Radio 4 is running a brilliant series called A History of the World in A Hundred Objects. However should you wish to download this series so you can listen to it a convenient place and time, how should you do it? Certainly not through the over-complex official website that’s for sure.
But with some shell script you can grab the MP3 files and listen to this wonderful educational series at your pleasure:
i=1 e=100 y=2010 m=1 d=18 while [ $i -le $e ]; do date=$(printf "%04d%02d%02d" $y $m $d) for x in a c; do for y in 1000 1005; do wget -nc http://downloads.bbc.co.uk/podcasts/radio4/ahow/ahow_$date-$y$x.mp3 done done i=$(($i+1)) d=$(($d+1)) if [ $m -eq 1 ]; then endm=32 elif [ $m -eq 2 ]; then endm=29 elif [ $m -eq 3 ]; then endm=32 elif [ $m -eq 4 ]; then endm=31 fi if [ $d -eq $endm ]; then m=$(($m+1)) d=1 fi done
A reader has pointed me to the full list of MP3 (podcast) files available from the BBC.