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:
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
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?
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.
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: