Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Anne is a Man, the coming days

Within 24 hours:
- The Missing Link (kicking off a new series)
- Simek 's Nachts (Jaap van der Zwan)

Within 48 hours:
- Tudorcast
- History 5

In the coming days
- Irvin Yalom (on KQED and Wise Counsel)
- Shrink Rap Radio (Mindmentor and others)
- UChannel Podcast
- Ancient & Medieval History
- Podcasts on Medieval Texts

In New podcasts on trial we have March as a history podcast month with a wide range of candidates:
American History before 1870
Hank's History Hour
Redborne History Podcast
Teaching American History Podcast
History 2311

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Ada Lovelace - IOT

In Our Time's issue about Ada Lovelace gave me the impression at the beginning Ada Lovelace was in a way the first computer scientist. By the end of the program it has become clear that even though much can be ascribed to Lovelace, what exactly is hers and what, for example, was the contribution of Babbage remains something of a mystery. What is essential though, and that makes this podcast yet another fine production, is that Lovelace, Babbage and some of their colleagues conceived of computing.

When listening again to the introduction, this is revealed to have been the intent of this episode. Even though we speak here of 19th century mathematicians, computer science remains dormant well into the twentieth century. When the British employ the famous (or infamous) Alan Thuring to crack the German codes, some of Lovelace's work is rediscovered.

Apparently it is Thuring who began to ascribe to Lovelace the deepest of insights: the computing machine could be applied beyond the realm of calculations. And so we tend to credit Lovelace. To Lovelace podcasters and bloggers are indebted, so it seems. An as for historical insight, when looking at the history of science and technology, we see here how theory preceded practice. As with some of the best stuff (think of Darwin, think of Einstein).

More In Our Time:
The Social Contract,
Plate Tectonics,
The Fisher King,
The Charge of the Light Brigade,
Albert Camus.

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Roman History in podcasts

A lot of people are interested in Roman History and naturally, there are a number of history podcasts that pay attention, in part or as a whole, to the Romans and the various aspects of their history.

For one there is the History of Rome podcast. This podcast is entirely dedicated to Roman History. Host Mike Duncan studied Political Science and Philosophy and is therefore an amateur historian podcast. He goes through Roman history in chronological stages, by means of weekly 20-30 minute podcasts. He has reached the rise of Scipio (and the demise of Hannibal) in 200 BC. This is the period of the Punic wars.

I have just discovered this podcast. It is a straightforward, tell the history, monologue style podcast that is especially suited for those who want to know everything about Rome. As many podcasters, Mike Duncan is not a scholar in this field, and therefore hands the history by means of the facts as he knows them and engages less in interpretation, analysis and historiography.

History according to Bob has had a series on the Punic wars (or at least the first of those) and some more installments on Roman history, but unfortunately for those who arrive at his feed only by now, they are no longer available for download. On can purchase old podcasts on CD however.

More Bob:
The Franks,
Virginia Oldoini according to Bob
Alexander the Great,
Special acclaim for Bob Packett,
History according to Bob.

From the perspective of Hannibal, there is one of the best lecture series brought out as podcast by historian and Hannibal specialist, the scholar Patrick Hunt. This podcast can be found on iTunes U in the history section of Stanford University.

More Patrick Hunt:
Hannibal in the end,
Ten discoveries that rewrote history,
Patrick Hunt on Hannibal (and more),
Hannibal Barca on the couch,
Where did Hannibal cross the Alps?.

From Berkeley we have Isabelle Pafford in History 4A The Ancient Mediterranean World. The last half of this lecture series is dedicated to Rome.

Also from Isabelle Pafford at Berkeley is History 106B The Roman Empire, which deals very rapidly with early Roman history and focuses on the Empire.

More Isabelle Pafford and History4A:
The best History courses on podcast,
Alexander the Great,
History 4A and others.

For many the history ends in 476 AD, but not so for the truly discerning. In the east the empire continued until 1453, as what we call Byzantium. 12 Byzantine Rulers is dedicated to the history of Byzantium. High school teacher and podcasting legend Lars Brownworth spent over two years piling up 18 episodes of this history podcast classic.

More 12 Byzantine Rulers:
Byzantine Conclusion,
The Byzantine Empire on Podcast,
Byzantine Podcast.

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