Thursday, September 10, 2009

Ran Levi, then, now and about the Long Now

Making History with Ran Levi (עושים היסטוריה! עם רן לוי) is allegedly the most successful Israeli podcast. It has been around for several years and it has been ranked as Israel's number one podcast at iCast - the Israeli podcast directory, provider and aggregator. Consequently the podcast has a wide folllowing and this was put to the test at a Making History public meeting event that was held not long ago.

A great many listeners joined Ran Levi for this event in Herzeliya and got a short speech that was recorded and broadcast in the latest episode of the podcast. In this speech we learn how Ran learned to podcast and how Making History came into being and acquired the number one position is has today. Since this is the recording of a live event, the listening experience is very different from other issues of the podcast, but in spite of the low audio, I must say I enjoyed it no less.

As a bonus to the chapter, Ran has added a short item about a project in the US called The Clock of the Long Now. This is a clock that has been built and is designed to run for 10,000 years. Ran digs into the technical details of devising and building the clock, but this project is part of a much greater project called the Long Now which propagates a much much longer term outlook on current affairs. The Long Now has a podcast of its own that I will review in the next blog post.

More Making History with Ran Levi:
Of nightmares and sleepwalking,
Mass Extinctions,
Making History with Ran Levi - עושים היסטוריה! עם רן לוי,
From Pavlov to Milgram,
A history of pandemics.
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