Archive for the ‘Podcast’ Category

This months podcast blog is one of my favourite history podcasts. Most history podcasts tends to follow a logical sequence i.e. the history of England from Anglo-Saxon times to the 20th century. Dan Carlin does it differently. His approach is to take a single subject, research it in great depth, and then produce up to four or five podcasts covering the whole story. His story-lines have covered subjects from the fall of the Roman Republic and the Punic wars to the Second World War and the Cold War. His most recent series have been on the rise of the Mongol Empire in the Middle Ages. This is certainly not a podcast for somebody who just wants a summary of a subject as the five podcasts in this series total over eight hours of broadcasting. The in-depth focus of these pod casts allows the listener to get right into the heart of the matter and for this alone, they are extremely valuable and entertaining. In addition to the great material and its depth. These forecasts are both well presented and well produced.

I recommend these podcasts to anyone interested in history. They can be obtained via the iTunes store or from Dan Carling’s website (http://www.dancarlin.com/disp.php/hh)

The natures voice podcast comes from the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB) and appears monthly. The subject matter is usual relevant to those with a casual interest in birds primarily in the UK although they do cover international topics as well. It is presented in a casual manner and the items are usually a conversation between the host and a member of RSPB staff or occasionally a celebrity birder such as Bill Oddie.

I look forward to each months podcast as they tend to be very topical and related to the happenings in that month.

Available from iTunes or from the RSPB website

This for me is a must listen every week. This radio show from the Boston area of the USA, hosted by Ray Brown, deals primarily with the birds of that area but there are often items of more general interest. Having done a bit of birding in the USA I enjoy the weekly mystery bird competition as I try to figure out exactly what the bird heard and described is. Surprisingly since it is over 5 years since I was last in the USA I still manage to get some right!

A thoroughly entertaining listen

Available on iTunes and at http://www.talkinbirds.com/

The History of Rome is a podcast tracing the history of the Roman Empire, beginning with Aeneas’s arrival in Italy and ending with the exile of Romulus Augustulus, last Emperor of the Western Roman Empire. This series is now complete (@ 179 episodes) but can still be found on iTunes or on Mike Duncan’s website (http://thehistoryofrome.typepad.com/) The website also contains a lot of supplementary material such as maps and links to other sources.

I finished listening to this about 6 months ago but undoubtedly will go back to hear it all over again such is the quality of Mike’s production and research.