Bertrand Russell podcast

Skinny on time to do anything interesting online lately of a personal nature..

But I have to give special mention to one of my staple podcasts, BBC Radio 4’s In Our Time, covering Bertrand Russell in a Dec 2012 episode.

The focus is largely on his contributions to the field of logic, but I am a Russell fan more so for just being such an interesting character. His autobiography, I think having to do with when I read it, grabbed me like almost nothing else I have read. Conquest of Happiness, and countless essays also gold..

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Favorite Podcasts

Aw ya.. BeyondPod on Android with 1.2x playback speed.. I am definitely a podcast junkie. Here’s some of my favorite “regulars” in addition to my habit of downloading single episodes that attract my attention from other shows (see old post on how you can set up a feed for one-off episodes to sync with your device).

In no particular order:

  • TVO’s Big Ideas lecture seriesRSS – Not sure if they’ll keep new episodes coming but this is an easy way to listen to stand-out university lectures.
  • Jordan Breen showRSS – On a time budget for sports news, can’t miss the mastermind’s weekly show for my MMA news and it’s just good radio
  • Ottoman History PodcastRSS – More of an extended audiobook on one topic.
  • Entrepreneurial Thought LeadersRSS – Good slice of the successful tech entrepreneur presentation genre.
  • Bulletproof Executive RadioRSS – the best of over-the-top narcissistic biohacking, some of it is good stuff
  • SerialRSS – haven’t even finished listening to this but have heard nothing but rave reviews on this series (more of a one-off crime story but they might do more seasons)
  • Startups For the Rest of UsRSS – If into small business software world, great stuff
  • The Joe Rogan ExperienceRSS – I listen to maybe 1/15-20 episodes when a guest (examples- Sam Harris, Robb Wolf, Ronda Rousey) catches my attention but still deserves honorable mention
  • MixergyRSS – Despite a lot of raving I’ve seen about Andrew Warner being the best at conducting interviews, I don’t actually like his interview style I think it’s a little over the top to keep asking “how am I doing with this interview?” and “I feel like that question made you a little uncomfortable should we talk about that?” etc. But I’m not sure where else you can get such a wide variety of entrepeneur stories in detail about how they quit their jobs, what their numbers were, etc.
  • In Our Time With Melvyn BraggRSS – Bite sized RANDOM topics mostly science and history stuff. Can’t imagine not liking this show.
  • EconTalkRSS – Wouldn’t have guessed it based on the host being slightly more conservative than myself, and a “person of faith” (Jewish), but I if I think of my podcast consumption over the last several years I would say this has been my favorite show. I very rarely skip an episode.
  • The Tim Ferriss ShowRSS – Gets repetitive and there are some real stinker episodes, but this is worth checking out fairly regularly. Great episode on wine and whisk(e)y.
  • Waking Up with Sam HarrisRSS – My only knock on this show is I’m not a big fan of episodes that are readings of essays. But any interviews he does I will eat up big time.
  • The Agenda with Steve PaikinRSS – Steve is the man.. a lot of topics relevant to only Ontario/Canada, but come on what an underrated interviewer. Foreign affairs coverage is fantastic. Janice Stein all day.
  • Power Hour with Alex EpsteinRSS – I have an environmental science masters degree and I would love to challenge some of Alex’s positions, but overall this guy is right about a lot of things. Bit of a tangent but most environmentalist with good intentions think because something is a good cause it deserves investment regardless of opportunity costs.. that’s the main misunderstanding on the types of issues that Alex seems to have radical positions on.
  • Robb WolfRSS – For me personally this podcast has gotten a bit tired, but will always be one of my favorites if he keeps pumping out interviews. Big Robb Wolf fan obviously.
  • Dan Carlin’s Hardcore HistoryRSS – Among many good episodes, history of the Mongol empire in super digestible format? Come on great stuff. Get it while it’s free..

I’m not super consistent but I try to share good episodes with an audio tag in my Pinboard bookmarks (which I think you can subscribe to as a feed).

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The Top 4 Podcasts about the Environment

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Some decent hiphop

Its been so long since I paid much attention to any new underexposed hiphop albums. The other day I did come across a good mixtape on Supastition’s blog:

Kam Moye (aka Supastition) brings you the Reform School Radio podcast. The O8 FRESHNESS mix is year-end review which features some of his personal favorites of 2008 (and late ‘07) as well as some overlooked bangers that you might’ve missed throughout the year. Featuring songs from Q-Tip, Saigon, Elzhi, Black Milk, Janelle Monae, Pharoahe Monch, and much more.

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Playlist listed below:

12/21/08 – 08 Freshness (hosted by Kam Moye)
01. Intro
02. Johnson & Jonson – The Only Way
03. Dela ft Talib Kweli – Long Life
04. Jay Electronica – Exhibit A (Transformations)
05. Nas ft Busta Rhymes – Fried Chicken
06. Break 1
07. Pharoahe Monch – Broken Heart
08. Royce the 5′9 – Shake This
09. Shad – Brother (Watching)
10. Break 2
11. Invincible – No Easy Answers
12. Q-Tip – Life Is Better
13. DJ KO ft Skyzoo, Median, and Emilio Rojas – Start It All over
14. Saigon ft Lil Fame – WW4
15. Break 3
16. Joe Budden – Slaughterhouse (Veterano remix)
17. Black Milk – The Matrix ft Pharoahe Monch, Sean Price, and DJ Premier
18. Fortilive – The Come Up
19. Elzhi ft Royce the 5′9 – Motown 25
20. Break 4
21. Janelle Monae – Mr President
22. Keelay & Zaire – The Times (feat. Blu, Fortlive & Nino Moschella)
23. B.O.B. – Generation Lost
24. Outro

I think tracks 8,9,11 are my favorite.

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