LISTen: An Podcast -- Episode #64

Does your library have valet parking? In this week's edition of LISTen we have a patron perspective from the host of Tech for Techies about a shopping mall based branch of a public library in the Las Vegas Valley. Through being located in the Galleria mall at Sunset, this branch indirectly does.

After taking a look at a unique library setting through a patron's eyes, a round-up of coming events is also presented.

Henderson District Public Library locations
Galleria Mall Website
Cuyahoga County Public Library Richmond Town Square Branch
Article on economic troubles mentioned during the calendar segment

11:04 minutes (8 MB)

Hyperlinked History - Irrational Behaviour by The Faceless Historian

Welcome once again to the pages and stages of history where number crazy mystics meet musicians and mingle with warrior women who offer something of value to early 20th century warfare before that gets taken apart by an Anglicanized American with a penchant for carnival rides.

Sound weird?

Well, it wouldn't be the first time someone accused me of Irrational Behaviour.

15:35 minutes (8 MB)

Tech for Techies #5

This week we talk about the language used in podcasts and how it might differ. Three podcasts produced by the United States Government are aired in their entirety to provide examples. The programs from the FBI and NASA run one minute apiece while the segment from the Voice of America runs four minutes. After that we turn to discussing the mechanics of staffing a production and what the roles are in creating a show.

The episodes of the last three weeks were designed to make you think and consider what goes into the making of a podcast. Think about it and make the decisions that are right for you.

If you have any questions for us, you can send them to and we will give it our best answer.

Thanks for listening and for your support.

Related links:
VOA Special English Podcasts
NASA Moments Podcast
Federal Bureau of Investigation Podcasts
Buzz Out Loud #930

18:23 minutes (8 MB)

LISTen: An Podcast -- Episode #65

This week's episode of LISTen starts off through a chat with Blake Carver relative to his call for more bloggers. A commentary follows soon thereafter relative to teleprompter ethics. A look at publishing content for the Kindle and Linux news are also in the mix.

There will be no program on Wednesday in light of President Obama's press conference Tuesday night. This is to give everybody a chance to take a breath and catch up. Tech for Techies will indeed air Friday.

Related links:
Blake's post calling for more bloggers
Initial tweet by Stephen Green relative to teleprompter hacking
First example of a relay
Second example of a relay
Third example of a relay
Tweet noting the kitty's increase
Report from AFP on Tuesday's press conference
Times of London on the press conference
New York Times blog post on the press conference
Christian Science Monitor reporting on the teleprompter mishap
All example works posted by the production team
Short blog bit posted to the Amazon Digital Text Platform
Longer test piece posted to the Amazon Digital Text Platform
Contrast on Lulu to the long piece posted for Kindles
Announcement of Jaunty Jackalope features freeze
Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter on the freeze
Zenwalk release announcement
Frugalware release announcement
The LISNews Netcast Network on Public Radio Exchange

23:30 minutes (8 MB)

Tech for Techies #6

Simply put, this week is an info dump. Quite a lot of material about hardware is covered this week. From computers to microphones to mixers, we provide an overview of these matters. There are not necessarily philosophical matters to consider but instead nuts and bolts logistics.

Related links to learn more about some of the products mentioned are provided below. Next week, we'll be looking at audio, copyrights and legalities, and planning ahead versus fixing it in post-production.

In support of this episode, we offer this look at part of the recording space:
A Studio Space?

Related links:
Tapco Mixers
Rode Microphones
MXL Microphones
Audio-Technica Microphones
Mackie Mixers
Yamaha Mixers
CAD Microphones
Behringer Mixers
Shure Microphones
Contact e-mail address if you have questions

20:34 minutes (8 MB)

LISTen: An Podcast -- Episode #66

In this week's episode we have a quick practical lesson in the art of the radio public service announcement. Our designated teacher, Mike Kellat, brings you this lesson. Discussion of Linux and more is also included in the podcast.

