Podcast tip: NPR’s Embedded


Ik luister wekelijks heel wat podcasts. Er zitten een paar vaste waarden tussen die ik al een paar jaar wekelijks volg, en er komen er regelmatig nieuwe bij. Het laatste anderhalf jaar is er een stevige dosis Amerikaanse politiek en actua bijkomen.

Het ganse lijstje deel ik binnenkort wel eens in een post hier, vandaag wil ik jullie voor deze meegeven: Embedded van NPR.

In hun eerste “seizoen” brachten ze een een deep dive in gebeurtenissen uit de actualiteit die een ver-van-ons-bed-show zijn en gingen daar dan redelijk diep & gedetaileerd op in.

In het seizoen dat net startte richten ze hun spreekwoordelijke pijlen op de geschiedenis en de mensen rond Donald Trump:

NPR’s Embedded takes a story from the news and goes deep. And in a new series of episodes, host Kelly McEvers tells the inside stories of what Donald Trump and members of his administration were doing before they got into politics – from a new kind of reality show, to the troubled development of a golf course, to the Hollywood background of a presidential adviser. Subscribe now to hear the latest episodes beginning October 5. Have story ideas or tips? Email us at embedded@npr.org and find us on Twitter @nprembedded

De eerste aflevering gaat over het reality TV programma The Apprentice, waar Trump zijn start keer op TV en wat uiteindelijk  voor zijn grote popularteit zorgde.

13 years ago, one TV show changed how the world saw Donald Trump. Today, the story of how it became a hit, why it may have helped his eventual election and how the people involved feel about it now.

Zeker de moeite om te volgend! Je kan de aflevering hier vinden, via Apple Postcast.



Postcast: In the Dark

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Investigative journalism in podcast form was started off mostly by Serial, which most people have heard of (or have actually heard) by now.

In that same vein there is a new show out: In the Dark, by APM Reports. 9 Episodes about the disappearance of Jacob Wetterling, the case that shaped how the US deals with sexual crimes. Interesting, horrifying and shocking. Find it on iTunes, Overcast or Stitcher.

In this episode of NPR’s Planet Money podcast, the topic is the rise of open plan office spaces.

Sometimes I just dream of having a door, with wall that go all the way around me.

I’ve only every worked in open plan offices and they can definitly be challenging, depending on the people you share the space with. Intersting episode, give it a listen.



★ BULK Bag.


If you’re a listener if 5by5’s (in)famous “Back To Work” podcast with Merlin Mann, the phrase “BULK bag” is probably nothing new. (If you’ve never heard of this, feel free to move a long, this is kind of an inside joke think).

A while back, Brett Kelly release a little ringtone with another of Merlin’s sayings: Hi, can I aks you a question? (available here. Very funny but a bit too long too be used as a ringtone for texts (in my opinion).

So I though?..BULK bag. Download it here (.m4r format so you can put it straight into iTunes).


★ Enough, episode 100

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One of my favorite podcasts is Enough, with Patrick Rhone and Mike Hurley and they’ve just posted their 100th episode. This episode is over 3 times longer than their usual altercations, but they have number of interesting people on the show who all discuss their favorite event/product/app/moment of 2011 and look forward to 2012 as well.

Enough is part of the 70 Decibels podcasting network, which Myke has launched in the fall of 2011. They sport some quality shows and are a join to listen to. I particularly like The Bro Show, which Myke does with Terry. (I love hearing British accents)

Keep it up guys, you’re doing a 5-by-5 job! 😉

★ Resolutions.


Merlin and Dan talk about new year’s resolutions and what’s wrong with making them:

“Making a new year’s resolution is giving yourself permission to stop sucking at something.”

The entire episode is filled with great quotes and one-liners so I’m not going to write it all out, go listen to it for yourself if you want to hear them all.

I’ve been listening to this podcast for almost a year now and I still like it a lot, be sure to give it a try. (the first episodes are especially good, well worth the listen even today)

★ Belgian Waffles podcast – Episode 0: So, are we going to do this?

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I’ve listened to podcasts for a long time now, first to pass the time during my work-commute to Mechelen and nowadays during my longruns. Podcasts from different sources (independent, Twit, Cnet) but subject was always technology, internet or photography related. Lately, I’ve listening to a lot of podcasts on the 5by5 network and I really like them (I’ll make a post with which ones I like best and why in the coming week(s)).

Then, a couple of weeks ago, Davy asked me if I wanted to do a podcast with him, in English and about tech news. Sure, why not 🙂

So on Thursday we recorded episode 0 and we’re quite happy with it 🙂 You can listen to it here or you can use the feed to add it to Google Listen or Instacast. (The show is submitted into iTunes as well, we just have to wait untill Apple approves it