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July 02, 2007

Podcasting, which is thing #9

I have in the past subscribed to various podcasts, but I find it hard to sit and listen for more than a few minutes at a time. I have a short commute, and I haven't been very good at concentrating on my driving and my podcasts at the same time - I get home (or to work) and have no idea what I've heard during the trip.

For this exercise I found some health system and medical school podcasts to follow for a little while. One is just a short blurb on research findings during the proceeding week, but the other two are blogs by medical students, reflecting on the experiences at UM. I'm thinking they'll be an interesting way to get insights into the students here and their lives.

Posted by janeblum at July 2, 2007 02:00 PM


This presents a really interesting question: how do people generally listen to podcasts. My bet would be that podcasts are usually something extra going on while commuting or walking or working out or whatever. This would not seem to lend itself well to presenting any kind of important information. Hmmm Do I really want that dentist who got her lectures while running to work on my teeth? Hmmm.
I don't know what percentage of that pod listening is to podcasts vs music. I fee like I'm probably not the norm in listening mostly to NPR, but even NPR is quite a lot different from the usual lecture. Maybe before moving into podcasts we should investigate more what radio does than looking at the typical college lecture.

Posted by: javery at July 3, 2007 10:59 AM

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