The Friday Five is a list of five things worth knowing about.
This week, it's locally-produced podcasts about business, technology, and science. Some are video, some audio. Some are streamed live, some are pre-recorded. But all of them are worth checking out. (And two of them even invite you to be part of the live studio audience.)
In no particular order, they are:
- IdeaCast, from the Harvard Business Review and Harvard Business School Press. This is really two podcasts, one audio and one video, focusing on topics like "Consumer Psychology in a Recession" and "Managing B Players." Guests include profs from Harvard Business School, management gurus, and CEOs from companies like Procter & Gamble and ad agency Saatchi & Saatchi. An RSS feed for the audio version is here, and the video version is here. Or find them both on iTunes by searching for IdeaCast.
- The Museum of Science's weekly audio podcast covers all things scientific, from space travel to global warming, nanotechnology to the health benefits of blueberries.
- Watch Thomas Friedman talk about the flat world, Benoit Mandelbrot explain fractals, or Bill Gates share his vision on the biggest challenges facing computer scientists. The MIT World site contains an archive of 600+ videos of lectures and panel discussions that have taken place on campus, and there's an RSS feed to stay current with the latest uploads. (Also good from MIT is the Media Lab's LabCast video series.)
- The weekly "Pokin' Holes" show is Webcast live on Thursday nights from a venue somewhere in Boston (usually a bar). An entrepreneur presents a new business idea and gets feedback from a panel of consultants and fellow entrepreneurs. Part of the DartBoston networking series for young entrepreneurs.
- HubSpot TV co-hosts Mike Volpe and Karen Rubin (pictured in the photo) chew over the week's marketing news, and often bring on special guests like Twitter co-founder Biz Stone, rap star M.C. Hammer, and BzzAgent CEO Dave Balter. Watch it live on Fridays at 4 PM or download it free from iTunes. And if you can get to Kendall Square, you can be part of the live studio audience.
Are there others you enjoy? Post 'em in the comments...
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About Scott Kirsner Scott Kirsner was part of the team that launched Boston.com in 1995, and has been writing a column for the Globe since 2000. His work has also appeared in Wired, Fast Company, The New York Times, BusinessWeek, Newsweek, and Variety. Scott is also the author of the books "Fans, Friends & Followers" and "Inventing the Movies," was the editor of "The Convergence Guide: Life Sciences in New England," and was a contributor to "The Good City: Writers Explore 21st Century Boston." Scott also helps organize several local events on entrepreneurship, including the Nantucket Conference and Future Forward. Here's some background on how Scott decides what to cover, and how to pitch him a story idea.
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