Best science history podcasts we could find (Updated October 2017)
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Distillations: Science + Culture + History
 
Distillations podcast explores the human stories behind science and technology, tracing a path through history in order to better understand the present.
 
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First Fridays Science Discussion | Natural History Museum of Los Angeles
 
One of the many great attributes of science is that it allows us to use the tools of today to understand where we have been and to predict where we are going. Will we be walking among woolly mammoths? Will we be able to harness the power of your brain to be more creative? Is climate change causing us to evolve? Will we live in a building designed by termites? Are we doomed to go the way of the dinosaur? Or, perhaps, will we live forever? This is not science fiction of the future but the real ...
 
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History of Science, Ottoman or Otherwise
 
an Ottoman History Podcast Series
 
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Museum of the History of Science
 
The Museum of the History of Science houses an unrivaled collection of historic scientific instruments in the world's oldest surviving purpose-built museum building, the Old Ashmolean on Broad Street, Oxford. By virtue of the collection and the building, the Museum occupies a special position, both in the study of the history of science and in the development of western culture and collecting.
 
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History Extra podcast
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The latest news from the team behind BBC History Magazine - a popular History magazine. To find out more, visit www.historyextra.com
 
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The Way I Heard It with Mike Rowe
 
All good stories have a twist, and all great storytellers are just a little twisted. Join Mike Rowe for a different take on the people and events that you thought you knew, from pop culture to politics, Hollywood to History… The Way I Heard It with Mike Rowe is a series of short mysteries for the curious mind with a short attention span.
 
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The History Hour
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An hour of historical reporting told by the people who were there.
 
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Life Of Caesar
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A podcast about the life of Gaius Julius Caesar.
 
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The History of Egypt Podcast
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The History of Egypt, as the ancients described it. A tale of people, places, pharaohs and gods, told in their own words.
 
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The History Chicks
Monthly
 
Two women. Half the population. Several thousand years of history. About an hour. Go.
 
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Museum of the History of Science
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The Museum of the History of Science houses an unrivaled collection of historic scientific instruments in the world's oldest surviving purpose-built museum building, the Old Ashmolean on Broad Street, Oxford. By virtue of the collection and the building, the Museum occupies a special position, both in the study of the history of science and in the development of western culture and collecting.
 
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The China History Podcast
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Laszlo Montgomery presents easy-to-digest stories, events and people from China’s most ancient times up to our present day.
 
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Oxford Biographies
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A fortnightly biography of an intriguing individual from British history. Each episode in the podcast is a biography selected from the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography - the authoritative collection of more than 56,000 lives of men and women from around the world who have shaped Britain's history. You can download more free biographies from the web site at www.oxforddnb.com.
 
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Remarkable Lives. Tragic Deaths.
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We examine the lives and deaths of prominent people who changed history and influenced pop culture. We tell you their story, their achievements, their struggles, their secrets and take you on dramatic journey through the life and ultimate tragic death of those who have had an impact on society. With the help of voice actors, we attempt to honor these individuals by bringing their stories to life. New episodes are released every Wednesday. Remarkable Lives, Tragic Deaths is part of the Parcas ...
 
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Lectures in History
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Join students in college classrooms to hear lectures on topics ranging from the American Revolution to 9-11.
 
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Presidential
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Leading up to Election Day 2016, The Washington Post's Presidential podcast explores how each former American president reached office, made decisions, handled crises and redefined the role of commander-in-chief, starting with George Washington in week one and ending on week 44 with the president-elect. Hosted by Lillian Cunningham, the series features Pulitzer Prize-winning biographers like David McCullough and Washington Post journalists like Bob Woodward. New episodes are released on Sundays.
 
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The British History Podcast
Weekly
 
The BHP is a chronological retelling of the history of Britain with a particular focus upon the lives of the people. You won’t find a dry recounting of dates and battles here, but instead you’ll learn about who these people were and how their desires, fears, and flaws shaped the histories of England, Scotland, and Wales.
 
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Stories-A History of Appalachia, One Story at a Time
 
A History of Appalachia, One Story at a Time
 
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1001 Heroes, Legends, Histories & Mysteries
 
A series of fast-paced, fun, and highly interesting historical vignettes featuring a wide range of stories from "The Mysterious Death of Edgar Allen Poe", to "The Legend of Saint Valentine" and "Gremlins: From WWII Myth to Movies".
 
