2019-07-14 What I'm listening to

Not much has changed, I think. Podcasts I’m currently “listening” to. These are the podcasts I listen to, and the ones I am subscribed to with the intent of listening soon.

There also podcasts I am still subscribed to but I suspect I will unsubscribe soon enough, and a long list of unsubscribed podcasts.

None of my podcast subscriptions are set to download episodes automatically. Been there, done that, ran out of storage on my phone. 🤨

New additions:

Old favorites:



I think I might have mentioned the History of India podcast here before. It is also meandering but there are some awesome bits.

If you would like to hear about modern India and are tolerant of some amateur libertarianism, The Seen and the Unseen is a good time.

The History of Byzantium podcast reminded me about the BBC documentary Fall of Eagles(1974) about the precipitous decline of the major royal houses of Europe in the first quarter of the 20th century.

Podcasters are modern day storytellers and bards. Don’t retain much after a week but it does leave me with a warm glow of accomplishment.

AlokSingh 2019-07-11 02:46 UTC

Hah, good point, there! I’m not sure how much I retain when listening to things. I think it’s an interesting question of how memory works. My current assumption is this:

  1. we retain only a small number of things
  2. we reconstruct memories based on a small number of things

Thus, if a podcast can be reduced to a small number of things that allows the reconstruction of a coherent message, then we can recollect it easily.

I think that’s why, generally speaking, Thinking Allowed provides the most anecdotes for my small-talking life. There are so many conversations I start with “I recently heard on that sociology podcast that...” That’s because findings in sociology are interesting and can be reduced to a short snippet. The weird stories of Futility Closet might end up in the same genre.

History, science, and philosophy are different, however.

History is a long series of events that have to be remembered because that is the message; sometimes conclusions or highlights remain but it turns out to be hard to remember how it came about: the long list of events leading up to the interesting thing doesn’t stick.

Science and Philosophy are similar: it’s about the life of a scientist, a philosopher, their papers or their books, and so where as you might remember a snippet here or there, the overall picture continues to elude you unless you sit down and study the material.

All you’re left with is the memory of having heard something interesting.

– Alex Schroeder 2019-07-11 08:39 UTC

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