Thursday, 3 November 2011

Cool Podcast: Baby Development

God I love to read. Thankfully it has enabled me to avoid a career as a waffle waitress. Sadly though, the time I used to read in, I now fill in with exercise.

Unfortunately working out on the treadmill with a book in hand is not an ability I excell in- at least, not if I have to read it while running. I'm sure I could find another use for the book. I could use it as a cheap and cheerful kind of weight training, I could test my hypothesis on the effects simply 'wishing I was reading' instead of running would have on some literary osmosis (its a known fact that simply having text books on the desk or near you is equivilant to actually studying), or I could even slap myself around the head and shoulders in punishment for sneakily decreasing the speed to that of a leisurely stroll... I never had to exercise as a child, I could read all day, or be read to all day, and not have to actively keep trim.

Did you ever listen to audio books as a child?  Long car trips were made exceedingly tolerable whenever they were employed in my home. A friend of mine shares with me fond memories of hearing Three Men in a Boat on cassette as a child, which sounds like a shining example of supremely excellent child rearing on his parents behalf, if you ask me.

I digress. I've recently discovered the modern version of the book, or as us folks who grew up in the eighties call them, the cassette tape audiobook: the podcast. And with my discovery of podcasts I now have the perfect tool to enable me to combine activities in such a manner that they make a dreary and uninviting task (working out on the treadmill, for example) an opportunity to expand my mind, simply by adding an iPhone.

So I thought I would share with you my favourite podcast at the moment, so you can make a long journey bearable- even if it just a long walk on a treadmill in a hot garage somewhere in suburbia.

It is just one of the many excellent podcasts by the RadioLab team. In it host Jad Abumrad seeks answers to the big question all new parents ask: What is it like for our little wonder to be brand new to the world? Charles Fernyhough the author of A Thousand Days of Wonder: A Scientist's Chronicle of His Daughter's Developing Mind provides some interesting answers...

Coincidentally it goes for just about as long as I can physically remain on the treadmill without passing out from exhaustion.

Happy travels,
Sandi D

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