While life, work (I’m writing this from a school camp) and a return to university for semester two are continuing to disrupt my time for my regular rants, I thought I’d share some of my favorite blogs, podcasts and shows that variously mix news, politics and skepticism with comedy and activism.
First up, there’s Skeptics Guide to the Universe and The skeptic Zone, American and Australian podcasts, respectively, about science and skepticism in society. Then there’s the skeptic magazine, produced by Australian Skeptics. All are highly recommended.
For U.S. news and comedy, the following two shows are unsurpassed. Unfortunately it is no longer possible to watch video clips online from Australia (why?!?!) and so I subscribe to both shows on iTunes.
Recently there’s been a new Australian entry into the field of news comedy/ satire. At present it is a bit more sketch comedy than I like, but I keep watching in the hope that it will take off. Best part is that like all ABC shows, it is available on ABC iview.
On the subject of education, the main journal I subscribe to is the Australian Journal of Education, published by the Australian Council for Educational Research. I’ll be attending on of their events this coming Thursday and am looking forward to it.
As mentioned in previous posts, I follow Diane Ravitch’s blog to keep an eye on development’s in U.S. education. A sad necessity seeing as Australia is currently drawing so many educational policy ideas from the U.S.
And of course, there’s TED.
Another podcast that I enjoy isFreakonomics, which carries on the work of the authors of the book of the same name, and it’s sequal, Superfreakonomics. There’s also a documentary film based on the second book.
And then there’s just sheer entertainment in the form of crass, crude celebrity-targeted humour in the form of Hollywood Babble-On.