Friday was a great day because I discovered that NPR has finally syndicated Fresh Air as a podcast. I love to listen to this show, but until recently it was only available on the radio and as a Windows Media stream, so it wasn't very accessible. Now that it's a podcast, it's easy to stay on top of and not miss an episode.
Here are some links to the Fresh Air podcasts and two of my other favorite thought provoking podcasts.
- Seminars About Longterm Thinking - "The purpose of the series is to build a coherent, compelling body of ideas about long-term thinking, to help nudge civilization toward Long Now's goal of making long-term thinking automatic and common instead of difficult and rare." Here's a particularly good episode in which Philip Rosedale talks about what we can learn from Second Life.
- Big Ideas - "BIG IDEAS is a showcase of ideas that shape our public debates. At their best the lectures featured on the program expose us to the differing ways of defining what matters and how that affects our understanding of the world as it is and as it is likely to be." Here's a good lecture: John Ralston Saul on the gradual death of economic globalization.
- Fresh Air - "A weekday magazine of contemporary arts and issues with probing questions, revelatory interviews, and unusual insights."
Definitely check out all of these. You won't regret it.