Stuff the British Stole
The title suggests a series that can go on forever, but in just five episodes this Australian podcast offers an excellent response to things like A History of the World in 100 Objects by exploring how items on display in British museum tell as story of colonialism and imperialism.
Disney History Institute – Strange Stories of Disneyland
I enjoyed hearing this description of the plot of a never made Alfred Hitchcock film that would’ve been partly set in Disneyland.
Running Tally of Podcast of the Week Awards for 2021
Fresh Air :: The Pediatrician Who Exposed the Flint Water Crisis
Interview with Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha who exposed the Flint water crisis. She also discusses growing up as a child of Iraqi refugees.
99% Invisible :: Right to Roam
I’ve always been amazed by how Britain protects the rights of walker/hikers to cross land that’s privately owned. Whereas in the US, one is liable to be shot for doing so.
Ben Franklin’s World :: Brian Regal, The Secret History of the New Jersey Devil
If you’ve ever heard the legend of the New Jersey Devil, you imagine it as a cryptozooligical creature inhabiting the Pine Barrens. Turns out that the story originates instead with a 17th-century colonist named Daniel Leeds who published an almanac that ran afoul of the Quaker authorities!
Disney History Institute :: Winsor McCay and the Origins of American Animation
Early animation originated as part of a vaudeville act featuring a trained dinosaur.
99% Invisible :: Beyond Biohazard
A video podcasts explores the effort to let future generations know that something is dangerous without using language or symbols that won’t be understood.
Hit Parade :: The Deadbeat Club Edition
The first part of the story of how two very different New Wave acts emerged from Athens, GA in the 1980s.
RadioLab :: Poison Control
Ever wonder why there’s a number to call with questions about poisoning, who answers those calls, and what the experience is like on their end? Here’s that story.
99% Invisible :: 77 Steps
99pi breaks down the history and design of the Emeco 10-06 Navy chair and its many impostors.
Decoder Ring :: The Johnlock Conspiracy
Investigating the role of shipping in the consumption of popular culture through the story of the controversy among fans regarding a possible romantic relationship between the lead characters on BBC’s Sherlock.
HUB History :: Wicked Proud
LGBTQ history in Boston and the local origins of pride.
More Or Less: Behind the Stats :: How Many Wizards & Witches are Britain and Ireland?
Statistical analysis determines the number of witches & wizards in Britain & Ireland based on the Harry Potter books. Spoiler: J.K Rowling greatly lowballs the actual number!
Twenty Thousand Hertz :: Amen Break
A history of the most famous drum solo and it’s many sampled appearances across music.
Sound Opinions :: Give the Drummer Some
Speaking of drummers, here’s an entire episode of appreciation of great rock and roll drummers with some great analysis from Joe Wong.
Disney History Institute :: An Unusual History of Disney Audio-animatronics
How a 1934 World’s Fair exhibit inspired Walt Disney and what Gene Kelly thought of seeing his audio-animatronic double.