Wednesday, June 21, 2017
The British History podcast is exactly what it says on the tin. I am about a year into the back catalog, and coming out of the Dark Ages.
I am very fond of Jay and Miles X-plain the X-Men, but that might not be your flavor of nerd.
Second thought: Driver needs his mind on the road, not on a podcast.
Third thought: Five hours is not a long drive. Unless dad is listening to podcasts. (Those poor kids.)
Very first thought: Get SiriusXM for the duration of the trip. You can probably buy it and then cancel when the trip is over. Pick your decade, or prog rock, or just go with the new Beatles channel, or even conspiracy talk radio. Whatever. Radical thought: maybe let the kids pick what they want to hear! That last option will certainly keep you awake and alert.
Final thought: A fun and geeky road game is to look up the hazardous materials identification numbers on the trucks you pass and see what they are carrying. Put those smart phones to work! And it can be, uh, interesting. Another is to give each person a single wild card to play on a billboard for whatever tourist trap or local restaurant or park happens to catch someone's eye, and stop there. Another is to search AM or FM for a local ethnic language station (Cajun, Mexican, Cuban, Navajo, Chinese) if you are in a suitable area. Even if nothing is found, it will keep one kid busy with a hand on the search button.
In Our Time: eclectic topics, insightful discussion. (1 hour episodes)
50 Things: series on 50 ideas that built the modern economy. (15 minute episodes)
It's about a one plane charter company and the interactions (and word games) among the pilots, crew and owner. Benedict Cumberbatch is probably the most well known performer in it but Stephanie Cole and Roger Allam are both well respected actors on the English side of the Atlantic.
It's split across four series and here is the link page for series 1 -
More Perfect (a spinoff show from Radiolab) is a great podcast about the Supreme Court.
Revisionist History just started its second season, and put out some terrific episodes last year.
What Trump Can Teach Us About Con Law is a new podcast from Roman Mars, who hosts 99% Invisible (also a great podcast), that is only a couple of episodes deep but is well worth checking out.
excuse me, I mean Gareth -- are at their best when the story is both insane and relatively low-stakes. "The Magicians" fits the bill.
I'll second "In Our Time." Melvyn Bragg picks a topic from history, science, philosophy, or the like, then drags in four academics to talk about it. He's a good interviewer and the academics are usually worth listening to.
"99% Invisible" has 20-30 minute episodes covering aspects of life that generally get overlooked. Usually interesting, sometimes very much so. Family friendly. A similar podcast, "Surprisingly Awesome," started strong then faded to crap, though the first few episodes are worthwhile.
Lemme think...there have to be more...
I was surprised that Planet Money had not made the cut. Didn't they quote you once on "It's Raining Men"?
I enjoy listening to Innovation Hub (list of podcasts). The show started with technology, and now it focuses more broadly on innovations. Here's a show related to Rochester via the Polaroid/Kodak lawsuit.
Another favorite while driving is the Splendid Table (direct podcast link)
One thing I try sometimes -- especially at night in the middle of nowhere -- is what I call "AM radio roulette". Start at the low end of the dial, click up station by station, and see what far-off stations you can tune in.
@The Poor Kids, I anticipate that they will use headphones on their own devices, and perhaps they have similar requests on their own blogs ...
For an unusual topic, try "Saga Thing." Two medievalists go through the Icelandic family sagas. This is a lot more entertaining than it sounds, as the Icelandic family sagas are bugnuts. Sex, violence, zombies, lawsuits, monsters, duels, and fights over whale carcasses abound. After summarizing the saga (not briefly, either) they get into "best bloodshed," "notable witticisms," "best nickname," and so forth. Icelanders were amazing with nicknames. A personal favorite was "Halfdan the Open-Handed-but-Stingy-with-Meat" from Hrafnkel’s saga.
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