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BardCast: The Shakespeare Podcast

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A podcast that takes a comprehensive approach to Shakespeare and his works. You can visit the website at

Customer Reviews

As I Did NOT Like It...

Just listened to the AS YOU LIKE IT episode. While I think these guys are well intentioned & have some tid-bits of info that are interesting, I found them to have a profoundly shallow perspective of this play. I cringed when I heard Carson say that Jaques' 7 ages of man speech (which begins with "All the world's a stage") is said for "no apparent reason" & later when Jeff said it "doesn't seem to actually have a lot to do with what's in the play". This illustrates perfectly that these guys, no matter how well intentioned and positive in nature, really don't know what they're talking about. The speech comes, literally & directly, out of Duke Seniors line...

"This wide and universal THEATRE
Presents more woeful PAGEANTS than the SCENE
Where in we PLAY in."

The Duke is reflecting on what they just witnessed: Orlando admitting that he is a gentleman who was only playing the part of a thief; which was what interupted Jaques' begging the Duke to allow him to play the part of a fool. The only research one needs to do in order to know that this is NOT just for "no reason", is to simply read the play.

There are many other moments in this episode I took issue with (namely that there "is never any real threat in this play"; woefully UNTRUE) but I will stick with this... To say this particular speech "doesn't seem to actually have a lot to do with what's in the play" is to admit that they really missed an essential aspect of As You Like It. IDENTITY. In this play there is struggle to define and redefine oneself through and in spite of education, heredity, gender, occupation, class, originality in love, and on and on. Shakespeare even ends the play with an epilogue in which the actor playing Rosalind reveals herself (or himself) to be an actor. Identity is an essential part of As You Like It.

I say if you're looking for educational insight, look elsewhere. Sorry guys, you seem nice enough though.

If music be the food of love...

Well to be fair this isn't really music per se, but that's for lack of a wittier Shakespearean title at the moment. A comprehensive and addictive new podcast - the perfect introduction to Shakespeare complete with plot summaries and film/book recommendations as well as insights on the life of the Bard (who they will convince you WAS actually William Shakespeare) and his plays. Also be sure to check out their blog which includes links to entertain any Shakespeare fan for hours.


Often entertaining, occasionally informative, almost always shallow. Fun introductions and summaries, not a lot to offer in terms of deep analysis- generalization and unchallenged assumptions are the death of all scholarship.

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