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May 17, 2007

99 Points - Episode 1

Nice capsule podcast review of LTA on this new site:

99 Points - REAL! Episode One: 99 Points to Podcasters


February 26, 2007

Irish Podcast Oldbones Keeps Level of Quality High

Man walking in Belfast
As you may know Dear Listener we love the 'Oldbones Podcast' here at LTA.  Well, there's a new episode up.  Well worth a listen:

The Telephone

(Photo taken this weekend by Jett who wandered lost for quite some time).


February 19, 2007

Oldbones is the Bomb

Our new favourite podcast here at LTA, Olbones, has made it to the shortlist for Best Podcaster and Best Podcast at the Irish Blog Awards.  Click below to hear her thoughts on the matter.

You Could Knock Me Down With A Feather

Oh, and I offer up my services as Toyboy for the evening.


February 14, 2007

Letter to America - The Irish Podcast - Chapter 57 - The Irish Podcasts Special

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Wow, Oldbones Rocks!  It's Letter to America - Chapter 57 - The Irish Podcast Special!

In which host Jett Loe and new intern Erin Parish review the Podcasts nominated for Best Podcast at this year's Irish Blog Awards.  Listen in as we visit An Lionra , Arseblog, Cumann Carad na Gaeilge - Podchraoladh Caoga a Naoi, IT@Cork, Oldbones, Podleaders and Twenty Major. 

All this and more on your "Oh, and they plead for your vote as well" Irish Podcast.

Link to the World Criminal Non-Commercial Archive


January 29, 2007

Some Favourite Podcasts

Buildings in Belfast

Have not mentioned recently on the Show my favourite podcasts.  So in no particular order here ya go:

Open Source
Always excellent daily programme that explores contemporary issues; the guests are consistently fascinating and knowledgeable and host Christopher Lydon, though he can be a bit like a 'hip uncle that doesn't quite get it', is always worth listening to.
iTunes Link

The Philosophy Podcast
Does what is says on the tin: who doesn't need a wee taste of Rousseau from time to time? (have a listen and tell me - doesn't the voice of this 'cast seem speeded up?  We're in some sort of 22nd century Blipvert / Speedlearn thing here).
iTunes Link

Tom Raftery's Podleaders
Way better than T.W.I.T., (face it - those guys are pretty lame).  And it's 'local' too - so you can feel good about yourself when listening, (if you live in Oirland). One thing to mention is that there seems to be some problems with Tom's servers, (check the website for latest news).
iTunes Link

The Economist
Cheaper than buying the magazine; it's free!
iTunes Link

Center on Public Diplomacy Events
Irregular, yet worthwhile talks from the University of Southern California's Center on Public Diplomacy.
iTunes Link

Moyers on America
Can't go wrong wit' da Moyers.  One of the few adults we've got.
iTunes Link

NPR Shuffle
Though their delivery drives me nuts, ("You're listening to ennnnpeeeeearrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr), and at its worst it's smug and self-satisfied, (the audio equivalent of the Guardian over here), it's still worth a listen.  They don't seem to put their national shows online for free but they do give you this daily pic-n-mix. 
iTunes Link

For cops by cops.  The perfect compliment to my favourite TV show:  The Shield.
iTunes Link

Looking through this list one sees there's only one Oirish cast - Tom Raferty's I.T. Views.  Hmm.  Looking forward to the Irish Blog Awards to see what interesting local podcasts get shaken out of the tree.

(Note on the photo above - has nothing to do with the post - I just like taking photos of buildings in Belfast:  Better Left Empty / Real Life Meccano Set / Real Life Meccano Set Part 2 / Belfast at Night 1 / Belfast at Night 3).


November 04, 2006

Culture Northern Ireland

Culture Northern Ireland'

If you want the latest info on what's happening culturally here in Northern Ireland you could do a lot worse than visit CultureNorthernIreland, (not to be confused with Culture Northern Ireland).

And hey, they even have a podcast!

And yeah, that is yours truly featured on the podcast, but hey, I'd plug 'em even without their plug for me.  The more folks like Culture N.I. we have active out there the better.  There's a lot going on in this wee-small part of the world and damn-it, people should know about it.

OK - that's enough ranting for now - if you want REAL LONG RANT tune in this coming Wednesday for our Letter to America Election Podcast Special.


October 12, 2006

Index of Irish Podcasts

Yes, that's right folks - there's more podcasts out of Ireland than just Letter to America.  Here's a list of Irish casts compiled by those fine folks over at Technolotics:

Index of Irish Podcasts


September 25, 2006

An Líonra Sóisialta Launched

An Líonra Sóisialta Launched

Long-time listeners of that Ireland Podcast Letter to America know what huge fans we are here of Conn O Muineachain and his podcast An tImeall.  Well he's got a new project up and running, An Líonra Sóisialta, here's the press release:

Ground-Breaking New Radio Show To Teach Internet
“As Gaeilge”

Radio listeners across Ireland will join internet users worldwide next Monday, as they tune in to the first episode of a new series focusing on the social aspects of the internet.

