The Guardian has a 6 Nations Podcast available on iTunes for anyone interested in that sort of thing. Off The Balls Saturday Panel is also quite good, as is Off The Ball’s rugby Wednesday night is available on Podcast as well.
Since they’ve gotten into GAA commentary Newstalk are doing podcasts of their analysis stuff, well worth a look. Also The Examiner have weekly podcasts, early days yet though and the quality is questionable. They had Enda McEvoy on the first one, someone I enjoy reading, but this was my first time to hear him speak. Eh, a bit of an eye opener…
Only listening to one podcast at the moment and that’s the Sunday Business Show from todayfm as I like to stay abreast of business affairs at home.
As is tradition at this stage, I had to stop listening to The Guardian’s Football Weekly in March. It always becomes difficult to listen to as Arsenal’s season disintegrates. I’ll probably have to stop listening after the third week of August this year.
Not strictly a podcast but I like to use the listen back feature on my todayfm iPhone app to listen to the last word. It’s a very nice feature.
Yeah they’re both brilliant. The fall of the Roman Republic is an amazing story. I must listen to that one again some time. He has a great ability to provide analysis of an episode and spin a fantastic yarn at the same time. Some of the events he describes in the Mongols series are spine chilling.
Common Sense podcast from Carlin in the Crimean situation is pretty interesting. Critiques the whole idea of NATO, and says that ultimately it’s ridiculous to expect that Western leaders should take the risk of starting WWIII over somewhere like the Ukraine or Latvia. Is the sovereignty of Crimea worth the deaths of one billion people?
He says that if we are serious about the independence and freedom of smaller nations, the real way to address it would be to provide the likes of Latvia with a tactical nuclear weapon. Knowing that a military incursion would prompt the deaths of a million of their own people is about as significant a deterrent a small nation can offer to a great power.
Basically his point was that Putin’s actions call NATO’s bluff on article 5 protection, that when it comes down to it a nuclear war won’t be started over small nations on Russia’s border and Putin had taken advantage of that fact. However, a small country having its own independence threatened is far more likely to take drastic action, which necessarily changes the thinking of aggressive superpowers.
Anyone listening to Serial by the makers of This American Life. It’s a study about a homicide in Baltimore, examining the case and whether they have the right guy. It’s not a standard setup - proclaiming innocence. Makes you change your mind a few times throughout about whether the convicted guy is guilty or not. 7 episodes so far I think, not sure how many there will be in total. Great listening though.
Read about this a few weeks ago and downloaded it but haven’t gotten around to listening to it yet. I’ll be making a visiting to Wexford over the weekend and will listen to it on my journey down and back and revert to you with my comments.