🎶It’s not fun to play with the DMCA🎶

My podcast Better off Read has been down for the last 24 hours. This is because a DMCA takedown service reported I had breached copyright for making an episode of my podcast about 2666 by Roberto Bolaño because they have ‘power of attorney’ over this text… More here. via Neil on Twitter.

The entire thread is worth a read because it shows just how lightly some providers, in this case PodBean, take such serious issues and how they have little time to help their customers. There are many more important attributes to this particular case, but it certainly highlights the tightrope everyone has to walk when doing almost anything online.

Podcasts you should be listening to

Here is a simple list of the podcasts I have been listening to recently. Some of them will make the hours disappear.

The Lazarus Heist

“Almost a perfect crime.” The hacking ring and an attempt to steal a billion dollars. Investigators blame North Korea. Pyongyang denies involvement. The story begins in Hollywood.

A compelling tale that is sadly based on a very true story.

The Missing Crypto Queen

Dr Ruja Ignatova persuaded millions to join her financial revolution. Then she disappeared. Why? Jamie Bartlett presents a story of greed, deceit and herd madness.

Brilliantly told. What a scandal!

Deeply Human

Why do you do the things you do? Deeply Human offers a deep dive into the psychology, biology, and anthropological explanations of our common traits.

I have learnt so much in just a few episodes.

Coffee With The Greats

Join host Miles Fisher as he sits down with some of the most accomplished and notable people to unpack and understand this age-old question.

Brilliant guests, natural chat and always worth a listen.

Full Disclosure

Award-winning LBC presenter and best-selling author James O’Brien hosts a series of compelling conversations with fascinating people. These are revealing interviews with people who rarely give in-depth interviews, be it from politics, entertainment or news. Subscribe to get a new episode every Monday.

Brilliant host, great guests, never listened to a bad episode.

Spotify gives, Spotify takes away

Spotify is tying podcasts and music close together. The company announced today that it’s testing a new podcast format that’ll allow podcast listeners to hear entire music tracks during a show, as opposed to a brief sample. Hosts will also be able to create shows in this format through Anchor, the Spotify-owned podcast creation app. The new format effectively makes Spotify the only podcast platform where hosts can include entire songs in their shows without having to worry about copyright… More here.

A clever way to use what they have to gain a clear edge over the competition.

Unfortunately, as of SongShift v5.1.2, you will no longer be able to create transfers from Spotify to another music service. We understand this will be a disappointment for a lot of you. We wish we didn’t have to.

Why then? The Spotify Developer Platform Team reached out and let us know we’d need to remove transferring from their service to a competing music service or have our API access revoked due to TOS violation. While this is not the news we wanted to hear, we respect their decision… More here. Thanks to Kirk.


All About The Apple Watch

After that, I sit down with two other HODINKEE Radio alums, John Gruber and Om Malik. In addition to being lovers of mechanical watches, these guys are two of the brightest minds on the planet when it comes to all things Apple. John covers the company extensively on both Daring Fireball and The Talk Show, and Om has been on the Apple beat for over two decades. That they’re both thoughtful guys with great senses of humor only makes conversations like this even more fun. Whenever I’m in Cupertino for one of Apple’s big events, I always make sure to get a coffee with John and Om before heading back to my hotel to get their takes on the latest announcements. I consider it my personal gut-check. Since we couldn’t do it a few weeks ago during the virtual event, I’m glad we could make it happen on air for all of you to hear… More here.

Interesting mix of horology and Apple tech commentary in one podcast.

Your questions…

I have a couple of guests lined up for future podcast episodes, but would like to prepare a more interactive one.

It would be most helpful if you could send in a question that you would like answered to shaun@mailstm.co.uk or even better record your question using the voice app on your phone and adding it as an attachment. Bear in mind that it will be played on the podcast, but it would obviously sound better than me just reading it out.

You can ask anything you like for inclusion in the podcast or send in ideas for future episodes. Anything you can come up with would be helpful. Thank, Shaun.

Never Ending Queue

Looking for something to set and forget? Want a show that you can add to the queue for days on end? These shows have plenty of hours to devote to non-stop listening. For most of us, the quarantined is starting to feel like a never-ending prognosis, but we’re here to give you a list of shows to last you to the very end. Believe us, there will be an end. Until then, here are over 2,000 episodes to keep you busy! The full list is here.

This is a ‘big’ list and I have to thoroughly recommend Pocket Casts, easily the best podcast player I have used.

The Origins Podcast: Ricky Gervais

If you listen to one podcast episode this year make it this one. It is just brilliant.

Brilliant and right on. But that’s what quantum theory and cosmology and relativity do, as he says “It overturns all the things I held sacred in science”. So while those things still work in the world we can perceive, in fact they are all approximations of something we don’t know.

There are two other takeaways that I caught. One is that, in science, the questions are the most important thing. Not in and of themselves, but as long as you’re asking questions, there’s something new to learn.

The other was that we don’t know what we don’t know. For anyone who hasn’t heard about the knowledge quadrant, it combines question and answer as in

We know the question and we know the answer – these are what we would call facts

We know the question but we don’t know the answer – this is the realm of science, trying to move things from here to group 1.

We don’t know the question but we know the answer – something we observe but we don’t know exactly why. We have to try out various questions to see what fits the results. This one is where we get lots of false positives, studies that show something to be true that aren’t, because the right question hasn’t been asked.

We don’t know the question and we don’t know the answer – totally unknown and no place to start. It’s like saying to most people “Ask a question?” and they reply “About what?” and you say “Exactly!” Bob

The Tip Off podcast

Welcome to The Tip Off- the podcast where we take you behind the scenes of some of the best investigative journalism from recent years. Each episode we’ll be digging into an investigative scoop- hearing from the journalists behind the work as they tell us about the leads, the dead-ends and of course, the tip offs… More here.

I have only listened to a couple of episodes, but it’s very good so far. Recommended.