Thursday, August 17, 2006

The Writer's Almanac

I decided to take a short break from my blog which evolved into nearly the entire the summer. More on that another day or time. One night during the extreme heat in SoCal, I was resting under the ceiling fan with my local PBS radio station on the radio. At 7 pm I was rewarded with Garrison Keillor's The Writer's Almanac.

The Writer's Almanac, new to me, is produced by Prairie Home Productions and presented by American Public Media. (Previously KPBS aired a local show in that timeslot.) Keillor with his melodious voice recounts the bookish highlights of the day in history and ends the five minute piece by reading a short poem or two. The segment is truly a wonderful way to end your day. The Writer's Almanac is more than worth 5 minutes of your time! You won't regret it.

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Podcasting Software

Cross Platform
iTunes - Windows, Mac
Juice- formerly called iPodder - Windows, Mac, GNU/Linux
renko - (Perl based) -Mac GNU/Linux, FreeBSD, Windows (may need to install ActivePerl)

Windows -
Now Playing - A windows iTunes Plugin

Macintosh - iPodderX (Now undergoing a name change and will be unavailable until the name change is complete. Current users still supported.)

Unix -bashpodder

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