Pods and Blogs - BBC Radio Five Live
Monday's segment was a bit hectic; what we'd planned was blown out the window by the awful arrival of hurricane Katrina. Today's pictures from the states affected are truly moving. Helping us cover events we had some excellent contributions from The Oil Drum, The Watt, and Weather Underground to name but a few.
UPDATE I: The audio archive on the Radio Five Live site still points (bizarrely) to half of last week's show I'm afraid. I've emailed them to see if we can get this fixed.
UPDATE II : I've cut an mp3 of some of the items covering the hurricane and the new Iraqi constitution. I mixed this mp3 "as live" using 2 free pieces of software Cool Play and Audacity our production notes section has more on this.
UPDATED, UPDATE III: The archive is now fixed! Click here to listen to the entire broadcast including all the items not included in the mp3.
Here's a quick run down of the segment:
We kicked off with some excellent phone posts of people who chose to stay behind in New Orleans. And we played a recorded an interview with blogger Michele Dupre as she reflected on what had been a very dramatic night and early morning.
Next Dr Jeff Masters of the Weather Underground site. In a previous job he's even flown into hurricane's. He told us just what it was like to experience 100mph+ winds. Apparently at his university they invite student to try out high wind speeds in a wind tunnel...most can't make it past 70mph.
Of course one of the big knock-on effects of the hurricane will be on oil prices. Today's NYTimes has an incredible photo of an oil rig entangled with a bridge (sadly I can't find it on the on-line edition). Discussing the issues we were joined by Heading Out of the truly amazing site The Oil Drum joined us (why pay for a subscription to an industry magazine when you can read stuff like that for free) as did Ben of the excellent energy blog/podcast The Watt
We overran the half-ways because those guys were so good. After the news and sport it was back to Iraq. Asso Aslem of the site/blog/radio-station www.niqash.org joined us with an informative run-down of the situation with the new constitution. We spoke via a very good voice over internet connection to his base in Northern Iraq.
And then back to the hurricane. In spite of our best efforts seminarian/podcast/blogger Chris Decker's internet and phone connection in Baton Rouge died at the vital moment. But we played a clip of his podcast.
Then on to the blogging man of the hour Mark Kraft aka Insomnia. He's really done sterling work dealing with the hurricane and compiling posts from all those blogging from New Orleans.
And last but by no means least, we wondered if the bad weather and high oil prices weren't a reminder that we all ought to be a bit more concerned about the environment, and maybe, just maybe, cut back on our penchant for gas guzzling "after-the-passion-wagons" and SUV's in the company of the superb podcasting tag-team of More Hip than Hippie.
Welcome to Sunny Prestatyn..
This is an mp3 I've been meaning to post for some time; an interview with the creators of "Found" magazine about their latest project "Dirty Found". Found Magazine uses an army of volunteer urchins to find bits of writing, drawings and photographs discarded by ordinary folk - their publications are collections of the best stuff they get sent in. Their new venture "Dirty Found" is a compilation of all the "Explicit" tagged material that's come in over the years. It is simultaneously fascinating, and disturbing. Although the editors literally mask the identities of all those whose "discarded material" appears, it's hard to avoid the feeling of voyeurism and I'm still just not sure what I make of their enterprise. Have a listen and make up your own mind. This mp3 isn't going to be on the regular podcast feed which I'm trying to keep thoroughly G-rated - although there's nothing here to frighten the horses.
The title of this post is a reference to the wonderful Larkin poem of the same name..have a read you'll see why..
Zittrain, Rezwanul, Peace
Because of some problems with the archive of last weeks pods and blogs segment on Five Live I've put up some of the interviews as an mp3:
- An interview with Jonathan Zittrain about the risks of computer meltdown thanks to a global virus outbreak that actually caused something more than inconvenience.
- An interview with Bangladeshi Blogger Rezwanul (this interview wasn't originally broadcast because of the poor telephone line quality)
- And lastly but by no means least a special BONUS FEATURE an interview with Muhammad of the excellent and interesting Muslim anti-terror website notinthenameofpeace.com
Mojtaba and Omid
The Committee to Protect Bloggers is organizing petitions on behalf of jailed Iranian bloggers Mojtaba Saminejad and Omid Sheikhan. Click on the links to find out more. Overleaf is the email that the Committee sent if you feel moved to spread the word via Inbox rather than blog post.
