Notes for My Brown Podcasting Workshop

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I am presenting a workshop entitled Podcasting for Nonprofits at the The John Nicholas Brown Center at Brown University. In lieu of a distracting and paper-wasting handout, I’ve compiled some links here for the participants:

My Articles

How to Interview Someone – a guide to the basics of interviewing for radio/podcasting

Proper Microphone Placement – A $1000 microphone that is used improperly will just sound like a microphone being used improperly. Save the $1000 and get the placement right.

Microphone Types – What you need to know to pick a mic for you.

Recording Phone Interviews with Skype – Cheaper, easier, and (when done right) at least as good as dedicated hardware.

Promoting Your Podcast to Get More Listeners – Podcasting is better with an audience.

Why and Editing is Important, and How to Do It – When the interview is over, the work has just begun…

Outside Resources – a great educational resource for anyone interested in radio

Pulling Back the Curtain – NPR’s On The Media did an eye-opening piece on what really goes into making radio


Updated “About Me” Page — Now With Clients

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I’ve been very busy with projects over the last few months, and I have not posted much new information. I have a number of new posts in the works on topics ranging from hosting providers to improved recording environments. Until then, I wanted to point out that I have updated my About Me page to include a partial list of clients, for those who are interested in knowing more about what I’ve been up to.

Select List of Nationally-Recognized Clients

I have had formal business relationships with these organizations (or their podcasting contractors):

Alliance for Climate Protection
California Academy of Sciences
Cone, Inc.
Dallas Wind Symphony
Forrester Research
Fort Worth Symphony
Monterey Bay Aquarium
Museum of Science, Boston
San Francisco Bay Joint Venture
Tulsa Symphony Orchestra

I have provided help to these organizations, but haven’t entered into a more formal consulting arrangement:

National Academy of Sciences
New Scientist Magazine
New England Aquarium
Ontario Science Centre
Oregon Museum of Science and Industry
Union of Concerned Scientists


New Podcast: The Puzzle Podcast

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I’d like to officially announce my newest podcasting endeavor: The Puzzle Podcast.

I’m co-hosting this short weekly show of brainteasers with David Leschinsky, the owner of Eureka Puzzles, a popular puzzle and game store in Brookline, Massachusetts. The premise is simple: we pick a puzzle type for the week, explain how it works and do an example or two. We finish each episode with a harder one for the listeners to work on until next week’s show (when we’ll give the answer)

The motivation for starting this show was actually this episode of This American Life. After listening to that show, I was inspired to do some more puzzles, so I went to my computer to find some puzzle podcasts. I figured there would be dozens of them, so I was shocked to find exactly one: the NPR Sunday Puzzle with Will Shortz. Now, I do like this segment, but it focuses on one specific type of word puzzle — and it is really just part of a longer radio program.

So, with the strong feeling that there should be a good puzzle podcast that featured puzzles of all types, I decided to start one. I quickly registered, contacted David (who I knew from this interview I did with him for Boston Behind the Scenes), and got recording.

I’ll write a more technical post about setting up the show soon, but for now I’d like to invite you over to to try your hand at our puzzles. I’ve attached the first episode to this post, and there are two more already up on the main site. If you hurry over today, you’ll still have a chance to with this week’s prize before the next episode goes out tomorrow.

As David always says, Happy Puzzling!

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