Monday, February 25, 2008

Podcast Review: Africa Past and Present

Africa is the great unknown. Not only for me I guess, for most in the West, or the rest of the world for that matter. The State University of Michigan supplies a podcast called Africa Past and Present. After having heard two issues, I am still not much smarter on the past, but at least a little more on the present. In any case a must listen for everybody.

It is not just heavy-handed serious stuff. The podcast also paid attention to the African soccer Cup, which was won by Egypt, even if the podcast predicted the Ivory Coast would win. But that is a mistake anyone could have made - I myself thought the Ivorians were really good. Other subjects that have been are the diversity of Islam in Africa, film in Africa and the new media.

I suppose the range of subjects will continue to be as wide and no matter how curious I am to find out about the history of Africa, even if this podcast will fill in the picture of contemporary Africa and its recent history, it is a podcast very much worthwhile.

More Africa on this blog:
The Missing Link on counting,
Apartheid and Environmental History,
Environmental History and South Africa,
Africa - Stanford Travel,
Africa - Counsel for Foreign Relations.

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An unforeseen lapse in podcast reviews

Dear Readers,

We have hit a snag with this blog. I have come down with an ear infection. Not only does this keep me at home stuffed with antibiotics, it also means I cannot listen to podcasts. I have a couple of reviews lined up, of shows I have already listened to, but beyond that I cannot offer you new content until further notice.

My apologies,