Branch 8

Make Friends for Life


Chairman: Rich Knowles
(925) 370-6239

This activity is listening to podcasts on your own and then discussing them with your fellow podcast activity participants.  Each activity meeting has the general agenda of

  1. Discuss the podcast determined at the previous meeting
  2. Select the podcast for the next meeting

Meetings will be at 4 p.m. on the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays of the month.  

If you are completely new to podcasts and need some training in how to find podcasts the activity chair will be happy to assist.

Following is the history of podcasts listened to for this activity:

June 22 – Two distinct podcasts moderated by Ron Cassano

1001 Heroes, Legends, Histories, and Mysteries

March 29, 2015 The First American Road Trip by Jon Hagadorn

The Hidden Brain

April 26, 2021 Why Conversations Go Wrong

June 8 – The History of Literature Ron Rizzo

282 11/11/2020 Science Fiction

107  8/30/2017  The Man and the Myth – Arthur Conan Doyle and Sherlock Holmes

May 25 – Passenger List, a mystery series Rich Knowles

Sep 16 2019 1.1 Traffic

Sep 19 2019 1.2 Flock of Geese

May 11 -The Bill Simmons Podcast (a sports podcast)  Rich Knowles

April 20 2021 Steph vs. 2006 Kobe, the NEW Warriors Fans, and …

April 27 – Bag Man:  Ron Rizzo

A 7 part series presented by Rachel Maddow about Spiro Agnew.

April 13 – two past podcasts from History Extra Podcast Jamshed Gandi

Mar 20 What happened to the Franklin Expedition

Mar 17 How our hunger for land shaped history

March 23 – two past podcasts from Hidden Brain Nick Maufe

Feb 8   How They See Us

Feb 2  Creating God

March 9 – podcasts from TED Talks Daily for Feb 8 through 22: Rich Knowles

Feb   8 A concrete idea to reduce carbon emissions

Feb   9 The promise of quantum computers

Feb 10 Community-powered solutions to the climate crisis

Feb 11 Technology can’t fix inequality – but training and opportunities could

Feb 12 The hidden history found in your teeth

Feb 15 The political power of being a good neighbor

Feb 16 I let algorithms randomize my life for two years

Feb 17 How theater weathers wars, outlasts empires and survives pandemics

Feb 18 How technology has changed what it’s like to be deaf

Feb 19 The US is back in the Paris Agreement. What’s next?

Feb 22 You don’t need aliens to make history interesting

Feb 9  – American History Tellers  Political Parties: Rich Knowles

Jacksonian Democracy (episode 2 of Political Parties)

A person is assigned to decide what podcast(s) we will listen to and discuss at each meeting, and that person will be the leader for that session.  Assignments are:

5/11/2021        Rich Knowles

5/25/2021        Rich Knowles

6/8/2021          Ron Rizzo

6/22/2021        Ron Cassano

7/13/2021        Steve Schramm

7/27/2021        Kenneth Main

8/10/2021        Ron Rizzo

8/24/2021        Jamshed Gandi