From Curt Hopkins, Committee to Protect Bloggers: - "I'm writing briefly to ask you not to forget Mojtaba Saminejad, the Iranian blogger who was sentenced to two years in prison for criticizing his government for arresting other bloggers. Mojtaba is mixed in with the general population of a prison that is overwhelmingly populated by hardcore violent criminals. We have started an online petition for him here: http://www.iabolish.com
/campaigns/campaign.php?id =Motjaba. It sends a separate email to the major Iranian decision-makers in charge of Mojtaba's case and in charge of registering global public opinion about Iran. Every time someone signs it sends a separate email to each recipient. By signing it you are saying, "We haven't forgotten; we won't forget." Please sign it, publish a post about it (if you have a blog) and let others know.We have also created a similar petition for Omid Sheikhan: http://www.iabolish.com /campaigns/campaign.php?id=omid . Omid was arrested 9 months ago and tortured. He faces a court date in early October. We want to convince the Iranian authorities to drop the spurious charges against him. Please do the same for Omid as you do for Mojtaba -- sign, post and pass it on.For anyone who might think this sort of thing doesn't do much, read this article about another imprisoned Iranian blogger, Sina Motallebi: http://www.ojr.org/ojr/glaser /1073610866.php .
Mojtaba's petition has over 400 and Omid's over 300 signatories. We need a lot more than that."
We don't need no stinkin transmitters aye
If you can't broadcast, podcast. That's what those canny Canucks are doing at CBCunplugged. In brief striking Canadian broadcasters are putting out podcast shows in a gesture of defiance as a dispute with management keeps them off the wireless. I'm not sure in the final analysis I understand what it proves, except that the most important people in radio are the content producers and that if you have good content everything else, including transmitters, is a bit of an irrelevance...at least until pay-day comes around.
Leaving the best bits in...
Evans, who presents Radio 5's weekend news, told Witchell: "If I'm going to ask you questions and you're just going to say I'm not prepared to answer that we're not going to get very far, are we? I just want to get this over with."
During the in-studio spat the tapes were rolling as producers (ugh been there, done that) tried to calm the situation. Nothing surprising there, but some wise-ass cut an mp3 (via The Guardian) and the row is now all over the Internet. Top marks go to the press office this time though for their perceptive comment - "It sounds like the sort of story which tends to surface in August, doesn't it?" Indeed.
That's probably about as much as I can say..except to observe the mp3 is almost certainly a lot more entertaining than the finished 2-way, thereby reinforcing something that podcasters seem to have known for a long time; that the best radio is made by leaving the so-called out-takes in. (cf. the wonderfully crafted stumble, mumble fest as I introduce the Catholic Insider on the last pods and blogs cast)
Podcast Paul put me onto this cool if ever so slightly spooky service that lets you visualize where visitors to your site have come from using Google maps - unfortunately I don't think it would work with feeds so still no real way of tracking the listenership though.
Pods and Blogs - BBC Radio Five Live
Another week and another edition of our segment dedicated to blogging and podcasting on Five Live's Up All Night programme. It's been a bit tricky getting material together for this week, the news didn't naturally fall into a clear sequence - but we've got some good stuff coming up I hope. You can listen live here (Monday 6PM PST / 9PM EST / 2AM BST) or after the show on archive here. Continued overleaf is a list of items currently planned for the show..
Update: We've had some issues with the archive this week. We hope to have it fixed soon. In the meantime I'll post some of the non-BBC copyright material as an mp3 here soon
Following he continuing investigations into the shooting of an innocent man on the London Underground we take a look at whether there should be armed police on the tube with Annie Mole of http://london-underground
Over a 100 bombs in Bangladesh this week and people in that country seem to think it's about time both government and opposition took terrorism seriously. We'll speak with Bangladeshi blogger Rezwanul of http://rezwanul.blogspot.com/
An internet worm wiggled its way round the web this week. But are such attacks the early tremors of a much bigger, much more damaging virus attack? Jonathan Zittrain of Harvard University speaks to us about his fears.
News and Sport
Our correspondent Kevin Anderson takes a look at efforts to set up a European version of the Electronic Freedom Foundation and about concerns over new EU rules on data retention that are stirring up controversy. Our guest is blogger Suw Charman
From the heart of the Catholic Church... The Catholic Insider talks to us about the World Youth Day gathering in Cologne.
And last but by no means least we'll have a listen round the wonderful world of soundseeing tours. Many different clips on offer, but also a mini-interview with Nicole Simon of Sushiradio
A Tale of Walking Two Cities
Like most radio journalists I've done my fair share of gas (petrol) price vox-pops in the last couple of weeks; hanging around garages accosting innocent motorists and asking them how they are coping with the prices and thereby making the pain of filling up the tank just that little bit more acute.
Well there's always walking and this podcast unites two people with a passion for traveling on foot. Lisa Salem of Walklawithme.com is attempting to walk round every neighbourhood in LA vlogging her experiences as a kind of participatory art project; Aussie Alan Waddell is also traveling round every nook and cranny of his city, Sydney, entirely on foot, and at the tender age of 91 too
LA Times and the future of News Radio
Is see that the LA Times has started podcasting. If AP and Reuters decide to add podcast feeds I'd say news radio is really going to have to rethink its game. My forecast: Transmitters will only be barrier to entry into the regular radio market for another 5-10 years until wifi radio takes off (in major urban markets anyway). There are already some wifi based radios on the market. Reporting is going to get easier and easier too. How long before we are all using high quality wifi phones? Sat dish communications will be relegated to the far flung corners of the world.