Coming up this week there will be a new episode of Hyperlinked History on a topic picked by The Faceless Historian. On Friday Tech for Techies will be back with further discussion of the nuts and bolts logistics of production. In LISTen #67 we are endeavoring to have the community manager of the openSUSE project, Joe Brockmeier, on to talk about leveraging Linux in schools and libraries.

14:51 minutes (8 MB)

Hyperlinked History - Toilet Training by The Faceless Historian

We have a bit of a special episode for you this time around! Last month, I was chosen to speak at the third Ignite Phoenix event. To fit my talk into the time allowed, I had to pare down the essay to its barest essentials. So this time around, I'm presenting to you the original work, uncut.

So, if you haven't seen the video of my performance, you can find out why we're just now catching up with the Ancient Romans, at least on one small technological front. And if you have seen the video, I hope you enjoy the full presentation.

For all you library types with a passion for your profession, you could do a lot worse than promoting it in front of a group of people willing to hear you out. If you have an Ignite event in your area, you might want to submit a presentation. After all, it's only five minutes.

12:03 minutes (8 MB)

Tech for Techies #7

There aren't any links this week that would be new. This week's episode talks about production standards, audio quality, what "polishing a turd" means, and more. Core material is covered that is discussed more in books than in quick bits on websites. Audio Snake Oil makes its return in this episode.

One announcement that crops up in this episode states:

Hello, this is Stephen Michael Kellat, Interim Coordinator of the LISNews Netcast Network. Would you like to share us with friends and colleagues that don't have portable media players? We are now operating on the Public Radio Exchange, PRX. From KRNM in Saipan to KQED in San Francisco to WWNO in New Orleans to WVGN in the Virgin Islands, local NPR affiliates can now license LISNews Netcast Network content for air. If you want us to grace your part of the airwaves in the United States, call your local NPR affiliate today and ask that they pick up the LISNews Netcast Network. For our friends outside the United States, direct deals are possible if your stations are interested!

A visit to will let you find your local station's website which will have contact details to use. The network's profile can be found at

And for those curious about the Jaunty Jackalope:

18:12 minutes (8 MB)

LISTen: An Podcast -- Episode #67

This week's episode is jam-packed. We have an interview with Zonker Brockmeier, community manager for openSUSE at Novell, about that particular Linux distribution and how libraries can leverage it. We also have an interview with Sascha Segan of the PCMag Digital Network about the shift from print writing to writing online. Discussion of the Public Radio Exchange presence newly initiated by the network is also found in the show as it is explained what that means to listeners. Other news items pop up during the course of the program.

Related links:
One piece about the Binghamton situation
Another piece about the Binghamton situation
Yet another piece about the Binghamton situation
Story by Maggie Reardon about cutting back on broadband
The network's profile on Public Radio Exchange
Some licensing discussion at PRX
NPR affiliate finder
PDF file containing a list of all NPR affiliates
Zonker Brockmeier's Blog
Download page for openSUSE
Zonker Brockmeier on Twitter
Columns by Sascha Segan on
Sascha Segan on Twitter
Center for Democracy and Technology on S. 777
Additional material by the Center for Democracy and Technology on S. 777
eWeek report on S. 777
openSUSE Education announcement
Installation instructions for the Jaunty Jackalope beta

Ubuntu: For Desktops, Servers, Netbooks and in the cloud

30:21 minutes (8 MB)

Stand Down Notice

Transcript of the audio message:

By a unanimous vote, that is to say a four to zero vote, of network producers the LISNews Netcast Network is undertaking a stand down period. The stand down begins at 0430 UTC on April 10th and lasts until 0330 UTC on April 20th. During this ten day stand down, network producers will be hard at work catching up on writing features for release. Network programming will resume with LISTen on April 20th being released on or near 0400 UTC.

For those concerned librarians out there, please do not worry. This wasn't something I dictated. This stand down was initiated on the request of a producer that was put to a vote. Just because the network has an Interim Coordinator does not mean it has a despot ruling it.

I'm Stephen Michael Kellat, Interim Coordinator of the Network. Thank you for listening.

1:15 minutes (2.29 MB)
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