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The Friday Five: Local Webcasts and Podcasts

Posted by Scott Kirsner  August 28, 2009 07:15 AM

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hubspotTV.jpgThe Friday Five is a list of five things worth knowing about.

This week, it's locally-produced podcasts about business, technology, and science. Some are video, some audio. Some are streamed live, some are pre-recorded. But all of them are worth checking out. (And two of them even invite you to be part of the live studio audience.)

In no particular order, they are:

- IdeaCast, from the Harvard Business Review and Harvard Business School Press. This is really two podcasts, one audio and one video, focusing on topics like "Consumer Psychology in a Recession" and "Managing B Players." Guests include profs from Harvard Business School, management gurus, and CEOs from companies like Procter & Gamble and ad agency Saatchi & Saatchi. An RSS feed for the audio version is here, and the video version is here. Or find them both on iTunes by searching for IdeaCast.

- The Museum of Science's weekly audio podcast covers all things scientific, from space travel to global warming, nanotechnology to the health benefits of blueberries.

- Watch Thomas Friedman talk about the flat world, Benoit Mandelbrot explain fractals, or Bill Gates share his vision on the biggest challenges facing computer scientists. The MIT World site contains an archive of 600+ videos of lectures and panel discussions that have taken place on campus, and there's an RSS feed to stay current with the latest uploads. (Also good from MIT is the Media Lab's LabCast video series.)

- The weekly "Pokin' Holes" show is Webcast live on Thursday nights from a venue somewhere in Boston (usually a bar). An entrepreneur presents a new business idea and gets feedback from a panel of consultants and fellow entrepreneurs. Part of the DartBoston networking series for young entrepreneurs.

- HubSpot TV co-hosts Mike Volpe and Karen Rubin (pictured in the photo) chew over the week's marketing news, and often bring on special guests like Twitter co-founder Biz Stone, rap star M.C. Hammer, and BzzAgent CEO Dave Balter. Watch it live on Fridays at 4 PM or download it free from iTunes. And if you can get to Kendall Square, you can be part of the live studio audience.

Are there others you enjoy? Post 'em in the comments...

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4 comments so far...
  1. Don't know if it's locally produced, but the Skeptics Guide to The Universe features Dr. Stephen Novella from Connecticut, and Boston's own Rebecca Watson from Skepchicks.

    Posted by Jim M August 28, 09 08:25 AM
  1. Great post Scott, thanks for pulling these together. A couple I knew about, and a couple I didn't. I think Hubspot.TV is a great show that really proves the axiom that if you produce great, useful content, people WILL come. I would encourage marketers of all shape and sizes to check it out. You'll probably learn something.

    Other video podcasts that are produced locally to keep an eye on are:
    BlueSkyFactory.TV - email and online marketing
    Chris Brogan's - social media
    Tweetworks TV
    Jeff Cutler's - he likes food!

    Also consider my company's "PermissionTV Live." We broadcast live every Thursday at 3pm at to talk about using online video for B2B sales and marketing improvement.

    Thanks again for the list!

    Posted by Matthew Mamet August 28, 09 10:00 AM
  1. Oh yeah, well is produced by Boston's own (singing inbound marketer) Rebecca Corliss. I find it to be a great way to close out the week!

    Also, thanks for the MIT World link! I've just subscribed.

    Posted by Dan Ronken August 28, 09 10:05 AM
  1. I like PermissionTV's weekly live cast (similar to HubSpot), which covers all the online video news of the week. It is hosted by Matthew Mamet. Here is a link to the broadcast:

    Keith Cline

    Posted by Keith Cline August 28, 09 01:43 PM


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