iPod Information

by Jen

Like a good little entertainment nerd, I have an iPod. Accordingly, I spend maybe too much time snooping around iTunes. However, in my travels I’ve found some amazing things I’d like to point you in the direction of. The TV shows can also be found in your local listings.

TV Shows:
One of the things people are the most surprised by is that you can download full-length, commercial free episodes of some of your favorites. Nearly every channel is listed with some part of their content. Some of my favorites I’ll list with the network listing beside it.

Schoolhouse Rock (ABC)
This is probably going to date me more than I care to admit, but I remember when this was on Saturday mornings in between cartoons. These are short little animated songs that talking about everything from numbers to civics. When you’re singing “Lolly, lolly, lolly get your adverbs here”, please accept my deepest apologies.

The Most Extreme (Animal Planet)
I found this show by accident, but it’s really interesting. It’s also handy if you happen to have a report to write about animals. It lists animals by intelligence, strength, and speed and makes it pretty clear that we humans don’t make the grade by comparison. (My cats have been right all along.)

Great Women (Biography)
While there hasn’t been a special on our fearless editor yet, this show is an interesting look at some famous and infamous women throughout history. These are women who shaped the world around us, and worth learning about.

MythBusters (The Discovery Channel)
A lot has been done in the name of science. However, it’s never been done in quite the way Adam Savage and Jamie Hyneman do on this show. Taking three urban legends on, they put the stories to the test. Literally. Thanks to over 30 years of special effects experience, they know how to proof or disprove the myth. The cool part though is that they don’t just prove it, they show you how it’s done.

Shark Week (The Discovery Channel)
One of the best, and scariest, weeks on television can be found here as you get into the water with some of the planet’s most deadly hunters. You learn the science of what makes a shark tick, and hear from survivors of attacks.

Audio Books:
Sometimes it’s not all that easy to find time to read. Thanks to the nice people at iTunes, you can take it with you in a whole new way. You’ll find authors from C.S. Lewis, to Lemony Snicket here and while they’re a little more expensive than a TV show…books are good for you. I PROMISE!

Celebrity Playlists:
Ever wondered what sort of music your favorite celebrity enjoys? Here’s a good place to start. Celebrities listed include Anderson Cooper, Josh Lucas, Mike Shinoda, and Jack Black. You also get to hear why they like the song and how it might inspire them personally. Though it amuses me to no end that Jerry Bruckheimer apparently likes 50 Cent.

Movie Trailers:
While you can find pretty much any movie trailer on line for free, you can also have it with you on your iPod. The trailers include current and recent releases along with films coming out on DVD.

-Jenn Untch
Liberty, Missouri
Is there a movie you’d like me to review? Let me know!

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