We're going back in time this week to celebrate the past: that's right, it's our HISTORY themed week. Liz takes a look at the tumultuous years of the Richard Nixon and Bill Clinton presidencies with seasons one and two of Slow Burn. Zane twists the meaning of "history" with a Dungeons and Dragons etymology and mythology podcast GM Word of the Week. And Patrick goes back to his old mate Daniele Bolelli with History on Fire. Then as always, the Castologists get down to the business of reviewing last week's recommendations.
Liz Recommends - Slow Burn
"Even recent history is rich with surprising subplots, strange details, and forgotten characters.
On Slow Burn, Leon Neyfakh excavates the strange subplots and forgotten characters of recent political history—and finds surprising parallels to the present. Season 1 captured what it was like to live through Watergate; Season 2 does the same with the saga of Bill Clinton’s impeachment.
Slow Burn is a production of Slate Plus. Slate Plus members support our work—and they get a bonus episode every week, with exclusive interviews and conversations that go deeper into the story."
For both: Pick either Clinton or Nixon and start at the start of the season.
Pat Recommends - History on Fire
Remember The Drunken Taoist Podcast? Remember it's host, Daniele Bolelli. Remember how his silken, sumptuous voice made you question your sexuality for one brief, liberating flicker? Pssh. Me neither. Anyway, here's another Daniele podcast, a history podcast. Episodes run for about 90 to 120 minutes and each one is as exciting and well researched as the next. There's roughly 50 episodes available for free download on your usual podcast provider. The more recent ones are available through Luminary, so of you wish to support this beautiful man, do so there.
For Zane & Liz: Whatever tickles your bottom
Zane Recommends - GM Word of the Week
For our history themed episode Zane has brought an interesting little gem that he has listened to for years. A simple and easy-to-consume palate cleanser, that just so happens to be based around role playing games. A good Game Master needs a lot of big, fancy words at their disposal to make their flavor text as engaging as possible. The podcast takes an inspiration word and then works backwards into the history and etymology. Jam packed with bite sized pieces of interesting historical nuggets.
For Pat: Excalibur
For Liz: Gorgon