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History of Philosophy Without Any Gaps
 
Peter Adamson, Professor of Philosophy at the LMU in Munich and at King's College London, takes listeners through the history of philosophy, "without any gaps". www.historyofphilosophy.net
 
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The Fall of Rome Podcast
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Barbarians, political breakdown, economic collapse, mass migration, pillaging and plunder. The fall of the Roman Empire has been studied for years, but genetics, climate science, forensic science, network models, and globalization studies have reshaped our understanding of one of the most important events in human history. PhD historian and specialist Patrick Wyman brings the cutting edge of history to listeners in plain, relatable English.
 
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Ottoman History Podcast
Weekly
 
Podcast by Ottoman History Podcast
 
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BackStory
Weekly
 
BackStory is a weekly public podcast hosted by U.S. historians Ed Ayers, Brian Balogh, Nathan Connolly and Joanne Freeman. We're based in Charlottesville, Va. at the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities.Each week we take a topic that people are talking about and explore it through the lens of American history. Through stories, interviews, and conversation with our listeners, we make history engaging and fun.
 
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The Dollop with Dave Anthony and Gareth Reynolds
 
Comedians Dave Anthony and Gareth Reynolds take on one subject from American history each week.
 
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The History of China
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An audio journey through the 5000 year history of one of the world's oldest continuous civilizations.
 
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History of Germany Podcast
Monthly
 
A podcast on the history of Germans.
 
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Twice Removed
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A new family history podcast hosted by A.J. Jacobs. They say we’re one big family: this is the show that proves it. You will be filled with delight… or abject horror. You never know. It’s family.
 
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Lectures in Intellectual History
 
Recordings from the popular public lecture series on intellectual history in all its forms and across all ages. From 2014 held at the University of St Andrews, and between 2010 and 2013 held at the University of Sussex.
 
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Stuff You Missed in History Class
 
Join Holly and Tracy as they bring you the greatest and strangest Stuff You Missed In History Class in this podcast by HowStuffWorks.com.
 
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New Books in History
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Interviews with Historians about their New Books
 
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Great Battles of History
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This podcast is about interesting battles throughout history.
 
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Russian Rulers History Podcast
Monthly
 
First we follow the Russian rulers from Rurik to Putin then take to recounting all aspects of Russian history.
 
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American History Untucked
Monthly
 
American History Untucked is a podcast conversation with American Historians, hosted by Dr. David Silkenat
 
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Historically Black
Weekly
 
Objects hold history. They're evocative of stories stamped in time. As part of The Washington Post's coverage of the Smithsonian's new National Museum of African American History and Culture, people submitted dozens of objects that make up their own lived experiences of black history, creating a "people's museum" of personal objects, family photos and more. The Historically Black podcast brings those objects and their stories to life through interviews, archival sound and music. The Washingt ...
 
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Origin Stories
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Origin Stories is The Leakey Foundation's podcast about how we became human.
 
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The Bowery Boys: New York City History
 
New York City history is America's history. It's the hometown of the world, and most people know the city's familiar landmarks, buildings and streets. Why not look a little closer and have fun while doing it?
 
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History According to Bob
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Professor Bob tells the fascinating stories of history's people, places, and cultures.
 
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History of the Papacy Podcast
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This show will detail the biographies and interesting facts of the Papacy of Rome. It will start in the beginning, but will not go straight through. There will be many side tracks and detours along the way. We will investigate the backstreets of the Papacy where the tour normally doesn't go.
 
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Saga Thing
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A podcast reviewing the sagas of the Icelanders with some medieval Scandinavian history, a dash of scholarship, and plenty of nonsense.
 
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History of Japan
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A weekly podcast on Japanese history, covering everything from prehistory to the modern era. Additional information available at the podcast blog, at www.historyofjapan.wordpress.com
 
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The History of Rome
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A weekly podcast tracing the rise, decline and fall of the Roman Empire.
 
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Dan Carlin's Hardcore History
 
In "Hardcore History" journalist and broadcaster Dan Carlin takes his "Martian", unorthodox way of thinking and applies it to the past. Was Alexander the Great as bad a person as Adolf Hitler? What would Apaches with modern weapons be like? Will our modern civilization ever fall like civilizations from past eras? This isn't academic history (and Carlin isn't a historian) but the podcast's unique blend of high drama, masterful narration and Twilight Zone-style twists has entertained millions ...
 
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On this day in Blues history
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What happened on this date in the history of the Blues?
 
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The History Chicks
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Two women. Half the population. Several thousand years of history. About an hour. Go.
 
