Over 143 episodes of audio, Mike Duncan has covered the founding of Rome through the Crisis of the Third Century in his History of Rome podcast
], having now reached the last pagan Emperor, Julian The Apostate
. Enlivened by drawing on comparisons to popular culture, from The Empire Strikes Back
(when Hannibal makes his appearance) to The Godfather
(as a metaphor for Rome's social client system), Mr Duncan's work makes for fun, informative 25-minute sessions with the greatest empire of the ancient western world. If you're interested in more, the podcasts could be handily supplemented with... [more inside]
posted by Bora Horza Gobuchul
on Jul 10, 2011 -
Stuck on a train for an hour every day and sick of sudoku? Hands love to knit but the brain gets bored? Riding out the recession as a streetcorner sign-twirler? Or maybe you've just got a burning desire for "cultural conversation of the depth you demand." If so, then Metafilter's own Colin Marshall
has got what you need at the Marketplace of Ideas
. [more inside]
posted by villanelles at dawn
on Jun 30, 2011 -
is a website that allows anyone to upload a podcast/radio show/mix, and anyone else to stream it in-browser. A quick glance at the categories
page should show you that it leans somewhat clubbish, but you can also find a fairly good range of music (e.g., musique concrete
) and talk (e.g., Lithuanian politics
) that's not so dancefloor-oriented.
There are some big names posting on the site (Carl Cox
, FACT mag
, Mary Ann Hobbs
), and a pretty good tag and search system for poking around what's available. I've been pleased to find a couple of dirty south car rap
mixes, an Italian programme
offering bitesize chunks of pop from Africa + the African diaspora, and regular postings from a rare soul/funk club night in Hull
. Hopefully you can find something to suit
all most many
posted by Dim Siawns
on Jun 7, 2011 -
Following the success of The Haunter of The Dark
, the HP Lovecraft Literary Podcasts presents two new readings, From Beyond
and The Picture in The House
, by Andrew Leman and Bruce Green. Both recordings are available "In 3D". Alternatively if you like your Lovecraft with both pictures AND sound, the HP Lovecraft Historical Society version of The Whisperer in Darkness
is complete and being shown at worldwide film festivals - it's a talkie! (The HPLHS are now also offering a rather handsome "official membership"
pack.) Want something more interactive? Cthulhu Dark
offers a complete Lovecraftian tabletop RPG system that fits on two sides of a sheet of paper. Please note: "If you fight any creature you meet, you will die. Thus, in these core rules, there are no combat rules or health levels. Instead, roll to hide or escape."
posted by Artw
on Mar 29, 2011 -
is perhaps the finest author in contemporary science fiction -- and the most rarefied.
A technical writer by trade and a graduate of the distinguished Clarion Writers Workshop
, Chiang has published only twelve short stories in the last twenty years, one dozen masterpieces of the genre whose insightful, precise, often poetic language confronts fundamental ideas -- intelligence, consciousness, the nature of God -- and thrusts them into a dazzling new light.
Click inside for a complete listing of Chiang's work, with links to online reprints or audio recordings where available, as well as a collection of one-on-one interviews, links to his nonfiction essays, and a few other related sites and articles. [more inside]
posted by Rhaomi
on Dec 27, 2010 -
A 3 hour podcast interview
here) with British comics legend Pat Mills, most famous for the anti-war WW1 strip Charley's War
, the creation 2000ad and many of the most enduring characters within it, superhero hunter Marshall Law
and numerous other comics
. His work usually combines combines dark humour, a dash of left wing politics and ludicrous amounts of violence, now as much as ever with puritan zombie hunter Defoe
. Subjects discussed in the intreview include the death of artist John Hicklenton
, being Irish-English, Sláine
and the comparitive lack of celtic heroes in modern popular culture, Oliver Cromwell and the Levellers
. Bonus link: 20 pages of Metalzoic
, Pat Mills and Kevin O'Neills "lost" story.
posted by Artw
on Dec 19, 2010 -
Twelve Tales of Christmas
is a podcast just launched
by The Guardian featuring notable modern authors, such as Jeanette Winterson, Ali Smith, Colm Toíbin and Julian Barnes, reading one of their favorite short stories, by authors including JG Ballard, Katherine Mansfield, Italo Calvino, Ernest Hemingway and Raymond Carver. A story will be posted daily for the next 12 days. The first author and story is Philip Pullman reading The Beauties by Anton Chekhov
). [rss, iTunes]
posted by Kattullus
on Dec 10, 2010 -
A simple idea: take an ordinary savings account, but instead of paying interest to account holders, hold a lottery to see who gets the lump sum. Freakonomics Radio investigates Prize-linked savings (PLS) accounts (Part 1
, Part 2
), which combine two things that seem completely at odds with each other: saving money and gambling. In Highland Park, MI, PLS accounts have been very successful
at converting "non-savers" into "savers". Why hasn't it caught on in the US? It's illegal in most states, of course.
