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  1. Podcasts. Drought and Surf & Turf taste tests. Highs and lows of a 3,000 klm road trip North

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    Dust storm, just South of Walgett NSW
    Photo Credit: Campbell Cooney

    Greetings from the warm, sunny and temperate hills of Queensland's Atherton Tablelands.

    The trip meter on the car tells me that since leaving Melbourne I've travelled nearly 3,000 kilometres with a driving time of around 30 hours, with all of it apart from the final leg from Townsville, through the inland of Victoria, New South Wales and Queensland.

    Across the last two states the signs of the devastating drought are everywhere. I took the photo above as I approached Walgett in Northern NSW. That was the heart of the storm, but even 200 kilometres up the road across the border at Dirranbandi,
  2. The Serial. A title which says it all.

    I'm going to use one word to describe "The Serial".

    F@@@*^g amazing!

    Yes I know that's more than one word, but the first word's not used in polite company.

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    Since it came into being The Serial has garnered praise from anyone who's heard it. There may be someone out there who hates it. There probably is. It's a free world and idiots have just as much a right to oxygen as any of us.

    The serial's produced by the same people who bring us "This American Life" the broadcasting juggernaut which sets the bar for great production and great stories, and in this new production they've nail it again.
  3. The art of the documentary.

    If you think about it a podcast if the perfect platform for a documentary.

    Short or long, a one off or a serial. It allows you to listen at your leasure, at home, in bed, in the car, anywhere you want, whenever you want to.

    The thing about a documentary is that if you want to do it justice then you have to listen to it actively. It can't really be background noise. What that means is that if you listen to on the radio or watch on TV, which is where most if not all the great ons originate, more on that later, and your attention wanders then you've missed out. The same happens when you're listening at your own pace, then you can rewind or re-listen. Perfect!

    In the weeks ahead I'll look at some of the ones ...
  4. This American Life, the podcast giant

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    In broad terms a podcast will into one of two categories.

    The first is the rebroadcast of a radio or television program. It goes to air, then's made available as media on demand. Think Hamish & Andy, or Late Night Live on the ABC's Radio National network.
    Often now if it's a prerecorded program, the release is simultaneous.

    Second is the podcast created to straight online. The Sweetest Plum produced in Australia by Declan Fay and Nick Maxwell a notable success., and one show we'll look at in the future.

    This American Life fits into category one and in many ways it sets the bar for what can be achieved. But it's also got a solid claim to be part of category two.

    Updated 1st October 2014 at 06:43 PM by Mick Pacholli

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