“True Story” Podcasts
The Way I Heard It (Mike Rowe) – (< 15 minutes each) Short mysteries for the curious mind with a short attention span. This podcast from the former “Dirty Jobs” host is similar to Paul Harvey’s “Rest of the Story.”
NPR: S-Town – (7 episode True Story) John despises his Alabama town and decides to do something about it. He asks a reporter to investigate the son of a wealthy family who’s allegedly been bragging that he got away with murder. But then someone else ends up dead, sparking a nasty feud, a hunt for hidden treasure, and an unearthing of the mysteries of one man’s life.
NPR: This American Life – First-person stories and short fiction pieces that are touching, funny, and surprising.
NPR: The Moth – True stories told live and without notes, to standing-room-only crowds worldwide.
News & Interview Podcasts
The Art of Manliness – The title is a misnomer since people of any gender might enjoy and learn from these podcasts. Episodes explore how to live a life of both contemplation and action, while having some fun along the way. Topics cover everything from history and philosophy, to social/professional skills, to parenting, to self-defense and physical training, to pop culture and literature. As of January 2018, I’ve worked my way backward through about thirty of the archive of 300+ episodes. Below are my favorites so far:
- https://www.artofmanliness.com/2018/01/29/temporal-landmarks-achieve-your-goals/ (Daniel Pink)
Seven Minute Explainers (The Week) – (< 7 minutes each) everything you need to know about compelling and complex topics, from a variety of The Week’s smart and witty writers, editors, and thinkers. Concise and entertaining,
This Week I Learned (The Week) – (< 15 minutes each) Fascinating and fun revelations, reports, and studies on the internet. Quick, concise, and infectiously entertaining,
NPR: Hidden Brain – Using science and storytelling, Hidden Brain’s host Shankar Vedantam reveals the unconscious patterns that drive human behavior, the biases that shape our choices, and the triggers that direct the course of our relationships.
Freakonomics – Award-winning podcast. Stephen J. Dubner explores the riddles of everyday life human nature — from cheating and crime to parenting and sports. Dubner talks with Nobel laureates and provocateurs, social scientists and entrepreneurs.
NPR: How I Built This – Innovators, entrepreneurs, and idealists, and the stories behind the movements they built. Each episode is a narrative journey marked by triumphs, failures, serendipity and insight — told by the founders of some of the world’s best known companies and brands.
NPR: Fresh Air with Terry Gross – Peabody Award-winning weekday magazine of contemporary arts and issues. Features intimate conversations with today’s biggest luminaries.
NPR: Diane Rehm: On My Mind – Features newsmakers, writers, artists and thinkers: what’s going on in Washington, ideas that inform, and the latest on living well as we live longer
NPR: Planet Money – You’ll meet high rollers, brainy economists and regular folks — all trying to make sense of our rapidly changing global economy.
Slate’s Culture Gabfest – Award-winning podcast features culture critics Stephen Metcalf, Dana Stevens, and Julia Turner debating the week in culture, from highbrow to pop.
NPR: TED Radio Hour – Astonishing inventions, fresh approaches to old problems, new ways to think and create. Each show is centered on a common theme – such as the source of happiness, crowd-sourcing innovation, power shifts, or inexplicable connections.
NPR: Left Right Center – Weekly discussion about politics, policy and popular culture with representatives of the politically left, right, and center.
Slate’s Political Gabfest – Voted “Favorite Political Podcast” by iTunes listeners. Informal and irreverent discussion Washington journalists have after hours over drinks. Features Emily Bazelon (NY Times), John Dickerson (Face the Nation), and David Plotz.
NPR: Civics 101 – Ever wonder what a White House Chief of Staff actually does? How about a Press Secretary? And is gerrymandering still a thing in this country? Civics you should have learned in school…but probably didn’t.
NPR: On the Media – Analysis of the media. covering journalism, technology, and First Amendment issues.
Web Design Principles
I have studied, and use web design principles recommended by these experts:
- “Designing the Obvious: Common Sense Approach to Web Design” by Robert Hoekman, Jr.
- “Don’t Make Me Think: A Common Sense Approach to Web Usability” by Steve Krug
- “Call To Action: Secret Formulas to Improve Online Results” by Bryan & Jeffrey Eisenberg
- “Getting Real” by 37 Signals (30,000 copies sold)
Recommended (FREEWARE) Windows Programs
MakeMKV – Converts DVD discs into MKV files that can be used with streaming media players and media servers such as PLEX.
FBReader (Favorite Book Reader) What differentiates FBRreader is that it allows the user to cut, copy and print eBook text. Most eBook readers don’t allow these functions. FBReader supports several e-book formats: ePub, fb2, chm, rtf, plucker and allows direct reading from zip, tar, gzip and bzip2 archives.
SpeedOut – Tests the speed of flash memory and SD cards. SD card memory speed may be important if you’re recording video to it. This website also describes what all the numbers and markings mean on SD cards.
WinDirStat – wonderful graphic program shows which files and folders are cluttering your hard drive.
DVD to ISO – is a simple free program to can help you to rip a DVD/CD into a single ISO image file.
Moffsoft FreeCalc – (from Moffsoft.com) Replacement for Windows Calculator
Never10 – Blocks the automatic upgrade from Windows 7 or 8 to Windows 10
Directory Lister – (from KrkSoft.com) Create and save customized lists of the files in a folder or directory.. Directory Lister’s interface offers check boxes and drop-down controls that allow you to specify what information is included in the list such as directory name, path, filename, size, date, and time. You can easily select target directories and folders using the file-tree navigator. The “Preview” tab gives a quick view of the list, which can be saved as HTML, CSV, or text.
Pinegrow Web Editor – Maintain website code on the cloud.
Nexus Root Toolkit – for rooting & restoring Android tablets
Freez FLV to MP3 converter – convert Flash FLV files to MP3 files so that they can be played in Windows Media Player.
Renamer – a powerful and flexible file renaming tool, which offers batch renaming functions, including prefixes, suffixes, replacements, case changes, as well as removing contents of brackets, adding number sequences, changing file extensions, etc.
TeamViewer – Remote access of computer by multiple people
AudioLib – create regular audio CD’s from MP3 or WAV files.
ActiveUndelete – Active@ UNDELETE is a powerful data recovery software that helps you to recover deleted files and restore deleted partitions.
Supports Windows XP / VISTA / Windows 7 / 2003 Server Operating Systems.
PDF ePub DRM Removal – removes copy protection from ePub files. First 10 uses are free.
eDocPrinter PDF Pro – creates PDF files from applications in Windows 2000, Windows XP, or above . It works as a printer under windows environment, hence users can print from whatever application utilizing windows GDI printing device.
MP3Tag – batch tagging of Mp3 files.
7-zip – unzip / unarchives various compressed file types including
Any Video Converter 2.5.9
Batch PDF Merge dreamify Corp 1.1.0
Directory Lister v0.9.1
Easy Go Back
ISO Disk 1.1 ISODisk.com