posted by Jonathan Harford
on Dec 2, 2010 -
A Brief History of Mathematics
is a BBC series of ten fifteen-minute podcasts by Professor Marcus du Sautoy about the history of mathematics from Newton and Leibniz to Nicolas Bourbaki, the pseudonym of a group of French 20th Century mathematicians. Among those covered by Professor du Sautoy are Euler, Fourier and Poincaré. The podcasts also include short interviews with people such as Brian Eno and Roger Penrose.
posted by Kattullus
on Dec 1, 2010 -
is a video podcast in which a guy systematically described and discusses every
Famicom/NES game released. Currently up to 33 episodes and counting, and covering hundreds of games. [more inside]
posted by JHarris
on Nov 1, 2010 -
[slow-loading link, Wikipedia entry
] is a long running weekly news show covering GLBT issues, hosted by Andy Humm
and Ann Northrop
. It can be found on Manhattan public access television, Free Speech TV [DISH Network channel 9145, DirecTV channel 348, local cable affiliates
], via rss feed
[individual episodes and subscribe link], and now as an iTunes podcast
[iTunes link]. It is a valuable capsule summary for any who seek to stay on top of GLBT related politics, issues, and entertainment. [more inside]
posted by hippybear
on Oct 4, 2010 -
A Widow's Journey [MP3].
"In 1989, Appapillai Amirthalingam - the most prominent political figure of the Tamil community - was assassinated at his home in the Sri Lankan capital, Colombo. Twenty years on, the Tamil Tigers have been defeated by the military. Appapillai's wife and son travel back to their homeland in search of his legacy in an attempt to understand what the future holds for Sri Lanka's Tamil people."
posted by chunking express
on Sep 2, 2010 -
BBC World Service has over 500 audio documentaries
you can download. The subject matter is incredibly wide ranging, for example, internet cafés
, the influence of Islamic art on William Morris
, South African female AIDS activist Thembi Ngubane
, the importance of cows
, novelist Chinua Achebe
, financial risk management
, Obama as an intellectual
, the physical and emotional effects of a car crash
and many, many more. If the quantity and variety are overwhelming, you can subscribe to a podcast
, which delivers a new documentary to you every single day.
posted by Kattullus
on May 8, 2010 -
Daily readings (and podcasts) from the Complete Corpus of Anglo Saxon Poetry, presented by Prof. Michael Drout, Wheaton College. For those that like to read along, the Corpus presented in text
(no translation, though).
posted by Chrischris
on Mar 20, 2010 -
"Starting with the precedents set by Charles Ives and John Cage, VARIATIONS
presents the principal milestones of Sampling Music, looking at examples from 20th century composition, popular art and the mass media, and the way all of these currents converge today." Curated by Jon Leidecker, who records and performs as Wobbly
"Poet Kenneth Goldsmith presents selections from UbuWeb, the learned and varietous online repository concerning concrete & sound poetry, experimental film, outsider art and all things avant-garde" in Avant-Garde All the Time
. Goldsmith's the founding editor of UbuWeb
and sometime DJ on WFMU
as Kenny G
- a 14-part podcast about the history and practice of sound collage and mashups. )
posted by moonmilk
on Mar 20, 2010 -
The Tobolowsky Files
is a series of podcasts by character actor Stephen Tobolowsky - one of Those Guys, a recognizable face that has popped up in a multitude of productions
but stayed mostly in the background. Following the style of Stephen Tobolowsky's Birthday Party
, where he shares many stories from his experiences, the podcasts bring a fascinating, sometimes humor-filled and sometimes tragic, look on the life of this almost jack-of-all-trades actor. It is hard not to be pulled in as he speaks of the death of his mother, his wild journey through Paris as a young student with his girlfriend, and many other tales from acting jobs to the random people he's encountered throughout his years. [more inside]
posted by Tequila Mockingbird
on Jan 27, 2010 -
"I guess it's the stereotype of playing it - [the players] are usually fat, sweaty, hairy dorky men who are socially inept who happen to live in their mom's basement."
Dungeons & Dragons
, the 1974 published fantasy role-playing game that once delivered
to Satan, is still associated with self
, played in secret
(along with embarrassed "comings out"
) and scorned
by jocks/Salon writers and their cheerleader girlfriends everywhere.
But what better way to break, or affirm, the stereotypes, than by listening to a 4th Edition D&D game being played
, featuring not just by some scrubs off the street, oh no, but the creators of Penny Arcade
, Tycho and Gabe? Still not tempted? How about if we throw loved/hated Star Trek actor, prodigious blogger
and all round nice guy Wil Wheaton
into the mix?
All files available as Podcasts and/or embedded in page.
Warning: audio links feature some strong language. [more inside]
posted by Rei Toei
on Jan 22, 2010 -