This (two) weeks in podcasts.
All Songs Considered: All Songs +1: The Weird World Of ‘Feature’ Credits
Ever wondered what has lead to the great increase in songs with a “feat.” artist in the title over the past couple of decades? Or why the featured artists appears in the song title rather than the performer? Or what the difference between “feat.” and “with” or even “x” and “vs” all means? Apparently, it’s all about metadata.
Local law requires Boston City Councilors or their designees to walk the boundaries of the city every five years, a practice that was often a boozy ceremony in the past, but has been ignored since the 1980s. If the city is looking for citizens to take up perambulating the bounds again, I put my foot forward.
How algorithms, purportedly designed to replace subjective judgments with objective measurements, have been used as a cover for discrimination and marketed for purposes they’re not designed for.
The history of the most misguided myth about education, that it will resolve poverty with no other interventions required, and how it has set up schools to fail.
Finally, there are two podcasts that actually replayed episodes made by another podcast this week:
An interesting story of the first African-American advertisement executive who showed how supposed free market capitalists were losing out on money due to white supremacy.
Nate Dimeo’s thoughts on what should be placed on a plaque on a Memphis statue of Nathan Bedford Forrest to mark the reasons why the statue exists.