My New Favorite Podcast

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This isn't really about anything specifically related to AADL, but I've been so taken with a new podcast from the BBC: A History of the World in 100 Objects. Each episode is a 15 minute or so contemplation of an object from the British Museum in which they explore a particular moment of world history.

It is oh so British. If you love BBCish things, you'll probably like this series. But what's nice is that the very very British sounding narrator talks to a variety of people like Amartya Sen, Wangari Maathai, and even Michael Palin from Monty Python. The creators of the podcast seem to be striving for a truly global, humanistic approach to these objects... telling a story that includes everyone.

What's even nicer about the series is that its corresponding "explorer" website is quite nifty. The way that they have visualized the timeline of objects is engaging and thoughtful (I can't really describe it), and you can filter your search for the objects by the usual categories of time period and geographical region, but you can also search by color, size, material, and culture. It's a very creative way to think about these objects across time.

If you're already a fan of BBC or PBS style documentaries or know someone who loves history, take a look at this podcast.