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PODCASTS 

This page contains links to individual podcasts and podcast directories/portals.

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You can subscribe to these, and other podcasts through iTunes (search by name at the store, or search this previews directory). You can also use a podcatching program like Stitcher.  iTunes U also provides access to some great university courses.

Arts & Culture

  • The Adventures of Huck Finn- "This audiobook is performed by Marc Devine and co-produced by LoudLit.org and LiteralSystems.com. Each episode is has 2 to 4 chapters and is approximately 30-40 minutes in length."
  • Art History Podcast- "Each episode provides thoughtful analysis of the enduring artistic masterpieces that have become hallmarks of western culture."
  • Art and Story- "Comic book creators Mark Rudolph and Jerzy Drozd discuss their process of creation and thoughts on the craft of sequential art. Show notes can be found here: http://cvcomics.com/artandstory This Podcast was created using www.talkshoe.com"
  • Beowulf- "This is a short but beautiful book, and the Gummere translation really captures the feel of the Old English. Beowulf tells the story of a mysterious young warrior who saves the Spear-Danes from the terrible monster Grendel and his venomous mother."
  • Broadway Bullet- "Every 1st and 3rd Thursday of the month, Broadway Bullet brings you an audio magazine, featuring interviews, songs, performances, news, reviews and perhaps even a little bit of gossip! Discover the most interesting shows and personalities in the New York Theatre and performance scene. Maybe even pick up some career tips. Broadway Bullet covers the entire spectrum of theatre...Broadway to Off-Off-Broadway, Musicals, Plays, Cabaret and more! Subscribe in iTunes, and you will be able to easily skip to the portions of the show that most interest you."
  • Burning Down The House- "Architecture is the laser focus of Burning Down the House, a weekly discourse on all things built, destroyed, admired, and despised. Each week Curtis B. Wayne, your Tudor tutor, invites a posse of authors, critics, builders, designers, and other architecture fiends to reflect on various topics related to perhaps the most functional of art forms. For more info: http://burningdownthehouse-radioarchitecture.blogspot.com Curtis B Wayne is a graduate of the Cooper Union in New York City and of Harvard Design School. He has designed and built projects ranging from the Bridgehampton National Bank Headquarters to restoration of the torch of the Statue of Liberty."
  • The Creative Process- "A bi-weekly Podcast dedicated to geeking out on the processes that help creative ideas become things."
  • The Divine Comedy by Dante- "widely considered the central epic poem of Italian literature, the last great work of literature of the Middle Ages and the first great work of the Renaissance. A culmination of the medieval world-view of the afterlife, it establishes the Tuscan dialect in which it is written as the Italian standard, and is seen as one of the greatest works of world literature. - The Divine Comedy is composed of three canticas (or "cantiche") — Inferno (Hell), Purgatorio (Purgatory), and Paradiso (Paradise) — composed each of 33 cantos (or "canti"). The very first canto serves as an introduction to the poem and is generally not considered to be part of the first cantica, bringing the total number of cantos to 100. - The poet tells in the first person his travel through the three realms of the dead, lasting during the Easter Triduum in the spring of 1300."
  • Dr Who: Time Tales- "For over 40 years, the BBC's legendary Time Lord has roamed through time and space. Now he makes his fan home at Darker Projects. Combining elements of his TV predecessors with a flair all his own, the Doctor and his companions try to maintain order in a reality rife with chaos. Villains both new and old arise to challenge them in this exciting portrayal that will intrigue both veteran fans and curious newcomers."
  • Great Expectations by Charles Dickens- "This classic tale tells of an orphan, Pip, who through a series of strange circumstances first finds a trade as a blacksmith's apprentice and then learns that he has "great expectations" of a future inheritance from an anonymous benefactor."
  • Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad- "In this novella, Joseph Conrad explores morality and human nature. This audiobook is performed by David Kirkwood and narrated by Tom Franks and co-produced by LoudLit.org and LiteralSystems. Each episode is approximately 20-30 minutes in length."
  • How To Play Guitar: Beginning Guitar- "Learn how to play guitar step by step with free guitar lessons from myOnlineGuitar.com."
  • The Iliad by Homer- "The Iliad, together with the Odyssey, is one of two ancient Greek epic poems traditionally attributed to Homer. The poem is commonly dated to the 8th or 7th century BC, and many scholars believe it is the oldest extant work of literature in the Greek language, making it the first work of European literature. The existence of a single author for the poems is disputed as the poems themselves show evidence of a long oral tradition and hence, multiple authors. The poem concerns events during the tenth and final year in the siege of the city of Iliun, or Troy, by the Greeks."
