Archive for the ‘Sample Podcasts’ Category
“Chillcast” 5th Anniversary Compilation March 18, 2011 | 05:47 pm

If you haven’t discovered Anji Bee and the Chillcast, your life is now better. If you know Anji Bee and the Chillcast, then you should probably know she’s pulled together a one hour music compilation to celebrate the 5th anniversary of her excellent Chillcast. It’s one of these name-your-price deals (and “free” is acceptable), so go check it out. I’m a big fan of the Chillcast (along with Dave’s Lounge) for coding background music.

Ellen Davis and Krista Tippett June 10, 2010 | 01:00 pm

It’s finally out! One of my favorite professors is on one of my favorite radio programs (probably my favorite, now that “In the Loop” is no more…)! Dr. Ellen Davis on “Speaking of Faith” has been attached into the blog’s podcast feed. There should be a player below: if not, visit the EnfranchisedMind post itself at

As usual, “Speaking of Faith” has a nice page for the episode:

If you want to hear more from Dr. Davis and you are on iTunes, you can hear her inaugural lecture as the “Amos Ragan Kearns Distinguished Professor of Bible and Practical Theology” (yeah, Duke’s subtle with their chair names…):

Podcast Sample: Raleigh.rb January 1, 2010 | 01:21 pm

Thanks to Matt Bass, the Ruby community in Raleigh, North Carolina, has an excellent podcast of their meetings. Meeting topics have included Ruby ROI, PDF generation with Prawn, JavaScript testing with Blue Ridge, and the topic included here, alternative databases. The presentations are generally pretty good, and it’s worth listening to them again even if you’ve attended and even if you aren’t particularly interested in Ruby.

For more on Raleigh.rb, check out The podcast feed is at

Podcast Sample: Chillin’ with Lovespirals December 1, 2009 | 09:12 am

Although my teenage-angst, KMFDM/PIG-idolizing self would hate to hear it, I’ve become quite a fan of downtempo and chillout music. Although I’m a big fan of Raleigh/Durham’s The Grooveblaster and Permanent4, undoubtedly my favorite artist is Lovespirals, so I was crazy excited when their new album Future Past was released. You can see my review here.

One of the things that Lovespirals do is release an informal but very interesting podcast called Chillin’ with Lovespirals. It’s like hanging out with the band for half an hour or better. The episode I’m sharing has them talking about releasing an album in the global social media context. It’s fascinating from a music fan’s standpoint, but moreover from a social media/cultural pundit standpoint. Definitely worth a listen, which is why I’m sharing it here!

Other “Chillin’ with Lovespirals” episodes talked about guitar technology, retrofitting a house to be more environmentally friendly, and all kinds of stuff. Good stuff. You should subscribe: podcast feed.

BTW, here’s the unboxing video they refer to in the podcast.

Podcast Sample: WebDev Radio (featuring CouchDB!) November 1, 2009 | 12:01 am

This sample podcast would have been recommended earlier, but I have trouble remembering that everyone isn’t already listening to this gem. The podcast is the WebDev Radio podcast, hosted by Michael Kimsal (who is also the primary host on WebDev Geekly, which I’ve been on). Every now-and-again, Michael Kimsal presents an interview or a bit of commentary on up-and-coming technologies in the web development sphere, and so it’s worth subscribing just to keep up-to-date.

The sample episode provided on the EnfranchisedMind podcast is Michael’s interview with Jan Lenhardt and Chris Anderson of CouchDB. It’s one of the best presentations of CouchDB because it gets into the philosophy and goals of couch more than technical details about its map/reduce mojo or its ease of replication: it’s the first presentation of CouchDB which really made it obvious to me why I should care about CouchDB. The episode is Episode 64 (show notes through this link).

NOTE: I’m very aware that I already linked to WebDev Radio re: my new book announcement, but the CouchDB episode of WebDev Radio is just that good.

Podcast Sample: Idyllic Music October 1, 2009 | 12:01 am

Like the Dave’s Lounge podcast that kicked off the Enfranchised Mind podcast feed, the Idyllic Music Podcast is a great podcast for coding tunes (even if the intro music does bass-out my headphones). It’s shorter than most other music podcasts, but the whole backlog is available, which is nice.

The episode featured in the Enfranchised Mind feed is a Podcaster’s Special episode, which features music from people who are both musicians and podcasters in the same vein as Idyllic. So it’s really a gateway episode into the world of downtempo/idyllic/chill/electolounge/whatever podcasting.

