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"The Podcast Blog explores what's funny, serious, trying so hard to be serious it's bloody funny, homemade and professional in the podcasting world..

It shares the thoughts of those who create them and those who listen and watch.

The blog's producer Campbell Cooney has a long career as a journalist, and is a huge fan of podcasts as a listener and viewer.

Be warned, if you ask him about the best technology you can use to record a podcast, he'd probably give you a blank stare. But when it comes to what is in a podcast, and what's good and bad, he's worth listening to.

  1. The Serial Parody. Of course it had to happen.

    You'll remember last week I had a look at "The Serial", the podcast which follows one story with an episode on it per week, currently looking at the factors surrounding a 1990 murder in the US city of Baltimore?
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    My description of it was:
    "Fucking Amazing!!"

    And be all accounts, listeners and critics around the world agree. Perhaps not in exactly those words.

    But in the tradition of some of the great dramatic pieces of fiction and non fiction one very smart American's decided to take the piss out of it, and has done so with great style.
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  2. Radio Lab. Making science fun and geeks sexy

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    I hate to say it, but in my career in the media one disappointing fact I have become aware of is that while science is important the science world's terrible at selling itself and the achievements of its members.

    From day one, be it at university, or on the job, reporters learn that at its essence when you tell a story, you answer six questions; who, what, why, when, where and how. Depending on the story one of those will be more important than the rest, but none are ignored.

    But scientists seem to work hard at ignoring this when called on to communicate with the wider world. I’m sure when they’re in a room talking to each other what they say makes perfect sense. But when ...