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And forgot to mention the wondrous BBC Science with Dr. Karl podcast. For starters Dr. Karl is some kind of a genius, and seems to have a photographic memory in the way he answers myriad questions. Also the guy has the most wonderful voice, very sing song (with an Australian accent). Plus of course the myriad questions are more often than not entertaining, with equally entertaining answers.

Anyway, recommended for science geeks.

Edit: Out of around 20 podcasts I started listening to, my current favourites are:

Adam and Joe - although I already listen to their Saturday morning BBC Radio 6 Music show in its entirety, this is the distilled version of it in podcast form, with a few extras thrown in. Would probably be liked by middle to upper class white male nerdy types.
(Adam Curry's) Daily Source Code - although I find Mr. Curry a bit frustrating when he starts rambling on with his conspiracy theories, and I don't really sync with his musical choices, he is still often an interesting guy to listen to, pretty sharp, and has a great radio voice. Plus as mentioned before, I like that he frequently updates, talks now and then about technology (particularly podcasting technology), and lives close by in G-town (Guildford). I could have sworn the RSS link has vanished from his site though...
Dumbed Down Life - so far a weekly offering (I think) from daz71, alucard_uk and Doug, with fun general chat around various topics. Beware the geeky laughter and lots of talking over each other ;-)
Mark Kermode and Simon Mayo - Aforementioned podcast which is a distilled version of their BBC Radio 5 Live show with film reviews and related chit chat. It's more the case that Simon Mayo is the presenter, and Mark Kermode is the film critic, although Mayo seems to be a film lover also. Kermode can be frustrating with his super-fast-don't-take-a-breath talking, and opinionated... opinions? Although he's hard to take too seriously (it seems to be mostly tongue in cheek), and more so they do present the opinions/reviews of listeners, often when they conflict with Kermode's view.
Windows Weekly - Presented by Paul Thurrott and Leo Laporte, IIRC the former is the Windows expert and the latter is more the honey-toned presenter. I only listen to this really for work reasons, in case anything interesting pops up, and to keep in touch with developments in the Windows world.

And I keep meaning to listen to Games Weasel - about computer/video games if you hadn't guessed.

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Hey. Thanks for you continued support for our little show. We are working on a way to make the overtalking a bit cleaner so it doesn't cut us all out (stopping talking over each other is more of a challenge than cleaning the sound up :S).

By the way, Doug is also a (infrequent) user of LJ and goes by the name of Prionace. I would make his name a link to his journal bu i have no ide how to do that from within a comment box lol

Thanks for you continued support for our little show.

No problem, it's a fun listen :-)

(stopping talking over each other is more of a challenge than cleaning the sound up :S)

LOL, I can imagine. I guess this is where it helps when you're all physically in the same place.

By the way, Doug is also a (infrequent) user of LJ and goes by the name of Prionace. I would make his name a link to his journal bu i have no ide how to do that from within a comment box lol

Amazingly for me it's one of those HTML(ish) tags I do remember. So something like prionace?

I think a lot of the time we are worrying over dead air and the conversation drying up too fast so we all try to jump in with our little comments to keep things flowing.

We are working on new recording techniques to resolve this and getting us all sounding crisp and clear. This weeks test of us each recording our own audio and then matching it up in a mix didn't work as I think we both had different settings that affected the syncing when each file was compressed to MP3.

More testing is needed but we are getting the from a production point of view. Content wise I'm really happy with it and we always seem to find something to talk about :D

I remember once having to transcribe a Skype conversation that I had recorded using both a digital recorder on my desk, and a what-u-hear recorder on the PC. Woah, that got confusing!

To be brutally honest, I don't think it is really that much of a problem. Once people realise that you're talking over Skype, the delays and the clashes all make sense and kinda add to the whole atmosphere.

DDL is the only podcast I listen to, and I've just finished episode 5! :o)

Keep going, and if you ever want a guest... I'm here!

I listen to Dr. Karl every week. But why did I think he was broadcast in Australia on station JJJ?

I don't know, why did you think that?

I know that for at least a couple of the Beeb shows he is in an Oz-based studio talking to the British presenter.

Where do you get the shows from?

I think the podcast (that I get) introduces itself as "Australia's nation wide youth radio, triple jay"

Not sure about the presenter, I have a hard time distinguishing a "cultured" Australian dialect from an English one. (Don't you pick on me until you can distinguish North Carolina from Georgia.)

Well Dr. Karl definitely has a very soft Australian accent, and the presenter has a soft Scottish accent. Curiously, while in the USA, I've been mistaken for being a Scot and an Australian.

Curiously a google of "dr. karl podcast" does bring the ABC show up first, with the BBC show second. The BBC show describes itself as being on the All Night programme, and takes live (British) calls.

Out of curiousity, do you detect a large diversity in American accents? How many distinct accents would you say there are in the USA? (and yes, I'd just about spot a Texan and a Californian... that's as discriminating as I get)

We have dozens of dialects. People from NYC can easily tell which of the five boroughs someone is from. New England has its own nasal twang. Virgina, North Carolina, and South Carolina have "Mountain" and "Lowland" dialects. South Florida has a distinct Caribbean twang. Louisiana has such a strong admixture of French that it can be hard for outsiders to understand. Texas has a strong drawl that just about anyone can distinguish. Nevada, New Mexico, Arizona and much of Colorado have a lot of Mexican influence, both add words and pronunciation (Llama is yama, not lama). California pretends to have its own dialect, but it is really midwestern standard with a bunch of constantly changing slang. Minnesota, Wisconsin and parts of the surrounding areas have a rolling Nordic feel (you have seen the movie Fargo, right?)

Most of the rest of the country pretty much speaks "Midwestern Standard" which is what you hear on most American television.

Also everyone who lives in an American city pretty much speaks Midwestern most of the time.

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