McGill Podcasts

If you like podcasts, and who doesn’t — it’s hard to beat learning something and getting to close your eyes at the same time — you might take a listen to the McGill Podcasts, and particularly those in their Law & Society category. There are about twenty or so “pure” podcasts and the same number again of earlier videos.

The subjects range widely, including, for instance, “The Syrian conflict and the International Criminal Court: Interview with Human Rights Watch’s Richard Dicker,” “Tax Avoidance, Tax Evasion, and Tax Justice with Professor Allison Christians,” “Racial Profiling in the Canadian Context, featuring Fo Niemi and Tamara Thermitus,” and “La controverse Nadon avec Maître Bernard Synnott et Professeur Paul Daly.”

My only gripe is that it’s not possible to tell how long the podcasts are — at least, not possible given the way that my browser renders them.


  1. Good to know about these!

    To get picky with semantics, a podcast is a series. One audio or video file is an episode. So “Law & Society” is one podcast. One audio file or video by itself is not a podcast. Similar to a blog being a series of posts. An individual post is not called a “blog”. (Okay, thank you for letting me get that off my chest!)

    “Law & Society” shows up on iTunes under McGill Law Journal interestingly enough. Clicking through the individual files on iTunes shows their length–they seem to vary from about 12 to 25 minutes in length from what I can see.

  2. Thanks, Connie. Glad to be corrected, particularly since the use of “blog” for a blog entry or post drives me up the wall. I think I was misled by the parallel between broadcast and podcast; the former can refer to both the individual event and the continuing stream, as it were.

  3. I have not seen before the distinction that Connie makes, by which ‘podcast’ refers only to a collective enterprise or a creation and distribution of multiple recordings, rather than to a single recording. The Wikipedia article does not in my view use the term consistently, though the opening paragraph treats the word as meaning an enterprise rather than a single instance of recording and transmitting.