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27 May 2016 - 1:53am

Interesting podcast about beating the house at gambling

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I like to listen to a few podcasts now and then and one I enjoy is Science Talk by the magazine Scientific American. Recently they did a podcast called where they talked with an author who wrote a book about people over the years who have attempted to beat the house in various games of chance by using maths and other strategies. If you enjoy true stories about gambling and big winners then I think you will like it.

You can listen to it on their website here. If you do give it a listen let me know what you think.

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29 May 2016 - 11:49pm
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Don't know why but it doesn't work for me Ed, I mean I don't hear anything, was curious about that theme, exactly the book I want to read.

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30 May 2016 - 1:44am
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If you go to the website do you see a big widget with a play button to play the podcast? If so, on the right beside the timer is a little arrow which you can click to download the mp3 file directly to your computer. Maybe that might work for you.

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31 May 2016 - 12:15am
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Yeah I see a play button but after I press it, seems like it loads but there's no sound, obviously will have to try to download the file.

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5 June 2016 - 7:36pm
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Oh, I want to listen to this. I just finished my very first podcast - Serial I am kind of late to the party, but wow, what a strange true-crime story it is.

My son loves Harmontown which is about Dan Harmon (creator of and fired from show Community) which he started to listen to after watching the documentary on Netflix, which I aslo watched. Harmontown has hours and hours and hours of listening and my son has listened to many days worth. lol

Serial was more manageable with about 12 episodes? I believe.

If you liked the Making of a Murderer about Steven Avery, you will like Serial.

Sorry to change the subject. I will listen to this one very soon.

Thanks, CL-Ed! Smile

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6 June 2016 - 12:30am
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No problem. My wife listened to Serial and was telling me about it a while ago.

This one is not a serialised podcast over many episodes, its just one episode of the weekly Scientific American podcast.

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6 June 2016 - 1:05pm
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I have it in my queue to play as I go through with work today. Sounds interesting!

Speaking of podcasts, what other ones do you guys listen to (no attempt to hijack thread)? I've downloaded a podcast app recently to listen to while I work, and usually listen to the BBC World Service Newscast and The Game Over Greggy Show, but am looking for some good ones to add to my library.

Will let you know what I think of the SA episode as soon as it wraps up.

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6 June 2016 - 10:26pm
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I have a few science related ones that I listen to regularly. Dr Karl on TripleJ is a weekly podcast of his radio show where he answers questions from people who phone in. Its very interesting, the guy is a bit of a genius, and it is funny as well sometimes. Your kids would probably like it too.

Another good one is The Infinite Monkey Cage which has Brian Cox who you might know from a bunch of documentary series he has done for the BBC. And also Science Talk which is the Scientific American podcast that started this thread.

If you want a good gambling related podcast try Gambling With an Edge by Bob Dancer.

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I'm a big fan of Serial too! I came a bit late to it too so was able to binge listen. So well done and was really compelling, I'm glad I didn't have to wait each week for the next episode. The second series is good but the material isn't as good - it's about a US soldier who just walks off base and manages to get himself captured and is then held for 5 years. He eventually gets back to the States amidst an huge amount of controversy. The story is told from both sides and as in the first series you are left wondering who is right in the end.

I also enjoy The Infinite Monkey Cage, I like that they have comedians on the panel along side top scientists in their respective fields. So you get to have a few laughs while learning!

Other great podcasts are Freakonomics and this American Life. One of the latest from Freakonomics was called How to Win and Beat People, the host went head to head with the author of a book on game theory in 4 games - Connect 4, Hangman, Battle ship and Rock paper scissors.

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12 June 2016 - 1:25am
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No problem. My wife listened to Serial and was telling me about it a while ago.

This one is not a serialised podcast over many episodes, its just one episode of the weekly Scientific American podcast.

Oh! Duh. LOL I thought it was an entire podcast about gambling. I guess I didn't read carefully enough. I will definitely find time to listen to one episode - soon! Smile

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CL - klaw wrote:

I'm a big fan of Serial too! I came a bit late to it too so was able to binge listen. So well done and was really compelling, I'm glad I didn't have to wait each week for the next episode. The second series is good but the material isn't as good - it's about a US soldier who just walks off base and manages to get himself captured and is then held for 5 years. He eventually gets back to the States amidst an huge amount of controversy. The story is told from both sides and as in the first series you are left wondering who is right in the end.

I also enjoy The Infinite Monkey Cage, I like that they have comedians on the panel along side top scientists in their respective fields. So you get to have a few laughs while learning!

Other great podcasts are Freakonomics and this American Life. One of the latest from Freakonomics was called How to Win and Beat People, the host went head to head with the author of a book on game theory in 4 games - Connect 4, Hangman, Battle ship and Rock paper scissors.

Those all sound very good. My youngest son is a comedian, so I know he has some comedy podcasts on his list - I will have to get some recommendations from him. And I mentioned my middle son is hooked on Harmontown, and he has hours and hours to catch up on.

I also came late to the Serial party. Smile I did the same as you - binge listened, and I was also glad I didn't have to wait. I remember hearing about it as it happened, but I really had no idea what was about. I know many people were very disappointed with the ending, but she was not writing the script, so I am not sure what they expected!

Thank you for explaining Season Two to me. I haven't listed yet.

I like This American Life, too!

Since Serial, there are two related podcasts - Undisclosed where Adman's friend Rabia is one of the hosts (and she has also written a book about the case), and Serial Dynasty where a firefighter (can't think of his name right now) basically talks about Serial and Undisclosed and interviews people. There were some interesting discoveries on Undisclosed, but otherwise nothing really new. You can basically find them all out right here:

http://www.ew.com/article/2015/08/24/5-key-finding-undisclosed-serial-ad...

I believe either 20/20 or 48 Hours Mystery or one of those shows plans to feature this case soon, too.

Another crime podcast that intrigues me, but I haven't listened yet is called. Sword and Scale, which is another true crime podcast that features different stories every week.

I am a huge 48 Hour Mystery/crime show junkie, so I will probably listen eventually.

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