My love of radio truly began in my high school years, with Tony Delroy's midnight 25-question quiz "The Challenge" (ABC Local Radio). It was always welcome company when I was up late doing a last-minute essay (often).
These days, I'm not a big live listener, but I am a podcast girl. It's a pretty daggy technology really: download, listen. But that's what's so lovely about it. For a while my listening consisted of one show, Slate
's Political Gabfest
-- perfect for the ins and outs of US politics with a dose of humour.
Now I've got an iPhone (this is not a spruik; no it does not sparkle in the sunlight), I've branched out, wandering into all kinds of new offerings. And I have a new favourite: The History of Rome
. Like the Gabfest
, it takes a complex story and, episode by episode, weaves it into the most engaging tale, from the start of the Roman Empire to the end.
I jumped in at Caesar's death (that's the good thing about history, it's a bit hard to spoil the story) and have been hooked since. Mike Duncan narrates the story and, I don't know how he does it, but it's as seamless as if he's reading from a book, yet with the flair of a raconteur at a campside fire.
But there's thousands to chose from. A quick survey of the Crikey
office found favourites included This American Life, All Songs Considered
, The New Yorker Out Loud
and, locally, community station RRR's The Spin
. For Aussie wrestling chat (no, we're not interested either, but First Dog on the Moon is) try The DCW Variety Hour.
's own Canberra Calling
-- returning soon!