LISTen: The Podcast -- Episode #28

This week's episode is different from the usual fare. The thread holding this together is: "Authors You Didn't Hear at ALA Annual 2008". Authors David Weber and Piers Anthony were interviewed this week. Interviews ranged from talking about their works to how they view libraries to the future of books. The interview with David Weber is being presented in two parts with the remaining portion to air on a future episode. Both authors raised unique points when it comes to determining authorial intent relative to exposing children to their own works that might be otherwise objectionable.

A link is presented below for the Baen Free Library. That site is one where there are complete works available for reading without digital rights management software issues. Works by David Weber and others appear in that collection.

Related Links:
Home page of Piers Anthony
A book by Piers Anthony not for kids
A second book by Piers Anthony not for kids
The Baen Free Library featuring items by David Weber and others
Works by David Weber published by Baen Books
The Honor Harrington Series
US Transition to Digital Television Broadcasting Info Site
Home page of Erie Looking Productions
An interesting tweet on Twitter -- Read More

00:34:07 minutes (7.81 MB)

LISTen: The Podcast -- Episode #29

This week's episode is posted early due to recurrent broadband outages being experienced by the production team. The team felt it best not to wait on posting as it would be better to be early rather than late. Hopefully this improves.

The episode this week has the second part of the interview with author David Weber as well as a book review in Tech for Techies.

Related links:
The Baen Free Library
Absolute beginner's guide to podcasting
Podcasting hacks
Works by David Weber published by Baen Books

00:31:31 minutes (7.22 MB)

LISTen: The Podcast -- Episode #30

This week's episode is an unusual one with that not being due to its length. The podcast audio production engineer discusses the whole question feature further while introducing two responses submitted by librarians apparently based in the United States. A commentary is presented relative to a blog post encountered over the past week. The zeitgeist recap covered stories listeners might have missed over the week that was.

There will be no podcast next week. The production team will be working on a "company move" on the 26th and probably spending the days following that making sure systems are stable. Following this episode the release of episode thirty-one is presently scheduled for August 4th. If there is a breaking story, we may well release coverage anyhow.

Related links:
The "Hello Radio" site mentioned in one public service announcement
Blake's original post asking a question and inviting responses
Blog post referenced in the commentary
ALA's Digital Television Transition Page With Information On Speakers Available
Federal Communications Commission site on the Digital Television Transition

00:11:48 minutes (6.76 MB)

LISTen: The Podcast -- Episode #31


Yes, there are interviews this week. We rarely are able to fit in three but we did this week. First up was author David Michael Slater who discussed his writing career. Following Slater was the CEO of search engine Mahalo, Jason Calacanis. Calacanis talked about his company as well as the search engine field. Rounding out our session of interviews was Tim Darlington, Digital Services Manager at the library of Massey University. Darlington spoke about Massey University being the first of the academic institutions in New Zealand to have its library adopt a discovery layer such as Encore from Innovative Interfaces.

The close to the podcast notes that further answers to the question about choosing librarianship are no being sought. The answers received will be presented by the program's engineer next week. The new question posed was: "Why do you stick with Twitter?" Replies are needed by 0700 UTC on Sunday, August 10, 2008. Folks outside the United States wishing to provide an MP3 recorded answer can use the powered tool below: simple private sharing

Folks within the United States can also use that tool in addition to being able to call 646-495-9201 and entering when prompted extension 61340. Materials can also be sent as an attachment via e-mail to A link to Blake's post about how the process of replying to the question is shown below.

Referenced links:
Blake's HOWTO
Mahalo, the human-powered search engine
The personal website of Jason Calacanis
The new Encore interface to the catalog at Massey University
A sampling of books by David Michael Slater shown in
Website of David Michael Slater -- Read More

00:34:19 minutes (7.85 MB)

LISTen: The Podcast -- Episode 32

This week's episode brings a mix bound by the thread of "borders". The program this week brings an interview with Amy Kudwa, a spokesperson at the United States Department of Homeland Security, as well as a commentary looking at how history plays a role in the way we look at borders.

The engineer put forward a new question for folks to answer. That question is: "What is Web 2.0?" The deadline for answering either by leaving a voice mail or sending an MP3 file is 0700 UTC on August 24th. Talk To LISNews remains an audio project so while text-based replies are appreciated they are not likely to be read on-air.

Related links:
Fixed time converter showing local equivalents for the deadline
The Secretary of Homeland Security speaking to Wired

23:30 minutes (8 MB)

LISTen #33 Delayed

The thirty-third episode of LISTen: The Podcast is unavoidably delayed due to circumstances beyond our control.

0:28 minutes (670.25 KB)

LISTen: The Podcast -- Episode #33

This week's episode brings a shorter than normal commentary as well as interviews from New Media Expo 2008. Interviews from the exhibit floor at New Media Expo 2008 will be aired this week and next. This week's thread was hardware while next week's is software and service providers.

Related links:
New Media Expo site
MXL Microphones

16:47 minutes (7.69 MB)

LISTen Special Edition -- The Intersection of Librarianship and Politics

Originally the interview found in this special episode was supposed to air in the next regular episode. Being overtaken by events is never fun. As such the interview is being released in a special edition now.

Dr. Stanley Kurtz made an attempt to seek access to the Chicago Annenberg Challenge collection of documents at University of Illinois-Chicago. After initially being granted access, such was taken away. With conflicting answers Dr. Kurtz wrote a piece for National Review Online.

The production team contacted both the University of Illinois-Chicago as well as Dr. Kurtz. Dr. Kurtz responded to the request for an interview. The only contact from the University of Illinois-Chicago was to be told there was no statement and no comment.

In a case where we're left with only more questions, the interview is presented for consideration. The audio engineer's question that he requested be put is: was this incompetence or a bungled covering up?

23:47 minutes (8 MB)

LISTen: The Podcast -- Episode #34

This week's episode brings the remainder of coverage from New Media Expo 2008. Topics covered included service providers and software.

Related links:
Podcast Tune-up
Wizzard Media

19:16 minutes (8 MB)

LISTen: The Podcast -- Episode #35

Considering the hurricane situation in the Gulf of Mexico as well as the normal slow-down to news at this time, this week's episode has no interviews to it. A new installment of Tech for Techies is presented relative to interviewing for podcasts and gives some advice for librarians and teacher-librarians who may be involved in such. The program's engineer presented a brief bit about BlogWorldExpo 2008 (e-mail about that can be sent too). A commentary is also presented.

If you want to learn more about the situation with Hurricane Gustav, you can add this URL to your podcatcher to receive audio reports directly from the National Hurricane Center: As of the time of posting, updates were being issued regularly by the National Hurricane Center. An expanded listing of resource links can be found at LISNews here.

As an experiment in light of recent discussion, a transcript of this episode is available for purchase. The options exist to secure copies in either print form or electronic form. Pricing was intentionally kept on par, to the extent possible, with that asked by programs hosted by Oprah and Dr. Phil. This is a test to see if there is sufficient interest to back future transcript efforts as such involves diverting time and resources from other efforts.

13:26 minutes (8 MB)
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