Monday, 15 November 2010

Words Fail Me Podcast 11 - Nov 2010 (X Factor Special!)

This months podcast takes on a topical theme, it's the Words Fail Me Podcast X-Factor special. In a strange clash of cultures this episode is recorded in the British Library, and features the Voice of the X-Factor, Peter Dickson. Dave chats to Peter about being a voice-over artist, career choices, and how to protect your voice.

Peter Dickson
Voice of the X Factor, Peter Dickson

He chooses a page of "Out" words for Neil and Dave to discuss, which leads Dave to challenge Neil at a coin spinning contest, A bad joke about cheese, and discussions about chess, graffiti in library toilets, and sporting events Dave has been to.

And, if, like Neil you are no fan of the X-Factor then the podcast starts with a short educational stroll around the British Library exhibits.

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The Large Books mentioned in the Podcast

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Neil and Dave at the British Library

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Neil with Dictionary at our recording location in the cafe!

Download now at Podbean, or search for "Words Fail Me Podcast" on itunes.

Monday, 1 November 2010

Ted Sorensen 1928-2010

Shortly After recording Novembers podcast in London yesterday Dave rang me with the sad news that Ted Sorensen, our podcast guest and dictionary opener for our April edition, had died.

Ted was best known for being speech writer for JFK, and coining some of the most iconic phrases in American politics. He kindly took time out earlier this year to chat to us about his career and thoughts on modern politics, and also choose a page of words for us to discuss on Words Fail Me.

Words Fail Me - New York - Ted Sorensen

If you have not already heard our interview then it is still available as part of the April 2010 Podcast.

News of Ted Sorensen's death has been reported on the BBC Website and also on