For Your Listening Pleasure

For Your Listening Pleasure – 3 – Astronomy Cast

This is the third in a little series explaining about podcasts I think are great – what can I say, I like the medium!

large_webI think Astronomy Cast is actually the first podcast I started listening to. They have now done probably 450 episodes (the numbering doesn’t take into account the question shows they’ve done), and I’ve listened to them all. It’s been going for 8 years and if you look through the back catalogue you are sure to find something to interest you.

The host is Dr Fraser Cain, who also runs Universe Today. He plays the everyman interviewer (even though he is absolutely by no means ignorant of the subjects which they address) who is having the week’s topic explained to him by the expert, who is Dr Pamela Gay.

The explanations of various astronomical phenomenon are clear without being too simplistic or too complicated and it’s always a good listen.

I won’t say any more other than that I’m sure you’ll enjoy them.

 

 

 

For Your Listening Pleasure – 2 – Beyond The Pitch

dG2fbHI’ve started to do a little something on other podcasts that I think are worthy of note.

This is because as well as making my own, I rather like the medium and think there are a lot of good things out there that don’t get enough exposure. Therefore, I’d like to add what little I can by way of listeners to some of these people.

The second in the series is Beyond the Pitch. It is a football podcast but the level of discussion is miles above what you’d normally find by turning on the TV or radio. They confront the corruption and social problems surrounding the game, it isn’t a “he was offside” type chat.

They also do quite informative episodes on the game in different places around the world. That said, one of the hosts is a Manchester Utd fan and there is the occasional Man Utd episode and I tend to skip those as I am not that interested in them.

Where it is at its best is in the episodes that confront corruption and dodgy dealings in the game. Two recent episodes in this regard were fantastic. The first one here spells out the very real problems that football has in being used as a vehicle for  human trafficking. As you can see, it’s a much meatier topic than “he was/wasn’t offside”.

The second one is about match-fixing and gets into incredible detail about who, how, where and when.

BcBwuZPCIAE9MWmThis is the homepage and this is the RSS feed.

For Your Listening Pleasure – 1 – Against The Grain

For a while I’ve been meaning to do a little something on other podcasts that I think are worthy of note.

This is because as well as making my own (if you’d like to donate to that by the way, the button is on the right of this page), I rather like the medium and think there are a lot of good things out there that don’t get enough exposure. Therefore, I’d like to add what little I can by way of listeners to some of these people.

First up in the series is the Against The Grain podcast. If you like your politics heavy and very much to the left, then I am sure you will enjoy this one (NB – don’t be expecting a laugh a minute).

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Sometimes it goes on very practical matters, and other episodes are more academic or philosopical in nature.

To give you a feel for an episode one I downloaded a while ago but only listened to this morning was with philosopher Steven Vogel who started out interestingly by saying that the concept of alienation from the natural world, that we all think we understand the meaning of, is problematic at best.

As I said, comedy is not its strong point.

He went on to explain that much of the misunderstanding comes from the fact that we use two different meanings of the word natural/nature – one where the opposite is supernatural and the other where the opposite  is the word artificial. What is more,  we tend to slide between them when we talk about alienation.

The problem comes because in the first sense of natural, everything that humans do must by definition be natural, whereas with the second definition, as it is applied to mean things that haven’t been touched by humans, everything (or almost everything) that we do is by definition unnatural. Without a clear definition of what you mean by natural, the concept of alienation from nature or the natural world is therefore at best difficult and at worst meaningless.

I won’t ruin the episode for you, that was just the opening shot.

I don’t listen to every episode as some of them are very US specific. However, many have a global outlook and are well worth your time and I do listen to most of them.

Avg Length for an episode is about 50 minutes.

This is the homepage.