LISNews Netcast Network

RambleCast #1

Hyperlinked History is off this week. In lieu the network presents an essay talking about the world's knowledge ecology and some aspects of creating content within it. No transcripts will be available for this as it is based off a handwritten outline of which even the page turning can be heard in the program. The essay is contemplative and philosophical.

9:47 minutes (8 MB)

LISTen: An Podcast -- Episode #63

In this week's episode we hear from Peter Eckersley, a staff technologist with the Electronic Frontier Foundation, about their new Surveillance Self-Defense guide. Tools such as Tor and GnuPG are also presented in addition to a mention of the show's relevant GnuPG public key.

A news analysis piece followed the interview. A transcript of the analysis piece will be available later in the week. A lack of personnel prevented its release concurrently with the audio. It is tentatively planned to have such available in the relevant Kindle marketplace for USD$0.99 as well as at a comparable rate on Lulu.

21:35 minutes (8 MB)

Tech for Techies #3

In this week's show we look at Needs Assessment and the questions you need to ask yourself. In Audio Snake Oil we continue our look at Oxygen Free Copper wires. Somehow a promo piece from Linux Outlaws pops up in the middle of things. Next week we will look at the structure of a podcast and planning a podcast.

The homework between now and next week is to think about the questions discussed in the episode and how you would answer them in launching an online media project.

Resources list promised in the episode:

Sound Reinforcement Handbook
Written for Yamaha by Gary Davis & Ralph Jones
Published by Hal Leonard Corp.
ISBN 0-88188-900-8

Absolute Beginner’s Guide to Podcasting
By George Colombo & Curtis Franklin Jr.
Published by Que
ISBN 0-7897-3455-9

Podcasting Hacks
By Jack D. Herrington
Published by O’Reilly
ISBN 0-596-10066-3

Blogging Tips
By Lorelle VanFossen
Published by Splash Press
ISBN 978-1-4243-4361-4

Radio Drama Theory and Practice
By Tim Crook
Published by Routledge
ISBN 0-415-21603-6

The Complete Book of Scriptwriting
By J. Michael Straczynski
Published by Writers Digest Books
ISBN 13: 978-1-58297-158-2
ISBN 10: 1-58297-158-7

Church Production Magazine
Free subscription in the US with a church affiliation.

Tape Op Magazine
Free subscription in the US

200 Meters and Down
by Clinton B. DeSoto
Is an out-of-print text not in our collection but otherwise useful in considering where radio came from.

7:16 minutes (8 MB)

Hyperlinked History - Moving Along by The Faceless Historian

Welcome to another episode of Hyperlinked History! This time we drop into pre-medieval Japan and explore courtly rulers, samurai, invaders from foreign lands, mythic locales, Popes, empresses, money, stocks, conflagrations, and freight handling.

As you can see, things are really Moving Along.

12:33 minutes (8 MB)

LISTen: An Podcast -- Episode #62

We've got two interviews this week. In the first we talk to Rod Wagner, the director of the Nebraska Library Commission. Following that we talk to Nebraska Auditor of Public Accounts Mike Foley. Both interviews revolve around the same matter, namely the audit triggered when an unsuspecting taxpayer stumbled across a video of Nebraska Library Commission librarians on YouTube that did not look quite right to the taxpayer. There is a commentary following the two interviews discussing lessons that could be learned from the incident.

This episode is set to be a wild ride. Hold on to your seats and stay tuned.

32:55 minutes (8 MB)

Tech for Techies #2

Welcome to the first week of the Tech for Techies class! To learn about where we are going we have to look at where we have been. This week we look at the history of broadcasting that preceded podcasting. We also take a moment to look at a bit of "audio snake oil" when it comes to the physics of cabling.

There is no homework for next week with the class. That won't always be the case, though.

Related links: reference to a history text on very early radio history in North America
New World Encyclopeda on conductivity
Jamestown Distributions on conductivity
Matthey SA on structure of copper
Van Nostrand's Scientific Encyclopedia on Electrical Conductivity (licensed content, requires access permissions)
MatWeb on alloying copper
IEEE publication abstract on copper properties
Lycos Retriever on Electrical Conductivity

9:16 minutes (6.37 MB)

LISTen: An Podcast -- Episode #61

Sometimes brakes are not hit when people are sick. Listener discretion is advised.


  • Commentary relative to the Topeka-SpokaneShawnee County Library situation
  • Recently introduced legislation in the United States Congress
  • Brief run-down on what the LISNews Netcast Network is, answering some recent questions raised

Related Links:
Piece by Declan McCullagh referenced
First piece available for station licensing
Second piece available for station licensing
Flu medication from Amazon's grocery section

13:13 minutes (8 MB)

Tech for Techies #1

Although slightly late, this initial installment to Tech for Techies as its own show takes educational looks at some technology issues currently out there that weren't likely directly covered in library school.

6:24 minutes (8 MB)

Hyperlinked History- All The World Is A Stage by The Faceless Historian

Due to the completely unexpected success of the special episode of LISTen when I substituted for Stephen, he asked me to join the LISNews Netcast Network! So please join my alter-ego, The Faceless Historian, for a new show. This time, we cover actors, saints, kings, bards, emperors, and war. It's quite a production because, after all, All The World Is A Stage.

So sit back, grab a latte, slip off the shoes, and relax with a little history.

12:37 minutes (8 MB)
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