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Queens of England Podcast
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Too often when we think about the history of a country we think only of kings, lords, castles, and battles. When we think of queens we think of rulers like Elizabeth I and Victoria, but what about the queens who sat beside their warrior husbands? This podcast is an alternative history of Medieval and Early Modern England, seen through the lives of its queens
 
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Revolutions
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A weekly podcasting exploring great political revolutions. Now: The July Revolution. Next: 1848
 
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Futility Closet
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Forgotten stories from the pages of history. Join us for surprising and curious tales from the past and challenge yourself with our lateral thinking puzzles.
 
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History Honeys
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A podcast where a married couple teaches each other about cool stuff in the past.
 
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Second Decade
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A historical show examining the fascinating events and people of the second decade of the 19th century (the 1810s), hosted by historian Sean Munger.
 
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Irish History Podcast
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The Irish history podcast brings the listener on a journey through Irish history starting in the 9th century when high kings battled for control of Ireland. This podcast is not just dates but an enthralling journey deep into Irelands past looking at daily life when violence was common and life was short. If you’ve been puzzled how people survived before email, phones, cars or even proper roads the Irish history podcast is for you! The series tracks Irish history and archaeology trying to und ...
 
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Visiting people in a different country and barely speaking the language. Learning a language is hard! Finding Nemo in Spanish! (Buscando a Nemo) Question of the Week: Eye in the Sky (cameras everywhere?) Podcast from Radiolab Black sky is watching! Invest now! Younger people value their privacy less than us old folks? (well, it is complicated!) ...…
 
It is hard to imagine that in this day and age – with all the new brain research, neuroscience, sophisticated studies at hand – that we still have to convince people that math anxiety is a real thing. This reminds me of a true medical story: In 1980 an Australian doctor[1] discovered that (and proved overwhelmingly) that ulcers were not caused ...…
 
Eden Royce creates horror short stories that will have you looking at everyone and everything with a suspicious eye. Eden Royce brings a fresh new voice to the Gothic Horror. As a writer and an editor of anthologies, Eden has an impressive body of work you can explore. Eden has also brought her creativity to the science fiction / fantasy world ...…
 
Donald Morrison is an author, journalist and educator. In a long career at TIME, he wrote and edited in every department of the magazine. He was Editor of its Asian edition in Hong Kong and its European edition in London. A frequent lecturer and conference moderator, he has taught at New York University in London, Tsinghua University in Beijing ...…
 
Donald Morrison is an author, journalist and educator. In a long career at TIME, he wrote and edited in every department of the magazine. He was Editor of its Asian edition in Hong Kong and its European edition in London. A frequent lecturer and conference moderator, he has taught at New York University in London, Tsinghua University in Beijing ...…
 
The Speculative Fiction Cantina: your weekly hypodermic injection of science fiction, fantasy, horror, alternate history, steampunk, cyberpunk, and things weird and wonderful in the world of books and writers. We ask authors the hard questions. You'll hear from writers who bend the rules and drive the narrative. Join S. Evan Townsend on this jo ...…
 
Big news! Soonish is a founding member of Hub & Spoke, a Boston-centric collective of smart, idea-driven podcasts. Together with the art history podcast The Lonely Palette and the new philosophy-and-culture show Ministry of Ideas, we’re celebrating independent audio storytelling and the power of art, science, arguments, and ideas to change the ...…
 
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Business for Breakfast
 
On this Friday the 13th, Ken and Mark talked with the Curator at the AZ Museum of Natural History, AzMNH about its Weird Science day on this Friday the 13th event. Brad Casper of OH Predictive discuss Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak's newest thing WozU that was announced in the Valley Thursday night. A four pack of Taco Fest tickets were one by ...…
 
Mark Muncy is the creator of Hellview Cemetery, a charity haunted house in central Florida that was so infamous it was banned by the City of St. Petersburg. An author of horror and science fiction, he has spent over three decades collecting ghostly tales and reports of legendary beasts. “Eerie Florida” is his first work for The History Press. H ...…
 
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The Future Is A Mixtape
 
For this episode of The Future Is A Mixtape, Jesse & Matt explore the paranoid dread and narcotic pull of Adam Curtis’ most recent documentary of political-noir, HyperNormalisation. In 2 hours and 40 minutes, it charts the globe-hopping travails of terrorists, bankers, politicians and America’s digital aristocracy--all of whom use humanity as p ...…
 
A features reporter in the Bay Area, Erik Malinowski has just published his first book, BETABALL: How Silicon Valley and Science Built One of the Greatest Basketball Teams in History. Jason talks with Erik about how he got the idea for the book, how he overcame his early writing anxieties to complete a 115,000-word draft in less than a year, hi ...…
 
