Pocasts - Trail listening recomendations

Discussion in 'Media Links' started by Whiteburn, Mar 13, 2018.

  1. Whiteburn

    Whiteburn Thru Hiker

    I just don’t get along with ‘books’ on the trail, I just find reading when horizonal really uncomfortable whether it be paper or a Reader, then there’s the additional weight :(

    I much prefer having a library of Podcasts on the phone, which uses minimal power & the only weight penalty is a cheap pair of earphones, & I just getting plugged in for ½ hr or so at bed time.

    My two automatic downloads are BBC Drama of the Week & Escape Pod

    I’ve looked at Audio books but found them quite expensive, anyone got other recommendations.
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  2. Enzo

    Enzo Thru Hiker

    I hammer the podcasts, are you looking for recommendations?
    Difficult to do, I think theyre a very personal choice.
  3. WilliamC

    WilliamC Thru Hiker

    There are audiobooks on Youtube which you can download as mp3 files via a suitable website or app. I'm not sure of the legality of that, though.
    The BBC World Service has plenty of interesting documentaries. A matter of personal taste but we enjoy Witness, Discovery, The Science Hour, The History Hour, Boston Calling, Crowd Science, The Documentary, The Enquiry, The Why Factor, The Assassination (mini series so not available for long now). World Book Club and Hardtalk can be good depending on who's being interviewed.
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  4. Shewie

    Shewie Administrator Staff Member

    Librivox has some okay free audio books, a lot of oldy worldy stuff though John Muir etc

    You could download the BPL back catalog and listen to those, I have them on in the car most days, I could probably recite the TGO and CWT trips word by word I've listened to them that much over the years
  5. WilliamC

    WilliamC Thru Hiker

    Listen to part of downloaded Librivox books before settling on which to take with you - the quality of reading can be very variable. We've enjoyed some of the Jack London ones and Travels with a Donkey.
  6. Whiteburn

    Whiteburn Thru Hiker

    Occasionally download Hard talk, Science hour, History hour, when the subject matter interests, haven't listened to Boston Calling yet (love the Allister Cook - Letters from America). Subscribed to the forthcoming "Death in Ice Valley" which sounds interesting.

    I'll check out Librivox, thanks
    Found a lot of the BPL podcasts a bit boring, a lot got deleted 5mins in, sorry Bob.
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  7. WilliamC

    WilliamC Thru Hiker

    Allister Cook - those were the days. Boston Calling is quite different; it's a magazine/news programme produced for the BBC by Boston Public Radio. It has some interesting stuff that you probably wouldn't hear about elsewhere.
  8. cathyjc

    cathyjc Thru Hiker

    "In Our Time" with Melyvn Bragg - cannot believe not already suggested. Pick the topic according to your interests.
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  9. Whiteburn

    Whiteburn Thru Hiker

    Used to live in the US when Allister was still on the go, it was good to hear some of his perspective on the American psyche/ collective thought which I found sometimes profoundly different to European mind-set.......sometimes weirdly so. :confused:
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  10. stormin'

    stormin' Ultralighter

    Anything by Garrison Keilor, His most famous Tales from Lake Wobegon always easy on the ear.
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  11. Fair Weather Camper

    Fair Weather Camper Thru Hiker

    If you like a refreshing 'open minded' non prurient window into other people's real life dilemmas, and how they resolve them, then try "Savage lovecast"

    Great for those days when you're wondering, is it just me...?

    Perhaps not ideal for mixed family listening on long car journeys?

    .. But then mayhap that's just me being a tad narrow minded..:bag:
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  12. JimH

    JimH Ultralighter

    Mountain was really good, but seems to be on hiatus.

