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 -
31 years ago today, 918 people died in the Jonestown Mass Murder-Suicide
. One week later, CBC Radio aired this comprehensive examination
[MP3] of the events leading up the tragedy, including cult leader Jim Jones' rise to power, the founding of the Peoples Temple Agricultural Project in Guyana, and the ill-fated investigative delegation headed by Congressman Leo Ryan which precipitated the tragic event.
posted by Alvy Ampersand
on Nov 17, 2009 -
Chemistry in its Element
- a weekly podcast from the Royal Society of Chemistry offering an engagingly-narrated stroll through the periodic table, element by element.
posted by Wolfdog
on Oct 29, 2009 -
"For 35 years, I attended the same religion. When I left, I realized I didn't know the first thing about what other faiths believe. So I decided to find out the only way I know how: Go ask. For 52 weeks, I'm setting out to visit 52 different religions. Christian
, I'm going to attend their services, discuss faith with their leaders, and bring it all back to you
posted by sabira
on Oct 18, 2009 -
If you can't Ask MetaFilter, try asking What Would Rob Do?
In his podcast
, "NPR's Rob Sachs talks about life's sticky situations and how turn them into an opportunity for adventure, growth, or at the very least, laughter." Like how to propose
, or if that doesn't work, what to do when you run into your ex
(Mp3) (turns out being calm and collected beats out feigning not to have made eye contact), how to talk to strangers
(Mp3), sing a lullaby
(by interviewing Rob Springfield), or how to, you know, avoid, um, Verbal Ticks
. Each podcast episode is an interview with one kind of expert or another. Some posts also go on the Monkey See
blog as well as a facebook
posted by pithy comment
on Sep 11, 2009 -
Slavoj Žižek recently
gave five talks under the title Masterclass - Notes Towards a Definition of Communist Culture. It sez 'ere, "The master class analyses phenomena of modern thought and culture with the intention to discern elements of possible Communist culture. It moves at two levels: first, it interprets some cultural phenomena (from today’s architecture to classic literary works like Rousseau’s La Nouvelle Heloise) as failures to imagine or enact a Communist culture; second, it explores attempts at imagining how a Communist culture could look, from Wagner’s Ring to Kafka’s and Beckett’s short stories and contemporary science fiction novels." Audio of Zizek's talks and subsequent discussion is now online: Part I Utopias
; Part II Architecture as Ideology
; Part III Wagner’s Ring as a Communist narrative
; Part IV Populism and Democracy
; Part V Environment, Identity and Multiculturalism
. Those who like to watch the beard in motion will find links to video of some of the talks posted here
posted by Abiezer
on Jun 22, 2009 -
Scotland Yard called him the the Napoleon of Crime
. The Pinkertons
called him the most remarkable criminal of them all. Adam Worth
started as a pickpocket in New York and eventually became one of the greatest criminals of all time and the inspiration behind Sherlock Holmes' nemesis Professor Moriarty. [more inside]
posted by Arbac
on Jun 3, 2009 -
On Sunday, Karmanoia
, one of Berlin's most interesting underground clubs, closed its doors for the last time. Although not as storied or well-known as Tacheles
- also facing tough times
- and easy to pass without noticing, Karmanoia had a loyal crowd of oddballs frequenting it, and was notable not just for its pirate-ship-like interior, but also for the full Labyrinth built into its upper portions. The club's funeral took place directly after locking the doors at midnight on Sunday, with an orchestra dressed like skeletons leading a parade to a nearby canal to bury the key in a watery grave. [more inside]
posted by mannequito
on Apr 1, 2009 -
The Folkways Collection
is a downloadable, 24-part podcast series that "explores the remarkable collection of music, spoken word, and sound recordings that make up Folkways Records (now at the Smithsonian as Smithsonian Folkways Recordings)."
posted by Miko
on Feb 16, 2009 -