BBC Radio 4 has just produced an excellent series about the social effect of telecommunications. Hidden Histories of the Information Age, presented by Aleks Krotoski, was broadcast in the week that the Science Museum in London opened its new information age gallery, and all five of Aleks’s programmes — each just 14 minutes’ long — tie in with sections of the gallery.
All five programmes are available as mp3 podcasts, which you can download to your smartphone, computer or mp3 player. The main page is here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/podcasts/series/infoage
They will be available indefinitely, says the BBC. And they should be available from outside the UK.
There’s more about the new Science Museum gallery here: http://www.sciencemuseum.org.uk/visitmuseum/Plan_your_visit/exhibitions/information_age.aspx