Thursday, August 26, 2010

100+ People- Part 9

I can't say enough about Podcasting. In case you don't already know, the term "Podcast" is the combination of broadcast with pod from iPod, and refers to shows that you can listen to on your iPod, MP3 player, computer or other devices that can playback the format. Wikipedia credits fromer MTV VJ Adam Cury with coming up wth the idea for automating the delivery to portable players. iTunes is one of the best known sites for subscribing to podcasts and Podcast Alley is a great way of discovering thousands of podcasts.

As a kid I was introduced to some of the great radio dramas of the Golden Age of Radio and really loved the idea. To me, podcasting brings the Golden Age of Radio to out times today, allowing you to listen to what you like, when you like. People that regularly do podcasts often put parts of themselves in their podcasts and there is a connection with the podcasters because you somehow feel that you know them. I also have a great deal of respect for the amount of work that goes into producing a regular podcast (because I know the work that can go into "just" blogging). Below are some Podcasters that I'd like to meet.


  • Dan Carlin is the host of the Hardcore History and Common Sense podcasts. If your history classes were like his Hardcore History podcast, you might have stayed awake through all your history lessons. He tries to apply Common Sense to politics in the podcast by this name. The Common Sense show recently talked about the curbing the 4th Ammendment. I'm currently listening part 2 of Death Throes of the Republic which is talking about the fall of the Roman Empire from the Hardcore History show as I driver around (the first part can be found here). Earlier this year Dan did a 4 part series about the East Front of World War II (here are parts I, II, III, and IV). I've previously written about him here. Hardcore History and Common Sense both have Twiter accounts and Dan has a MySpace site.
  • Joshua Lapin-Bertone does the Bertone Beatle Bonanza and Wednesdays Wings podcasts. The Bertone Beatle Bonanza started out as a radio show broadcast from the college that Joshua went to and later morphed into the podcast. I wrote about him here. He has a Twitter account as well as being in Facebook and MySpace.
  • Greg and Penny have brought us HP Prognostications (HP Progs for short), a podcast that prognosticated (guessed) what would happen in the Harry Potter books. They reached the 100th episode last year and their first episode focused of if they thought that Harry would live or die. This the first Harry Potter podcast that I listened to. Greg and Penny have a Facebook site and a Twitter account.
  • Mugglecast is probably one of the best known Harry Potter podcasts. A recent search for Harry Potter on Podcast Alley netted 200 different Harry Potter related podcasts! They're first episode was published in August 2005 and the now have over 200 episodes. They're on Facebook, and are doing a lot with Twitter. They started up a Twilight based pocast called Imprint, which is also in Facebook and active in Twitter.
  • Jungle Kitty and Lene Taylor are the women behind the Lookathisbutt podcast. They do a funny podcast focused on William Shatner (Captain Kirk). I believe that they introduced the term "man crush" for the guys that wish they were Captain Kirk). Note, this podcast is not for kids. They're in Facebook and Twitter.
  • Cornelius Fichtner does the Project Management Podcast. This was the first real podcast devoted to Project Management. Corenelius has also started the PM Prepcast which people can use to study for the PMI PMP exam. For about $100 you get a series of videos and podcasts designed to help you pass the exam. This is one of the ways that I'm currently studying for the exam myself. Cornelius is a former president of the Orange County PMI chapter, he can be found in Twitter.

So far we've met some Internet Stars; Leaders in Motivation & Inspiration; Authors; Actors, Directors, and Comedians; Musicians; Athletes; Business Leaders and Pioneers; World Leaders; and Podcasters; who'll be next? Be sure to look for 100+ People That I Want to Meet Part 8 and the rest of the series and you can read the intro here. Feel free to subscribe to this blog via email or your rss reader, there are several options available in the upper righthand corner of this blog.

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