Friday, April 15, 2011

To What Are You Listening? (v1)

It's review Friday!  I imagine most of us listen to something while quilting.  What music fills your quilting space while cutting?  What podcast occupies you while piecing those strips?  I will cover this topic in two posts: the first as a review of non-quiltly podcasts (v1) and second as a general Tuesday rambling of music I listen to while quilting (v2).

I first and foremost always try to catch up on my quilting podcasts while at my machine.  You will see a list on the right of the blog of my current quilting favorites.  Still, there are other topics to explore beyond quilting (gasp!).  Would you think about trying these?

1. BBC's A History of the World in 100 Objects.  Each episode is about 15 minutes, in which they take the listener on a tour of the British Museum.  A few objects are modern (circa 2010) spanning to 2,000,000 BC .  Each episode includes an incredible description of the object, such that you can imagine it, and details on the culture during the time it was made.  What was the community like?  What was their interaction with neighboring cultures?  How might that be influenced by foreigners?  And on and on.  There is a supplementary, interactive website with photos and details of any object you care to further investigate.

2. Sixty Second Science. Now, this is for nearly any goober.  That being said, this excites many of you out there in quilty world!  Produced by Scientific American, this give you a sixty second (obviously) snapshot of a recent scientific advancement.  The presenters comb recent journals ranging in topic from insects to physics to psychology and give you the highlights of recent findings and a application for the discovery. Really great.

3. Crafty Pod.  My interest in this comes and goes. They appear to be very focused on the semi-professional crafter. By that I mean anyone with an interest, knowledge and craft-related skill that is transitioning this love into a full time occupation.  Topics may include starting a shop, marketing, etc.  Some episodes catch my interest and others I flip through quickly. It may be your thing, though.

4. BBC Best of Natural History Radio. This is new for me and I am really excited to tuck into it.  I know next to nothing to share with you here, but it's on the agenda for this evening :)

Does anyone have another non-quilty podcast to suggest? I am always open to listening to something new and would appreciate your suggestions!


Laura said...

I listen to

The Capitol Steps. It is a 4-times a year podcast of musical political satire.

Get-Fit Guy's Quick and Dirty Tips
The History Chicks
Muggle Cast (Harry Potter Podcast)
NPR: Planet Money
NPR: Wait, Wait Don't Tell Me
The Nutrition Diva
This American Life
WNYC's Radiolab
The Moth

Anonymous said...

Growing up, my mom had "stitching movies". Movies she could "watch" while she stitches or quilted. They were movies that she knew by heart and didn't really need to see what was happening. It was just having the noise int he background that kept a constant rhythm good for stitching.

Nowadays, I do the same. I have three movies on heavy rotation and I've found them all to be period flicks, filmed in England and all with British actors/accents. Must be the rhythm of the accent that helps me.

My movies are Emma, Sherlock Holmes (with RDJ) and Sense and Sensibility. Weird...I know.

Susan said...

Definitely podcasting for me while I am sewing and these are favorites outside of Quilting/Sewing podcasts:
Stuff You Missed In History Class
KCRW's Good Food
NPR: Food Podcast
PRI: To the Best of Our Knowledge
Savage Love Podcast
Wine for Normal People

I'm with Kayleighinstitches - Major love for Emma and Sense and Sensibility! Add a little Love Actually and Chocolat in their and I'm a happy gal.

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