On the Media Podcast: On Shakespeare

I listened to On the Media’s podcast: On Shakespeare. The length of the podcast was about 50 minutes and aired on 22 April 2016.


On the media tackles the topic of William Shakespeare. It has been 400 hundred years since his death, yet his work still remains intact and extremely well known. On the Media wants to know who Shakespeare truly is. They explore how the answer to the question has evolved through the ages. They take a look at what changes our perception of art, religion, class, and so forth. In addition, they take a look at one of Shakespeare’s works titled “Love’s Labor’s lost in Afghanistan” and look at its enduring global relevance that work has.


At the beginning of the podcast, the speaker references Starlings, which she then proceeds to talk about how it is a reference to Shakespeare. I believe she does this to set the tone for the podcast and let people know right off the bat that it is going to be about Shakespeare. At the beginning and end to while they are talking about Shakespeare they have this medieval music playing in the background—music that you would hear from the time of Shakespeare. I believe that was another tool used to help give the podcast a Shakespeare feel.

On the Media argues the right now is the perfect time to learn Shakespeare. They even start using Shakespeare’s phrases to describe why you should read his work. But On the Media chooses to go deeper into this topic of who Shakespeare is and uses the example of a popular phrase to help us understand that we can’t fully know. We have all heard: You have to live it to write it. It’s not true. You just have to have a good imagination, as they say in On the Media. They use example of some of the smartest people and say denied his Shakespeare authorship and argue that there is little documentary of him. We only know when he was born and things like marriage certificates. We don’t know his personal values through certificates Some people think that the works are Shakespeare’s works are an autobiography of his life. However, as they mentioned, your work doesn’t necessarily reflect who you are.

Overall, they bring in some good examples to back up their argument and claim.


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