Welcome to the 6th podcast episode of this side series, the Podcast Spotlight. In this episode, we talk with industry leading podcaster, Ling Ling Tai, as she introduces the following 2 podcasts:

Podcast 1: The Infinite Monkey Cage

The Infinite Monkey Cage is a BBC Radio 4 comedy and popular science series. Hosted by physicist Brian Cox and comedian Robin Ince, The Independent described it as a “witty and irreverent look at the world according to science”. Each show has a particular topic up for discussion, with previous topics including the apocalypse and space travel. There are normally three guests; two of these are scientists with an interest in the topic of discussion, offering an expert opinion on the subject. The other guest is usually a comedian, who takes a less serious view of the subject, and often makes the show more accessible by asking the ‘stupid’ questions that the other guests may have overlooked.

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Robin Ince (left) and Brian Cox (right)

In terms of the overall vibe of the show, it very much feels like a panel variety show in the vein of QI or Have I got news for you. There’s plenty of back and forth debate, much banter, and even a live audience to boot. At its core, this approach very much enhances the blend of science and comedy that the show aims to deliver, and replicates that television experience for a podcasting format. If you are generally curious about the world and love a bit of British-style banter, then this is definitely a show for you.

Podcast 2: Duolingo Spanish Podcast

The Duolingo Spanish Podcast is a show produced by the language learning company, Duolingo. They are a freemium learning platform that includes a language-learning website and app, as well as a digital language proficiency assessment exam. As of October 2018, the language-learning website and app offer 81 different language courses across 37 languages. The app has about 300 million registered users across the world.

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After listening to this podcast, it must be said that this is not your typical language podcast. The show delivers fascinating real-life stories in a duo-lingo Spanish/English format, and as the makers themselves describe “These are not language lessons; they’re life lessons through language”. It is a fascinating examination of how language permeates our lives, cultures, and stories, and it is definitely a pleasant listen. Listen to this if you are an English speaker learning Spanish and interested in learning more about the Latin American culture.

Music by Pandrezz: Takin’ you for a ride

Once again special thanks to Ling Ling Tai for agreeing to come on the show. She was an amazing guest and an all round incredible human being. Just for that alone you should check out her show, Leaders of Learning, here. If you are interested in Ling Ling’s corporate training services, you can check out her company, Spark Learning Solutions, here.

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