Wednesday, June 30, 2010


I said we'd have the podcast out by the end of the month, and here it is, with an hour and 45 minutes to go. We'll have a vote about the content of the next episode.

Othello With Laurence Fishburne and Kenneth Branagh
Othello With Laurence Olivier


  1. Hi guys I just started downloading your podcast and I have to say it's fantastic.

    I study Shakespeare in school and it's an invaluable resource. It helped me understand Othello a lot better because unlike most Shakespeare explanation podcasts you guys actually talk about it in an understandable and normal way.

    Keep up the good work and I really want the next on to be about Shakespeare's villains because I played Edmund from King Lear as part of my drama course and am interested to learn about other Shakespeare villains.


  2. Hi,

    Just a comment to say how much I enjoy the podcast, always witty and informative, a really great listen.

    I'm currently in rehearsals to play Iago in a production of Othello over here in the UK and found the Othello and Villains episodes both useful and fun.

    Please keep up the good work, am looking forward to whatever you come up with next!

  3. In this podcast, you talked about how quickly Othello became jealous, and how he'd take any information to support what he'd already decided. I wanted to let you know that there's a formal term for this, confirmation bias (

    This also describes the anti-stratfordians pretty well, don't you think?

  4. Precisely right. I'm a big fan of Logical Fallacies, they're a great way to think of our own thought processes. Thanks for bringing this up!

    The Anti-Stratfordians are definitely guilty of Confirmation Bias, but their biggest problem is a ludicrous double standard, where you must have air tight proof of Shakespeare's authorship, but the vaguest hint is good enough for their candidate of choice.

  5. I must admit that Carsonist may be right about double standards and that, of course, there are many logical fallacies, but I wonder if you have taken any time to have a look at some of the very interesting aspects concerning the authorship question?

    I would be more than happy to bring them to your attention.

  6. how do I download this podcast may I ask?

  7. You can download it by clicking on the title of the post.

  8. Fromm there it takes me to dropbox... and I am unable to downoad it from there.

    Sorry for being so difficult, but I am studying this for my A levels and found this podcast to be useful =)


    That link should be good

  10. Yes it worked, thank you very much =)

  11. As soon as you said race was not significant to the plot, I closed the podcast.

  12. Just downloaded your microcast with the Othello race comments and I don't think it could be argued that race isn't significant to the plot! You said that Iago is the only one that refers to it, but so does the Duke ("your son in law is more fair than black"); and in particular, Othello does! He says "Haply for I am black and have not these soft parts of conversation"; "Rude am I in my speech", which I think you can sort of extrapolate to "... because I am black/ a Moor/ of a different culture". You keep talking about what the play is ABOUT... well, ok, if it's about Othello's jealousy, and why he so easily succumbs to Iago, maybe you should consider why Othello is so receptive to Iago's poisoning: an element of self-pity because he feels like an outsider in Venetian society; the fact that Iago's allegations seem perfectly plausible because Desdemona may run off with Cassio because he's of the same "clime, complexion and degree". Othello's an inherently insecure man, and I think race goes a long way towards explaining why!