Podcast Friday!

Welcome to Podcast Friday!, a weekly compilation of some of the more interesting podcasts from around the web, listed right here for your listening pleasure!

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All Songs Considered from NPR

Atoms For Peace, Tilly & The Wall, Woods, More (Tuesday, September 11, 2012) — On this edition of All Songs Considered, co-host and producer Robin Hilton offers host Bob Boilen $200 million to walk away from the show forever. Does Bob take the bait? More importantly, we’ve got a great mix of essential new songs, including a sneak preview of the upcoming album by Atoms For Peace, which features Radiohead’s Thom Yorke, producer Nigel Godrich, Red Hot Chili Peppers bassist Flea and drummer Joey Waronker.

Book Reviews from The New York Times

Book Review Podcast (Friday, September 14, 2012) — This week, Jennifer Szalai and Parul Sehgal discuss several new books about women’s issues; Julie Bosman has notes from the field; Tom Reiss talks about The Black Count; and Gregory Cowles has best-seller news. Sam Tanenhaus is the host.

Books Podcast from NPR

NPR: 09-13-2012 Books (Thursday, September 13, 2012) — Stories this week:  1) Fidelity In Fiction: Junot Diaz Deconstructs A Cheater 2) Stories From A New Generation Of American Soldiers 3) End Of Men Heralds New Era Of Female Dominance 4) Michael Chabon Journeys Back To Telegraph Avenue  5) Good Girls Revolt: Story Of A Newsroom Uprising

Brain Stuff from HowStuffWorks.com

How do gasoline direct injection engines work? (Friday, September 14, 2012) — The latest improvement on the internal combustion engine is called gasoline direct injection. In this episode, Marshall explains how gasoline direct injection technology works — and how soon we’ll see it in production vehicles.

How Botulism Works (Wednesday, September 12, 2012) — Botulism bacteria creates a type of poisoning and paralysis — but how does it actually work? Check out this HowStuffWorks podcast to learn more about the effects and spread of botulism.

How do sodium acetate heat pads work? (Monday, September 10, 2012) — Sodium acetate heat pads start out as a pouch of liquid and crystallize into a warm solid. Explore the fascinating chemistry that makes these heat pads work in this podcast from HowStuffWorks.com.

The Coolest Stuff on the Planet

The British Charm of Victoria, B.C. (Friday, September 14, 2012) — What’s up with tea and double decker buses? Why is Victoria the biking capital of British Columbia? Where is the narrowest street in Canada? Listen in as Kathryn and Sarah tour Victoria, B.C.

Culturetopia from NPR

O Canada! (Friday, September 14, 2012) — This week on Pop Culture Happy Hour, NPR Monkey See’s Linda Holmes, Trey Graham, Stephen Thompson and Glen Weldon are joined by NPR movie critic Bob Mondello to talk about the Toronto International Film Festival and upcoming fall movies. Linda, Trey and Bob report back the films they’ve seen. Favorites include Joss Whedon’s Much Ado About Nothing, Paul Thomas Anderson’s The Master, a new adaptation of Anna Karenina, a documentary called How To Make Money Selling Drugs and many more. Also, favorite Canadian pop culture. All that, plus What’s Making Us Happy this week.

Film Junk

Episode 385: V/H/S and Side by Side (Tuesday, September 11, 2012) — We review the found footage horror anthology V/H/S and digital vs. film documentary Side by Side, plus we also discuss Bachelorette, Hatchet, Flightplan, The Guard and how to objectively measure comedies.

Freakonomics Radio

Fear Thy Nature (Wednesday, September 12, 2012) — What “Sleep No More” and the Stanford Prison Experiment tell us about who we really are.

PopStuff from HowStuffWorks.com

PopStuff Clowns Around (Wednesday, September 12, 2012) — Some people are afraid of clowns, but not Tracy and Holly! They are excited to talk about the different types of clowns, clown hierarchy and how clowns became scary characters. Of course, there’s talk of Herschel Krustofsky. Tune in to learn more.

Stop: Motion Time! (Monday, September 10, 2012) — Does the mention of stop motion animation conjure images of Rankin and Bass holiday specials, or does your mind turn to big-screen productions like Paranorman? Tracy and Holly love this medium. You might just hear them get rabid about it.

Science Talk from Scientific American

The Flynn Effect: Modernity Made Us Smarter (Monday, August 20, 2012) — James Flynn studies intelligence at the University of Otago in New Zealand. And he features prominently in an article called “Can We Keep Getting Smarter?” in the September issue of Scientific American magazine. Back on July 10, Flynn visited the SA offices, where he chatted with a group of editors.

Sound Opinions

Sound Opinions with OFF! (Sunday, September 09, 2012) — The punk supergroup Off! performs live in the studio. Plus Jim and Greg review new records from Cat Power and Bob Mould.

Stuff To Blow Your Mind from HowStuffWorks.com

City Creatures (Thursday, September 13, 2012) — Does a crowded street make you care less about your fellow man? Population density manipulates organisms in subtle and shocking ways. Join Robert and Julie as they look at how animals and humans respond to cramped conditions and depleted resources.

The Mind of the Kraken (Tuesday, September 11, 2012) — What strange thoughts fill the brains of cephalopods? Do they ponder mysteries in their lightless lairs? Join Julie and Robert as they dive into the fascinating world of cephalopod intelligence, from the crafty octopus to the social cuttlefish and more.

Stuff You Missed in History Class from HowStuffWorks.com

Codes! Allied Cryptography in World War II, Part Two (Wednesday, September 12, 2012) — In this episode co-hosted by TechStuff’s Jonathan Strickland, the focus is on the codes and cryptologists of World War II. Tune in to learn more about the Enigma Machine, Alan Turing, Code Talkers and more in the conclusion of this two-part episode.

Alan Turing: Codebreaker (Monday, September 10, 2012) — Alan Turing conceived of computers decades before anyone was building one. He also acted as a top-secret code breaker during World War II. Despite his accomplishments, he was prosecuted as a homosexual by the British government. Tune in to learn more.

Stuff You Should Know from HowStuffWorks.com

How Book Banning Works (Thursday, September 13, 2012) — If you want to control the masses, control what they read. After all, books are seeds that germinate new points of view. As a result, the struggle against banning books is contentious and continual. Learn more about banning books in this episode.

How Asexuality Works (Tuesday, September 11, 2012) — When Alfred Kinsey conducted his sex surveys he turned up, but ignored, a fourth sexual orientation: people who don’t experience sexual attraction. It took 60 years for Group X to gain a name and  recognition, but with that has come increased scrutiny.

WNYC’s Radiolab

Shorts: What a Slinky Knows (Monday, September 10, 2012) — “Hey kids,” said physicist Tadashi Tokieda, “Wanna see a magic trick?” He pulled out a Slinky and did something that amazed the kids, & their dad Steve Strogatz. Steve, along with Neil deGrasse Tyson, explains what the gravity-defying Slinky trick reveals about the nature of all things great and small (including us).

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