  • In The Groove, Jazz & Beyond- "From the Jazz masters of past and present to emerging new artists performing hard bop jazz and fusion. A weekly Jazz radio show that airs on WHUS FM, Storrs CT. No smooth jazz here!"
  • Morning Becomes Eclectic- "Morning Becomes Eclectic is committed to a music experience that celebrates innovation, creativity and diversity by combining progressive pop, indie, alternative, world beat, jazz, African, reggae, classical and new music. Morning Becomes Eclectic podcasts are available for a limited time. Every two weeks a new session is made available."
  • The Moth- "Since its launch in 1997, The Moth has presented thousands of true stories, told live and without notes, to standing-room-only crowds worldwide. Moth storytellers stand alone, under a spotlight, with only a microphone and a roomful of strangers. The storyteller and the audience embark on a high-wire act of shared experience which is both terrifying and exhilarating."
  • The National Gallery of Art- audio and video.
  • The Odyssey by Homer- "The Odyssey is one of the two major ancient Greek epic poems (the other being the Iliad), attributed to the poet Homer. The poem is commonly dated to between 800 and 600 BC. The poem is, in part, a sequel to the Iliad, and concerns the events that befall the Greek hero Odysseus in his long journey back to his native land Ithaca after the fall of Troy. It takes Odysseus ten years to return to his native land of Ithaca after ten years of war; during his 20-year absence, his son Telemachus and his wife Penelope must deal with a group of unruly suitors who have moved into Odysseus' home to compete for Penelope's hand in marriage, since most have assumed that Odysseus has died."
  • Old Time Rock n Roll- "Old Time Rock n Roll is the largest oldies podcast in the world today. Over 1,350,000 listeners and downloaders from Talkshoe alone. Host Lee Douglas uses his personal 115,000 song library to spin the classics,as well as the obscure songs of the 50's,60's and early 70's. Whether its doo wop, rockabilly, Rythym and Blues or pop, Old Time Rock n Roll has it all."
  • Perreo- "PerreoRadio.com presents the Perreo Radio Podcast, giving you the best in Reggaeton music, videos, y cultura. Podcasts are updated several times per week with new episodes, mainly archives of our weekly live shows, but also special events and interviews that happen outside of the live shows."
  • Photography 101- "Hosted by photography instructor Scott Wittenburg, this podcast is for anybody who wants to learn the secrets of taking better photographs traditionally or digitally. Tips on cameras, composition, exposure, darkroom techniques and step-by-step tutorials on manipulating digital images in Adobe Photoshop are among the topics to be covered. Subscribers are encouraged to submit questions to the host, who will address them in future podcasts."
  • The Roadhouse- "The Roadhouse is a 60-minute weekly podcast of the best independent blues from around the world. Featuring a mixture of independent artists and permissions-based music from independent blues labels, it's 60 minutes of the finest blues you've never heard."
  • The Secret History of Art- "Takes you on a series of private guided tours of the world's greatest artworks. Best-selling author and professor of art history Noah Charney presents the history, symbolism, and importance of each work. The Secret History of Art is a series of lessons in miniature on great works of art around the world. By spending just a few minutes per masterpiece, you can learn the mysteries, stories, and secrets of some of civilization’s greatest treasures."
  • The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne- "Set in 17th-century Boston, Nathaniel Hawthorne's story revolves around the themes of sin, revenge and repentance."
  • Shakespeare Cast- "Shakespeare, Shakespeare, Shakespeare. The complete works podcast one scene at a time."
  • The Slam Idol- "The Slam Idol Podcast - the Poetry Slam on your iPod or other MP3 player. Produced near London, this indie podcast features poetry from all around the World, and so far has included the UK, Ireland, Germany, USA, Australia, Canada, Singapore and Israel. The poems can be on subjects as diverse as politics and love to passion and loss, and can be funny or serious. We feature interviews with the poets, and the listeners vote for the winner.
  • Talking Comics- "Comic Book Podcast by the staff of Talking Comics who review DC, Marvel , Image and more!"
  • The Tolkien Professor- "a series of lectures, discussions, and seminars on the works of J.R.R. Tolkien by Corey Olsen, Assistant Professor of English at Washington College in Maryland."
  • Weekly Anime Review- "Brings you the world of Japanese pop culture straight to your ears! Hosted by a thirty-something otaku, Aaron brings you reviews of not just anime but also manga and other Japanese media from an older fan's perspective."
  • Youth Radio- "A window into the world of teenagers: news, views, pop culture, and personal stories from young people around the U.S. and the world."
Economics & Finance
  • Planet Money- "Money makes the world go around, faster and faster every day. On NPR's Planet Money, you'll meet high rollers, brainy economists and regular folks -- all trying to make sense of our rapidly changing global economy."

