You are speaking much too quickly. The most successful podcasts that I listen to with dedication, when they are available, (Lars Brownsworth, Dan Carlin, Laszlo Montgomery) speak as though they are telling a story. You and your colleagues sound like you are reading from a paper and have a big clock in front of you that is counting down to something or other. Footnotes ARE the most interesting part of history but I just couldn't listen anymore as you started with Perkin, who has been one of my favorite 'almost made it' characters for a long time. You do not sound even mildly engaged.
And really, Francis Bacon as Shakespeare? These days it's the Earl of Oxford as Shakespeare. And Francis may never 'live down' Carolyn Merchant's skewering of him in 'The Death of Nature'.
You have such a great opportunity here. Why are you reading so boringly and in such a rush?
Thanks for the comment - as you can see, this is "Round 1" of the podcast series, so we are still finding our feet, so to speak.
Also Francis Bacon as Shakespeare was intended as a well-known joke not a commentary on the debate, which I find to be slightly off-kilter at the best of times.
Hope you continue to give us a try!
Write something about yourself. No need to be fancy, just an overview.