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July 4, 2009

Favorite Free Podcasts

From airplane flight cancellations, fourteen hour one-way drives, and recently giving up my cable at home, my iPod has been getting a lot of use lately. These audio programs are all completely FREE! And full of good advice and positive vibes. All are available on iTunes. Podcasts that have been on my iPod recently....

This I Believe: Podcast
People from all walks of life describe their personal philosophies in a brief essay. This podcast is taken from the award-winning public radio series This I Believe. More essays can be found at

This I Believe Podcast: 1950s
From The Bob Edwards Show on Sirius XM satellite radio, a weekly selection of archival essays from Edward R. Murrow's This I Believe series of the 1950s. More 1950s essays can be found at

This American Life
Official free, weekly podcast of the award-winning radio show "This American Life." First-person stories and short fiction pieces that are touching, funny, and surprising. Hosted by Ira Glass, from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio. In mp3 and updated Mondays.
Off-Ramp is a lively weekly look at Southern California through the eyes and ears of radio veteran John Rabe. News, arts, home, life... the show covers everything that makes life here exciting, enjoyable, and interesting. More Off-Ramp at

KCRW's Good Food
Your weekly treat from Evan Kleiman. By tuning in to Good Food, you can discover great restaurants that you've never heard of, the politics of consumption, explorations of cultures through their food customs and some of the most interesting people who devote their lives to various elements of the food supply.

The Splendid Table
American Public Media's The Splendid Table is public radio's culinary, culture, and lifestyle program that celebrates food and its ability to touch the lives and feed teh souls of everyone. Each week, award-winning host Lynne Rossetto Kasper leads listeners on a journey of the senses and hosts discussions with a variety of writers and personalities who share their passion for the culinary delights. Updated every Friday.
KCRW's Morning Becomes Eclectic
Morning Becomes Eclectic is committed to a music experience that celebrates innovation, creativity and diversity by combining progressive pop, rock, world beat, jazz, funk, and the best new music from all genres. KCRW Music Director and host of Morning Becomes Eclectic, Jason Bentley presents live performances by new talent and estabished favorites for a dynamic musical adventure that cannot be found anywhere else.
KCRW's Today's Top Tune
Today's Top Tune is a free song a day, from KCRW's all Music Channel, that represents a cross section of KCRW's eclectic music format. Tracks selected are chosen from recent and upcoming releases as well as songs performed live on Morning Becomes Eclectic.'s JD Roth and's Jim Wang discuss personal finance topics and take caller's questions.

Doing errands, while jogging, or working in the yard....What radio shows or other podcasts do you listen to on a regular basis, and when do you listen to them?


  1. My newest tip: The Simple Dollar Podcast, also free, published on his blog each Tues or subscribe via iTunes. Find it here:

  2. Found some great new stuff before I drove back from UT. The first is the Kitchen Sisters:

    Hidden Kitchens, the duPont Award wining radio series on NPR's Morning Edition, explores the world of unexpected, below the radar cooking, legendary meals and eating traditions — how communities come together through food. Hidden Kitchens travels the country chronicling American kitchen cultures, past and present. Produced by The Kitchen Sisters with Jay Allison and mixed by Jim McKee.

    You can subscribe to the podcast free here:

  3. My next favorite is one I discovered through my mom. I thought her work as a grief counselor related well to the mission of StoryCorps.

    StoryCorps is an independent nonprofit project whose mission is to honor and celebrate one another’s lives through listening.

    By recording the stories of our lives with the people we care about, we experience our history, hopes, and humanity. Since 2003, tens of thousands of everyday people have interviewed family and friends through StoryCorps. Each conversation is recorded on a free CD to take home and share, and is archived for generations to come at the Library of Congress. Millions listen to our award-winning broadcasts on public radio and the Internet. StoryCorps is one of the largest oral history projects of its kind, creating a growing portrait of who we really are as Americans.

    The nonprofit's website is

    You can get their free podcasts here

    or via NPR here

  4. My friend just pointed out a website to me, where you can stream relaxing ambient birdsong recordings for free! It sounds like you're waking up to birds in a forest at dawn. Check it out at

  5. Huell Howser's California's Gold is now available as a free podcast subscription on the ITunes Store.

  6. Here's how to get the public radio program Marketplace, or cool segments like Dinner Party Download


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