"Why Didn't You Tell Me?" a podcast about the miseducation of life

Felix Prince, Thierry Ngutegure, and Tinashe Nyamande sitting on a sofa

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.

You can like and subscribe to the podcast on Spotify, YouTube, and follow the trio on Instagram.

Related: The Nerd Council: an online platform for Black nerds, The Black-Archivist project, and Afrodrops: a Black-owned shop for Afro hair.

Kottke.org has launched a podcast called Kottke Ride Home

Kottke Ride Home

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.

You can subscribe to Kottke Ride Home on Apple Podcasts or your podcast manager of choice. I’m super excited for this and you should definitely check it out. Also, read his announcement post as it gives further context into why he’s launched the podcast.

*If you look at the podcast on Apple Podcasts, you’ll see 70 episodes. Turns out it used to be Good News Ride Home but there was a “change in name and partnership”. (source)

AntennaPod - A Podcast Manager For Android

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
  • OPML import/export
  • 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.

Google Play (Sign up for the beta!)

F-Droid