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The One You Feed - Learn Good Habits to Increase Mindfulness and Happiness and Decrease Anxiety and Depression
 
Robert Thurman is the leading American expert on Tibetan Buddhism and he has recently written a book called Man of Peace: The Illustrated Life Story of the Dali Lama of Tibet. Whether you embrace the teachings of Buddhism or not, this episode will educate you on powerful approaches to growing in wisdom and it will also paint a beautiful picture ...…
 
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Irreplaceable: A History of England in 100 Places
 
Irreplaceable: A History of England in 100 Places is a Historic England podcast. Join Emma Barnett and Science & Discovery category judge Professor Lord Robert Winston as they reveal the next two locations to be shortlisted in the Science & Discovery category. From a little hut in Gloucestershire, to a water pump in the heart of London, togethe ...…
 
A new MP3 sermon from Youth Apologetics Training is now available on SermonAudio.com with the following details: Title: Flat Earth Ideas Destroyed with Dr Robert Carter 1 Subtitle: Bible Science & Apologetics Speaker: Michael Boehm Broadcaster: Youth Apologetics Training Event: Radio Broadcast Date: 10/9/2017 Length: 58 min. (64kbps) Overview: ...…
 
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Sermons – St. Brendan's Anglican Church
 
Irenaeus and the Gospel Pentecost 18A Rev. Doug Floyd Remember your people Lord! Look with mercy. A cry rises from the land of rebellion. Ephraim and the northern tribes turned away from the Lord after the civil war with Rehoboam. The Kingdom spilt in two: Israel in the North and Judah in the South. Jereboam, king of Israel, built his own templ ...…
 
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Natural Solutions with Dr. Jay
 
NSDJ63 Father Richard Mapplebeckpalmer Conversation Father Richard Mapplebeckpalmer Interviewed by Jay Sordean. In this freeranging and yet structured interview and discussion, old friends –Father Richard Mapplebeckpalmer (aka Father Richard) and Dr. Jay –have a chance to muse and ponder on many topics that may or may not have anything to do wi ...…
 
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Steaming Piles of Science
 
This episode was our first coverage of the monthly Science Pub Series at Dartmouth. This month's science pub included three experts in gaming and gaming application. We talk about the history of games and the current state of games, which can be applied in the classroom. See our website for all of the resources mentioned in this episode and tha ...…
 
The Speculative Fiction Cantina: your weekly hypodermic injection of science fiction, fantasy, horror, alternate history, steampunk, cyberpunk, and things weird and wonderful in the world of books and writers. We ask authors the hard questions. You'll hear from writers who bend the rules and drive the narrative. Join S. Evan Townsend on this jo ...…
 
Don Morrison: All The President’s Gerunds Donald Morrison is an author, journalist and educator. In a long career at TIME, he wrote and edited in every department of the magazine. He was Editor of its Asian edition in Hong Kong and its European edition in London. A frequent lecturer and conference moderator, he has taught at New York University ...…
 
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Writer and Geek Show
 
How we started Our podcasting journey started few months back with the launch of Writer & Geek Show. In this episode we discuss on how we started podcasting and how you can start one too. We also talk about the advantages of having a podcast. {04:15} Vishnu started listening to podcasts back in 2014 starting with Shop Talk Show. Somewhere in 20 ...…
 
Chambered Echoes written & read by Allen Brown Daniel Feltner stepped off the bus in front of WARPCorp’s main headquarters in downtown Sacramento while noticing that it was bigger in person than it was on the ads on TV or the internet. It didn’t intimidate him, but he did notice. The gorgeous building stood 37 stories tall with tinted windows t ...…
 
Chambered Echoes written & read by Allen Brown Daniel Feltner stepped off the bus in front of WARPCorp’s main headquarters in downtown Sacramento while noticing that it was bigger in person than it was on the ads on TV or the internet. It didn’t intimidate him, but he did notice. The gorgeous building stood 37 stories tall with tinted windows t ...…
 
This one is the second half of a sample of what we're working on for some Let's Play videos. You get the commentary on Episode 1 of Life Is Strange: Before the Storm. No gameplay obviously, but a run through of the first episode. Comment if you are a youtuber. We'll be back next week with our regular format! Our host says ITunes uses this secti ...…
 
Researchers believe they've discovered the tomb of St. Nicholas, the 4th century bishop that Santa Claus is based on. #StNicholas #Santa #SantaClaus #Christmas #holidays #Turkey #history #archaeology #science #forensics
 
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The Story Cauldron Podcast
 
What does it mean to be "alive"? To get ready for the release of Blade Runner 2049 this weekend, the Story Cauldron guys jump back to the original Blade Runner first released in 1982. Weaving and winding around Philip K. Dick's science fiction, John Searle's philosophy of mind, and the history of film noir, Garrett confronts his fear of A.I. on ...…
 
Jason and Palmer explore Blade Runner's production history, reception, influences, themes, and overall shift from cinematic disaster to science fiction masterpiece.
 
