LOOKING BACK AT FIVE YEARS of podcasts that I've collected, only a few of the original posse remain in my weekly playlists. I started thinking about the audio tapestry in my life after Conn O Muineachain tweeted that he was listening to some of my students on a recent Educast episode. Students put Adam Curry's Daily Source Code into that episode. The Daily Source Code paused in mid-February this year and I miss it. I got bored with Dawn and Drew more than two years ago and tuned themout. But I miss Steve and Jessie nattering on from Dublin. Brian Greene has slipped over to Blip.fm
while Dean Whitbread, England's first podcaster, holds the line. I started paying for some enhanced podcast services while learning how to produce password-protected audio inside the creative multimedia programme at Tipperary Institute
. Those enhanced podcasts have chapter headings and that makes it relatively easy to punch forward in the content, landing at electronic markers where new topics get discussed.
Because I grew up with a radio constantly playing in the house, I'll always hold a special place for audio in my personal life. I walk around with our little girl, often with a single earbud plugged in, listening to For Immediate Release, This Week in Tech, The Aloud Series from Los Angeles Public Library, This American Life, or some Deep House sessions by Steffen Coonan. I'm well overdue for ripping decades of cassettes and CDs onto my well-worn iPod.