I would like to dedicate my first post to podcasts. I listen to a lot of podcasts: Democracy Now, MSNBC’s Countdown and Rachel Maddow (I stopped listening to Chris Matthews because he always interrupts his guests, which irritates me), Jack Clark’s Blast the Right, Meet the Press, Bill Moyer’s Journal, KCRW’s Left, Right and Center, NPR’s It’s All Politics, The New Yorker’s Out Loud and its The Political Scene, Slate Magazine’s various gabfests and The Young Turks.
Oh, and I listen to the Times Online podcast, Bill Maher’s Real Time and the extremely funny Canadian podcast Double Exposure — these, of course, are comedic send-ups of the news. I listen to them whenever I’m doing something repetitive and boring — like making the bed or walking my geriatric dog or exacerbating my arthritis on the treadmill. It’s a great way to multi-task, but it does keep me kind of stirred up all the time, full of righteous anger and suffused with an admittedly inchoate sense of mission.
One of my favorite podcasts is The Young Turks, because they represent a younger demographic, one that’s closer to my daughters Shanah, Raina and Sabrina’s age. That generation has a lot of smarts (the smart ones, at least) and they seem to keep it more real and a little less stuffy/dogmatic than other pundits and refried leftist hippies (one of whose number I freely confess to being.) Check out their stuff on iTunes or on www.theyoungturks.com. I like them so much I even contributed a picture of my dog with a sign that read “TYT + MSNBC” — they are angling for the 10 pm slot on MSNBC and are assembling a photo wall of supporters to argue their case. I wouldn’t lend my dog’s support to just any cause, despite the fact that he has pooped on our bedroom carpet three times in the last week. I think he may have Doggy Alzheimer’s — “What, me? Poop? Nawh! Me? Where?” What are you going to do? Put him down because he’s a little incontinent? I hope people don’t put me down when I’m a little incontinent, and, trust me, I can see that day coming and it’s not far off. And look at that face! He may be old, but he’s still a handsome fellow.