Ep.32: "Gender" - If you're holding on to outdated gender norms you're on the wrong side of history, not to mention science. So says host Charles Bursell as he attempts an earnest exploration of the issue only to have the show hijacked by the "thoughts in his head." Like SCTRT on Facebook.
 
Kenneth T. Jackson, director of the Herbert H. Lehman Center for the Study of American History and the Jacques Barzun Professor of History and the Social Sciences at Columbia University, where he has also chaired the department of history, and the author of Robert Moses and the Modern City: The Transformation of New York (Norton, 2008), and Lis ...…
 
Marie D. Jones talks about her book: The Power of Archetypes: How to Use Universal Symbols to Understand Your Behavior and Reprogram Your Subconscious Website: www.mariedjones.com We’ll talk about The five level of consciousness Importance of symbols related to the multilayered mind The power of complaining…. Yes complaining! How to become an u ...…
 
Jonson Miller talks about his new book: Dream Patterns: Revealing the Hidden Patterns of Our Waking Lives Website: http://jonsonmiller.wordpress.com We’ll talk about • How the value of our dreams is in the long-term patterns • Major life changes and our dreams • Recording dreams – The importance of who; what; when, where and how • Social media ...…
 
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American Conservative University Podcast
 
Show 1948 Part 1 Dead Wrong with Johan Norberg This ACU show consists of many short videos from Johan Norberg. To watch the playlist of these videos visit- https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLTplBPPoWdX2-vY3p-MkBIaTkSXJiM1AB From the Free To Choose Network For their great video archive visit- https://www.youtube.com/user/FreeToChooseNetwork ...…
 
Jessica Angel is a New York-based artist whose large scale installations are inspired by astronomy, architecture and the underlying structural patterns between these varying fields. Jessica recently finished a massive installation that covered 9,000 square-feet of surface during a 12-week teaching residency at the Abroms-Engel Institute for the ...…
 
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Software Engineering Daily
 
42 is tuition-free developer school for students from 18-30. It was started by Xavier Niel, a French billionaire who wanted to encourage a new model of software education. 42 has campuses in France and Silicon Valley. 42 has very high standards for the students it admits, because the students that get in are not paying tuition, but they have 24 ...…
 
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Kennedy Entertainment Presents: The Science Fiction Traveler
 
In this month's episode of The Science fiction Traveler...The Adventure Begins....The Traveler has changed history with his familly and by seeing his mom , he feels better but yet still alone without her so he seeks adventure with his new found time machine. On a whim he uses the time machine to actually see if Roswell and the UFO crash was all ...…
 
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Ps Darin Browne @ Ignite Christian Church
 
"If-Not" Faith is the type of faith that keeps on going, keeps on believing and keeps on standing no matter the consequences, no matter the opposition and no matter even the result. So how can you obtain this kind of faith? Listen and find out... With this plebiscite and decision that our country faces, I’ve been asked a few time whether I will ...…
 
Taconic Learning Center Non-credit, tuition-free, college-level courses in a wide variety of disciplines — art, literature, music, opera, the sciences, history, mathematics, current events, foreign affairs, economics, the law, government, religion, foreign languages, health and welfare. And more! When: Fall (Sept-Dec), Winter (Jan-Mar), and Spr ...…
 
Episode 038 - Mummy Sequels: The Hand, Tomb, Ghost, and Curse of Kharis [The Mummy's Hand (1940) / The Mummy's Tomb (1942) / The Mummy's Ghost (1944) / The Mummy's Curse (1944)] NOTES, SOURCES, & FURTHER READING For an overview of Universal Horror in general, the bible remains Tom Weaver, Michael Brunas, and John Brunas’ Universal Horrors: The ...…
 
Image by BBC Radio 6"Symphonies, perfume, sports cars, graffiti, needlepoint, monuments, tattoos, slang, Ming vases, doodles, poodles, apple strudels. Still life, Second Life, bed knobs and boob jobs" — why do we make any of these things? That question has driven much of the career (and indeed life) of Brian Eno, the man who invented ambient mu ...…
 
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