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[Swprograms] Podding Along - Issue 140
Most radio listening takes place in the car or while doing other things that allow freedom for the ear, but not the eyes and hands. Podcasts permit a shift of listening time from a set appointment to virtually any convenient occasion. I do it while âpower walkingâ (most) every other day (when itâs not cold and wet or I havenât succumbed to laziness). The âartâ of putting one foot in front of the other can be pretty monotonous and by âpodding alongâ while plodding along the mind also gets something useful to do.
Some of the best radio comes from the public networks of the UK, Australia, Ireland, Canada, New Zealand and the U.S. Apart from the originating programâs web site, most programs are made available through any number of other amalgamation sources such as iTunes and TuneIn.
Admittedly, these are thoroughly subjective recommendations, but my interests and tolerance for incompatible views are pretty wide-ranging. Hereâs another in a continuing series of small samplings:
âTell Me One Thing Thatâs Absolutely Trueâ
THE PHILOSOPHERS ZONE - ABC RN
Justifying your beliefs is harder than it looks, yet still we seem to be certain about various things. While many of us cling to the beliefs we hold to be true with dogged certainty, can we really justify them? And if absolute truth is elusive, does that mean that anything goes, and anyone is free to believe anything is true? Leave your certainties at the door as we enter the bedevilling matrix of truth. (27â)
âThe Basic Income Experimentâ
PLANET MONEY - NPR
The basic income is a hot topic of social policy. It's a steady payout to citizens. Liberals argue it provides support to struggling citizens with dignity and freedom. Libertarians like that it can be dispensed without an expensive, and controlling, bureaucracy. The rest argue that it's a giveaway that will inspire laziness. In Finland, unemployment is 8.8 percent, and most of the time, citizens can't collect unemployment if they're making additional money, discouraging recipients from finding jobs. So the Finnish government has set up something unusual: a live experiment. A test to help settle the debate, or figure if it's even worth having. A test group of 2,000 unemployed Finns receive 560 euros each month from the government. No strings attached. For unemployed researcher Sanna Leskinen, that meant being able to apply for part time jobs and plan for the future. Avery Trufelman went to Finland to see how the experiment was working. How does the basic income work in practice? And could it work in the U.S.? Today's show is adapted from '99% Invisible', a podcast about the forces of design and architecture that shape our world. (29â)
A monthly compendium of these newsletters, plus on occasion additional pertinent material, is now published in The CIDX Messenger, the monthly e-newsletter of the Canadian International DX Club (CIDX). For further information, go to www.cidx.ca
Happy New Year!
Editor, "The Worldwide Listening Guideâ
New, Revised and Updated 192 page 8th edition now available from Universal Radio [universal-radio.com] and Amazon [amazon.com]
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