English podcasts

The Nymphs Reply to the Shepherd

There’s a long tradition of “the answer record” in pop music, where another artist responds to a hit record with an...

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At the Lunar Eclipse

We seem to be in a month of sky omens in the Midwest, with the Perseids meteor shower and a solar eclipse following...

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The Embankment

I return today to the work of pioneering English modernist poet T. E. Hulme, he of the entire compass of work...

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Trenches St Eloi

I was talking with my wife this weekend. She’s reading a memoir about current military deployments (and...

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Let Us Live and Love

A while back here there were several episodes where we discussed songwriters as literary figures, using the...

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Somewhere or Other

Today’s audio piece is another by Christina Rossetti, connected through family with the Victorian art and literary...

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From Sunset to Star Rise

Today was the Autumn Equinox, which some use to mark the beginning Fall. Where I live it was very hot and muggy,...

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Autumn

100 years ago, a WWI German artillery shell ended the life of T. E. Hulme, the man sparked off what we now know as...

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Poems In Unrhymed Cadence

In 1899, as the 19th Century was leaving in Victorian London, a 13-year-old boy from a large poor family left school...

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The Return of the Exiles

It’s been too long since we featured one of the looser live performances of the LYL Band here at the Parlando...

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The Self Unseeing

Today’s piece is our first proper piece by English poet Thomas Hardy. In America Hardy may be better known as a...

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Zeppelins

For reasons of copyrights, I’ve been focusing a fair amount here on using words from the most recent poems whose...

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Love Song for a Woman I Do Not Love

One joy of this project’s exploration has been coming upon poets I know nothing about and acquiring their words in my...

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In the Bleak Midwinter

Tomorrow is Christmas, a holiday that in the English-speaking world owes a lot to the English Victorians in...

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Idiom of the Week - Hit It Big and Make It Big

James discusses the Idiom of the Week - its meanings and how they are used. In this week's episode, James discusses...

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Episode 2 - How Celebrities Learned English

James tells the story of how Celine Dion, at the age of 15, learned English to become one of the greatest singers of...

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James' FlashCast

James discusses the meaning and the orgin of the Idiom "a fish out of water". 

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The James Rice Show: Episode 1

The first episode ever of the James Rice show. In this episode, James will discuss the goals of the podcast, his...

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Flashcast - How Celine Dion Learned English

Celine Dion is a music icon. But she didn't start learning English until she was 15 years old. Born in Montreal,...

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Idiom of the Week - Shoot for the Moon

Astrophysicist Neil Degrasse Tyson suggests that we need to change the idiom Shoot for the Moon. What does Neil...

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