16 June 2011

Oxford DNB - podcasts of notable biographies

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Heard about the Oxford DNB (Dictionary of National Biography) podcast?

The ODNB is a fascinating resource. It contains nearly 57,800 commissioned biographies of the people who 'shaped the history of the British Isles and beyond, from the 4th century BC to the 21st Century'.

It includes over 10,820 portraits, featured essays, themed collections of biographies, links to web resources such as the National Register of Archives, a Life of the Day feature, RSS feeds, etc.

It also now offers a podcast of a biography, every two weeks.  Each one lasts between 10 and 25 minutes.

125 podcasts are currently available - from Jimi Hendrix and Sweeney Todd, the murderer, to Princess Caraboo, nineteenth century impostor, and Captain Oates, Antarctic explorer.

NB: search using the podcast map, browse the complete archive, or click on faces in the gallery to hear their stories

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