I download podcasts to my iTunes then put them on my iPod to listen to through my speakers at work or home or in the car. I now get profoundly sad when I don't update my iPod and am doomed to listen to music or NPR's All Things Considered on my way home from work. Not that ATC is a bad show. I've learned more about Middle Eastern politics than I ever wanted to know, but they seem to only talk about ME politics and that can get boring.
The following are my favorite podcasts:
TAL is a weekly radio show (and now triple-Emmy-winning television series on Current TV) hosted by Ira Glass where they typically choose a theme then tell stories on the theme. Sometimes a story is so engrossing they do the whole show on one story, but it's rare. The show isn't just about telling a good story though. Each hour-long show seeks to reveal something about the theme, something deeper and provoking about our American life and culture. Since that kind of activity is what I've been trained to do in virtually every anthropology class I've ever taken, I am understandably in love.
The show hires a couple of interns a year and before I got the job in Colorado I considered applying for it. I still think it would be rad. For a list of some favorite shows you can stream from your computer, go here.