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July 30, 2005

Voices and Choices

I just noticed that Blonde Justice is starting to get into listening to podcasts. She's asking for recommendations, so if you have any, please let her know. I don't really have any because, well, the only podcast I listen to w/any regularity is Dave Winer's Morning Coffee Notes. Strange, I know. There are probably lots of good legal podcasts, but, well, I don't know. I'm such an NPR addict that I don't often feel like I have time to listen to other things. What I'd really like a podcast of is This American Life—without question the best radio evar! I assume they don't make mp3 versions available because it would hurt cd sales or something. Too bad.

But hey, even if I don't listen to any podcasts regularly or religiously, I haven't forgotten about podcasting. In fact, I'm thinking it's about time to crank up the “ambivalent voices” machine again and see what we can come up with. Would you like to be a “guest” on the “show”? If so, drop a line in the comments or send me an email. It's pretty painless—I call you, we talk, I add some music and edit out the parts where we both sound stupid, and then I post it online for all the world to hear. This is looking at you, Blonde Justice, as well as all of you cool cats who have just taken passed the bar. I would love to talk to you about the experience while it's still fresh in your mind, and I'm sure lots of people would like to hear about it. Other people/topics also welcome, of course, but those are what come to mind at the moment.

Oh, and looking ahead, Blawg Wisdom will be hosting Blawg Review on Sept. 5th, and then the review will be here at ai on Sept. 26th. (Geez, how did that happen?!?) The Blawg Wisdom version is supposed to be a special “back to school” edition of the review, so I'm thinking it would be great to have a podcast with lots of voices talking about going back to school. Perhaps I could get a dozen (or half dozen?) people to just say briefly the one piece of advice they'd give to students about law school, or describe briefly the most important thing to do or remember or not do or forget. What do you all think? Other ideas for incorporating a podcast into the back-to-school blawg review are welcome.

Finally, I'd also like to experiment w/Skype as our medium of communication/recording, so if you're into that, let me know that, too. I was going to do that w/Dave! long ago, but maybe when he gets back from London. (WTH? Why is he in London, anyway?)

Posted July 30, 2005 03:58 PM | voices

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Posted by: jose at July 30, 2005 06:55 PM

I would *LOVE* a podcast of This American Life... it is the best radio, period.

I'm in London for work... and then a vacation. I like my job. :)

I use Skype from here to speak with my wife--saves on transatlantic phone costs! So if you want to try a SkypeCast from London, I'm game!

Posted by: Dave! at July 30, 2005 07:08 PM

I'm trying to download all of the previous amb voices using ipodder, so I can get an idea of what this whole podcast thing is all about, but it won't download. Am I too late? Any other ideas?

Posted by: blondie at July 31, 2005 08:23 PM

Whoa! That sucks a lot. I just contacted Slapcast (where the podcast recordings are hosted) to see if they can fix the problem. This is why I never liked the idea of hosting my podcasts elsewhere -- you never know what someone else is going to do w/your stuff.

If Slapcast doesn't fix things soon I'll repost the podcasts locally, which is maybe probably what I should have done in the first place. Sorry about that.

Dave! We're on for a podcast for London! I'm looking forward to it!

Posted by: ambimb at August 1, 2005 06:02 AM

Update from Slapcast: The server hosting my files is down but should be back up "later today." Hmm. Ok, so server's go down and I know Roger is a great guy, but... And while Slapcast has been fun and generally works extremely well and is probably one of the simplest ways to get into podcasting, the $5/month whether I use it or not is, well, not fun. I think it's time to install MT-Enclosures and start hosting my own podcasts, don't you think?

Posted by: ambimb at August 1, 2005 07:14 PM

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