Music for a Long Flight
November 14, 2004 10:14 AM   Subscribe

I've got a 21-hour plane ride this december. Where can I get lots of interesting non-music mp3s (preferably free ones, but I'm open to suggestions) to fill it up?
posted by Tlogmer to Media & Arts (19 answers total)
there's a complete This American Life t*rrent out there, but nobody seems to be seeding it at the moment (cough).
posted by subpixel at 10:34 AM on November 14, 2004
posted by amf at 10:49 AM on November 14, 2004

numbers stations

(nb: may cause loss of sanity points)
posted by dorian at 11:17 AM on November 14, 2004

Christopher Lydon Interviews... has some pretty good interviews online- Norman Mailer, William Buckley, Cornel West among many others.

BBC Radio has hours of good stuff streaming, but you'll have to get software to grab it as mp3s for later listening. ( I use Replay Radio )
posted by superchris at 11:44 AM on November 14, 2004

Response by poster: Awesome; thanks. (Ah, Poe. And that IT Conversations site has lots of good stuff.) Keep them coming, if you would.
posted by Tlogmer at 12:45 PM on November 14, 2004

The Beeb's Reith Lectures are always on very interesting topics, and free downloads. I'm particularly a fan of 2003 on the brain, mind, and cognition.
posted by gramcracker at 1:11 PM on November 14, 2004

Does anyone know where online is a good place to get radio plays?
posted by vacapinta at 1:17 PM on November 14, 2004

I've converted dozens of hours of This American Life to MP3s, and use them during my weekly 5-hour-round-trip commutes. Highly, highly recommended.
posted by waldo at 1:17 PM on November 14, 2004

Blue Jam Seasons 1-3 of Chris Morris's insane comedy and awesome music, torrented for great justice. I suggest avoiding season 3, which isn't really as funny as the first two.
posted by LimePi at 1:55 PM on November 14, 2004

Does anyone know where online is a good place to get radio plays?

uknova has a few, though they tend to skew towards SF and fantasy if you were looking for something more down to earth.
posted by PinkStainlessTail at 2:08 PM on November 14, 2004

Oh and OTRCAT has a lot of stuff, but the only way to get it from them is by purchasing (admittedly very cheap) discs. No downloads, which has kept me from ordering this.
posted by PinkStainlessTail at 2:16 PM on November 14, 2004

I also have a 21 hour plane flight coming up in December and I got the David Sedaris box set from my library [12 hours or so] and ripped it all down to MP3. I don't know if you actually go to school where your email address is, but if so, your library has some great stuff in it.
posted by jessamyn at 3:37 PM on November 14, 2004

and there are Mercury Theater mp3s(1938-40) here.
posted by amberglow at 4:45 PM on November 14, 2004

Tlogmer, the 9/11 Commission Report is available unabridged via Audible (and, likewise, the iTunes Music Store) for a mere $5. At 20 hrs 26 min, it would fill the flight nicely, if eerily. I'm about two hours into it and am very impressed -- well written and nicely read.
posted by blueshammer at 5:01 PM on November 14, 2004

Just generally books on tape/CD, which you can rip down to MP3s is the books are worth the investment to you.
posted by LairBob at 5:53 PM on November 14, 2004

Also try this related older Ask.Me question and barbelith.
posted by milovoo at 6:31 PM on November 14, 2004

Joe Frank.
posted by kenko at 7:35 PM on November 14, 2004

subpixel -- For the love of all things good and holy, please tell me where! Email
posted by graventy at 7:43 PM on November 14, 2004

Make sure you get good headphones, if your budget allows it. This comment in relevant, but I made do w/ the Sony MDR-V600 headphones.

Headphones like those ones are good enough to drown out most noises. (babies, coughers, etc.)

(digression: If the headphone plug's a straight plug, make sure you get some an L shaped extension so when someone walks past your seat w/o lifting up the arm with the earphone plugin, they don't BEND the metal part of the plug beyond repair)
posted by sleslie at 10:52 PM on November 14, 2004

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