Saturday, 2 February 2013

The Mind Gym

The radio has always been a useful tool to acquire information and provoke thought. I find it particularly useful when lying in bed or whilst driving. With wifi access to ‘internet radio’, the opportunities to access even more material has greatly increased.

Last night I was tuned in, via my iPad to C-SPAN radio. There were a couple of interesting, and thought provoking programmes, that I listened to. The first was a presentation by someone from the NRA talking about gun control. All sorts of constitutional issues and arguments were discussed. Then there was a programme about campaigning in the 2012 elections.

The BBC World Service has some interesting programmes, as does Radio 5 Live. Radio 4, particularly during the hour between 8pm and 9pm on weekdays puts on some useful ‘thought provokers’. Then there are the various Law and Parliamentary programmes.

The BBC has a great app for phones and tablets - available here. The BBC and C-Span also produce a wide range of podcasts that can be signed up for - which allows listening to their output even when out of wifi range. (very good when walking around Furzton Lake or to the railway station!)

Whether one is studying; researching; keeping up with current affairs; or looking to keep one’s brain active – radio has much to offer.