I’ve had the pleasure of meeting Thierry Ngutegure in person so I was thrilled to see he had co-created a podcast:
“Why Didn’t You Tell Me?” is a fun, open and honest look at how three young men who thought the stuff they were taught in school would prepare them to be successful, confident and stable young adults. Little did they know that Pythagoras theorem wouldn’t help them buy houses and Henry VIII wouldn’t get them work experience. The transition into adulthood is abrupt and real world knowledge is the true key – so let’s shift the balance. This platform pokes fun, educates and inspires the next and current generation.
Thierry is joined by co-hosts Felix Prince and Tinashe Nyamande and, in his own words, he wanted to “create a space to inspire and push young black people”, “talk about the stupid shit he’d done, the things we wish we’d known & how we uplift each other today.” That’s what we like to see.
Jason Kottke is my favourite blogger of all time and today, he announced the latest edition in his microscopic media empire called “Kottke Ride Home”.
It’s a bloggy daily podcast featuring some of the day’s most interesting news and links in just 15 minutes, and you can subscribe to it on Apple Podcasts or wherever you listen to your podcasts (more options). The cool thing is that the podcast is very much its own thing with its own engaging host. It’s not a recap of the site in audio form, but instead is a whole different crop of news & information from the Kottke.org Media Universe.
The first episode* covers topics such as AI-assisted MRI scans, the anniversary of women’s suffrage in America, and the “Lost Colony” of English settlers from 1587.
Episodic in nature and distributed via web feeds, one could argue that podcasts have become the ‘talk radio’ of the internet age. Great podcasts are addictive and can often be a nightmare organising subscriptions for these delectable audio morsels if your software isn’t up to scratch. That’s where AntennaPod comes in.
Created by Daniel Oeh and hosted on GitHub, AntennaPod is a full-featured open source podcast manager that will bring out a smile from even the most ardent podcast listeners. AntennaPod’s developers have taken a meticulous approach in crafting the app as it contains arguably more features than many ‘paid’ podcast apps.
Some of its features include:
Support for both audio and video playback
Access to over 250,000 podcasts on iTunes and the gPodder directory
The ability to add subscriptions via RSS and Atom Feeds
Variable playback speeds
Advanced download management features
The app is undoubtedly a triumph for “Free and Open Source Software” (FOSS). It’s a tangible step above the podcast management software provided by a certain fruit-flavoured corporate entity.
AntennaPod is published under the ‘MIT License’ and is available on both Google Play and F-Droid. You can download it for your Android device from the links below.