For those of you who, like me, wish you were attending this week's SXSW (that's the South by Southwest Music and Media Conference) in Austin, Texas, get over it. We're not there, and no amount of technology is going to make us feel like we are.
However, big conferences and gatherings like SXSW are increasingly offering podcasts to make their events accessible to outsiders. It's not quite the same as wandering the streets of Austin discovering new bands, but check out this list of downloadable offerings on the SXSW Web site. (This site suggests there are more episodes to come.)
We also have a lively discussion in today's Slate Gabfest podcast about the pitfalls of politicians appearing on the cover of the New York Times Magazine (as former Virginia Governor Mark Warner discovered this past Sunday).
March 17: Gabfest: Mark Warner's Big Teeth ( Slate piece)
March 17: Explainer: Can I Tamper With My Witness? ( Slate piece)
March 16: Explainer: Thou Shalt Eat Corned Beef on Friday ( Slate piece)
March 15: The Slate Audio Book Club: The Year of Magical Thinking ( Slate piece)
March 14: Can You Copyright a Fact? ( Slate piece)
March 14: Explainer: What Should I Do if My Eyeball Falls Out of Its Socket? ( Slate piece)
March 13: A Fresh Look at The Conversation ( Slate piece)
March 13: Explainer: Why Do We Think Aliens Are Made of Water? ( Slate piece)
Note: If clicking on a link doesn't work on your system, try right-clicking (Windows) or holding down the Control key while you click (Mac), and then "Save as" or "Download" the audio file to your hard drive.