Critical Linking: October 25, 2015

There are two broad types of factual podcasts; unscripted and scripted. Unscripted shows are usually interviews or discussions that play out as recorded. The producers don’t know, nor have much control, over where the show goes. Scripted shows, on the other hand, will carefully edit interviews after the fact, mixing them with narration, inter-splicing them with other interviews, maybe adding a soundtrack or ambient sounds. They craft the raw factual materials into a highly produced show in the way a reporter might craft a magazine article, rather than just run a Q&A. Scripted shows, on average, take much more energy, time, staff (and money) to make than unscripted shows (with some exceptions). It is no surprise that the highest ranked podcasts are scripted.

Our list follows this format to give you some clue of what you’ll get if you subscribe via the link provided: Popularity rank and title. Scripted or unscripted. Name of host, typical show length, and average episode frequency. This last one is a little squishy because broadcast frequency is often irregular, or a show runs for an ill-defined “season” or sometimes it appears “whenever.” Last in each item is a description written by us about why it might be worth your while.

Not all of these 50 great factual Podcasts are book related, but some are and knowing how popular podcasts are *with* bookish people, it’d be silly not to share this.



Using paper of various colors and textures, she depicts the White Rabbit, Cheshire Cat, and Alice herself, with careful attention paid to each different layer.

Alice In Wonderland has been the artist’s favorite book since childhood, and she hopes to portray a light-hearted side of the tale through this series. Her works will be shown at the Paper Artist Collective pop-up in Oslo this November.

These paper cut Alice in Wonderland ornaments are so neat.


With each new high school class, I kept the discussion about reading as one of our introductory activities. Later, when I began tutoring young struggling readers, I asked the same questions: How did you learn to read? Did you ever enjoy it? Why do you hate it now? The same answers cropped up time and again. Here are the reasons students offered to explain their aversion to reading and some possible solutions.

Reasons why kids don’t always read — and really great tips for getting those reluctant, fearful, or distracted readers to open and love a book.


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