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February 11th, 2006
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This American Life
I no longer have a car, so I don't listen to This American Life in the car. When I'm at home, I'm usually either watching TV or reading, neither of which is conducive to listening to This American Life. I really like the show, but it just seems that I never want to just sit and listen to it.

But I've now found that I can put it on while I'm in the office on the weekend, especially when I'm doing relatively straightforward stuff. Cool.

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From:bitty
Date:February 11th, 2006 08:10 pm (UTC)
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podcast it.
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From:queue
Date:February 11th, 2006 10:05 pm (UTC)
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Same problem. With the way my life is currently set up, I don't get opportunities for doing that. I almost never take the train into town, I'm never in a car, etc. Are you aloud to use iPods in flight? If so, I guess I've got some flying time coming up.

(Of course, there's still the issue of actually getting MP3s of the shows. All of the stream->MP3 things I've found (when I briefly spent some time looking a couple of months back) aren't free, and I'm too cheap to pay for something like that. And I'm certainly not going to pay their outrageous per-episode costs.)
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From:bitty
Date:February 14th, 2006 03:34 am (UTC)
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It's a shame that some NPR shows cost, because so many of them are free.

Anyway:

"If your favorite Internet radio shows aren't available as downloadable podcasts, perhaps you can create your own. With a Macintosh program called Radio Recorder or a Windows program called Streamripper, you can capture many Internet radio streams and record them onto the hard drive as MP3 files. Then just download them to the iPod and enjoy. Both programs are free. Find Streamripper at streamripper.sourceforge.net; Radio Recorder is at tinyurl.com/a4stw."
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From:queue
Date:February 14th, 2006 07:06 pm (UTC)
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Ah, excellent. I'll try this out tonight.
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From:queue
Date:February 15th, 2006 12:04 am (UTC)
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Unfortunately, Streamripper doesn't appear to work for RealAudio streams, which is what the TAL shows are.
From:missdimple
Date:February 11th, 2006 09:38 pm (UTC)
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I love that show!

I also like "Wait, Wait, Don't Tell Me." I've been playing that while I do yoga. It's really helpful to be doing something healthy and laughing just before going to bed. I seem to be sleeping better because of it. :)
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