Listening on the Run

There I was in my driveway this morning, in the dark, furiously scrolling through my library trying to find something to listen to…

I used to run with music, but a good podcast can keep you going too. An engaging, well-told story will make the miles fly by…

So: scroll, scroll, scroll..

I try the History of Rome Podcast, from the same guy who does the Revolutions Podcast. This is one of my all-time favorite podcast and podcasters. The content is clear, straight-forward and fascinating. But, alas, I can’t get to the beginning of the History of Rome.

I try the Washington Post Presidential Podcast but it is very slow to get to moving. Come on, I want to hear the content, not all your good intentions! I’ll have to try that again later.

Finally, something on the iTunes Podcast Store, I see Antiques Roadshow Podcast. What?

I give it a try, picking an interview with Roadshow Appraiser and antiques expert Lark Mason.

And it’s great. Moves fast and is interesting. He’s had quite a life, starting his first store at 20 and living in China studying antiques.

So what other podcast should I listen to while running?

“The day was fine…til it wasn’t.”

Yikes, the story of the Schoolhouse Blizzard of 1888 is truly chilling.  Click here to listen

In 1888, a blizzard came up suddenly and without warning, hitting many rural areas in the West and Midwest. Schoolteachers in one-room schoolhouses, some made of sod, had to decide quickly whether to evacuate or hunker down. The snow was so thick, many children were separated from their groups, lost and died.  Hundreds of people died during the blizzard, and later due to complications from having frost-bitten limbs amputated. Yikes.

It’s a good look back, to realize how far we have come with weather forecasting. And winter apparel.

Thanks to the excellent hosts of Stuff You Missed in History Class for a good episode. Again, click right here to listen and learn.