These podcasts have been useful to me as an alternate way of learning from books. I have found that Michael's presentation and clear use of visual diagrams helps reinforce some important concepts that I have encountered in books. He also covers newer ideas and concepts that I have not found in books. It has been an entertaining way to learn. His level of description seems perfect for an intermediate or occasional player such as myself. I am personally interested in how to most efficiently train myself to find "forcing moves" or combinations. I often have to stare at the board for long periods of time before I can see whether a combination exists. Apparently Blackburne was famous for being able to find unusual sacrificial moves leading to checkmate. I wonder if it is possible to improve this skill in a time-efficient manner. I also wanted to point out that sometimes the podcast description field in iTunes sometimes contains strange markup/formatting text; I wasn't sure if this was intentional.