Fun & Games

  • Chess.com- "Enjoy this weekly chess podcast that presents enjoyable and puzzling challenges."
  • The Dungeons & Dragons Podcast- "Go inside the world of Dungeons & Dragons with our ongoing studio podcasts."

Environment

  • Living on Earth- "Living on Earth is a weekly news and information program from PRI about the world's changing environment, ecology, and human health. If there's something new about global warming, climate change, environmental politics or environmental quality and human health, you can count on Host Steve Curwood and the LOE public radio news team to keep you up to date with fair and accurate coverage."

Health & Medicine

  • Focus on Autism- "Researchers at the Kennedy Krieger Institute are leading several studies aimed at not only improving diagnoses and interventions, but also identifying the source of autism and possible means of prevention. They are also developing an on-line national autism registry called the Interactive Autism Network that will allow individuals and families affected by autism spectrum disorders to register and participate in multiple activities including research studies, message boards and on-line chats."
  • The Lancet- "The Lancet (www.thelancet.com) is a weekly medical journal, renowned for the publication of high-quality peer-reviewed research and reviews from around the world. In the Podcasts our editors discuss journal highlights, including interviews with authors of key articles to provide context and insight to advancements in medicine and health worldwide."

History & Culture

Languages

  • Chinese Tutorials- "Innovative Chinese lessons that allow you to both hear and see what you are learning."
  • ESL Aloud- "Guided instruction in speaking English for those learning English as a second language."
  • Fun English Lessons- "A fun and interesting ESL podcast for intermediate to advanced students who want to learn useful vocabulary and culture."
  • French for Beginners- "Learn French for Beginners with free podcasts, brought to you by French teachers from Paris. DailyFrenchPod is an amazing effective and new way to learn French, combining podcasts, learning guides, keywords, audio and PDF vocabulary sheets, grammar tutorials, and a large community of students and experts to practice with."
  • Let's Speak Italian- "Your daily Italian language podcast where you will learn to speak Italian in just minutes a day. We start from the very beginning and learn popular phrases, grammar, vocabulary, pronunciation, all in easy to digest lessons never more than 5 minutes in length, 5 days a week."
  • News in Slow French- "In our course we emphasize all aspects of language learning from listening comprehension, rapid vocabulary expansion, exposure to French grammar and common idiomatic expressions, to pronunciation practice and interactive grammar exercises. In our program we discuss the Weekly News, French grammar, and French expressions, and much more in simplified French at a slow pace so that you can understand almost every word and sentence."
  • News in Slow Spanish- "In our program we discuss the world news, grammar, and expressions, and much more in simplified Spanish at a slow pace so that you can understand almost every word and sentence. Learn real Spanish with us! In our course we emphasize all aspects of language learning from listening comprehension, rapid vocabulary expansion, exposure to grammar and common idiomatic expressions, to pronunciation practice and interactive grammar exercises."
  • Slow German- "German podcaster Annik Rubens from Munich tells stories about Germany and reads them slowly to her listeners. Topics range from the Oktoberfest to food and beverages or religious holidays. You can read the transcript in the ID3-Tags or on the internet-page www.slowgerman.com."
  • Speaking English- "Every two weeks a pair of words or expressions is discussed - how to pronounce correctly, how to memorize spelling and how to keep them apart."

