We’re Now Available on Acast!


Early this morning I got an email from Acast, a popular podcast host based in Sweden, and was informed that the History of Southeast Asia Podcast has now been accepted into their growing stable.  This is the fifth place on the World Wide Web where you can listen to it, along with Blubrry (the host), iTunes, Stitcher and Google Play.  I feel good about this one because when the podcast was just getting started, three months ago, I submitted it to Acast and they said they were too busy to consider it, but they’ll have it now.  Here’s where to go to listen:


Published in: on September 21, 2016 at 6:28 pm  Comments (1)  

Episode 5, Ancient Burma and Nanzhao


Episode 5 is now online.  This time, the main topic is how the nation of Burma, also called Myanmar, got started.  We see the Burmese and tribes related to them settle northern Burma, followed by a special look at Arakan, a province that often went its own way.  Also in this episode, we see the Mons, a tribe we met previously, move the capital of their state in southern Burma, from Thaton to Bago.  Finally, we meet Nanzhao, Burma’s northern neighbor from the eighth to the thirteenth century.


Remember, you can also access the podcast on iTunes, Stitcher, and Google Play.

Published in: on September 16, 2016 at 5:51 pm  Leave a Comment  

We’re Now on Google Play!


Two days ago I submitted the History of Southeast Asia Podcast to Google Play, the best website for downloading apps for mobile devices.  Last night the podcast was accepted, but I waited until now to announce it, because it took a little while to find it on the Google Play search engine.  Now you have four places online where you can listen:  Blubrry (go there if you want to download the episodes), iTunes, Stitcher, and Google Play.

The History of Southeast Asia Podcast

Published in: on September 8, 2016 at 5:36 pm  Leave a Comment  

Happy Birthday, Star Trek!



On this day in 1966, fifty years ago, Star Trek first aired on TV.  Thank you for half a century of memories!

Also, my brother reminded me that St. Augustine, Florida’s oldest city, was founded on this date in 1565.  So I guess this means Happy 451st Birthday to my former home state as well!

Published in: on September 8, 2016 at 5:26 pm  Leave a Comment  

Episode 4, Early Vietnam


Episode 4 of my History of Southeast Asia podcast is now up!  Actually this is the fifth episode, if you count the introduction.  In the past, we took a general look at events happening all over Southeast Asia.  However, in this episode we concentrate our attention on the east coast of the Southeast Asian mainland, going up to 938 A.D.  Here we see the beginning of two nations: Vietnam and Champa.  Only one of them is around today; guess which one it is.


Published in: on September 1, 2016 at 11:14 am  Leave a Comment  

We’re Now on Stitcher


On Monday I filled out the application to make the History of Southeast Asia Podcast available on Stitcher, and last night it was accepted!  If you use the Stitcher app to listen to radio programs on your mobile device, you now have another way to listen to the podcast.  I’m planning to upload the next episode tomorrow, so that will be a good time to try listening (hint, hint).

Here is the new Stitcher page:


Published in: on August 31, 2016 at 7:20 pm  Leave a Comment  

The Flugtag Comes to Louisville


Since the 21st century began, I have been a fan of the Red Bull Flugtag, and look forward to reading and seeing pictures about it every year.  For those not familiar with the event, Flugtag is German for “Flying Day,” and it is used to promote Red Bull, the energy drink that claims to give you wings.  Participating teams build contraptions that are supposed to fly or glide, and launch them off a pier; most of the time they fall thirty feet into the water underneath, but everyone has a good time watching.

I just learned that the next Flugtag is tomorrow, and it will be held in Louisville, where the contestants will fly or fall into the Ohio River.  Louisville is 85 miles west of where I live, and since my home town doesn’t have a body of water big enough, this is probably the closest the event will ever come to me.

Check out the teams participating in the link below.  Of course Kentucky is well represented this time.  My favorites are the Flying Colonels, who plan to fly in a giant KFC bucket, and the Cardinals (of course the University of Louisville had to get in on this!).

Red Bull Flugtag Louisville

Published in: on August 26, 2016 at 8:17 pm  Leave a Comment  

Podcast Errata


Whoops, I found an error that got recorded!  In Episode 1, I gave the impression that modern man already knew about the splendid Cro-Magnon paintings in the caves of France, before the discovery of Java Man in 1891.  Well, last week, I learned I was wrong.  The Lascaux Cave, which contains the best examples of caveman art, was only discovered in 1940, and among the other French caves containing art that I looked up, the first to be discovered turned up in 1901, ten years after Java Man was found.  Therefore, I have edited the first part of Episode 1, by removing the misleading sentence, and uploaded a corrected MP3 file.

Unfortunately on the host site, at Blubrry.com, the episodes are no longer in chronological order.  Episode 1 is now listed as having been uploaded yesterday, though it was originally uploaded on July 15.  I wonder if I can get technical support to help with this?

Published in: on August 22, 2016 at 7:42 am  Comments (1)  

Episode 3, Mandalas

The fourth episode in my podcast series went up this morning.  For those who haven’t been following this project from the start, I began with an introductory recording, which I called Episode 0; hence Episode 3 is the fourth episode recorded so far.

This episode is about the first Southeast Asian nations larger than a city-state, which appeared roughly two thousand years ago.  Special attention is given to Funan, the major state that arose in Cambodia.  Then we look at medium-sized states like Dvaravati, Haripunjaya, Pan Pan, Langkasuka, and Tambralinga, which the Mons and Malays founded in present-day Thailand and northern Malaya.


Published in: on August 16, 2016 at 10:35 pm  Leave a Comment  

Episode 2, The Main Players Arrive


The next episode in my new podcast series went up today.  This time the main topic is migrations.  The Southeast Asians you are familiar with came originally from China, in at least five waves:  the Austronesians or Malays, the Mon-Khmers, the Vietnamese, the Tibeto-Burmans and the Thais.  In this episode we follow the course of the Malay and Mon-Khmer migrations.  Then when the Mons make contact with India, we see Indian civilization introduced to nearly all of Southeast Asia, setting the stage for the rise of the first Southeast Asian states.  Check it out at this link:


Published in: on August 1, 2016 at 9:03 pm  Leave a Comment