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Insomnia Blogging: Podcasts

January 22, 2013

Yes, the not sleeping is back. It’s weird. During the day, I can’t stay awake. I’m falling asleep at the computer right now.



I’m awake I’m awake.

But at night, I can’t stay asleep.

I’ve given up on watching television in the middle of the night. I’ve been having a hard time finding a Time Life music collection informercial.

Instead of watching television, I’ve been listening to podcasts. This way I can stay in the bed and close my ears. If I happen to doze off, cool. I don’t. But I might. I probably won’t.

Here are some of the podcasts I’ve been listening to. I find them quite good.

Dan Carlin’s Hardcore History. It seems like there’s a 45 to 60 day period in between podcasts but they’re usually over an hour in length. The topics are history. I like history. If you continue reading, you will see a pattern. There was six part series on the fall of the Roman Republic. The first five parts where all over an hour in length. The final part was like four or five hours long. It never felt long-winded. I guess the last hundred years of the republic takes that long to tell.

Nerds on History. It’s two guys, self-proclaimed nerds, discussing various historical topics. They try to be funny.

The Art of Wrestling. Colt Cabana’s famous podcast of interviews with pro wrestlers and various other people in the pro wrestling world. This guy is funny and a good interviewer. But it helps to be a fan of wrestling to find this podcast interesting.

Norman Centuries. This podcast traces the history of the Normans as they settled in northern France then conquered England and tried to settle again in southern Italy. I find the concept of vikings who settled in Normandy trying to declare themselves as rulers in Sicily incredibly silly but apparently it happened around the time of the first crusade.

Live Audio Wrestling. Two guys from Toronto review wrestling programs and pay-per-views.

The British History Podcast. I’ve always found British History to be interesting. Don’t know why. I just do.

I didn’t bother to dig up links in case you actually want to try these out. Search for them on iTunes. That’s how I found them.

6 Comments leave one →
  1. January 22, 2013 9:41 am

    Yeah, those Norman gits got everywhere – they even had a chunk of Greece for a while!


    I’m just finding that out. Parts of Africa too.

  2. Bob permalink
    January 22, 2013 10:40 am

    Bobette has been having trouble getting to sleep lately. I am going to suggest she listen to something too.


    Or give her a good rogering. That will tucker her out.

  3. Riot Kitty permalink
    January 22, 2013 7:27 pm

    So are nerds on history funny? Or just nerdy?


    Little from column A, little from column B.

  4. January 24, 2013 8:22 pm

    Hope the not-sleeping goes away soon. But, at least you’ve found a good not-sleeping pastime.


    And it’s edumacational.

  5. January 25, 2013 12:11 pm

    Rogering. Heh. There’s a euphemism that doesn’t get enough mileage these days.

    I’ve been listening to Dan Carlin, although I haven’t gone back through the podcast archives. I just finished the most recent Wrath of Khans yesterday. I find that I have to try very hard to stay focused on his voice. I’ve tried to figure out why, and I can’t. All I know is that my mind tends to wander more during his podcasts than any of the others I listen to. Therefore, it must be a great sleep aid.

    My other faves: This American Life, The Moth, The Slate Culture Gabfest, NPR’s Fresh Air interviews, The Story Collider, and WNYC’s Radiolab.


    Dan carlin is my favourite. If I miss any part during sleep I rewind and listen again.

  6. January 25, 2013 11:29 pm

    I’ll record myself reading a bedtime story – that’ll put you right out.

    Seriously, I’m sorry you’re having insomnia again, but I’m glad you’ve found a way to cope with it. I hope it goes away soon.

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