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60 Years of BBC’s Reith Lectures as Podcasts

Sixty years of the BBC’s Reith Lectures archive have been made available as downloadable .mp3s, a fantastic resource for Renaissance geeks and lovers of 20th century history. The Reith Lectures are an annual short series of lectures on issues of the day pitched to the general public and given by respected individuals. They cover a wide range of topics but are touched by the era in which they were recorded. There’s usually four or five lectures in a series.

They’re named after Lord Reith, the first Director General of the BBC and started in 1948, continuing to this day. This year’s lectures on “Securing Freedom” will be given by Aung San Suu Kyi, Burmese pro-democracy leader and Baroness Manningham-Buller, Director General of MI5 from 2002 to 2007. Last year’s were on “Scientific Horizons” and were presented by Martin Rees, President of the Royal Society. As you can see, these aren’t irrelevant boring lectures by dull academics.

Until now, if you didn’t catch the lectures when they were broadcast through the RSS feed, you had to use iPlayer to listen to the lectures and the on-line archive has been expanded right back to the start in 1948. Currently, they appear as three tranches, 1948-1975, 1976-2010 and this year’s, 2011.

Hopefully, the downloads aren’t restricted to the UK as there’s some very interesting content that’s worth listening to, some still relevant to today and other material that will help you in understanding previous decades and the impact they’ve had on today.

I think my broadband’s going to take a hammering this month…

GNC-2010-03-22 #561 Overlooking Central Texas

Had a great meetup in California thanks to all that came out. I’m back in Texas for a few shows and have an absolutely fantastic view. I am contemplating a contest for an iPhone application design for Geek News Central if you are interested in participating let me know.

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iPhone Apps for Dummies!
Water standards tighten up!
Amazon and iPad
Nuclear Reactor Nuke Waste Disposal!
Liars Liars!
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BBC to out-link more!
FIFA plays Hardball on Airline Branding!
Irish Collection Society more Idiocy!
Real World versus Digital Laws!
Nestle gets spanked!
UMG slash prices on CD’s
Toshiba goes Vudu!
IE Declining Market Share!
Google 1GBPS Challenge Craziness!
Squids like HDTV?
Google last Broadband Salvation?
Self Serving Ads!
American TV / Internet Viewing Habits!
P2P to Sink Companies?
Ars Week in Tech!
Apple to iPad Devs get Busy!
New AMD Chip Leaked!
Cybercrime #1 Seattle!
AT&T Nervous over Verizon LTE!
Virgin Spaceship Takes Flight!

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GNC-2009-12-18 #537 Yes I am still Here!

Ok folks I am still here, while I do not want to go into the circumstances of the emergency travel it appears at this point that we probably will not have to go anywhere. I cover a huge amount of ground in tonights show and there is a wealth of information about what is coming up next. Thanks to the listeners that have signed up for monthly contributions it is heart warming to see how much you care. I will continue to do my best in delivering you the most content of any tech show in the space.

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Green car driving Assistant?
Crazy Stuff Here on Drones!
LED Traffic Lights trouble in Snow Belt!
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Yelp to be purchased for 500 Million?
Android on a Roll!
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Cool USB Hub!
New Diabetes monitor connects to PC!
Have they detected Dark Matter?
FTC to put serious Smackdown on Intel!
Bitly.TV use trending to their advantage!
CNET 20 Top Gadgets of 2009!
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Are you a Trackball User?
9 Things to do with your GPS.
Titan confirmed to have lake of Methane.
Slow News day talking about Space Battles?
BBC HD content 50% reduction in Quality!
NCAA hates Fan Sites!
Teachers to sell school Lesson Plans?
Google does not walk the talk.

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GNC-2009-03-13 #459 Back In Honolulu

Rare Friday morning recording of the show. Jet Lag got the better of me Thursday night. Lots of tech to cover today. New show segment starts next show if you have any mobile applications you would like me to review drop me a line.

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Welcome BBC Viewers!

First I hope you liked my discussion with Nikki on drive this morning for your benefit I have linked to several resources to get you started listening to podcast. First and foremost you do not need a portable media player if you have one, you will be able to experience the power of walk away content and the full impact of podcasting. For those of you that like technology news make sure you check out my personal show where I break the content down so that the common man or woman can understand. The show is available under the podcast link at the top of the page.

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Update: Nikki referred to me as the PodFather but as I clarified to her I am a podcaster and the title of PodFather belongs to Adam and Dave.