You can subscribe to the Idyllic Music podcast at

Podcast Sample: Wil Wheaton and Penny Arcade playing Dungeons & Dragons September 1, 2009 | 12:01 am

[Administrivia: I’m going to formalize the process a bit and place out sample podcasts once a month on the 1st. The the normal podcast feed will carry all the podcasts, including the samples. If your soul is wracked with suffering because of podcast samples, you can subscribe to this feed, which will only give you non-sample podcasts. You can also subscribe to this feed, which is only for original podcasts (those podcasts not featured anywhere else—in addition to samples, that feed also skips my interviews on other podcasts).]

Another offering is up for those subscribed to the podcast feed (details here): a sampling from a recorded Dungeons&Dragons session starring Wil Wheaton and Penny Arcade.

There are links to the first (Wil Wheaton-less) series of Penny Arcade playing D&D on Wil’s blog. I can’t find a consolidated list of links to the second series, so my suggestion is to subscribe to the D&D podcast (and thereby nab all the D&D session goodness) by clicking here, but only if you have iTunes installed. You can then peg off the ones you’re interested in and let the rest go.

If a third series ever surfaces, you’ll hear about it here.

Podcast Sample: Alan Watts Podcast August 15, 2009 | 12:01 am

Alan Watts is a fascinating figure, and on the short list of role models for my aspiring career as an academic1. He groks the eastern sensibility of religion, but comes from a decidedly western context. Combining that with an apparently natural ease of conversation, he really makes the wider field of comparative religion accessible, engaging, and practical—an impressive trick!

The Alan Watts podcast (accessible via a link at is a nice presentation of some of his talks intermixed with some nice chill music to give you time to digest what you just heard. It’s a pretty innovative way of presenting the material, and it really, really works. The podcast is free for the current issues, but costs for the archives, so start pulling them down while the getting is good!

For those subscribed to the EnfranchisedMind podcast feed, you just picked up an episode entitled “The Coincidence of Opposites (Part 1)”. It’s very cool if you’re even remotely interested in soul hacking. More on “soul hacking” later in this blog (here).

Also, I’m going to be standardizing the whole Sample Podcasts thing in the near future. Stay tuned for how.

1 Profs. WNK, Tim Polk, Michael Nagler, Ben Witherington, and Bart Ehrman flesh out the remainder of the list. Oh, and my homeboy, Knuth.

Podcast Sample: Berkeley course — PACS 164A July 22, 2009 | 11:39 am

Berkeley podcasts/webcasts a lot of things (see here), including their classes. A life-changing podcast I picked up was PACS 164A: Introduction to Nonviolence. It was taught by Professor Michael Nagler, and goes over the theory and practice behind nonviolence. This podcast kicked off my interest in the Nonviolent Peaceforce, because it demonstrated a way to think and act very practically and pragmatically.

Those subscribed to the podcast feed (details here) now have the first day of class in their podcast receivers.

NFJS Austin, or, Why I’ve Been Gunning for NFJS for Years July 6, 2009 | 10:10 am

No Fluff Just Stuff

I’m going to be speaking at the No Fluff Just Stuff (NFJS) tour this weekend in Austin, Texas. Here are my sessions: two on concurrency, two on GORM/Grails. This is my first “full load” conference—I’m basically talking all day Sunday! Should be a blast.

I’ve been positioning myself and my career to join the NFJS tour since I saw David Hussman and Venkat Subramaniam present at a Minneapolis symposium. If you take a look at this software symposium’s schedule, you can see why the NFJS tour rocks and why I wanted to join: talks on core Java dev practices and Agile development by great presenters who you know are actually going to teach you something, boundary pushing talks on advanced Java technologies (concurrency, Spring, GWT), and a sprinkling of those truly cutting edge tools that have entered the realm of the practical (Clojure, Scala, SPARQL, iPhone/Java). And the people on the tour really, really know their stuff.

It looks like there are still slots, so you should definitely register if you’re anywhere near Austin. And if you’re going to be around Austin Sunday evening, let me know and we can hang out (I fly out Monday morning).

I’ve attached Jared Richardson’s interview with Jay Zimmerman about the NFJS tour and its surrounding community and brand to the EnfranchisedMind podcast feed: it’s a pretty interesting and open conversation. A second interview can be retrieved on the NFJS Podcast feed. The NFJS Podcast should not be confused with the NFJSOne podcast.