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 http://bardcast.blogspot.com
||CleanCoriolanus||Coriolanus is a guy whose name ends with the word "anus". There's nothing we can do about that. If you want to hear about the play, you can listen Here! Some articles on Coriolanus: Revisting Shakespeare's Coriolanus: New York Times T.S. Eliot on Shakespe||12/31/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Hollow Crown||It's no wonder everyone suggested we watch Hollow Crown, it's an excellent production. We talk about it Here! The Globe Player is a great source of performances at the Globe Theater. Check it out!Indian version of Hamlet on NYTimes15 Minute Hamlet||11/30/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanRichard III||Our episode on Richard III is more rushed than a usual episode because the play is extremely long. I'd like to come back to it to explore some of the interesting details we skipped. If anyone would like to hear that kind of episode, let us know! Kevin Spa||9/29/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanBookClub 2||To celebrate our third season, we thought we'd make an episode no one was asking for: another book club! The books we talk about: The Science of Shakespeare by Dan FalkThe Secret Life of William Shakespeare by Jude MorganOphelia by Lisa KleinThe Book of W||7/28/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanHamlet Act V||This is our 50th episode! The next episode is the beginning of season three, with our second Book Club episode. Hamlet Act V is an odd one, like the rest of Hamlet. Please vote on what you want the next episode to be!||6/25/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanHamlet at the Guthrie||We went to see Hamlet at the Guthrie! Then we made a podcast about what we thought. We also talk about the Patreon campaign to support the podcast. This does not count as an "episode" in terms of Patreon. Just a little bonus! Our next episode is Hamlet Ac||6/10/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanHamlet Act IV||We talk about Hamlet, Act IV. People start dying. I think we're going to do an episode about Polonius Laertes and Ophelia later. Especially considering whether they are necessary to the play. New websites! Tumblr Patreon Patreon guide: Patreon is a||5/16/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanPatronage||Our choice of the theme for This Episode was not a coincidence: We're starting a Patreon campaign, so Patronage in Shakespeare's time seemed appropriate. The Patreon page can be found HERE. You can set an automatic donation to the podcast with the release||4/21/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanHamlet Act III||Act III is really good. In fact, we skimmed over it a bit too fast, and I think we're going to have to have an episode about the monologues at some point. The monologues are so important, and have so much content, they certainly justify it. For more info||2/21/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanHamlet Act II||Act II is a lighter part of Hamlet. More jokes, fewer ghosts. We find out a lot about our characters. Anne Barton, a Shakespeare critic, recently died, if you want to find some of her writing, try out her page on the New York Review of Books, she's pretty||11/28/2013||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanInterview: Much Ado About Nothing||We're happy to reveal our secret project: an interview of the Six Elements Theater Company! They're putting on Much Ado About Nothing soon, and we were very fortunate to be able to interview them about it. Our next episode is Hamlet: Act II. Information r||10/12/2013||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanHamlet Act I||We're doing Hamlet in a series of five Acts. I think it's a way that we can look at the development of the story and characters as we go through it. Here's Act I. Warning, if you haven't seen Hamlet, or know the story, I'd strongly advise seeing it before||9/2/2013||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Taming of the Shrew||iTunes link doesn't seem to be working at the moment, but the episode is still available through this link. (Is there anyone out there who runs a server that could host these episodes? Our current solution may not be working.) I think that Taming of the S||6/26/2013||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanBardCast BookClub||Our new episode is about some Shakespeare books. Kill All the Lawyers?: Shakespeare's Legal Appeal Narrow interest matter, but well written and some interesting sections Shakespeare: The Invention of the Human Full of opinions, some of them insightf||6/26/2013||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanShakespeare's Histories||Shakespeare's Histories are an odd category; they don't encompass all of the Shakespearean plays that are from historical events. I prefer to think of them as "Shakespeare's modern history", since they are events whose effects still mattered in Shakespear||3/30/2013||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanMeasure for Measure||Sorry about the delay everyone. We both have part time jobs that make it difficult to find a time to work together, and we had to scrap an episode that didn't work, and we got discouraged about the whole process, but here's a new episode! Measure for Meas||1/31/2013||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanTwelfth Night||We both like Twelfth Night a lot. It's our new episode! We've been having a lot of cool comments here, I'm excited about our next mini-episode discussion!||7/31/2012||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanMicroCast 1: Dirty Jokes and Translating Shakespeare||In this episode we take a whole new approach. We bring up some issues, but don't have definitive answers. So what do you think about Is Othello about race?Should extinct words in Shakespeare be translated into modern English?How explicit should we be when||6/13/2012||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanCymbeline||Cymbeline is a weird play. It isn't really a tragedy, despite its title. Our next episode is 12th Night. Sorry again for the delay: Jeff and I both finished school recently, so we should be able to get these out faster from here on out. http://archive.org||5/18/2012||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanJulius Caesar||Sorry about the extreme delay, both Jeff and I are working and going to school now, so we don't have as much time for podcasting and editing as we'd like. Also, I was sick for about a month and a half. The episode is available Here. Hark! A Vagrant has fa||3/23/2012||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean"Anonymous"||Anonymous has come and gone, so now is probably the best time to release a belated counterpoint podcast To sum up, it's bad writing and bad history. The next episode is Antony and Cleopatra, vote for what you want to see after that! EDIT/CORRECTION: Our n||1/2/2012||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanMuch Ado About Nothing||Much Ado About Nothing is a good play, with many good turns of phrase by Shakespeare. So many, in fact, that I forgot some of my favorites! Is it not strange that sheeps' guts should hale souls out of men's bodies?Benedick, Act II, Scene III (Referring to||11/1/2011||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWhat Is Hamlet||Hamlet is a cool play, and a cool guy. We did an episode about the play. Don't worry, this is just an overview, we're going to dig in much deeper with later episodes. Here's a sample from the "Bad Quarto", "Good Quarto", and the First Folio||9/1/2011||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanBen Jonson||A new month, and a new episode of BardCast! This one is about Ben Jonson, he was a pretty cool guy, if rather stuck-up. Please respond to our newest poll, while you're here! This is one of the better sources of Jonson's works. Things I forgot to mention t||8/2/2011||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanBonus BardCast: Best/Worst Tragedies||In this episode we name our favorite and least favorite Tragedies, and talk about how the podcast is going. Check out this funny webcomic on King Lear. She also has one on Macbeth. Kurt Vonnegut's rules for writing. If everyone read these, stories would b||6/22/2011||Free||View in iTunes|
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.