Updated on 02.23.09

The Simple Dollar Weekly Roundup: Podcast Edition

Trent Hamm

First, an update on my own podcast: I’ve done some test recordings of episodes and am currently showing them to some potential sponsors. I hope to launch the podcast in April or May. I always like to have several episodes done in advance in case of emergencies, much like I do with Simple Dollar posts, so I’m going to have to finalize any sponsorship agreements, write several episodes, and record them before I launch things.

Also, people keep asking me for podcasts I like to listen to. Here are the six podcasts I keep up with: Marketplace, This American Life, TED Talks, Slate’s Audio Book Club, 60 Minutes, and (sigh) Pardon the Interruption. The latter two are television programs that I actually find much more compelling in audio-only form. I occasionally listen to several others, often listening to three or four episodes of them at once, but those are the six I subscribe to and listen to immediately when I see a new episode pop up.

Here are some articles of interest to whet your whistle.

101 Tax Deductions for Bloggers and Freelancers This was a very useful list for me as I began preparing my taxes. As a blogger/freelancer, every legitimate deduction that I can find is directly equal to money in my pocket. (@ wise bread)

Five Strategies for Surviving a Tough Boss This article’s for you, Bill. A reader named Bill wrote me with tales of his nightmarish boss and asked how he could handle it, since he was considering quitting. I was ruminating on a post (and doing some research on it) when this article popped up that answered things very well. (@ zen habits)

Got Any Money Savings Tips For Us? I love it when a popular blog just opens up the comments for people to submit great money saving tips. Here’s a Chicago-centric one that I really enjoyed. (@ gaper’s block)

The Dangers of Personal Branding I’ve experienced this to a degree. Whenever I’m interviewed, people seem to assume that I must be “Captain Cheap,” a suggestion that long-time readers will find rather comical. (@ freelance switch)

Personal Finance Software Survey Lots of people swear by Microsoft Money and Quicken, but I find Excel/OpenOffice to be the right solution for me. (@ frugal dad)

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  1. Dave C says:

    You might want to try listening to Clark Howard’s podcast. He is a syndicated radio consumer advocate. It gets a bit repetitive but I always learn something. I look forward to hearing yours.

  2. Neal Frankle says:

    Can’t wait to hear the podcasts.

    I am a newbie. How do I find the podcasts you mentioned?

  3. Andrew says:

    Nothing wrong with PTI – in my opinion it’s one of the better sports shows out there

  4. Frugal Dad says:

    Looking forward to the podcasts, Trent. That seems to be where blog content is headed, though I still prefer blogs that publish both written summaries with a podcast here and there. I might just have to dabble in this myself – I was born with a face for radio, so video is out!

    And thanks for including my article in the roundup!

  5. Jimbo says:

    Please tell me these podcasts are not going to be “sponsored” where you are peddling some products on us?

  6. SP says:

    Other good podcasts to check out: The Moth (highly recommend), Radio Lab, PRI Selected Shorts, Planet Money

  7. Chef says:

    Why the sign for PTI? Be proud of who you are.

  8. andrew says:

    yeah, why the sigh for PTI?
    it’s the best talk show on espn…
    solid choice.

  9. Seth says:

    I agree with all the other responses about PTI, I really enjoy listening to it at work.
    Also check out the BS Report from ESPN as well. A little long winded by excellent if you have the time.

  10. Penny says:

    Hey Trent,

    Just saw your blog mentioned on a fairly major newspaper here in Austrailia – http://blogs.smh.com.au/business/executivestyle/managementline/2009/02/thrfit_chic_how.html

  11. Sharon says:

    You ARE going to have the podcasts available in print for those of us who can’t hear them, aren’t you?

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