Expanding knowledge using podcasts

In my teaching I’ve often been asked by students how to ‘read around the subject’ and what exactly this means, and whenever we talk through it students often complain they don’t have the time do so. I’ve often talked through various strategies to find time to read, and how to read effectively but an another alternative is to listen.

It’s possible to greatly expand your knowledge of a range of issues using podcasts. For geographers in particular, there are a lot of good, free, podcasts available which can help students broaden their knowledge of current affairs and key topics. In practical terms, it means they can listen on the way to school, work, university  etc, when they perhaps would have been listening to music anyway.

There are three podcasts which I can highly recommend for any geography students, all of which can easily be suscribed to in itunes or equivalent player.

BBC Documentaries: from a range of presenters, this podcast provides an indepth look at stories and issues from around the world. For example in the last few weeks I’ve heard podcasts about the growth of mobile phone networks in Africa (Media Futures – 18th June), the rapid rise in the number of cars around the world (What if..we all had a car  – 23rd March 2013) and many more…..

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Links to download these podcasts can be found here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/podcasts/series/docarchive

Channel 4’s Unreported World: presented by Krishnan Guru-Murthy where there are podcasts on topics such as Kenya’s Street Kids (19th April 2013), Gaza’s Property Ladder (26th April) and Australia’s Hidden Valley 90th December 2011).

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Links to download these podcasts can be found here: http://www.channel4.com/programmes/unreported-world/articles/podcast

From our own correspondent: usually introduced by the legendary Kate Adie covering a plethora of topic issues from around the world. Most recently these have included: Why has Spain fallen out of love with the EU?; Romania’s orphans; living with ghoasts in the Himalayas.

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Links to download the podcasts can be found here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b006qjlq

 

 

 

 

If you know students who are trying to broaden their knowledge, feed their curiosity or generally try and learn more about the world around them – suggest they start to listen to podcasts.

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