The series looks at the ideas, lives and historical context of the major philosophers as well as the lesser-known figures of the tradition.
BBC Russian Service daily web streaming show fronted by Seva Novgorodtsev that offers an unorthodox view on the day’s events that are not usually covered by regular news programming.
The hidden side of everything.
Mule Design, "Just Enough Research"
Who are you, and what do you do?
I am the co-founder and Director of Strategy at Mule Design Studio in San Francisco. My book Just Enough Research recently came out. I also have my own podcast Running from the Law about business law and endurance fitness.
What podcasts do you listen to?
I’ll list the podcasts that aren’t on our own podcast network.
The History of Philosophy Without Any Gaps – The ingredients are right there on the label. Peter Adamson, a Professor of Philosophy at King’s College London is going straight through the history of Western philosophy starting with the very earliest known Ancient Greek thinkers. Each episode is about 20 minutes long, clear and well-written. I studied philosophy in college, but of course there were a lot of gaps. This is comprehensive and includes a lot of terrific material on Islamic thought that I didn’t know anything about.
БибиСева (BBSeva) – In the vein of continuing my liberal arts education in vain, I try to brush up on my Russian language skills by listening to this daily news/interview show from BBCRussian. Seva Novgorodsev, the host, is a Russian radio personality and music writer. Wikipedia says he was Russia’s first radio deejay. I can buy this because, when I was studying in Moscow, the radio we were assigned had an on/off switch but no tuner because there was only one channel and that was all “news”. (Similar to my current use of the home radio to listen to the local NPR affiliate). The show tagline is Новости с человеческим лицом or “News with a human face”, which is probably the only phrase I’ll ever actually retain.
Freakonomics Radio – Finally, something vaguely relatable, right? You’ve probably heard about these extremely popular books about unexpected facts. Stephen Dubner, the writer half of the writer/economist duo hosts the show. I love all counter-intuitive (and potentially useful) information that busts my preconceived notions. It’s a little Snopes, a little This American Life. Great public radio production values, but why are public radio people so obsessed with background music in their shows? I always find it distracting.
How do you listen to podcasts?
Most frequently, I listen to podcasts on iPhone while running. It makes me feel like I am really maximizing the use of my time. Last year when I was training for the marathon I made it though a whole UC Berkeley history course.
Sometimes, I’ll listen when I walk rather than bike to work or while I am cooking dinner.
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