Solder Smoke is a great podcast for anyone with a curiosity or passion for the art of radio. What I like is Bill's openness and honesty about the difficulties involved in both understanding theory and in the practical issues of building, as well as the joys of getting your own creations on the air. Even more important than that, Bill conveys very clearly the mystery and excitement of radio that I think often times is missing in dry technical reports within many magazine articles. In hearing of his discoveries with part selections and new approaches, it gives the listener ideas of things to try. Also I find myself wanting to explore many new projects that I had either forgotten about or never heard of before (like Joe Taylor's "Whisper". Finally, Bill has a good speaking voice and style. It is a pleasure to listen to (with the one exception of his speech impediment with the "S"'s!).
I only wish this show was weekly, and that it would be broadcast to a wider audience (like on TV or radio). It is a rare gem.