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It’s a grim time of year where I live, I’ll tell ‘ya, GRIM. The snow is melting away which is not as romantic as it sounds: The accumulated dirt and gravel spread on the streets over the winter is now exposed and worse, gets blown around by the still cold wind. I always feel gritty. There won’t be new spring growth for a number of weeks yet, so it’s mostly grays and browns wherever I look. The melted snow pools into icy puddles everywhere then freezes overnight. Told ya. Grim.Grim.Grim.

It’s not an easy time of year to be … content.

Ah, but for the radio. Or more specifically, but for This American Life, a nifty radio show / podcast out of Chicago. It’s a recent discovery and Saturday night, fatigued from a long week, I thought I’d pull the drapes, and settle into the sofa with my trusty daschunds in 1940s style to give it a listen.

Listening to radio was wonderful! I wondered if my mind would wander off (no visuals?) and it did a wee bit but on the whole the show was entirely engrossing. Paradoxically, although this week’s topic matter was highly galvanizing, I felt myself unwind in a way that I don’t unwind when I’m watching a show.

In our era of zillion channels digital TV and downloading what we want when we want and surfing the web, something about settling in and just *listening* was blissful.

Have you ever tried it?

I have about 5 weeks to go yet before I’ll want to be outside so if you have any radio shows you can recommend, I’d love to know!

photo credit: Unhindered by Talent

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Imagine if Canadians were known for being all over their money. Engaged. Proactive. Getting out of debt. Savvy. Saving. Generous. Nancy wants to help. Nancy started her own journey with money over 15 years ago, and formed her company “Your Money by Design” in 2004 to help others along the same path. It’s not the usual financial advising/investment stuff. It’s about taking control of day-to-day finances –managing monthly cashflow effectively, spending appropriately, getting out of debt, saving. If you're ready to take control over your finances, pop by her business site, YourMoneybyDesign.com

13 Comments

  1. et

    BBC History of the World in 100 objects
    CBC Ideas
    TED Talks
    Zencast

    and the archives of This American Life

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    nancy (aka moneycoach) Reply:

    Tx ET – I’m embarrassed to say that I haven’t ever listened to CBC Ideas that I know of. But I will now! Thanks for the reminder. TED talks – love ’em (but do they translate well into audio-only?) BBC programme – just checked it out. Looks wild! and never heard of Zencast but if a programme so named doesn’t hold something that engenders contentment, nothing will!

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    Apr 04, 2011
  2. brad

    The CBC Listener’s Choice 2008 interview with the late Nuala O’Faolain is a pretty wonderful way to spend 50 minutes.

    National Public Radio in the US has lots of great shows, including Fresh Air with Terry Gross (hundreds of interviews with fascinating people), and there are tons on BBC as well. If you understand French, my favourite daily magazine-type show is Dominique Poirier’s “l’après-midi porte conseil” on Radio-Canada, always interesting topics and insightful discussions.

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    Nancy (aka Moneycoach) Reply:

    Brad – ok — Nuala it is tonight!

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    nancy (aka moneycoach) Reply:

    Brad – I did! I hunted and pecked to find it in the cbc archives but I did! It was an exceptional interview; Nuala just kinda leapt out of the radio she had so much frank vivacity. Very moving, actually. Thanks so much for the reco. I think I’m going to find and buy her book(s)!

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    brad Reply:

    Glad you liked it — it’s a brilliant interview and O’Faolain was such a character. It wasn’t recorded in 2008, as that’s the year she died…it must be the year I downloaded it. For another side of her, there’s a tragic interview with her on RTE (Irish radio) made shortly before she died; she knew she was dying of cancer and she wasn’t the “I’m going to fight this” type, she just gave up and was heartbroken over the prospect of having her life come to an end when she still had so much she wanted to do. Here’s a link, but I can’t seem to make it download properly; maybe you’ll have better luck: http://www.rte.ie/podcasts/2008/pc/pod-v-120408-40m53s-marianfinucane.mp3; there’s a transcript here: http://www.independent.ie/national-news/nuala-o-faolain-interview-lsquoi-donrsquot-want-more-time-as-soon-as-i-heard-i-was-going-to-die-the-goodness-went-from-lifersquo-1346206.html

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    Nancy (aka Moneycoach) Reply:

    Oddly I was able to listen to it on my iPad but not my laptop. What an interview to hear! As raw and intense about her impending death as she’d been about her life. Not an easy listen, that’s for sure. No wonder it created such a stir in Ireland (I did some research). Haunting.

    Apr 05, 2011
  3. Ira Glass is MY FAVOURITE!!! Tod M got me interested in TAL years ago now, when he did a similar program on CBC Radio. LOVE!

    I like listening to Leo Laporte (tWIT) This week in tech… great, if you are as much of a geek as I am 🙂
    Tanya (@netchick)´s last [type] ..These Eastern trading hours are killing me!

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    Nancy (aka Moneycoach) Reply:

    TAL is *years* old? Sheesh – and here I thought I was onto something new-ish. I listen to MacBreak weekly and yes, love Leo. It’s not one I sit and listen to so much as listen as I’m walking or doing the dishes – it’s kind of in the Professional Development category for me.

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    ET Reply:

    Don’t miss 15 years of TAL archives. Lots of old shows streamed for free.

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    Nancy (aka Moneycoach) Reply:

    Most def!

    Apr 05, 2011
  4. Warren

    CBC 2 on a Sunday night gets my nod. Randy Bachman’s Vinyl Tap followed by Strombo’s show. You may not like all of the music, but the host’s knowledge and love of music consistently makes you re-evaluate something you may have written off before.

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    Nancy (aka Moneycoach) Reply:

    Warren I gotta say I’m dubious *but* on your reco I’ll give it an open-minded go. Thanks for popping by!

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    Apr 05, 2011

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