So you think your video iPod is good only for watching missed episodes of "Lost"? Well, you're wrong. Now, home decorating, gardening and...
So you think your video iPod is good only for watching missed episodes of “Lost”? Well, you’re wrong.
Now, home decorating, gardening and crafting programs have jumped on the Internet broadcasting bandwagon, offering regular podcasts and video podcasts online or through iTunes. So if you’re interested in squeezing in some creativity while waiting for an appointment or the bus, here are a few of the podcasts available, and notes on how to tune in:
HGTV home design podcasts
The goods: Veteran television host Nancy Glass discusses tips and trends with experts in the home-design field. The free podcasts are segments from HGTV’s XM radio series, which airs twice a week on the satellite radio network’s Take 5 channel. Each show discusses about five different topics, with Glass putting questions to experts, from magazine editors to designers. A recent podcast included segments on real estate trends, wall treatments and mother-daughter decorating.
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Tuning in: More than 20 podcasts are posted on hgtv.com/podcasts. Each is about 50 minutes and can be played directly from the site. Podcasts also can be downloaded to play on any MP3 player. HGTV adds five new episodes each week.
Gardening video podcasts
The goods: PBS’ “The Victory Garden” show created the brief tips-and-tricks video podcasts primarily to address its weekly flood of viewer questions. Host Michael Weishan and other “Victory Garden” correspondents offer tips on everything from disease control to flower fragrances in brief, professionally filmed episodes. The one-to-three-minute clips make for easy watching.
Tuning in: The video podcasts are available directly through iTunes. Four are available currently, with more added bi-weekly. For details, go to www.pbs.org/wgbh/victorygarden and click on “video,” or search for “podcast.”
The goods: CRAFT, a new crafting magazine due out this month, is using iTunes to distribute sewing and other craft patterns. Free patterns are currently available as PDF downloads on iTunes, including bird stencils to apply to T-shirts, totes and more. CRAFT’s sister publication, MAKE magazine, has been podcasting since July 2005.
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