    I listen to quite a random selection (the following are probably the best of them):
    361 degrees - mobile technology
    99% invisible - design, architecture
    Asymcar - thinking the future of transport (rather too US-centric, and has appalling sound quality)
    BeSpoke - BBC cycling podcast
    Rugby Union Weekly - BBC again
    Box Of Neutrals - Formula 1
    Dark Compass - metal & rock music
    ITV's Tour de France podcast
    Radiolab
    Twenty Thousand Hertz - sounds

    The guys on the Trail Show really annoy me, but they do some occasional interesting bits.
  13. Enzo

    Enzo Thru Hiker

    The trail show is perhaps an acquired taste...
    Infinite monkey cage
    Gqt
    Kermode film podcast
    In our time
    Listening to Sam harris's back catalogue, don't agree with him on many things but he has some interesting guests.
  14. maddogs

    maddogs Summit Camper

    I like a weekly dose of the BBC Radio 4 Friday Night Comedy podcast. The News Quiz for preference, though it's currently The Now Show. how else to keep up with current affairs?
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  15. SafetyThird

    SafetyThird Ultralighter

    Being someone who hunts occasionally, I often listen to Into The Wilderness, by the Pace Brothers. Even if you're not interested in the hunting side, on many episodes they cover a lot about conservation and countryside matters in the uk and abroad. New episode every couple of weeks. http://paceproductionsuk.libsyn.com/
  16. JKM

    JKM Thru Hiker

  17. JKM

    JKM Thru Hiker

    As William says, a tube downloader can be useful.
    I have used the ''Tubemate" app which lets you save just the audio from YouTube videos as an mp3

    You need to change your phone settings (android, no idea if you can do this on iphone) to allow external apps the download from the website.

    On YouTube there are audios of all the old episodes of ''Mark Steels' in town" which is excellent.

    All episodes of cabin pressure were on archive.org recently as well, another favorite.edit: these are on Tumblr now and only a handful on archive.org
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  18. ColinHawke

    ColinHawke Ultralighter

    I listen to most of the BBC Radio 4 science podcasts; for example I enjoyed their “Brief history of mathematics” which is 10 short episodes on some famous mathematicians (not everyone’s cup of tea I suppose but then I am of that ilk) - I also secretly listen to “the archers omnibus” podcast and I’ll never admit that to anyone - oops.

    I’ve tried audio books but can’t get on with them.
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  19. Whiteburn

    Whiteburn Thru Hiker

    I've tried audio books as well & given up, generally only listen to podcasts when I'm out in the wilds so my old brain found it difficult to remember the story line after a week or two. :confused:
    Now tend to look for short stories, series episodes etc. 30 - 60 mins long .
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  20. Enzo

    Enzo Thru Hiker

    Don't know if you can still get the first series of 'tracks', that was quite good, I think 10 x 45 minute episodes.I have it downloaded on my sim card. Still thinking of using a very light mp3 player rather than my phone to save phone battery. Mp3 player uses very little power.
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  21. WilliamC

    WilliamC Thru Hiker

    We have Tracks as well but haven't started it yet. We use a Sansa Clip; very little weight and as you say, saves the phone battery.
  22. Enzo

    Enzo Thru Hiker

    Its dark :eek:
    But IMHO better than series 2 which was a very odd prequel and much shorter.
    I just have a cheap eBay mp3 player, 20- 30g and huge battery life.
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  23. JKM

    JKM Thru Hiker

    +1 for Tracks S1.


    it's still available on BBC iPlayer, apparently only for 45 days though so worth catching before it expires. I listend to is while doing g the ironing, such a glamorous life.

    S2 was a bit strange, I think I have only listened to 50%


    Unrelated, I find I don't like having headphones in when camped alone. Perhaps some phobia of not being able to hear people sneaking up on me. I prefer to watch films or listen to audio using the speakers on my phone, which isn't great for battery life.

    I blame it all on a traumatic childhood experience where I was out for a walk alone aged about 12 and had my headphones on (MJ's ''Bad' album if you must know) and a huge herd of cows snuck up behind me and started following me. I only realised they were there a track ended, i panicked & started to run and they all ran after me, literally at my heels. I flung myself over a stile to escape and they all stopped and mooed at me.

    As @gixer can confirm, I still have an irrational fear of cows. :(

    High oxen fell is likely to remain unclimbed....
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  24. Enzo

    Enzo Thru Hiker

    Not irrational.
    Though. As I child I was cornered by chickens :eggonface:. Which clearly was irrational:confused: . still, i can laugh about it now :oops:
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  25. Gadget

    Gadget Thru Hiker

    I never found Ray Mears to be that dark?? (a little odd maybe)

    Sounds like you need to enrol on my cow-therapy course... we'll soon have you lying in a field surrounded by Friesians licking your boots!
    (a childish pleasure I still indulge in)
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