Bookmarked Our Daily Bread | Eat This Podcast by Jeremy Cherfas (eatthispodcast.com)
A history of wheat and bread in very short episodes
Jeremy Cherfas explores how an ordinary grass became the main source of sustenance for most of the people alive on Earth. Through this month long series, Cherfas assembles a narrative combining history, biology, definition, technology, sociology, politics, religion and innovation.

Some of the questions I was left wondering were the place of Indigenous Australians and the heritage of Couscous. Maybe these ideas and more will be unpacked in a longer book version of the series?

Listened Loop Groups from Twenty Thousand Hertz
Invisible actors create worlds of sound in everything you watch - from Jaws to The Wire. With special guests, Carl Gottlieb, screenwriter and author of "The Jaws Log"; Dann Fink, loop group director and co-owner of Loopers Unlimited; Stuart Stanley, Sound Supervisor; loop group members Eboni Booth, Dennis Carnegie, Axel Avin, Jr., Shannon Burkett, Daphne Gaines, and Rashad Edwards; and Will Ralston, supervising sound editor for The Wire, The Deuce, and Treme.
Carl Gottlieb discusses the art of subtle storytelling in film through voice and sound effects.
Listened Talking the hard questions of privacy and freedom with the Yale Privacy Lab podcast from Boing Boing

Talking the hard questions of privacy and freedom with the Yale Privacy Lab podcast

Cory Doctorow takes a dive into the world of encryption, privacy and ‘free’ software. Always so many questions to consider.
Bookmarked Modern Learners Podcast #48: Timeless Learning With Pam Moran and Ira Socol (Modern Learners)
Timeless Learning by Ira Socol, Pam Moran, and Chad Ratliff may just be the best book I’ve read about how to change schools and bring all the things we know are important about progressive learning to traditional public and private schools.
In this conversation with Ira Socol and Pam Moran, they discuss education change and reform. It was an interesting episode. There were two quotes that stood out to me:

How do you get people to change? You have to change the question – Ira Socol

You have to start with your values and beliefs and who’s in change and whose voice matters – Pam Moran

Listened The Cult of Aphex Twin - BBC Radio 4 from BBC
Music writer John Doran ventures into the strange world of Richard D James. Over the course of three decades James, known to his legion of hardcore fans as Aphex Twin, has achieved the primary but evasive aim of most serious musicians - the invention, exploration and curation of a truly unique and inimitable sound.
John Doran reflects on the stories associated with Aphex Twin. The myth that maketh the man. This is in contrast to something like Deep Cuts’ guide to the music:

I remember growing up with many of the myths, such as Richard D James drove around in a tank. I also once met a DJ who told me he was a part of a tour in the 90’s where Richard D James spent a whole gig just playing ping pong on the computer.

What is most intriguing about Richard D James is his ability to push back on expectation. I remember when I saw him perform in 2004.

It was like nothing I had ever experienced before and since. Where some dance/electronic acts have a certain rhythm and structure of highs and lows, the whole set was just intense music with no transitions. A musical journalist I went with actually left the gig early.

There is something about both Richard D James and his music that drags the listener in only to spit them out once again. There is a constant teasing of order never quite achieved.

Bookmarked 003: Land of 1000 SPLOTs (Reclaim Today)
In this episode of Reclaim Today we are joined by Alan Levine (better know as Cogdog online) to talk all things SPLOT (the simplest possible learning open tool thingy). But forget the acronym and focus on the opportunity because Reclaim is working closely with Alan and wants to work with others to build out a library of tools for educators and technologists working in and on the web.
Listened 001: Hello World! from Reclaim Today

In this inaugural episode of Reclaim Today we go full meta and discuss why we're starting this and what we hope to get out of it.

Enjoyed listening to the first episode, even if there is shame associated with podcasts. Even worse, I came upon it via Tim Owens’ post and used Huffduffer to capture it.
Liked ‘We believed we could remake ourselves any way we liked’: how the 1990s shaped #MeToo – podcast by an author (the Guardian)
While promising liberation and endless possibility, the culture of the decade drove us relentlessly in pursuit of perfection
Eve Fairbanks’ reflection on the creation of the MeToo movement reminds me of Molly Ringwald’s look back at the art of John Hughes.

Read the text version here.

Bookmarked Doctor, I think I have GDPR fatigue: Chips with Everything podcast by an author (the Guardian)

The General Data Protection Regulation is coming into force.

These tougher rules on data protection were approved by the EU Parliament in April 2016, but a lot of us didn’t hear about them back then. Perhaps you first heard GDPR mentioned in discussions about recent controversies to do with the questionable use of people’s data.

Or maybe it was when you started receiving a deluge emails.

But what is GDPR, and why should we care about it? And could these new regulations impact our health? What happens with our medical data now?

To help answer these questions, Jordan Erica Webber is joined by the Guardian’s technology reporter, Alex Hern, and Dr Rachel Birch of the Medical Protection Society.

This episode of the Chips with Everything podcast provides a useful starting point for all things GDPR, especially in regards to the health sector.