Podcasts to check out


While most things these days are in slow down mode, one thing that isn’t is podcasts. I received an encouraging email that my favourite design podcast Design Matters is starting season five this Friday (January 9th, 2009). With that in mind I thought I would collect a number of other new podcasts that I’ve been enjoying. And if you have an iPhone don’t forget you can download them straight from your phone now.

Website: http://debbiemillman.blogspot.com
iTunes: http://itunes.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewPodcast?id=82012542
The depth and number of designers and other cultured people Debbie has talked with is pretty amazing. She should really have her entire series transcribed and put into a book. Aside from being able to downloading them from iTunes you can also listen to them streamed online. I’m particularly fond of this episode from 04.01.05 though I find it hard for me to listen to.

Website: www.monocle.com/The-Monocle-Weekly
iTunes: http://itunes.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewPodcast?id=300684061
Updated Sunday evenings, I’m preferring the podcast to the magazine. There’s only been two episodes so far but the conversation is smart and my litmus test is time, if I wish each episode was longer then we have a winner – currently they’re thirty minutes which isn’t long enough.

Website: www.npr.org/blogs/money/
iTunes: http://itunes.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewPodcast?id=290783428
I can’t think of a more relevant podcast to listen to these days. In the past if a person didn’t have some skilled education in money matters they’d find business shows to be kind of irrelevant. This is anything but boring, it’s extremely listenable and current.

Website: www.cbc.ca/spark
iTunes: http://itunes.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewPodcast?id=263242885
I’m pretty sure every time that I’ve mentioned podcasts Spark comes up. Again it’s fairly relevant culture stuff with a slight nod towards technology and design. They probably have the best system for pulling out content and posting it on their website. It’s a really good case study to see how to transfer audio content on to the web. The only negative is that their archived is almost impossible to use – there’s no previous button at the bottom of the page. I’ve been told that this is going to be fixed…

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  • Jakob

    Design Matters is great! And if you need some mind-blowing music for a change, I recommend you the “Tim Turbo Thursday” by Tim Turbo, a weekly dj-mix brimfull with great music…


  • Randy

    Nice post, thanks. I listened to the Design Matters interview w/Michael Beruit this morning on the bus on the way to work (or at least part of it anyways – it's not that long of a bus ride). What really intrigued me though is how you managed to post an html link to products in the iTunes store. I didn't know you could do that and I spent my entire lunch hour today trying to figure out how the hell you did.

    It's not at all design related (but one of my favourite CBC programs) and really just proof that I did finally manage to figure it out:


    Cheers. Keep up the good work!

  • Travis

    Since reading this post soon after you published it, I've been listening to The Monocle Weekly and Spark. Love them both. Thanks.

    I've made a habit of listening to APM's Marketplace Morning Report and NPR's Most Emailed Stories podcasts. The first is a nice 10 minute summary each morning of what's going on in the financial/business world; the second is exactly what it sounds like–NPR's most emailed stories from the previous day's air. You may also enjoy Only In New York, put out by the NY Times–interesting info and perspective each week on something related to current events in NY(C).

  • http://designnotes.info/ michaelsurtees

    thanks for the podcast suggestions – i've added them to my iphone…