Edgy Reviews from That Podcast Show 27: The Media Center Show, Litopia After Dark, Bernies World: Adult Music CAN Be Cool

The Media Center Show

Category: Tech News

The Media Center Show is hosted by Ian Dixon. The topic of the podcast is becoming more applicable not only to geeks but mainstream consumers too. The Media Center Show offers valuable information including Windows Media Center work-arounds, plugin-ins, and updates with patches. New personal and commercial uses for Media Center are also discussed, and helpful product reviews are included. Another benefit is the fact that The Media Center Show is able to attain guests that specialize in various ways to present media. Listeners can email questions about the program, and Ian will answer them on each episode. Ian, however, seems hesitant and unsure about answering some questions listeners ask. The host also tends to be mono-tone and lacks enthusiasm, thus making listening to the show difficult. Often Ian gets off-topic and starts discussing other things not remotely related to media centers. The absence of transitional bumpers makes this hour-long podcast seem even longer. We hope Ian is able to focus on his strengths and remove the distractions for future episodes.

Rating: ★★☆☆☆

Litopia After Dark

Category: Literature

This show is recorded live on a weekly basis. Peter Cox, a literary agent, is the show’s host and topic-mediator. He is joined by an international panel of writers via Skype for discussions. Topics vary from questions about the importance of the book form of the encyclopedia to the question of why writers use Macintosh computers. Peter is more than capable to guide the usually witty and entertaining troop through diverse subject manner. The humor and intelligence of the guests is what separates this podcast from other shows that attempt to share the same type of information. We respect a show that dares to base the entire podcast on the elusive Skype connection as this one does. Skype issues and quality variation, however, hamper the interaction of the group. The volume level must also be turned up all the way to hear what each individual is saying. Litopia After Dark serves its target market (authors, publishers) well. We encourage listeners who are curious to learn more about the world of publishing and author-hood to take Peter and Litopia After Dark for a spin.

Rating: ★★★☆☆

Bernies World: Adult Music CAN Be Cool

Category: Music

Bernie brings his selections of music from the Pod Safe network to listeners in each 30 minute episode. Pod Safe serves musical enthusiast as a place where “All works contain no recordings, lyrics, copyrights, or other elements that are the copyright of any other artist, except under the limited provisions of the Creative Commons License Agreement.” Bernies World provides a mash-up of content from artists not considered to be mainstream. He explains why he likes the songs he has chosen and what people can listen for specifically during the songs. Bernie also talks a bit about himself. Despite the fact that Bernie may feel people are not interested, it is great to learn about this host. Bernie is genuine and passionate, not to mention his good taste in music. The audio quality of the podcast is stellar and able to offer music equal to traditional radio. If you like what you hear, you can download the songs for yourself at Pod Safe.

Rating: ★★★★½


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