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LISTen: An Podcast -- Episode #69

This week's episodes deals with biological science. First up we have about five minutes of audio from the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention in Atlanta on Swine Flu. Considering that most libraries are contact environments where such things could spread, this was deemed to be rather important. If circumstances warrant, further coverage may air unscheduled during this week.

Following that we've got an interview with Dr. Kirsten Sanford, also known as "Dr. Kiki". A neurophysiologist by training, Dr. Kiki talked to LISTen about changes with Scientific American and how that modifies the knowledge ecology. After that segment, a network operations report is presented followed by the zeitgeist round-up.

Related links:
CDC Landing Page on Swine Flu
Blog of Kirsten Sanford
This Week in Science
Systm at Revision 3

27:10 minutes (8 MB)

Tech for Techies #9

Your cranky audio geek, Michael J. Kellat, is off this week. Stephen is covering in lieu thereof. The topic of discussion this week is lessons libraries could learn from the recent Amazon public relations problem.

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19:55 minutes (8 MB)

Hyperlinked History- At The Gates by The Faceless Historian

My sincere apologies for the tardiness on this episode. We had a family issue come up that necessitated traveling and the chaos that goes with it, so I'm just now getting it online.

This time around, The Faceless Historian ushers you down the aisle of history with some key stops in (THIS... IS...) Sparta(!). Then he provides a dash of poetry and weird books before introducing you to a daughter and a unicycling scientist. Where does it end? Well, I suppose you could use Google to find out.

Sometimes, you don't even know if there is barbarian At The Gates.

13:24 minutes (8 MB)

LISNews Netcast Network Programming Advisory

Due to extenuating circumstances beyond our control, Hyperlinked History will be delayed this week. The program will post by Thursday morning UTC at the latest.

Tech for Techies #8

Tech for Techies #8

In this episode we are giving you what the audio hardware is that we use and what it costs. This is the hardware that we are using to do the podcast.

From Radio Shack:
2 each  3ft Gold Series Stereo Y-Cable, Phono plugs to 1/8” Jack
	Model: 42-2550      Catalog#: 42-2550     $7.49 
2 each   Mono Phone Jack to ¼” Mono Plug Adapter (2-pack)
	Model: 274-320      Catalog#: 274-320     $5.49
1 each   Gold-Plated Inline 1/8” Mini-Jack Coupler
	Model: 274-886      Catalog#: 274-886     $5.99
1 each	3-Ft. 1/8” Stereo Plug Cable
	Model: 42-223	        Catalog#: 42-223       $6.49
1 each	JVC HA-RX300 Full Size Headphones  (on line only)
	Model: HARX300  Catalog#: 55027856   $19.99

From Musician’s Friend
1 each	Behringer EURORACK UB802 Mixer
1 each	MXL 990 Condenser Microphone with Shockmount
1 each	Mogami Silver Series Microphone Cable
1 each	Musicians Gear Pop Filter
1 each	Musicians Gear Tripod Mic Stand with Telescoping Boom
From Fry’s Electronics
1 each	Turtle Beach Riviera 5.1 Soundcard

TOTAL (before Taxes)                                       $271.31

We are taking a week off to work on show ideas and scripts. The next Tech for Techies Episode # 9 will air on April 25. Thank you for listening. Your comments and suggestions are always welcome.

14:47 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)

LISNews Netcast Network Hiatus

By unanimous vote of network program producers, the LISNews Netcast Network is taking a week off. The release of Tech for Techies will still occur at 0400 UTC on April 10th (what is this in my local time). No new programs will be released until 0400 UTC on April 20th (what is this in my local time). Network producers will be taking time to catch up writing features during the hiatus.

Thank you for your patience and cooperation. In case you missed it, the most recent episode of LISTen had two big tech interviews while the Faceless Historian presented an expanded version of his recent Ignite Phoenix talk. Catching up during the hiatus is encouraged if you are curious.

Countdown to Xubuntu ( 9.04, by Pasi Lallinaho

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)

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)
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