Listening to Podcasts

If you ever watch me working, you will most likely see me with ear buds. I am not listening to music. I might be listening to talk radio. But it is most likely that I am listening to podcasts. Podcasts are, generally, those free audio programs that you can get at iTunes or many other places on the internet. Some are professionally recorded, and some are home made, featuring some guy talking to his laptop in his basement. And some of those basements have become high tech recording studios…with the occasional barking dog or crying child in the background.

“This is my player!”

One of the great things about podcasts is that you only listen to what you want to hear, and when you want to hear it. Unless that basement guy has something really compelling to say, you can skip him entirely. Likewise, if that sharp, high-production-value network show starts bullying you with its political slant, you are under no obligation to listen to them, either. One of my favorites is one that I suspect is done in a home studio by someone I don’t always agree with, because I get to hear him process things intelligently in such a way that he wins me over once in awhile. I’ve listened to him off and on for years, and I would like to share him with you.

Dan Carlin is a former journalist and radio talk show host who has two podcasts: Hardcore History and Common Sense. Hardcore History only comes out every two months or so, and Common Sense is a weekly show. Although they are free, there is always a plea for a dollar per show. It’s not intrusive or annoying. The History podcasts are definitely worth that.

In his latest show, he tells how he was contacted by the military leaders in the US government and invited to a meeting. He got invited because some Colonel listens to him and thought they needed some “outside of the box” thinking. If I were listening to Dan for the first time, I would be skeptical. But because I have heard him out before, I considered what he was telling his listeners and I do believe him. I was also heartened that there are people in Washington who actually want the input of people like Dan.

This was also a reminder to me that we are all able to publish our views and attract followers. And we can organize. And we can have impact. So, I urge you to  start listening to the voices among us who are a part of the New Media. I have mostly tuned out the Democrat-media-political complex because they leave out too much and distract us from dealing with real problems. They are in cahoots with Washington politicians and they are not our friends.

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