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Sunday, May 5, 2013

Favorite Podcast: A History of the World in 100 Objects

For those history, art, or museum buffs who are looking for a daily dose of the aforementioned, you should check out this podcast. The title of the podcast series is pretty self-explanatory: British Museum director Neil MacGregor highlights the history of the world in 100 objects found at the British Museum.  The series is a few years old but the content is interesting (I'm actually listening to the series for the second time). Each podcast is about 12-14 minutes in length, with MacGregor describing the object, its background and historical context, and what role it plays in the history of the world. I really like listening to MacGregor's description of the object and imagining what it looks like, then viewing the object on the BBC website. Usually the image I've come up with in my head is pretty close to how it actually looks. 

What started as a podcast has expanded into a book with beautiful photographs of the objects. There are also CDs available for purchase. You can download the podcast for free at iTunes or the link below. Enjoy!

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