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You must read Podcasting News if you are interested in podcasts! The New York Times has NYTimes Podcasts covering almost every area of interest. For anyone and everyone, is a directory of professional and amateur podcasts. Unfortunately, many podcasts come and go too quickly and the directory links to some ghost sites.

For October 30, 2007, we were instructed:
In your blog: listen to some podcasts and analyze different aspects of the production quality of these podcasts; then, reflect on ways that you could use writing to create podcasts or coursecasts; brainstorm some ideas for creating your own podcast: an interview, presentation...

I am a fan of Internet Radio, podcasting, and pretty much all things resembling "radio" in any form. For November 6, we have been asked to create a podcast of some form, and I certainly don't see a problem creating a theatrical production of some sort.

Podcasting has the convenience that most Web tools lack. A podcast listener can be riding train, jogging, or sitting at home. As a listener, I don't need to interact with the podcast; I can listen and think. I can review a segment several times, or skip boring segments. It beats reading a Web page!

Many of the podcasts I favor are radio archives, so they have the production quality of any good broadcast facility. I listen to KGO (San Francisco); podcasts allow me to listen to any show from the previous seven days. I can stream the audio from WCCO, for clarity, and then listen to shows that aired at the same time on KGO at my convenience.

On a technical side, I head for NYTimes because they have the best science and technology reporters on the Web. For general interest, I launch iTunes and simply browse both podcast listing and radio listings. I prefer audiobooks, especially film noir era mysteries.


As a playwright, I am drawn to podTheatre because it is similar to old-time radio (OTR) and Readers' Theatre. I love the notion of students learning about narrative structure, cooperative production, and even the value of oral traditions.


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