25 UC Berkeley Courses Available via Free Video

Not long ago, we wrote a pop­u­lar piece about UC-Berke­ley’s iTunes ini­tia­tive which, to sum it up,allows any­one, any­where, to down­load com­plete uni­ver­si­ty cours­es to their iPods for free. Amaz­ing. Today, we want to point out that Berke­ley also makes avail­able full-fledged cours­es via video/webcast. You can find the com­plete list of cours­es here, but below we have list­ed below 25 cours­es that fig­ure into a “core” under­grad­u­ate cur­ricu­lum. In short, this list includes many good nuts and bolts cours­es, which will teach you a lot and, even bet­ter, cost you noth­ing. Each of these cours­es, com­ing straight from the class­room, can be accessed with Real Play­er, and some can also be accessed as MP3s.

On a relat­ed note, our Uni­ver­si­ty Pod­cast Col­lec­tion and our col­lec­tion of Free Cours­es will give you access to many more uni­ver­si­ty lec­tures and cours­es, so be sure to give them a look. You may also want to check out our “playlist” of intel­li­gent videos on YouTube as well as our recent piece: 10 Signs of Intel­li­gent Life at YouTube.

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Weekly Wrap Up — March 9

Here’s a quick sum­ma­ry of our recent pieces:

Bono, Richard Dawkins and Al Gore Speaking at TED

Every year, a thou­sand “thought-lead­ers, movers and shak­ers” get togeth­er at a four-day con­fer­ence

called TED (which is short for Tech­nol­o­gy, Enter­tain­ment and Design). In past years, the list of speak­ers has ranged from Sergey Brin and Lar­ry Page to Bill Gates, to Her­bie Han­cock and Peter Gabriel, to Frank Gehry and Bil­ly Gra­ham. This year Bill Clin­ton, Paul Simon, and Lar­ry Lessig are set to speak. It almost goes with­out say­ing that not just any­one can attend such an event. You’ll need an invi­ta­tion for starters, plus $4400 to cov­er admis­sion fees. If you can look past the coun­try club­bish­ness of the event, then you may find it worth spend­ing time with the audio (iTunesFeed) and video (iTunesFeed) pod­casts of talks from recent con­fer­ences. Some “vod­casts” you’ll want to check out include: Bono, Peter Gabriel, Richard Dawkins, Mal­colm Glad­well, and Al Gore. (We’re not sure what to say about Tony Rob­bins.)

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The Top 25 Educational Podcasts on iTunes



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#1. Cof­fee Break Span­ish  iTunes  Feed  Web Site

#2. Gram­mar Girl’s Quick and Dirty Tips for Bet­ter Writ­ing  iTunes  Feed  Web Site

#3. The French Pod Class  iTunes  Feed  Web Site

#4. Legal Lad’s Quick and Dirty Tips for a More Law­ful Life  iTunes  Feed  Web Site

#5. MyDai­lyPhrase Ital­ian  iTunes  Web Site

#6. French for Begin­ners  iTunes  Feed  Web Site

#7. Learn French with Dai­ly Pod­casts  iTunes  Feed  Web Site 

#8. Final­ly Learn Span­ish — Beyond the Basics iTunes  Feed  Web Site 

#9. TEDTalks (Video)  iTunes  Feed  Web Site 

#10. MyDai­lyPhrase Ger­man  iTunes  Feed  Web Site 

Let’s Speak Ital­ian  iTunes  Feed  Web Site

#12. Learn Span­ish Sur­vival Guide  iTunes  Feed

#13. JapanesePod101.com  iTunes  Feed  Web Site

#14. LearnItalianPod.com  iTunes  Feed  Web Site

#15. Man­darin Chi­nese Con­ver­sa­tion — Times Online iTunes  Web Site

#16. Learn Ger­man with German-Podcast.de  iTunes  Feed  Web Site

#17. Learn French by Pod­cast  iTunes  Feed  Web Site

#18. Learn Man­darin Chi­nese with Chinesepod.com  iTunes  Feed  Web Site

#19. Twelve Byzan­tine Rulers: The His­to­ry of the Byzan­tine Empire  iTunes  Feed  Web Site

#20. Prince­ton Review Vocab­u­lary Minute  iTunes  Feed  Web Site  

#21. Ins­ta Span­ish Lessons  iTunes  Feed  Web Site  

#22. NPR: Satire from the Unger Report  iTunes  Feed  Web Site 

#23. Man, God and Soci­ety in West­ern Lit­er­a­ture (Course at UC-Berke­ley) iTunes  Feed  Web Site

#24. Yale Uni­ver­si­ty  iTunes  Web Site

#25. Just Vocab­u­lary iTunes  Feed  Web Site

See Open Cul­ture’s pod­cast col­lec­tions:

Arts & Cul­tureAudio BooksFor­eign Lan­guage LessonsNews & Infor­ma­tionTech­nol­o­gyUni­ver­si­ty (Gen­er­al)Uni­ver­si­ty (B‑School)


The Stanford Prison Experiment

Back in 1971, Philip Zim­bar­do, a Stan­ford psy­chol­o­gy pro­fes­sor, set up an exper­i­ment that quick­ly and now famous­ly went awry. Here, Zim­bar­do had under­grad­u­ates play the role of pris­on­ers and prison guards in a mock prison envi­ron­ment. Meant to last two weeks, the exper­i­ment was cut short after only six days when the guards, as The Stan­ford Prison Exper­i­ment web site puts it, “became sadis­tic and [the] pris­on­ers became depressed and showed signs of extreme stress.” For Zim­bar­do, the way things played out says a lot about what hap­pens when good peo­ple are put in bad sit­u­a­tions. And it speaks to how tor­ture sce­nar­ios, like those at Abu Ghraib, become pos­si­ble. (For more on the par­al­lels between the prison exper­i­ment and the tor­ture in Iraq, you may want to check out Zim­bar­do’s talk at a recent con­fer­ence called “Think­ing Human­i­ty After Abu Ghraib.”

