Slate'sPodcast Pledge Drive.

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Feb. 18 2010 2:43 PM

Slate'sPodcast Pledge Drive

We need your help to spread the word about our podcasts—no donations required.

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By clicking on the little speaker icon, you can play the episode right from your Yahoo! or Google home page.

To do this, you'll need the direct RSS feeds for each of our podcasts, so here they are:

Mobile Devices: It's now possible to receive podcasts directly on your smartphone—no plugging in to the computer required, provided you have some sort of Internet connection.

The iPhone makes this easier than most devices. Say you're away from your home computer but want a new episode of your favorite podcast right now. At the bottom of each podcast page you subscribe to, there's a button that says "Get More Episodes":

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Click on this and you can access the latest episodes instantly, whether or not you've downloaded them on your home computer. Let's take "Hang Up and Listen." If you click the name of the episode (it will turn blue when you do), the show will stream over your cellular connection:

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And if you're connected to Wi-Fi, you can actually download the podcast directly to your phone—no chance you'll lose your signal midway through the show, because it now resides on your hard drive.

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Apps
There are a growing number of podcast apps for the iPhone and other smart phones that make finding and listening to prerecorded audio even easier:

Stitcher: This third-party app collects many of the Web's most popular podcasts (including Slate's) and makes them available for easy streaming. It has some drawbacks, but improves with each update. Plus, it's free.

NPR News App: This app combines prerecorded shows with live streams from various stations. Again, early versions have been a little clunky, but it's getting better and well worth a try.

SlatePodcast App: Soon you'll be able to buy a cheap iPhone app that consolidates all our podcasts for easy streaming wherever you are. Look for it in the next few weeks.

BlackBerry: For people who reject the cult of the iPhone, we recommend the BlackBerry version of the Stitcher app mentioned above. (It should work on newer, Web-enabled BBs.) It doesn't have every podcast you'll want to find, but it's a good place to start.

Android: Google's entry into the smartphone OS competition is popping up on more devices and winning converts. "Culture Gabfest" listener Jason Buberel wrote in to recommend an Android podcasting client called BeyondPod (which he says allows you either to stream or to download a podcast). I haven't tried it, but the video on the site makes it look pretty cool.

Do you have other favorite podcasting techniques? Let us know at podcasts@slate.com.

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