Today, you have a choice of enriching experiences, from listening to Bach to enjoying animated videos of Billy Collins's poetry, from selecting a free lecture from Open Yale Courses to learning just how Venice works. Enjoy!
✦ Who doesn't like a little Bach playing gently in the background? Magnatune offers free Bach podcasts for your listening pleasure. Check out the menu to the left of the Bach listings for podcasts of many other kinds of music.
✦ You'll find at Billy Collins Action Poetry animations of the poetry of former United States Poet Laureate Billy Collins.
✦ Looking for free podcasts? This series, Seminars About Long Term Thinking (SALT), produced by The Long Now Foundation and hosted by Stewart Brand, brings you such diverse speakers as musician Brian Eno, anthropologist Jared Diamond, futurist, author, and inventor Ray Kurzweil, and geneticist Craig Venter. There are more than 100 podcasts to choose from.
✦ For those wanting something a bit more poetic, try Houghton Mifflin's poetry podcasts, The Poetic Voice, also free via iTunes.
✦ There's no reason you can't be a life-long learner, especially when Open Yale Courses is just a click away. No registration is required and, best of all, the lectures — available in video, audio, and text transcript formats — and course materials are free.
✦ Enjoy this 17-minute video, How Venice Works, and then visit Venice Backstage to learn more.
Venice Backstage. How does Venice work? from Insula spa on Vimeo.