The Oxford-Cambridge Podcasts

Two of Eng­land’s old­est uni­ver­si­ties, Oxford and Cam­bridge, have tak­en the leap into the dig­i­tal age, recent­ly launch­ing their own pod­cast chan­nels. Now, no mat­ter where you live, you can expe­ri­ence the intel­lec­tu­al world that has giv­en us William Glad­stone, Oscar Wilde, C. S. Lewis, J. R. R. Tolkien, Richard Dawkins, Stephen Hawk­ing (Oxford alums) and also John Mil­ton, Charles Dar­win, Samuel Tay­lor Coleridge and Salman Rushdie (Cam­bridge alums).

When I first start­ed this blog, Oxford offered up only one pod­cast, which was real­ly a mini-course by Stu­art Lee called Old Eng­lish in Con­text (iTunesRSS). Fast for­ward a cou­ple of years and you find a much more robust gen­er­al col­lec­tion (iTunesRSSWeb Site). Here’s a quick sam­pling of the audio & video avail­able to you here:

Cam­bridge’s col­lec­tion (iTunesRSSWeb Site) per­haps does­n’t have the same breadth. But it has more focus, and more video pod­casts. The col­lec­tion notably fea­tures The Naked Sci­en­tists (iTunes — RSSWeb Site), a well estab­lished pod­cast by Dr. Chris Smith, which “takes an inter­ac­tive look at dif­fer­ent aspects of sci­ence, med­i­cine and tech­nol­o­gy.”  You’ll also find here anoth­er sci­ence pod­cast called “In a Blink of an Eye” (iTunes). Record­ed in video, this pro­gram takes things that we see in every­day life, and then shows us what’s real­ly hap­pen­ing on the atom­ic and mol­e­c­u­lar lev­el. And, for the past sev­er­al weeks, it has remained one of the most down­loaded pod­casts on iTune­sU. It cur­rent­ly ranks fifth. Oth­er notable pod­casts include God’s Sec­re­taries: The Mak­ing of the King James Bible, The Lan­guage of Law: Why Poet­ry Mat­ters, Cam­bridge Code­break­ers and British Intel­li­gence, and A Future Beyond Oil.

For more free uni­ver­si­ty con­tent, check out our two col­lec­tions: Uni­ver­si­ty Pod­cast Col­lec­tions and Free Uni­ver­si­ty Cours­es.

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