Podcasts To Ponder: Explores the Rabbit Hole Quality Of Youtube.com

By Richie Hobin
The Daily Call (4/15/15) 

This week’s podcast spotlight focusses on the mega digital site Youtube.com https://www.youtube.com/

The world is your oyster with Youtube.com. Everything is there. Workouts, speeches, lectures, documentaries, police acting badly, people you wish were acting and everyday folks doing incredibly stupid things on digital video can all be found on Youtube.com. Youtube.com is one of those cultural phenomenons that has become ubiquitous in the land and the world. It is one of those access points for the “internet” the world can reach with a smartphone. With the great expanse of the digital medium in the last 10 years, Youtube.com has become an ocean of digital images, voices, and past knowledge brought to the present.

Where else but Youtube.com can one look at old footage of ancient Yogis performing their craft or lectures and speeches decades old reach out to a viewer again. It is like an open source global library where almost anything one wishes to explore is there. I can’t adequately give kudos to all the fantastic, good or even mediocre content on this site, coupled with video to mp3 capabilities, it would take literally years to explore all the good content for you my good readers to even scratch the surface of all the stuff on this site, so we’ll go over some of my favorite stuff and lets cheer for its existence.

The Young Turks

Aside from all the documentaries and millions of hours of content from flower arranging or how to catch a rhino, the Young Turks channel is one I frequently turn too. Cenk Kadir Uygur started the TYT (The Young Turks) created this news network with the goal of starting a moderate liberal political and entertainment show. It launched on 13 February 2002. Today, the network generates over 90 million views per month. The flagship program in the network is The Young Turks, hosted by Cenk Uygur and Ana Kasparian, with 1.8 billion views and 45 million views per month by itself. The Young Turks is the largest online news show in the world, covering politics, economics, pop culture, social trends and lifestyle. You can pay for a subscription or do as I do and watch the free content on Youtube.com.

For inspiration, I like to go to a channel called “Omega Point” on Youtube.com. It has many great short videos that get to the heart of issues facing people on a global scale. One of my favorites is narrated by the late Terrance McKenna called, “Culture is not our friend” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4-tY6hmKcms or the wise words of Robert Anton Wilson entitled, “Don’t Believe In Anybody Else’s BS” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zTLkiJUX05A .

So much good thought candy to open new doors of ideas in the viewer’s mind can be accessed on the “Omega Point” channel such as the “Zen merging of East and West” author and Zen bard Alan Watts entitled “The Art of Meditation.” I greatly encourage you to indulge in these spoken words and accompanying images.

I could go on and on like the lectures and speeches of Chris Hedges or Gabor Mate that can easily be accessed here. These two great thinkers, writers, and authors need a column each from me be we can glimpse them here for a moment. An excellent channel called relaxed shacks dot.com, for all things tiny homes and tree houses by the do it yourself building master Dereck Diedricksen is fun to watch. There a prepers folks like the Living Survival channel or channels to show you how to play musical  instruments.

There are plenty of adventurous places to explore on this massive site which is probably familiar to everyone who’s accustomed to the internet. All the podcasts on the internet that I have mentioned is here in video form. As oysters of internet sites go, the biggest pearl of information available in the ocean of the internet is Youtube.com.

Upside to the Podcast: There is so much to explore I can’t adequately encompass the site in a short online column.

Downside to the Podcast: There is so much content that you could get lost down this rabbit hole for days which might in turn be a good thing. Also, some mp3 converters can’t get all the content to transfer from video to audio. Most of the content is visual and you will get a better experience viewing the content than listening to it.

This week’s Episode Segment is from The Joe Rogan Experience JRE #502 - DR. RHONDA PATRICK


Have you ever wanted to know the nuts bolts of nutrition? How nutrients pass in and out of the body? Why we want salt, sugar, and fat? Dr. Rhonda Patrick on episode #502 is the answer woman when it comes to the body, brain, and food combination. In this long but fascinating conversation on how the body works and reacts to chemicals in the food, the body, and how stress affects us as humans.

Dr. Rhonda Patrick has extensive research experience in the fields of aging, cancer, nutrition. She has tons of ideas on how to keep the body at optimum health for the longest period of time. She breaks down how exercise helps the body and why it is important. Dr. Patrick can explain how neuro-genesis grows in the body (the ability to grow new brain cells) comes about through exercise and as something as simple as going to a sauna can help you think better.

This podcast is full of ideas and perspectives on the body/mind connection and what’s important to put in you human temple to get the best out of it. Lots of interesting scientific facts and studies are explored and Rogan is on his best behavior with this informative guest. This is one of the Joe Rogan Experience episodes that stays on track for the full three hours. It is very enlightening if you want to understand how and why your body does certain things in certain ways.

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