The Graphing Calculator Story on This American Life

Remember the guy who basically broke into Apple to work on the graphing calculator after his contracting gig there was up? If not, go read the amazing story. Anyway, I just wanted to give people a heads up that one of the guys involved with the graphing calculator is on this week’s This American Life (the permalink isn’t live yet). Should be a good show.

Also, is there a podcast feed of This American Life anywhere? The only reason I (and literally half their listeners) manage to catch On The Media is because of their podcast. I would like to start listening to This American Life regularly again, but I can never remember to tune in when it’s on.

11 thoughts on “The Graphing Calculator Story on This American Life

  1. I know exactly what you mean about On The Media and podcasting. I don’t think I even have the option of listening to it on the radio here in Santa Barbara.
    Unfortunately, there’s no TAL podcast (they don’t make free MP3s of the show available, presumably because they sell them through audible.com). However, their full archive is available for streaming at http://www.thislife.org/ All but the most recent episode are available. I’m never around my radio when the show is on here– so I pretty much only listen to it this way.

  2. There’s no way that TAL would ever allow podcasting of their show. They make money through people buying old shows via Audible. I’ve been wishing for a podcast myself.

  3. This page was the first Google hit looking for a TAL podcast — which I went looking for just now because some MIT Review guy was on CNN earlier, talking about podcasting and saying he loves that he can get TAL as a podcast. I guess he’s full of it!
    I guess I’ll have to find an NPR station that streams it and schedule a weekly recording with AudioHijack Pro.

  4. streams of each show are listed at their website thislife.org i suppose you can capture the stream with some aftermarket program. but this story was there. i heard it yesterday.

  5. It looks like everybody else has covered the answer, but to summarize: You have 2 options, other than the radio for TAL shows.
    1. Streaming audio from http://www.thislife.org
    2. An Audible.com subscription. When I went to subscribe several months ago, I was prepared to pay the $44.95 annual fee, but it ended up through some discount that the site applied, only being ten bucks. I don’t know if that’s still going on, but it’s worth a shot.

  6. Just too bad that TAL dose not have a podcast…so, make your own. I recently found out that you can record real audio streaming with a program called total recorder. It cost a few bucks to download but you can save each recording as an mP3 download to your iPod and enjoy. The only problem is that it records while the stream plays and you have to do one at a time.
    I am afraid this may get as close as possible to a TAL podcast.
    No affiliation with total recorder just thought I would pass this on.
    http://www.highcriteria.com/

  7. I have a home-grown solution that I’ve been using to record TAL for myself for more than a year and a half now. It involves some tinkering with cron and stuff, but the instructions aren’t hard to follow.
    This allows me to automatically record TAL every week, and the recording automatically gets imported & tagged in iTunes, and downloaded to my iPod.
    (caveat: does not play nice with multiple users)

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