I’m not doing well at getting these podcast recommendations up every week, but here’s a good crop of podcast for your listening pleasure.
HUB History :: The Battle of Jamaica Plain
There was a gang shootout right here in my own neighborhood over a 100 years ago that had international implications and ended up involving Winston Churchill, and I’d never heard of it?!?
Hidden Brain :: Baby Talk: Decoding the Secret Language of Babies
It’s been a long while since I’ve had a nice chat with a baby.
Planet Money :: The Land of Duty Free
The mass quantities of liquor, cigarettes, chocolate, and perfume sold in airports has always fascinated/perplexed me. Here’s the story of how the duty free shop got started at Shannon Airport in Ireland. It also confirms my suspicions that duty free shop purchases aren’t really bargains.
LeVar Burton Reads :: “As Good as New” by Charlie Jane Anders
A live performance of LeVar Burton reading a hillarious/poignant story about a worldwide apocalypse, a genie in a bottle, theater criticism, and the nature of wishes, complete with an interview with the author
BackStory :: Shock of the New
The history of World’s Fairs fascinates me and this episode commemorates the 125th anniversary of the 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition in Chicago, with special focus on women’s and African American perspectives on the fair.
Smithsonian Sidedoor :: Cherokee Story Slam
The stories and life of the talented Robert Lewis.
More or Less: Behind the Stats :: Tulipmania mythology
The Dutch tulip bubble always makes a good story about economics and finance, but the truth of the story is not as dramatic as the myths, albeit more interesting in many ways.