A Blog Around The Clock

ClockCast #1

A couple of months ago, my SciBling David Dobbs and I recorded about an hour of discussion for Bloggingheads.tv. We talked mainly about science journalism, but also about journalism in general, about the future of the book, etc.

Unfortunately, Dave’s half of the file got broken beyond repair, so the show never aired. I kept my half of the file and did not really know what to do with it. So, recently I downloaded Audacity and tried my hand at editing the audio part of the file, trying to cut out the silences (during which Dave was talking) and dialogues that would be intelligible without Dave’s part of the file.

Here is the very first part, just a brief (1 minute and 38 seconds) introduction to myself and my job. Thus, my very first podcast, which (after popular vote on FriendFeed decided) will be called ClockCast. I will try to find some time (as I am learning to tackle Audacity!) to edit and post the rest of the file in the near future (I am not, for now, promising any kind of regularity for posting these, until I feel comfortable with the medium and the technology):

ClockCast1.wav –


  1. #1 llewelly
    June 27, 2009

    No podcast for those of us who don’t use iTunes or horribly stupid flash audio players?

  2. #2 Coturnix
    June 27, 2009

    Audacity did not let me export as MP3 (perhaps something to do with my laptop’s security), so the file is WAV, which plays fine on my machine without any new downloads so must be a very basic format.

  3. #3 Stephanie Z
    June 27, 2009

    I seem to recall needing a plug-in or something for exporting MP3s from Audacity. Of course, I’m on a Mac, so YMMV.

  4. #4 Graham Steel
    June 28, 2009

    Nice one, Bora. I’ve used Audacity fairly extensively so give me a shout if required. Correct in that Audacity does not let you export as an MP3 (although as Stephanie says, there’s probably a plug-in for that). I normally export from Audacity as WAV and use another application (such as Steinberg MP3) to covert files to MP3 before uploading

  5. #5 Brianr
    June 28, 2009

    I think the answer is to install the LAME MP3 encoder for your copy of Audacity. Let me know if that doesn’t solve your problem.

  6. #6 Graham Steel
    June 28, 2009

    @Brianr – that works a treat – thanks a bunch. Bora, problem solved 🙂

  7. #7 nbm
    June 28, 2009

    Mmmm. What a very nice voice you have. 🙂

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