It’s the first time an Irish radio series has been devoted exclusively to the phenomenon of “online social networking”, of which the best known example in recent months has been Bebo. What’s more: all 59 episodes of the show will be in Irish.

The programme is called An Líonra Sóisialta, which translates to The Social Network. It will broadcast a 12 minute episode each day for 12 weeks.

So far, 7 Irish radio stations have confirmed that they will broadcast the show and its producer believes several more will join over the next few weeks as the series gathers steam.

Thanks to the internet, however, the show will be available to anyone who wants to hear it, anywhere in the world. An Líonra Sóisialta will also be a “podcast” – a downloadable MP3 sound file that users can listen to on their PC, or copy to a mobile device to enjoy at their convenience.

The new series is the brainchild of independent producer Conn Ó Muíneacháin from Ennis, County Clare. After a successful career in local radio, he gave up broadcasting for the computer industry. 10 years later, he sees the two fields converging as technology has put the media into the hands of anyone who has access to the internet.

“Anyone can publish. Anyone can speak. Like a letters page, or a phone-in show, the internet gives the public a voice. The difference is that there are no editors or programme controllers.”

To some this sounds like a recipe for anarchy. How is all this self-published material organised? How can the consumer be helped to find information which is useful and interesting to them?

“That’s the most exciting thing about it”, says Conn. “Nobody knows for sure! The tools and rules are being developed as we speak. New services and business models are launched every week. Some fail. Some develop and grow. All of them help us to understand how this new kind of media is supposed to work.”

These kinds of ideas are discussed daily in the “blogosphere” – the global community of self-published websites: weblogs, or simply “blogs”. They are familiar to people who collect the “feeds” from scores of such sites for easy reading in “aggregators”. They are debated in interviews and panel discussions on podcasts.

Conn Ó Muíneacháin wants to bring this discussion to a wider audience. “An Líonra Sóisialta is designed for non-technical people. It’s for people who are interested in media, but not necessarily in technology. It will introduce new ideas gently with short daily episodes over 12 weeks.”

But why do it in Irish? “Irish is why I became interested in citizen media in the first place. People employed in Irish language media do a wonderful job with limited resources. But the choice isn’t there. And what is there may be broadcast at a time, or published in a way, that does not suit someone who would otherwise be interested. But if you look at the web, you see that there is a global community of Irish speakers and
learners who are contributing their own efforts to media in the Irish language.”

As an experiment, last year Conn launched An tImeall, the first podcast in the Irish language. The project has been extremely successful, reaching a global audience. In March, the site was honoured for it’s use of Irish at the inaugural Irish Blog Awards.

In addition to the radio show and podcast, An Líonra Sóisialta will also have a daily feature in the Irish language newspaper Lá. There’s also a website:  Over the next few weeks the site will grow and develop as it becomes the focus for audience participation.

And participation, Conn says, is the key. “These new forms of media make much less distinction between producer and consumer. An Líonra Sóisialta will encourage audience participation in every way possible: by phone, by text, by mail or by leaving a comment on the website.” The series has been planned to appeal to people with a wide range of abilities in Irish, and in particular, it has been designed to be suitable for use as discussion material for Irish classes at Transition Year level in Irish schools.

Conn will co-present the show with Fiona Ní Chéirín, a native of An Spidéal, Co. Galway, and a recent graduate of the multimedia degree programme at Tipperary Institute.

The series has been provisionally approved for funding under the “Sound and Vision” scheme operated by the Broadcasting Commission of Ireland.

The 7 radio stations which have confirmed their participation in An Líonra Sóisialta are: Flirt FM in Galway, Raidio na Life in Dublin, Ocean FM (Sligo, North Leitrim, South Donegal), Clare FM, KCLR (Kilkenny and Carlow), Wired FM in Limerick, and Raidio Fáilte, Belfast’s new Irish language station which launched last week.

Now, I don't speak Irish - but I'll probably listen just to hear Conn's oh-so-soothing dulcet tones.  If you do speak Irish and are interested in this new world of media production and distribution we find ourselves in you could do a lot worse than listen.


February 07, 2006

Fun with Video - Part 2

Look at those Satellite Dishes!

As seen in 'Fun with Video - Part 1' the BBC was here the other day recording a segment for their show 'Inside Out' that was also included in 'Letter to America - Chapter 20'

Watch the Clip (91mb)


November 08, 2005


Inaugurating Letter to America's Favourite Podcast of the Week is CopCast.  Hosts Rich Schumaker and Steve Ferguson have an easy rapport and obviously are having fun.  If you've ever wondered what it's like to be a cop in the States why not live vicariously through these guys?  Safer than patrolling the mean streets yourself citizen.

Check out this Sample Episode



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