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Podcasts are an undoubtedly great way to listen to radio in the digital age. This said, downloading them can be a pain and discovering new ones isn't always intuitive.

Enter Flapcast, a new, free Web app for managing and listening to podcasts.

Unlike iTunes, Flapcast hosts podcasts in the cloud, meaning you can listen from anywhere, no download required. Just go to the site, type in a program--or choose from the homepage's list of most popular ones--and start listening. You can also easily subscribe to any Flapcast-supported show to have your queue automatically update with new episodes.

Moreover, users are encouraged to discover new podcasts by "following" their friends' listening histories. Here, a few of our favorites:

Planet Money: With episodes dedicated to 14-year-old home-buyers and what motivates bank fraud, NPR's global economy podcast makes money talk entertaining.

The Splendid Table: Billed as a "show for people who love to eat," this program is all about cooking tips and culture. Warning: Don't listen hungry.

How Was Your Week?: Author-comedian Julie Klausner is one funny lady, and her weekly chats with quirky guests (Susan Orlean, Rickie Lee Jones, Mo Rocca) are bizarrely hilarious.

This American Life: Ira Glass. Nuff said.

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