I am not an early adopter. I don't have the disposable income to lead the way. Even if I had the money, I would hesitate to pay the price for the latest thing. But I am also behind on lots of new free stuff. Podcasting has been out for quite a while, but I had no easy way to make use of them. iTunes makes everything so simple, but I did not own an iPod. I ended up getting an iPod Shuffle for free a few months ago, so now I had my entrance ticket.
I finally jumped on iTunes and set up a few subscriptions last week. With my headphones on, I listened to several episodes while working in the yard on Saturday and on my run on Sunday. It was great.
As I have been listening to NPR quite a lot lately (election year/economy collapsing) I subscribed to a few of their programs that I don't catch on the radio. My brother had recommended "Wait, Wait...Don't Tell Me" a long time ago, but I never got around to finding it on the radio. I have only listened to one episode, but I think it will be a keeper. Funny and topical. I am also taking "This American Life" and "Planet Money" for a test spin, as well as catching up on "The News From Lake Wobegon".
On the running side, I have subscribed to "Phedippidations". It is a weekly podcast by "SteveRunner" from Massachusetts, and the podcasts subtitle is "thoughts, opinions, observations and rambling diatribes composed during distance long runs." His weekly show covers a wide range of running and non-running topics, and his narration is split between the studio and while he is running. I have listened to three episodes so far, and have found them a good companion while I am out running.
I have also subscribed to "The Competitor Radio Show" which is a show with interviews athletes from various sports. I will be listening to their interviews of the eventual winners of the Ironman this past weekend, as well as Dean Karnazes, Johan Bruyneel and David Sylvester of Tour de Dog.
Pass along any suggestions you have. Training is ramping up again, and there is plenty on the home to-do list to keep me busy. Lots of headphone time.