Posts tagged ‘bbc’

Some kind of Druid dudes lifting the veil

My favorite podcast, In Our Time from the BBC, is back from hiatus, and there was much rejoicing. This week’s episode, “The Druids,” is so emblematic of the show that it’s almost a parody. It has history, it has religion, it has Pliny the Elder, and, mostly, it has Celts. What’s refreshing about In Our…


Once more unto the breach

Sometimes I wonder about my followers on Twitter. This morning I tweeted this, On the Sex Pistols’ 1976 Anarchy tour: “The volley of gob was like Agincount.” bbc.co.uk/programmes/b00…  — Dr. Drang (@drdrang) Wed Jun 13 2012 which is, I think, the funniest thing I’ve ever tweeted. Not a single person starred or retweeted it. Maybe you…


That palace in the sun

I love BBC Radio 4’s In Our Time, and this week’s show is one of its best. It’s called “The Siege of Tenochtitlan.” In 1521 the Spanish conquistador Hernan Cortes led an army of Spanish and native forces against the city of Tenochtitlan, the spectacular island capital of the Aztec civilisation. At first Cortes had…


Some Other Guy

What I love about Brian Matthew’s Sounds of the 60s is that it’s not just a classic rock show—its playlist happily includes the decade’s cheese in addition to its masterpieces. Here’s the playlist for the episode I listened to on my rides to and from work today. I was delighted to hear Ritchie Barrett’s original…


Radio 2 recording scripts updated

The most recent update to iTunes broke some of my BBC Radio 2 scripts, the AppleScript and Python scripts I use with AudioHijack Pro to automate the recording and iTunesifying of shows I like. The failures occurred in the parts of the scripts that add artwork to the saved shows. I could have just deleted…


Release the crackle!

On my ride home from work tonight, I heard something I haven’t heard in ages. RSS and some browsers won’t show the player that’s supposed to be here. Click this instead. It wasn’t “Stairway to Heaven”—that pops up every so often when I’m shuffling through my iTunes library. No, what I haven’t heard in ages…


Bull leapers and soybeans

When I first saw this cartoon back in June, I instantly decided to include its center panel (the funny one, even though it doesn’t have the punch line) every time I write a post about podcasts and radio shows I listen to. “Minoan bull leapers” captures beautifully the eccentric things you can hear on BBC…


Never mind the crackpipe

Instead of writing a post on how the new version of Simplenote stacks up against Elements, as I’d intended, I spent the evening watching old episodes of Never Mind the Buzzcocks on YouTube. And found, in a show from the spring of 2004, a young, cute, and thoroughly delightful Amy Winehouse. Sometimes goofing off pays…


To be played at maximum volume

What better way to celebrate the Fourth than to listen to BBC Radio documentaries? I spent yesterday afternoon resetting bricks in the patio and listening to my iPod. First up was last week’s episode of In Our Time, the history/literature/philosophy/science/math Radio 4 series hosted by Melvyn Bragg. The topic was Athelstan: Athelstan, the grandson of…


BBC bull leapers

My wife cut this Zits cartoon out of the Tribune a couple of weeks ago, thinking, I guess, that Walt Duncan and I have something in common. I don’t know what she’s on about. As I write this, my iMac is recording (via Audio Hijack Pro) a BBC Radio 2 documentary on David Frost, who…