Skylines, the CityMetric podcast
By Jonn Elledge
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Skylines is the podcast from the New Statesman's urbanism website. Every two weeks, Jonn Elledge, Stephanie Boland & guests talk about the politics & workings of cities, and test their contention that maps are a great topic for radio. Skylines is a Roifield Brown Production.
||Clean28. New year, new mayors||This week, it's cold, it's January, and everything's a bit depressing. So to cheer ourselves up, why don't we have a nice chat about municipal government structures? First up, Jonn talks Stephanie through what is arguably England...||6 1 2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean27. Christmas special service||There's long been a tradition on British television of Christmas specials. Old characters come back, stories get bigger and more melodramatic, and the whole thing feels just a tiny bit self-indulgent. This is our Christmas special, so, well, you k...||21 12 2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean26. Parklife||26. Parklife||8 12 2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean25. The End of the World||This week, in keeping with the global mood, we’re talking about threats to civilisation, and the things we can do to combat them. First up, Stephanie and Jonn discuss Trump – yes, again – and fail to discuss the disappearance of the ice in the Arct||24 11 2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean24. Trumpocalypse Now||24. Trumpocalypse Now||14 11 2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean23. Roads, ruins and racism: American Election Special||This week, Jonn is in America, chasing cool cities along the interstate and catching up with – gulp! – Trump voters.||7 11 2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean22. Northern soul||22. Northern soul||20 10 2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean21. North and south||On the north of England.||7 10 2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean20. Before the flood||This is, as they used to say of the installments of Saved By the Bell in which someone got addicted to drugs, a very special episode. In fact, it's special for two reasons. Firstly it's episode 20 (round numbers are cool). Secondly, it...||23 9 2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean19. How it all began||This week's podcast is a game of two halves. (Stephanie didn't manage to get a football reference onto the tape so I'm putting one here instead.) First of all, we talk about why it is people move to cities – or to be more specific, why ...||9 9 2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean18. Sex* and the city (*gender)||18. Sex* and the city (*gender)||26 8 2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean17. Kings in the north||Labour announces it's metro mayor candidates in Manchester, Birmingham and Liverpool.||16 8 2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean16. Let the games begin||16. Let the Games Begin||11 8 2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean15. Band on the run||So, there are two different reasons why this episode is particularly exciting. One is that it's the first with new co-host Stephanie Boland. The other is that we're joined by an actual, literal rock star. Honestly: I write about maps for a l...||29 7 2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean14. Barbarexit||12. Barbarexit||14 7 2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean13. Help! Somebody save us!||11. Help! Somebody save us!||30 6 2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean12. Crossing continents||10. Crossing continents||17 6 2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean11. Fear and loathing in Miami||9.5 Fear and loathing in Miami||9 6 2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean10. Genius loci||9. Genius Loci||26 5 2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean9. Cats in a bag||8. Cats in a bag||13 5 2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean8. Yes we Khan||Yes we Khan||9 5 2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean7. Transports of delight||This week, we're talking about how, in a very real, no-honest-this-is-true sense, a city is the product of its transport network. We begin by discussing the relationship between boundaries, commuting patterns, perceptions and maps – and I get slig...||28 4 2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean6. Sound and Vision||It’s very easy to fall into the trap of seeing cities as physical things – a matter of streets and buildings and transport infrastructure. But they’re about more than that: they’re also about the people inside them, and the things that they create||14 4 2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean5. One in five||This week, we’re talking about one of the biggest stories in the world today – the urbanisation of China. In 2006, American student Wade Shepard found himself lost in an entirely empty city somewhere in western China. When he told his professor abou||31 3 2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean4. When cities attack||On this week's podcast, we're talking about why cities can save the world – and how they can ruin your life. In 2013, the American political theorist Benjamin Barber wrote a book arguing that mayors should rule the world, because they'...||18 3 2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean3. You are here||Maps! Maps! Maps!||3 3 2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean2. Not a drop to drink||This week, we're talking about something fundamental to city life - something we take for granted so much, we tend to forget about it altogether. This week, we're talking about water. We talk Linda Tirado, the American writer and activist wh...||18 2 2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean1. Globalised cities and their discontents||For our first episode, we take on a question that's close to many a metropolitan liberal's heart: why does everyone seem to hate us? To be more specific, what is it about world cities like London that seems to inspire as much loathing as admi...||5 2 2016||Free||View in iTunes|
Promising new podcast
As a huge fan of the New Statesman podcast and the City Metric blog I was excited to listen to this.
I'm giving it 5 stars and writing a review to help more people find the podcast and it definitely has promise to be consistently at least a 4/5 podcast.
Couple of notes that are not necessarily criticism but small problems I've noticed.
It's slightly too long. I think a new podcast shouldn't be asking so much listening time. Do 22-24 minutes very well first then build up close to 45 once you have a firm listener base.
Too much music. It feels at time like the podcast has a score. A score fits better with a story telling podcasts which I don't think Skylines intends to be.
Structurally it felt a little muddled. This is linked to it being a bit too long. The segments are different in style, (interviews and discussion) and it's not really queued up that well, the affect being I didn't know what was coming up next until it was happening and then I had to work out what was the intention of the segment.
And finally, a map of the week is great but some method should be developed to help people find it easily. Maybe each week CityMetric's Twitter could pin a tweet as their 'Map of the Week' or have a unique url. Would help direct traffic to the blog and social media. Just a thought if CityMetric people are reading.
Positives are too numerous to mention all of them but overall the content is great, the contributors are interesting and well informed, the production quality is slick and it has Barbara Speed.
I liked it
It’s good because you can listen to the voices and it is like having friends except they ignore you when you talk to them so it is pretty much like having friends. They talked about cities and also metrics.
Great new podcast
Really enjoyed the first episode of this podcast - really informative and interesting. Looking forward to more!