... to buy a clue:
"Slate will offer regular weekday podcasts of one or more of our articles read aloud (mostly by me, Slate's resident radio guy). Think of this as books on tapeonly without the books and without the tape."
Uh, guys? That sure is a short book on tape. Why not use the medium to bang some memes together - get some of your brilliant authors to throw out ideas and discuss evolving stories? Or do you have an exclusive contract with NPR for material like that?
Come on. Give us something original, something creative - the sort of work we normally expect from Slate.
Reading a story into a mike? How far removed is that from the reading service for the hearing impaired I can find on channel 258 of my cable TV?