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Published: Thu, 31 May 2007 11:25:48 -0800

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Question: Big Ideas and Counter-Culture via Podcast

Thu, 31 May 2007 11:18:47 -0800

I love podcasts, but it very difficult to find new, quality programs. I am looking for broadcasted material on a range of topics - including philosophy, the mind, avantgarde arts and lectures by creative, original thinkers (see my list of current podcasts for detail)... Can you help?

Here are some of my current favourites:

Science, documentaries and ideas:

ABC radio's - All in the Mind: Current debates on consciousness, the science of mind and its effects on culture
ABC radio's - Big Ideas: Cutting edge thinking and thinkers
CBC radio's - Best of Ideas: Programs and interviews with original thinkers
TVO's - Big Ideas: Lectures on a vast array of truly thought-expanding topics
BBC radio's - In Our Time: Examines history, art and science which colours the world we live in
TED - TED Conference Talks (Video): World changing thinkers share ther ideas


ABC radio's - Philosopher's Zone: Current trends and new ideas in the realm of philosophy


BBC radio's - Front Row: Current art news

Perhaps this list gives you an idea of the kind of things I am interested in. I am also looking for avantgarde, post-modernist and 'counter-cultural' arts shows - especially about literature, poetry and performance.


By: geoff.

Thu, 31 May 2007 11:25:48 -0800

I frequently enjoy Econtalk's podcasts. Many go into deep questions and are more philosophy/great thinker oriented than dry academia that the site's design would suggest.

By: These Premises Are Alarmed

Thu, 31 May 2007 11:43:15 -0800

I like the Point of Inquiry podcast.

NPR does have some very decent programming. Studio 360 talks about art and artists, and I enjoy Fresh Air much more now that I can skip bits I'm not interested in.

By: ekstasis23

Thu, 31 May 2007 11:50:44 -0800

Some podcasts that I enjoy on a regular basis are:

The Viking Youth Power Hour
Out There Radio
The Mondo Globo Network (RU Sirius & NeoFiles)
Buddhist Geeks

By: hydrophonic

Thu, 31 May 2007 11:58:35 -0800

I've never gotten around to listening to it, but Bad at Sports covers art news.

List of NPR podcasts.

By: tom_g

Thu, 31 May 2007 12:09:29 -0800

I second Point of Inquiry. Also, if you're into Skepticism, check out Skeptic's Guide to the Universe. If atheism is your thing, The Atheist Community of Austin has a couple of great podcasts: The Atheist Experience and The Non Prophets. There's also Logically Critical, which is a humorous take on critical thinking. Here are some archives that have some mp3s: Richard Dawkins and Daniel Dennett.

By: Miko

Thu, 31 May 2007 12:25:27 -0800

I take every opportunity to promote this amazing and too-little known program from Wisconsin Public Radio, To The Best of Our Knowledge. Literate, varied interviews with authors of every stripe, using current books as a launch pad for views into culture and ideas. I've been listening for a year and still haven't gotten through the archives.

By: merocet

Thu, 31 May 2007 12:32:04 -0800

Another little known NPR show Fordham Conversations just won an award and was a top rated podcast on Itunes for a while. I enjoy it anyway.

By: frosty_hut

Thu, 31 May 2007 12:50:50 -0800

Did anyone mention Philosophy Talk? I really enjoy it...

Philosophy Talk

By: holgate

Thu, 31 May 2007 13:00:26 -0800

The now-sadly-defunct Odyssey still has its RealAudio archives available. There's KCRW's arts and culture programming. And possibly Radio Netherlands' documentaries and Vox Humana series.

By: booksherpa

Thu, 31 May 2007 13:01:57 -0800

I was going to ask a simliar question about a month ago and never did. I'm looking forward to checking out stuff people have suggested. I really enjoy Radio Lab, an offbeat take on science topics, except not quite, but I can't explain it any better than that. It's a little like This American Life meets Mr. Science. Quite enjoyable. I also like the Please Explain segment of the Leonard Lopate show. That addresses a variety of stuff in ~35 minute segments, and focuses on one topic. Since you like the arts, you may enjoy the rest of the show as well. Both of these shows are produced by WNYC, New York public radio.

By: dydecker

Thu, 31 May 2007 13:08:11 -0800

I just recently found this page which is filled with interesting stuff.

By: parmanparman

Thu, 31 May 2007 13:14:33 -0800

Have you tried Interfaith Voices? I should note here that I am, in fact, the producer of this show and promote it shamelessly. That notwithstanding, we are the only public radio show that looks at the deep philosophy and theology of American faith and ritual.

This week: Exploring Mormon Thought

Last week: Bishop John Shelby Spong

Next week: Daja Meston and Comes the Peace

By: acro

Thu, 31 May 2007 14:46:43 -0800

You might enjoy CBC's Definitely Not the Opera.
Podcast feed here

By: acro

Thu, 31 May 2007 14:48:51 -0800

Also, an older link -- has a list of currently playing shows on Many different public radio stations.

By: acro

Thu, 31 May 2007 14:50:59 -0800


By: carolr

Thu, 31 May 2007 14:53:39 -0800

You probably know all the rest of the CBC podcasts already, but the Sunday Edition often has some really great discussions. I think it's fairly new as a podcast, so maybe you missed it. It's hosted by Michael Enright who you'll know from the Enright Files on Ideas.

By: YoungAmerican

Thu, 31 May 2007 15:01:28 -0800

I'll second Radio Lab and To the Best Of Our Knowledge. Especially Radio Lab, which is difficult to describe but amazing to listen to.

I like to think my own show (I think there's a link in my profile) sometimes approaches that same level, though it is about culture more than "ideas"

By: bkeene12

Thu, 31 May 2007 19:31:38 -0800

I enjoy Scienctific American a lot. I think the podcast is called Science Talk. It has good insight on the world plus the commentary's are top notch with good guests and lots of explanations of how things work in the world- this bleeds of to the philsophical side of things for me. Give it a shot, I think you might like it.

By: tiamat

Thu, 31 May 2007 21:47:14 -0800

Unversity Channel Podcast with contributions from....

* Australian National University
* Bennington College
* Brookings Institution
* Colby College
* Columbia University - School of International and Public Affairs
* Council on Foreign Relations
* Dickinson College
* Duke University
* Georgetown University
* Griffith University (Australia)
* Harvard Law School - Berkman Center for Internet and Society
* Harvard University - Kennedy School of Government
* Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies
* Middlebury College - Rohatyn Center for International Affairs
* National University of Singapore
* New America Foundation
* New Hampshire Institute of Politics
* New York University - Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service
* Northwestern University
* Oxford University
* Pace Law School
* Peking University School of Government
* Princeton University - Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs
* Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures, and Commerce (UK)
* Rutgers University
* The Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI)
* The New School
* Tufts University - The Fletcher School
* UC Berkeley
* University of British Columbia
* University of California
* University of Chicago
* University of Delaware
* University of Michigan - Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy
* University of Pennsylvania
* University of Texas at Austin - LBJ School of Public Affairs
* University of Virginia - Miller Center of Public Affairs
* University of Warwick (UK)
* USC Annenberg School for Communication
* Vanderbilt University
* Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars
* Yale University

[I've bolded my fav]

By: 0bvious

Fri, 01 Jun 2007 03:59:36 -0800

Great list guys, thanks. Will check them all out in time