, after Frosty’s show ends.  The only problem is that I listen to these podcasts while at work and sometimes miss sections of the story and have to go back to listen again when I have time.

Some of the interesting Radiolab podcasts I’ve heard:

http://www.radiolab.org/story/60-words/

…the Authorization for Use of Military Force (AUMF) –  has at its heart one single sentence, 60 words long. Over the last decade, those 60 words have become the legal foundation for the “war on terror.”

http://www.radiolab.org/story/308403-blood/

 This hour, we consider the power and magic of the red liquid that runs through our veins.

Note: Within this episode, there is a fascinating look at what happens to your donation after giving blood.  Did you know they re-sell the blood you gave for free?  It’s a big operation (no pun intended).

Here’s the text section on giving blood that corresponds to the podcast.  The audio about blood banks is near the end of the hour-long podcast:

http://www.radiolab.org/story/308780-blood-banks/

Here’s the Episode Archive of Radiolab:

http://www.radiolab.org/archive/

 

Ted

https://www.ted.com/talks/browse

I haven’t listened to any Ted Talks for awhile, but I’ll be on there more in the coming months and will share any talks that I find interesting.

 

NPR

http://www.npr.org/

http://www.npr.org/programs/

 

BBC

http://www.musicweek.com/news/read/lbc-goes-national-as-uk-s-first-new-talk-radio-station/057452

 http://www.lbc.co.uk/

Here’s a fun listen, not very long (under 30 minutes), and posted weekly on BBC Radio 2 – Simon Mayo’s Drivetime Confessions.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/podcasts/series/confess

Simon Mayo considers listeners’ darkest secrets and worst misdemeanours, as they beg for his forgiveness.

Here’s a list of old Confessions in Simon’s Confession Archives (up to May 7, 2011):

http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio2/shows/simon-mayo/confessions/

 

I read this article recently:

http://sanfrancisco.cbslocal.com/2014/05/01/huge-archive-of-old-san-francisco-historical-newsreel-footage-loaded-onto-youtube-british-pathe-mediakraft-networks/

A British media firm has uploaded a huge archive of old San Francisco footage and history onto the company’s YouTube channel.

It would be fun to look at some of this old footage.

Speaking of vintage, I heard about this interesting book on BBC Radio 2 – Steve Wright in the Afternoon show when he interviewed the author of ‘Popular: Vintage Wisdom for a Modern Geek’.  I found a link about the book from the Today Show:

http://www.today.com/books/popular-1960s-style-approach-becoming-cool-modern-world-2D79513955

Here’s the book on Amazon:

http://www.amazon.com/Popular-Vintage-Wisdom-Modern-Geek/dp/0525426817

That’s it for now.  Have any suggestions?  Share  them!

Enjoy the long holiday weekend, everyone.

 

 

 

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