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I love spoken word podcasts. For a very long time, I've found it very relaxing to listen to voices whilst lying down. I quite like to fall asleep at night listening to people talking. It has to be "the right type" of talking though. Phone-in programs on the radio don't work for me. It has to be people talking about something vaguely interesting to me, but generally not overwhelmingly interesting. I do generally fall asleep at some point.
Melvyn Bragg's In Our Time on Radio 4 is probably the perfect podcast for sending me to sleep. I kept one episode that was soooo boring that I don't think I ever got more than about 30 seconds in before I was zedding away. It was very handy for nights when I couldn't get to sleep. Radio 4 do offer a small selection of podcasts.

Most of the podcasts I listen to seem to be science or scepticism related. Favourites are:

Skepticality - quiet at the moment after one of the presenters had a brain injury.

Point of Inquiry - "focusing on CFI’s issues: religion, human values and the borderlands of science." People like Richard Dawkins and James Randi show up on this podcast.

Slacker Astronomy - Because if you aren't going to care about something, you may as well no care about astronomy :-)

Quirks and Quarks - A weekly science show from Canada. Possibly my favourite science podcast.

Groks - A pair of speccy geeks talk about science. I've never been able to get the RSS feed to work though :-(

Science Friday - Not sure about this one yet. I've only heard a few. It's OK, but not as good as Quirks and Quarks.

I don't have an iPod. I download the MP3s, convert them to OGGs at the very lowest quality setting (completely acceptable for voice), and listen to them using my mobile phone, a Sony Ericsson P900. It has a 128MB expansion card in it, which will hold something like 8-10 hours of spoken word OGGs.

So what spoken word podcasts do other people listen to? Am I missing any you think I might like?


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