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A while back, I put a query out looking for some sort of tool that would help me to grab podcasts of NPR-ish programs and download them to my nifty neato Palm.
Well, it ain't exactly everything ... but Google Reader seems to be working nicely. Most of these podcasts have RSS feeds, which Google Reader can organize for me. I still have to individually click-n-drag them around a bit, so it isn't exactly automated. On the other hand, being Google, I can access it pretty much anywhere, not just the one or two machines I use to sync my Palm.
So, at least as a first approximation ... it seems to be working.
And I finally figured out that if I put the Palm and the cheap FM transmitter in the coin tray of my Focus, I can listen to the programming without lots of annoying pops-and-bangs during playback. A little weird, certainly, but it's a start.
Regrettably, I can't download everything ... the programs I'd really love to get (Car Talk, Whad'ya Know? and A Prairie Home Companion) aren't on podcasting ... they have streaming archives, but only in RealPlayer format. (Unless I want to actually pay money for them, of course. Can't blame them too much for that, really.) But I am downloading Wait Wait ... Don't Tell Me, This American Life, and On The Media, and having fun. (This American Life may end up being a new favorite show of mine ... heard parts of two shows now, and I love the storytelling.)