LGBT

  • Out At The Center- "Out At The Center is a monthly half-hour TV show and podcast produced by the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) Community Center of New York City. This podcast features the full show, segments, specials and promos created and produced by Out at The Center. The show is made entirely by volunteers."

Miscellaneous

  • Peace Corps Entrepreneurs- "Listen to returned Peace Corps volunteers as they describe their new lives as social entrepreneurs."
  • Philanthropy This Week- "Learn about some of the nonprofit world's most important issues from Chronicle of Philanthropy editors and reporters. Join us for discussions with the people behind the stories and interviews with some of philanthropy's most prominent newsmakers."
  • Smithsonian Podcasts- The "National Portrait Gallery Series;" "The Folkways Collection," "Prototype Online: Inventive Voices," and more.
  • TED Talks Video- "TED is a nonprofit devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading. On this feed, you'll find TEDTalks video to inspire, intrigue and stir the imagination from some of the world's leading thinkers and doers, speaking from the stage at TED conferences, TEDx events and partner events around the world. This podcast is also available in high-def video and audio-only formats."

News & Commentary

  • Intelligence Squared- "Intelligence Squared U.S. Debates bring Oxford-style debate to America - one motion, one moderator, two panelists for the motion and two against. From clean energy and the financial crisis, to the Middle East and the death of mainstream media, Intelligence Squared U.S. brings together the world's leading authorities on the day's most important issues. Join the debate online and cast your vote for each topic at www.iq2us.org."
  • Fareed Zakaria GPS- "Fareed Zakaria GPS takes a comprehensive look at foreign affairs and global policies through in-depth, one-on-one interviews and fascinating roundtable discussions."
  • Just The Facts- "The weekly vidcast from FactCheck.org - a nonpartisan, nonprofit, 'consumer advocate' for voters that aims to reduce the level of deception and confusion in U.S. politics. We monitor the factual accuracy of what is said by major U.S. political players."
  • Left, Right & Center- "Provocative, up-to-the-minute, alive and witty, KCRW's weekly confrontation over politics, policy and popular culture proves those with impeccable credentials needn't lack personality. This weekly "love-hate relationship of the air" features four of the most insightful news analysts anywhere."
  • On The Media- "he weekly one-hour podcast of On the Media is your guide to how the media sausage is made. Hosts Brooke Gladstone and Bob Garfield examine threats to free speech and government transparency, criticize media coverage of the week’s big stories, explore new technology and unravel hidden political narratives in the media. In an age of information overload, OTM helps you dig your way out. The Peabody Award winning show is produced by WNYC Radio and distributed by NPR."
  • The Young Turks- "An edgy, funny, and informative talk show, which includes topics ranging from politics to pop culture. Whether you need an update on current events, or just a quick laugh."

Politics & Government

  • Government Accountability Office (GAO)- "Featuring interviews with GAO officials on significant issues and new reports, the Watchdog Report is recorded, hosted, and produced by GAO staff."
  • White House Open for Questions- "Open for Questions is a series of live chats with White House officials and the general public covering a wide scope of topics. Taking questions in real-time from the internet, Open for Questions gives the public direct and unprecedented access to the Administration. View and join these chats yourself at www.whitehouse.gov/live."

Science

  • NASA directory of podcasts.
  • Radiolab- "On Radiolab, science meets culture and information sounds like music. Each episode of Radiolab® is an investigation -- a patchwork of people, sounds, stories and experiences centered around One Big Idea. Hosted by Jad Abumrad and Robert Krulwich, Radiolab is produced by WNYC public radio." Ms. M's favorite podcast- truly amazing!
  • Science & Creativity- From Public Radio International (PRI)
  • The Sounds of Science- "This informative and entertaining biweekly series of audio podcasts puts the spotlight on the high-impact work of the National Academies. Focusing on a wide range of critical issues in science, engineering, and medicine, these short 10-minute episodes are a quick and easy way to tune in to all the key findings and important recommendations made by the Academies."

Social Science

Point of Inquiry- "Critically examines topics in science, religion, philosophy, and politics. Hosted by science journalist Chris Mooney and neuroscientist Indre Viskontas, each episode takes on a specific issue and features lively discussion with leading scientists, researchers, and writers."