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BardCast: The Shakespeare Podcast

A scattershot podcast about William Shakespeare and his works.

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Hamlet Act I

We're doing Hamlet in a series of five Acts. I think it's a way that we can look at the development of the story and characters as we go through it. Here's Act I.Warning, if you haven't seen Hamlet, or know the story, I'd strongly advise seeing it before doing literally anything else. That may not be too practical because there aren't a lot of theaters performing it at any given time, but it's still nice to dream that someone could see it completely fresh, even today. We're hoping to have our next episode be a very special edition. I'm keeping it a secret right now, but we're very excited!

2 Sep 2013

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Twelfth Night

We both like Twelfth Night a lot. It's our new episode!We've been having a lot of cool comments here, I'm excited about our next mini-episode discussion!

31 Jul 2012

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Much Ado About Nothing

Much Ado About Nothing is a good play, with many good turns of phrase by Shakespeare. So many, in fact, that I forgot some of my favorites! Is it not strange that sheeps' guts should hale souls out of men's bodies?Benedick, Act II, Scene III (Referring to the way that musical instruments can cause transcendent emotions)For there was never yet philosopher, that could endure the tooth-ache patiently. Leonato, Act V, Scene IWe don't know what the next episode will be about, cast your vote in the comments, or in the donation link!If you do make a donation, is it possible to leave a message? If not feel free to send your request/comment to Shakespearepodcast at gmail.com

1 Nov 2011

Rank #3

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What Is Hamlet

Hamlet is a cool play, and a cool guy. We did an episode about the play. Don't worry, this is just an overview, we're going to dig in much deeper with later episodes.Here's a sample from the "Bad Quarto", "Good Quarto", and the First Folio

2 Sep 2011

Rank #4

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Julius Caesar

Sorry about the extreme delay, both Jeff and I are working and going to school now, so we don't have as much time for podcasting and editing as we'd like. Also, I was sick for about a month and a half.The episode is available Here.Hark! A Vagrant has fantastic comics about Julius Caesar Here and Here.A review of The Shakespeare Wars is available Here.

23 Mar 2012

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Hamlet Act II

Act II is a lighter part of Hamlet. More jokes, fewer ghosts. We find out a lot about our characters.Anne Barton, a Shakespeare critic, recently died, if you want to find some of her writing, try out her page on the New York Review of Books, she's pretty good!Thanks to everyone out there for all your support, next up is Act III! (Unless someone suggests something else good.)PS.Just updated the feed. Anyone having issues with downloading the podcast, please try again. Only the latest episode is on the new service, but we will be adding the backlog as space becomes available. Sorry about the difficulties.

29 Nov 2013

Rank #6

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Hamlet Act III

Act III is really good. In fact, we skimmed over it a bit too fast, and I think we're going to have to have an episode about the monologues at some point. The monologues are so important, and have so much content, they certainly justify it.For more info about how the audience sat on chairs on the stage in Shakespeare's time (and other details about the audience and the stage): http://www.folger.edu/template.cfm?cid=1434 http://www.shakespeare-online.com/essays/shakespeareaudience.htmlChoice Conversations interviewed us:  choiceconversations.libsyn.comI asked the director of Hamlet: The Series for a more detailed description of the project, and here it is: "Hamlet: The Series is an adaptation of the play into a six-episode web series in the original language, but with modern dress and an abstract modern setting.-Episodes are divided so that each takes place over about a one-day period, so that the audience can feel how each scene connects to the next. The amount of time between episodes however is left uncertain, as in the play itself.-The early and late episodes follow the Quarto act breaks, but the middle ones do not, because the breaks didn't match up to where I felt the days began & ended.-Several roles have been switched male-to-female, both to give it a more modern feel and to point out how some of the themes still play in the modern world.The main website is hamletseries.com. There's also a Hamlet: The Series group on Facebook that people can "Like". It will be available free on Youtube, for rental or digital purchase on Amazon Instant Video, and for DVD-purchase on Amazon.  Episodes 1 - 3 should be available by about the time your Podcast goes live, the last three sometime in the Spring of this year."

21 Feb 2014

Rank #7

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The Taming of the Shrew

iTunes link doesn't seem to be working at the moment, but the episode is still available through this link. (Is there anyone out there who runs a server that could host these episodes? Our current solution may not be working.)I think that Taming of the Shrew is changed by our modern perception of gender more than any other Shakespeare play.  When Petruchio says that his wife is his property, that seems shocking to us, but was a defensible position at the time.We came down pretty hard against Taming on its anti-feminst position. We admit that you can play it in another way, but the text doesn't provide for a sarcastic interpretation.Like I said in the episode, if you or someone you know needs a position filled, I'm available to take on a new job. Just send an email to bardjob at gmail.comMake sure to vote on Hamlet or Coriolanus!

26 Jun 2013

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Hamlet Act IV

We talk about Hamlet, Act IV. People start dying. I think we're going to do an episode about Polonius Laertes and Ophelia later. Especially considering whether they are necessary to the play.New websites!Tumblr PatreonPatreon guide:Patreon is a service where people can give money to content creators when they produce something. In this case, people can give money to us when we produce podcast episodes. The money goes to defray the expense of producing and hosting the podcast.You can set limits on the amount of money you can donate. We only produce an episode once a month, so setting a limit of once a month for donations is good. If you only want to donate for a particular amount of time, you can limit the total number of donations as well.

17 May 2014

Rank #9

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Measure for Measure

Sorry about the delay everyone. We both have part time jobs that make it difficult to find a time to work together, and we had to scrap an episode that didn't work, and we got discouraged about the whole process, but here's a new episode!Measure for Measure is about justice, and how law and justice can be opposed. Particularly, it's about how laws about sexual conduct aren't followed, so this one isn't for kids.

31 Jan 2013

Rank #10