Podcasts of the Week Ending February 17


A bumper crop of erudition for your ears this week.

The Memory Palace :: Hercules

With Washington’s Birthday coming up, a reminder that our first President held people in bondage because he enjoyed what their labor provided without having to pay for them.  The story of Hercules, a talented chef, who successfully escaped slavery.

Smithsonian Sidedoor :: Killer Viruses and One Man’s Mission to Stop Them

The story of the 1918 Influenza Pandemic and the efforts of Dr. Maurice Hilleman to create vaccines to prevent later outbreaks.

The Nation Start Making Sense :: Elizabeth Warren on Monopoly Power

Elizabeth Warren wants to make fighting monopolies part of the Democrats agenda again. Also, the truth behind Warren Buffett, and white working class Trump voter.

The Truth :: Nuclear Winter

 A spooky story set in an outdated nuclear missile silo.  Don’t worry, it’s fictional!

Afropop Worldwide :: Africa and the Blues

A fascinating look into musicologist Gerhard Kubik’s research into the traits of blues music that connect with the music of different regions of Africa.  Read more here: http://afropop.org/articles/africa-and-the-blues-an-interview-with-gerhard-kubik

StoryCorps :: In the Neighborhood

The story of the multi-talented François Clemmons, most famous for playing Officer Clemmons on Mister Rogers Neighborhood, his friendship with Fred Rogers, and their quietly bold statement for civil rights and equality.

 

 

Song of the Week: “Malukayi” by Mbonwana Star (feat. Konono No.1)


Every year the editor of the excellent MP3 blog Said the Gramophone publishes a list of 100 Best Songs of the Year.  The list is diverse, and not every song is going to resonate with everyone, but I always discover something new I missed over the course of the year.

One of the songs from this year’s list is “Malukayi” by Mbonwana Star (feat. Konono No.1).  The seven-piece band is from the Democratic Republic of Congo and they combine percussion with chant-like vocals and electronic sounds.  It’s pretty brilliant.

My own list of favorite songs of the year is coming soon.  If there’s a song you think should be on the best of 2015 list let me know in the comments!