One of my favourite podcasts is Witness by the BBC World Service. In each episode they talk to people who were there at moments in history. There are some amazing stories in their archive. Each episode is an easy to digest twelve to fourteen minutes long. In the latest episode Gibbie Fraser talks about his […]
Have you ever wondered who the voice behind “MIND THE GAP” is? Wonder no more. Phil Sayer was the voice actor who recorded this phrase and many other phrases used on the London Underground and other places in the UK. While listening to a recent episode of Everything is Alive I heard an interview with […]
The latest episode of Hardcore History is another amazing audio tour through history, even if Dan Carlin himself says he is unqualified and it might not be completely accurate. He’s a great story teller. This one covers the rise of Japan in the early twentieth century and beyond. Dan’s coverage of the Manchurian Incident reminded me […]
I’m going through my backlog of podcasts and this episode of Undone stood out. It’s about the beginnings of Greenpeace when a group of people in their twenties sailed a boat around the Pacific Ocean hoping to confront a fleet of Soviet whalers. Near the end of their supplies they heard Russian voices on the […]
When I find myself stopping a podcast a minute or so before the end because I want to be reminded to share it, I know I’ve found something that others will enjoy. When I find that it happens more than once I know I should just write a blog post about the podcast and encourage […]
This interview with Penn Jillette of “Penn & Teller” fame is fascinating. He really hates psychics, but he loves magic. There’s a world of difference.
It’s hard to believe that smoking was banned in the workplace in Ireland in 2004. It was a huge change but very welcome (by most) and the best thing a Fianna Fail government ever did. Listen to this Witness podcast on the subject here to be brought back eleven years. Since the ban it became […]
“It seems like such an odd bargain. If you have no fear, more terrible things will happen to you, but you don’t personally experience them as terrible. If you have a lot of fear, fewer bad things are likely to happen, but it’s very probable that your life is more painful to you. So is […]
If you produce content that can appear online you should listen to Wil Wheaton read the first chapter of Cory Doctorow’s book, “Information Doesn’t Want to Be Free”.
It’s still weird to me that Bill Gates is one of the good guys now. As head of Microsoft he was a ruthless business man who ran a monopoly that every Linux user despised. Since then Microsoft has faltered, or at least the computing arena has changed since the nineties and they’re still catching up. […]