Bard Flies

by James A. Smith, William C. Quinn

A podcast full of sound and fury, told by idiots. Dedicated to covering the plays of William Shakespeare in chronological order. 

Podcast episodes

  • Season 1

  • S01 E37 - The Tempest: Stuff as Schemes are Made Of

    S01 E37 - The Tempest: Stuff as Schemes are Made Of

    Magic, monsters, sprites, witches, shipwrecks, betrayal, love stories on an enchanted isle, and emotional catharsis driven by a puppet master pulling all the stings: no, dear listeners, it’s not a Dungeons & Dragons campaign but S...

    55:10
  • S01 E36 - Cymbeline: Imogen There's No Cloten

    S01 E36 - Cymbeline: Imogen There's No Cloten

    With plot twists that depend on poor facial recognition, one-sided bets over cuckoldry, one of the most idiotic kings in Shakespeare, and a truly villainous stepson whose beheading we are unfairly denied on stage, Shakespeare’s “C...

    58:36
  • S01 E35 - The Winter's Tale: Pursued by a Nightmare

    S01 E35 - The Winter's Tale: Pursued by a Nightmare

    In a land ruled by a paranoid and jealous king hell-bent on destroying his own family and buffeted by violent storms, miracles, and a very large and hungry bear, Shakespeare’s characters go from intense melodrama to comedy to rede...

    53:36
  • S01 E34 - Coriolanus: The Pride Before the Brawl

    S01 E34 - Coriolanus: The Pride Before the Brawl

    What happens when a virtuous general gets drafted to run for office after defeating Rome’s enemies in battle? Nothing good! In this classic tale of martial virtue, popular politics, banishment, and treason, Shakespeare explores th...

    01:00:45
  • S01 E33 - Pericles, Prince of Tyre: Mediterranean Blues Cruise

    S01 E33 - Pericles, Prince of Tyre: Mediterranean Blues Cruise

    On a tour with the least linear ports of call since The Odyssey, Shakespeare’s Pericles tries to win the hand of a princess in an incestuous relationship with her father by solving a riddle, ends a famine, gets into a shipwreck, w...

    45:55