As much as we love plowing through thick architectural books, sometimes we just want to sit back and listen as people who have done their homework tell us what's new and interesting in design. This is when podcasts -- the La-Z-Boys of learning -- can serve an educational and entertainment purpose.
Take for example this radio program (89.9 FM) that's repackaged in podcast form. Host Anderton takes listeners on a monthly journey through the streets, structures and building issues of Los Angeles. There's a mix of everything -- surfer chicks rhapsodizing about the sensuousness of surfboard design, the need for humane homeless shelters and the market for $500 cellphones.