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I listen to This American Life at the gym. I need music for cardio, but This American Life makes the weight training and stretching go by fast.   I've also been watching the Callie Lewis GeekBrie

TED Talks?

I've been listening to Throughline from NPR.  They provide historical context for many of today's issues. The episodes on the origins of the police in the US and race in Europe/US were terrific.

Just curious -- what makes a podcast a podcast? As opposed to a video?

One very important implementation detail about podcasts vs YouTube video, at least on iPhone* , is the ability to play in the background.

 

If you are listening to a YouTube video on iPhone and then start doing something else ie start navigating with Goog Maps while driving, YouTube stops because it doesnt play in the background, by default. It wasnt designed to do so (or maybe Apple doesnt even allow 3rd party apps to do so ??? not sure if this is still the case but it was so at one point)

 

The iPhone Music and PodCast apps are built to automatically play in the background.

 

For my use cause, that is an absolute requirement

 

Once again this is a current implementation design limitation and not something inherent to video that couldnt be resolved in the future

 

* I have read about work arounds for this on the internets (some required jail breaking which I will NOT consider) a while ago but I had issues with them. Too lazy to check out the situation now because its not a current problem for me

 

If this problem is now solved AND you have personally verified that it works, please do tell

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I am all about the podcasts, so I'm coming to your rescue, Chambolle. I access these through the podcasts app on my iphone.

 

A recent favorite has been Buried Truths, about being black and voting in Georgia in the 1950s. It's made by a history professor at Emory U in Atlanta, and it's very well done. 6 episodes, I believe.

 

Slate has Slow Burn- The premise is to unpack history "as it happened", and revealing the info in order of it coming to light, and including some completely forgotten things. The first series is about Watergate, and how that all came about/fell apart. The second series is only 2 episodes in so far, and it's about The whole Bill Clinton impeachment. I know you said that politics weren't your thing, but these are mostly historical, not current political, although you do see current politicos pop up in both stories.

 

I also enjoy Here's The Thing with Alec Baldwin. He is a good interviewer, and doesn't let people gloss over the easy answer, for instance "I moved the New York in..." "Wait- why did you decide that? how much money did you save up? where was your first apartment?", etc. His interview with Billy Joel made me love that guy. His interview with Paul Simon made me hate that guy.

 

You Must Remember This is a podcast mostly about "Old Hollywood", but she does an excellent job of setting the scene- telling the story of the social climate around events. I listened to the Charles Manson series (9 episodes) and the Jean and Jane series (also 9 episodes), about Jean Seberg and Jane Fonda, who were basically the same age, except of course (spoiler alert!) one's dead. There are series' on Bela Lugosi and Boris Karloff, and a series called "Dead Blondes", about blondes that did not die well.... Also a multi-part about Joan Crawford.

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I've been listening to Throughline from NPR.  They provide historical context for many of today's issues. The episodes on the origins of the police in the US and race in Europe/US were terrific.

Just started listening to Louder Than a Riot -- also NPR.  Discussing the intersection of Rap music, crime and incarceration.  Also very good.

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Bonner will like this:  Nixon at War.

Why would Nixon's campaign, cruising to victory in 1972, send bunglers to break into the DNC office at Watergate? 

Back in 1968, during the election campaign, Nixon publicly stated that he would not do anything to interfere with LBJ's peach efforts in Vietnam.  Of course not, because as a private citizen, that would violate the law.  But privately, he was worried that an October surprise peace announcement would cost him the election. So, he used back door channels to tell the South Vietnamese government to oppose LBJ's peace process because Nixon would get him a better deal.  Which they did.  Scuttling LBJ's chance to end the war in 1968.  Treason.  Causing the deaths of Americans.  Etc. Etc.

In 1972, the campaign thought the DNC had evidence of Nixon's treason, and the rest is history.

Lots of other good stuff about Kissinger, bombing Cambodia and Laos, wiretapping everyone, etc.

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On 8/18/2018 at 2:06 PM, Chambolle said:

Im totally stuck on Sticky Notes ... its like smoking crack laced with fentanyl, only much better. Im totally addicted ... help !

I just Patreoned an episode on Ysaye's violin sonatas.  Coming in the fall.

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I rarely listen to podcats, but thanks to a recent article in The New Yorker I'm now hooked on "You Must Remember This", which focuses on Old Hollywood.  I've been listening mostly to her series from 2018 that "factchecked" Hollywood Babylon (the first book).  I'd always wondered how much license Kenneth Anger took when writing it.

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I think I tried this, but found her speaking style -- the effort to "act" and make stuff exciting or what not -- annoying.  Maybe I'm thinking of the wrong one.

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A real life courtroom drama: The Trials of Frank Carson.    Synopsis: Frank was a defense lawyer in a small town where he consistently out performed law enforcement and prosecution.   When he was implicated in a murder, these plus the judge pounced for retribution.   Frightening injustice.   Much eerily in Frank's own voice.  

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