Thursday, October 26, 2006
I've taken to listening to podcasts on long drives and airplane rides, when shopping for groceries, and on walks in the woods, which are really my moments to be oblivious. In the last few days I have heard three that I think our readers might particularly enjoy.
First, John Lindner of The Baltimore Sun interviewed Richard Fernandez -- aka "Wretchard" and proprietor of The Belmont Club -- on the subject of blogging. Apart from the sharp observations that we have come to take for granted from Richard, he also has kind words for me, which are much appreciated.
Second, Richard and Austin Bay interviewed Lawrence Wright, author of The Looming Tower: Al-Qaeda and the Road to 9/11. Wright's fast-paced book is not the last that will be written on its subject -- there are still many unanswered questions, and in any case the story will be finally written by the victors -- but it is, unlike most journalism, a genuine first draft of history.
Finally, Glenn and Helen interviewed gun expert Dave Kopel. As has been true for perhaps twenty years, there is no more thoughtful proponent of gun rights. I guarantee you will learn something, including the enormous progress that has been made in defense of gun rights since the high water mark of the abolition movement in 1993.
The Adventures of Chester is starting a podcast. The current item is an interview with Daveed Gerstein-Ross about his "year in radical Islam". I haven't listened to it all yet, but so far it's fascinating. iTunes feed and XML (RSS) feed.
Seconding TH's suggestion of listening to podcasts during driving or other dead-time.