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Podcasts I Enjoy

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Lately I’ve entered the world of podcasts. No, I’m not making a podcast, but merely just listening to some. When podcasts first came out I tried out a bunch but I couldn’t find anything that I wanted to listen to week-in and week-out. But recently I’ve dived back into it and have found some very entertaining podcasts. I would recommend any of the following podcasts. They are great and really do a good job of making the daily commute go by quicker.

Never Not Funny: The Jimmy Pardo Podcast

I’ve seen the comedian Jimmy Pardo on sporadic television appearances and have always enjoyed his comedy. While perusing the comedy category of the podcast section in the iTunes music store, I found this lovely gem. Its a weekly, hour-long podcast featuring comedian Jimmy Pardo, comedian Mike Schmidt and producer Matt Belknap. The show has a simple format. The three of them sit around the kitchen table in Jimmy’s house and banter for an hour. They tell stories from their lives, make fun of people, and make humorous observations about everyday things. Its kind of like you and a group of your buddies sitting around shooting the breeze. And it happens that you and your buddies are really funny.

The Relevant Magazine Podcast

I’ve been a fan of Relevant Magazine for a few years now. I was introduced to it by my wife, Cheri, while she was working at a Christian bookstore. It is a great magazine that observes popular culture through the lens of christianity. The greatest thing about the magazine is that it doesn’t try to pander to the ultra right-wing conservative view of Christianity that, unfortunately, is what dominates much of the Christian culture. But instead takes an honest look at culture and the Christian faith.

In the same manner, the podcast accomplishes this as well. It has a very similar format to Never Not Funny. It is a roundtable discussion between four editors of the magazine and website. They discuss the week’s new releases in music and film. Then they proceed to “the weekly slices.” This is where the editors each pick an news story from the week and give their opinions on the subjects. Mostly the stories are strange, off-beat, and hilarious. The show typically then has either an interview or some other type of non-standard bit related to the magazine. Then the show ends with a discussion of listener feedback followed by the editorial question of the week (and yes, there is a little jingle that goes with that). This is a great podcast to listen to and it makes me feel like that there are people out there just like me.

The Lost Podcast with Jay and Jack

If you couldn’t tell by now, I love the TV series Lost on ABC. It should be quite easy to understand that I would listen to a podcast about the show. The only reason I listen to a podcast about Lost rather than other TV shows I watch is because of the geekdom that is associated with the show. There are people that take notes while watching the show. They create theories and look for easter eggs that will help explain what the heck is going on. This podcast is dedicated to discussing these things.

The podcast typically has two episodes a week, each an hour long. One episode is recorded right after Lost airs on television. This episode recounts what happens in the show and then discusses it. Then the other episode looks forward to the next airing of Lost and discusses theories on what will happen, takes listener calls, and discusses other things Lost related. The podcast is full of great discussion and is very entertaining.

All Songs Considered

This podcast is NPR’s online music show. It is hosted by Bob Boilen (who has a very soothing voice) and usually runs between thirty and sixty minutes. The show features music from all genres–and I mean all genres. Boilen will introduce new music from around the country and the world. If you love good music and are willing to open your ears to something you typically wouldn’t listen to, then this is a great show for you. It has given me a lot of new artists to look for when it comes to finding new music. The show also allows you to submit your own music to be considered for the show. There are submission guidelines on the website.

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Written by Eric Spiegel

October 12, 2006 at 12:28 pm

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My Predictions for Season 3 of Lost

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  1. We will meet the doctor from the Dharma Initiative Orientation videos.
  2. Michael and Walt will return to the island.
  3. Locke will reveal to his co-survivors that he was once paralyzed.
  4. Juliette will betray Benry and the Others and join the survivors.
  5. Russo and her daughter Alex will be reunited.

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Written by Eric Spiegel

October 11, 2006 at 10:08 pm

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Lost – A Tale of Two Cities

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Last Wednesday was the season three premier of Lost. Since Cheri and I finished watching season two on DVD (in a rental marathon via Redbox and Netflix) a couple weeks ago, we were itchin’ for some tropical island madness.

Note: If you haven’t seen last week’s season three premier, then quit reading now since I will discuss some major spoilers.

At the end of season two, we found three of the main characters (Jack, Kate, and Sawyer) captured by the questionably hostile group known as The Others. Thus, the third season will probably mostly focus on The Others.

I thought the opening scene to the season three premier was incredible. I loved being able to watch Oceanic flight 815 crashing from the perspective of The Others. The entire scene just set such a creepy and intriguing mood for the rest of the episode and season. Are we finally going to learn about The Others? Who are they? How did they get to the island? How long have they been there?

And with the return of Lost comes the return of my newest favorite character, Ben/Henry Gale. Or, as many have already fondly referred to as Benry. Michael Emerson’s portrayal of Benry is amazing. I loved him in Saw and wonder why this man hasn’t become a cult superstar by now.

In the season three premier, we find Jack, Kate and Sawyer kept separated. Jack is in a glass-enclosed cell. Sawyer is in what looks like a human-sized Skinner box. And Kate is taken to shower and then to dine with Benry.

As I listened to the Lost Podcast with Jay and Jack this week, some of their comments on the season three premier made me think.

  • Oceanic Flight 815 was supposed to land on the island, not crash.

This comment came via speculation that perhaps the people on the flight were meant to come to the island to be new test subjects in the Dharma Initiative. How could this happen? The only conceivable way is if everyone on the flight had someone close to them that worked for the Dharma Initiative and they created situations in the passenger’s lives that led them to taking that flight. This could explain how Juliette had a full dossier on Jack’s life.

It could also explain The Others’ hostility toward the survivors. If the plane was supposed to land, then perhaps The Others were meant to go home after a “shift change.” And since the plane crashed, they are just as trapped as the survivors are. This may be why there are orientation videos at all the stations on the island.

  • Why did Tom say that Kate was “not his type”?

Some of the speculation from Jay and Jack was that perhaps Tom may be an unknown relative of Kate’s–perhaps an uncle or a brother. Could this be why Kate isn’t his type? Or is he just gay? If Tom is related to Kate, it could be another clue as to how the Dharma Initiative is connected to the survivors of the flight.

These are just a few of my thoughts about the season three premier. All I know is I can’t wait to see Benry and Locke duke it out in a balding, middle-aged cage match.

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Written by Eric Spiegel

October 11, 2006 at 9:00 am

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The Redbox wooed Cheri and I into having another Lost marathon this weekend. We watched disc 4 on Sunday (which we got from Netflix) and being hooked, immediately trotted over to Giant to get disc 5. That show is so good I’m probably going to be disappointed when we finish season 2. I have little patience when it comes to television, so it’ll probably feel like forever for season 3 to start (Oct. 4th). But what can I do? Its not like we have all the time in the world to watch TV anyway. So maybe it’ll be good to not be glued to the tube every weekend. Perhaps we can get outside for once.

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Written by Eric Spiegel

September 19, 2006 at 1:14 pm

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