Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Tomorrow on Anne is a Man!

Tomorrow is the first of the month and this when I give my full list of podcasts that were ever reviewed on this blog. By now we have reached 129 podcasts reviewed. The list becomes a bit unmanageably long and so I am on the look out of improving the formula. If you have any suggestions, I'd love to hear about them.

New additions this month are the following:

Are we alone?. A new science podcast tackling the issue of exterrestrial life. I have found this podcast thanks to the recommendation of a reader.
Global Geopolitics. A new geography and geopolitics and a bit history podcast from Stanford. As usual, this new gem was noted on Open Culture, one of my favorite sources of good quality podcasts.
Speaking of favorites. My all time favorite is History 5. This lecture series from Berkeley I have separated into two entries in my list. Giving credit to the spring lecturer Margaret Lavinia Anderson, and to autumn lecturer Thomas Laqueur, each in their own right.
Language (UCSD). A course in reasoning which I found thanks to a reader's comment. The comment was actually about another podcast, but from one search came another and so the whole list of San Diego podcasts popped up - which incidentally gave more entries than just this one.
MMW 3 (Chamberlain). A history lecture series explaining the middle ages mostly from the perspective of religions.
MMW 3 (Herbst). A parallel series choosing a more traditional perspective, but exceptionally good no less.
Thanks to yet another reader, I started listening to an old Berkeley series about existentialism. This one is a tad different from the new one that runs as we speak and which I have begun to follow.
Philosophy 7 is the current series on existentialism. Berkeley professor Huber Dreyfuss takes you in with a very personalized, almost vulnerable style.
Rhetoric 10 a reader comment on the Word Nerds review suggested looking at this course. A good one, although I have had a bit too much (legal) arguing in my life to fill my free time extensively with it again.
Your History Podcast was actually already reviewed in march, but somehow omitted from the previous list.

Some time tomorrow, or over the weekend, the blog will switch to its new style. I have a couple of tiny picture adjustments and coloring issues I want to take care of. Then the tricky part of the migration will happen. In theory this will be no more than a minute of down time for the blog, but that is a best case theory. In any case, do not despair if you cannot connect for a couple of hours. It'll all be OK. If worst comes to worst I will revert to the old style.

Language - podcast lectures reviewed

Here is short review of two university lecture series on language.

Berkeley: Rhetoric
Daniel Coffeen tries a provocative approach to get you to know rhetoric, not just by learning it, but also by experience. Coffeen is not a regular university professor and the style and form of the course this is tangible and make a refreshing impact. This is not classical rhetoric; he is not going to rely on logic. Coffeen is more of a relativistic persuasion, where the rhetoric is not intended to persuade people to truth, or at least an agreement, but rather one that rhetoric is the goal, which in a way is a celebration of argument, rather than agreement.

Argument Clinic

UC San Diego: Language
An unfortunate start to this series is that the first 7 lectures were not podcast. So we enter the course right in the middle of studying syllogisms. By now we have reached the thirteenth lecture and we are still with reasoning. In comparison to the previous is much more classical. I am not sure whether this course should be identified more as logic than as rhetoric.

Other language and writing reviews:
Getting Published,
King Lear in podcast,
A Rhetorics Series by The Word Nerds,
A funny thing with letters,
What main stream language use won't show.

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