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“Is America Too Damn Religious?” (A Debate)

GodwetrustIntel­li­gence Squared (iTunes  Feed  Web Site), a new series of NPR broad­casts, has a rather unique
for­mat. It brings Oxford-style debates to Amer­i­ca, and it fea­tures lead­ing thinkers tak­ing dif­fer­ent posi­tions on hot-but­ton issues of our day. (You can get more pre­cise infor­ma­tion on the for­mat here.) There will be eight debates in total, all record­ed live, and each one revolves around three pan­elists argu­ing for, and three against, a “motion,” such as “We must tol­er­ate a nuclear Iran,” “Free­dom of expres­sion must include the license to offend,” and “A demo­c­ra­t­i­cal­ly elect­ed Hamas is still a ter­ror­ist orga­ni­za­tion.” And then there is the provoca­tive top­ic of the most recent debate, “Is Amer­i­ca Too Damn Reli­gious?” This debate (see bios of par­tic­i­pants) was held at the Asia Soci­ety in New York City in Feb­ru­ary, and you can catch the full debate here (Real Play­er) or a con­densed ver­sion here (mp3).

See Open Cul­ture’s Pod­cast Col­lec­tions:

Arts & Cul­tureAudio BooksFor­eign Lan­guage LessonsNews & Infor­ma­tionSci­enceTech­nol­o­gyUni­ver­si­ty (Gen­er­al)Uni­ver­si­ty (B‑School)

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Free Podcasts of Classic American and British Thrillers


Drjekyllandmrhyde_2Among the grow­ing col­lec­tions of free audio book pod­casts, you’ll find a large num­ber of “thrillers”
that grew out of the Amer­i­can and British lit­er­ary tra­di­tions. It’s per­haps safe to say that the vol­un­teers who record these books like a good, fear-induc­ing read. But who does­n’t?

The list of sus­pense­ful nov­els avail­able as free pod­casts starts with the “mon­ster nov­els” of 19th cen­tu­ry Britain. These nov­els, which fre­quent­ly offered a round­about com­men­tary on the anx­i­eties pro­duced by a soci­ety in the midst of rapid indus­tri­al­iza­tion and wide­spread colo­nial involve­ment, include Mary Shel­ley’s Franken­stein (1818), Robert Louis Steven­son’s The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll & Mr. Hyde (1886), and Bram Stok­er’s Drac­u­la (1897). Mean­while, across the pond, Amer­i­ca was pro­duc­ing its own dis­tinc­tive thrillers. In the trove of free audio books, you get Wash­ing­ton Irv­ing’s clas­sic 1820 short sto­ry, The Leg­end of Sleepy Hol­low (lis­ten here or here) as well as Edgar Allan Poe’s great short tales: The Tell Tale Heart (1843), The Raven from 1845 (lis­ten here or here), and The Cask of Amon­til­la­do (1846). (Amaz­ing that he wrote all of these before he died at 40.) Last­ly, we’d also point you to the famous ghost sto­ry, The Turn of the Screw (lis­ten here and here), writ­ten by one of Amer­i­ca’s greats, Hen­ry James.

You’ll note that some of these pod­casts come from Lib­rivox, and that’s because Lib­rivox, with the help of vol­un­teers, has quick­ly put togeth­er a strong col­lec­tion of audio texts from the pub­lic domain. If you like audio ver­sions of the clas­sics, then you’ll want to spend some time review­ing their cat­a­logue, and, in the mean­time, enjoy these sus­pense­ful tales.

P.S. If you haven’t seen it before, check out our recent favorite: The War of the Worlds on Pod­cast: How H.G. Wells and Orson Welles Riv­et­ed A Nation

See Open Cul­ture’s Pod­cast Col­lec­tions:

Arts & Cul­tureAudio BooksFor­eign Lan­guage LessonsNews & Infor­ma­tionSci­enceTech­nol­o­gyUni­ver­si­ty (Gen­er­al)Uni­ver­si­ty (B‑School)

This American Life Goes Hollywood (or Something Like That)




This Amer­i­can Life, a slight­ly quirky but always com­pelling radio show, has devel­oped a large and fierce­ly ded­i­cat­ed audi­ence since it first aired in 1995. And nowa­days, the pro­gram, host­ed by Ira Glass, is one of the most pop­u­lar pod­casts on iTunes. (It cur­rent­ly ranks #2 on the most pop­u­lar pod­cast list: iTunes  Feed  Web Site.) On March 22, This Amer­i­can Life will take the next step in its evo­lu­tion when Show­time airs a tele­vised ver­sion of the pro­gram. If you’re a fan who is won­der­ing what the show might look like on TV — how they might trans­late the feel of the show to a visu­al medi­um — below you can find a cou­ple of trail­ers that will give you a quick taste:

See Open Cul­ture’s Pod­cast Col­lec­tions:

Arts & Cul­tureAudio BooksFor­eign Lan­guage LessonsNews & Infor­ma­tionSci­enceTech­nol­o­gyUni­ver­si­ty (Gen­er­al)Uni­ver­si­ty (B‑School)

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