I remember when I was a child I would curl up with an encyclopedia reading about all the fascinating things in the world. Books were the only way to get information. They were the only way to travel outside of our world, without actually traveling. All of this was before internet was such a huge part of our everyday existence.
I believe it could be argued that Podcasts are an evolution of books, like YouTube is an evolution of television. It is not an argument of which is better, they are both now ingrained in our society. Because of this, I thought it would be interesting to feature podcasts that I thought were worth featuring.
The first podcast is The Academic Minute. This podcast is sponsored by the Association of American Colleges & Universities (AAC&U) and features professionals from the world of academia. The concept of the podcast is unique. Each one is about two minutes long and features a new topic with a short presentation given by an expert on the topic. The presenters have focused statements that provide you with a lot of information in this short time frame.
The topics are diverse. In the month of March they have already talked about parolee populations, cancer cell death, multicultural education and literacy, leadership theory tested using spiders, a new lemur species, and more. Each expert comes from a variety of academic institutions. While most are US based, they are not all. Some experts are PhD candidates, and others are long time professors.
The best part is that you can learn something new in just a few minutes.