Friday, May 16, 2008

University Presses with Podcasts

I love good history podcasts. This post over at MetaFilter points to some terrific, professionally produced author interview podcasts by MIT, Harvard, Yale and University of California. See also the Making History Podcast and the Washington State Historical Society podcasts. If you know of any others, post them below.

And watch this space for the announcement of the Northwest History podcast series, which I plan to initiate in the fall.


jana said...

Thanks for the link to the Making History Podcast! I've been on hiatus for a few weeks due to a health problem and I can't wait to get back to 'casting. :)

Larry Cebula said...

You are welcome, Jana.

Could you run us through what software and hardware you use to create your podcasts? And how much time goes into each one?

jana said...

It's been awhile since you asked about my podcast (sorry). I record them via Skype and then edit with Audacity. Because I'm a historian and not a professional sound engineer (as I am sure you can tell!), editing the podcasts is fairly tedious work and I'm usually swearing a blue streak in the process. I'd say each 30 min of podcast entails probably about 3 or 4 hours of editing work. The first few probably took 5 times as long. :)

I had the support of a seasoned podcasting friend to give me some advice when I was first starting out--also, my husband & I did a brief podcasting stint when the genre was first emerging. Though we used entirely different technology at that time, having done that also gave me a bit of confidence in front of the mic.