Category Archives: Podcasts

“White House or Buckingham Palace?” – “White House, just because Buckingham Palace looks like it would take a really long time to mop.”

BBC Radio 4 Best of Today: Prince Harry interviews Barack Obama. (Audio, 39 minutes.)

“2017 began with Barack Obama leaving the White House and handing over the baton of the presidency to Donald Trump.

Our guest editor today, Prince Harry, met President Obama, in Toronto in September during the Invictus Games to talk about his memories of the day he left office, his post-presidential work with the Obama Foundation and his hopes for the future.”

This interview was published on 27 December 2017 and is available for listening or downloading for three more days.

Twilight of American Sanity

Inquring Minds: Allen Frances – A Psychiatrist Analyzes the Age of Trump. “We talk to renowned psychiatrist Allen Frances about his latest book Twilight of American Sanity: A Psychiatrist Analyzes the Age of Trump.” The Podcast (42:19min) was first aired October 17, 2017 and is available for download, on iTunes etc., or here:

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Yes, I’m a little behind on my podcasts, but I’m catching up during the winter holidays.

“There were hundreds of letters, stretching over four years of war and beyond.”

The Washington Post: Brothers in arms. “Four siblings wrote hundreds of letters to each other during World War II. The story they tell of service, sacrifice and trauma was hidden away in an abandoned storage unit — until now.”

“We have been called out on air raid alarms the last few days, but you know as much about what was happening as I do, the radio is the only dope we get as well as you about them Japs and nasty Germans. Bastards are what they are, raiding without warnings, sneaking up at night and such wrong methods of a clean fight.”

There’s also a related podcast called Letters From War:

“Bringing the letters to life are modern U.S. military veterans. At key moments in the story, we’ll talk to them about how these letters compare to their own experiences — what’s universal about war and what’s changed. How they felt reading the words of these men who fought some 70 years ago. And why everyone who picks up these letters feels like the Eyde brothers become a part of their family.”

So far, a short introduction and the first episode have been published.

See also MetaFilter: Letters From WWII found in a storage locker.

The Podcast everyone is talking about

In case you haven’t heard about it yet: The producers of This American Life and Serial have released a new series called S-Town. You can download all seven episodes. I binge-listened to them last week.

The New Yorker: “S-Town” Investigates the Human Mystery. By Sarah Larson.

The Atlantic: S-Town Is a Well-Crafted Monument to Empathy. “The much-hyped podcast evolves from murder mystery and rural tourism into timely, humanistic biography.” By Spencer Kornhaber.

Vanity Fair: How S-Town, From the People Who Brought You Serial, Is Changing Podcasts All Over Again. “After releasing all seven of its episodes at once, S-Town in inspiring fierce devotion—but you’ll have to figure out your solution for spoilers on your own.” By Katey Rich.

Charlotte Observer: Professor featured in S-Town gives his take on hit podcast – and its central mystery. By Ann Doss Helms. (Includes a short video of the sundial John McLemore made for his Chemistry professor and which is described in the last episode of the podcast.)

And in case you’d like to listen a podcast about this podcast:
Longform Podcast: Brian Reed. (1 hour 13 minutes)

I’m going to listen to this while on a little roadtrip tomorrow.

Some links via MetaFilter FanFare.