Connecting the Dots

My friends have been goading me to do something that I keep talking about doing. A podcast. I’d like to do a weekly one called “Connecting the Dots,” which takes current news items and puts a unique spin on it. I tried telling Mint to let me do podcasts but that hasn’t gone anywhere. So here is a rudimentary version, sans technology or help from sound/garageband.

Radio New Zealand

Radio New Zealand and I had fixed up a time for a live-show a few weeks ago.  On the appointed day, I miscalculated the time difference.  So here I am, in Commercial Street, Bangalore, showing around friends who have just arrived from Singapore.  I haven’t seen them for years and there is a lot of hugging and “Oh, how much you have grown!”  My mobile phone rings and it is Robyn from New Zealand saying, “We are at Skype and you were supposed to.  Where are you?” So I sputter that I cannot be at Skype in two minutes and can we do the interview on my mobile phone.  So we have this interview as I stand on the steps of a shopping complex, feeling mortified that I’ve left my friends alone when they’ve just arrived and trying to talk sense to Bryan who is super-nice and calling from faraway NZ.  Next time, I have to do much better.

My first show here

http://www.radionz.co.nz/audio/remote-player?id=2512622

Radio New Zealand

I don’t know how they found me but I am now an overseas correspondent for a Radio show in New Zealand.  Below is the date of live broadcasts.  If anyone is in New Zealand, check them out.

From: Nights 

Subject: RNZ NIGHTS – 2012 OVERSEAS CORRESPONDENTS roster… Tuesday 8:40pm [NZT]

Kia Ora koutou Neil, Terri, Liat, Daniel, Rebecca, Kerri, Susana and Motoko and welcome to the NIGHTS team, Tamara, Ewan, Brendan, Shoba and Nida’.

First, thanks again for being our overseas correspondents. Bryan and I are thrilled to again be a part of an enthralling year of discussions and insights regarding each of your unique and significant corners of the global neighbourhood.

By the way, let me do the honours of introducing yourselves:

Moscow, Russia: Neil McGowan

 

http://my.opera.com/russiaexperience/blog/

Santiago, Chile: Terri Anderson

http://foundinchile.cl/

Jerusalem, Israel: Liat Collins

http://www.jpost.com/Authors/AuthorPage.aspx?id=47

Kampala, Uganda: Daniel Kalinaki

https://twitter.com/Kalinaki

Jakarta, Indonesia: Rebecca Henscheke

http://asiacalling.org/

Caracus, Venezuela: Tamara Pearson / Ewan Robertson

http://venezuelanalysis.com/

Ozark Mounatins, Arkansas, Midwest USA: Kerri Fivecoat-Campbell

http://livinglargeinourlittlehouse.com/

Algarve, Portugal: Brendan de Beer

http://www.theportugalnews.com/

Bangalore, India: Shoba Narayan

http://www.shobanarayan.com

Mexico City, Mexico: Susana Seijas

http://twitter.com/susanasmexico

Ramallah, Palestine: Nida’ Tuma Ibrahim

http://www.commongroundnews.org/index.php?lan=en

Tokyo, Japan: Motoko Kakubayashi

http://twitter.com/#!/momokiwi

As usual, we’ll be in touch about a week beforehand with a reminder for your report, but please confirm 3-4 topics (from hard news to cultural) by that Friday so we’re able to promote them over the weekend – send a brief outline on the issues as well as any links to articles for Bryan’s homework – also any photos/videos are most welcome to spruce up our facebook page.

If your own web presence isn’t correct above, please state what websites, blogs, twitters, etc, you’d prefer us to link to.

Below are your broadcast dates in the 2012 Overseas Correspondents roster – we are happy to pre-record an interview if necessary (which we already do with some of you due to timezone differences).

INVOICES – RNZ’s finance department now prefers an invoice for each session, or at least quarterly. Invoice template as below. Note that payment is by bank cheque due to the cost of international bank fees, so make sure you provide an address.

Any queries, please don’t hesitate to get in touch, otherwise we very much look forward to speaking with you all again soon.

Have a terrific day.

rockin’Robyn

 

RNZ NIGHTS…  2012 Overseas Correspondents roster

Tuesday, 24 January 2012

Russia – Neil McGowan

Tuesday, 31 January 2012

Chile – Terri Anderson

Tuesday, 7 February 2012

Israel – Liat Collins

Tuesday, 14 February 2012

Uganda – Daniel Kalinaki

Tuesday, 21 February 2012

Venezuela – Tamara Pearson/ Ewan Robertson

Tuesday, 28 February 2012

Mid-West USA – Kerri Five-Coat Campbell

Tuesday, 6 March 2012

Portugal – Brendan de Beer

Tuesday, 13 March 2012

India – Shoba Narayan

Tuesday, 20 March 2012

Mexico – Susana Seijas

Tuesday, 27 March 2012

Palestine – Nida’ Tuma Ibrahim

Tuesday, 3 April 2012

Japan – Motoko Kakubayashi

Tuesday, 10 April 2012

Russia – Neil McGowan

Tuesday, 17 April 2012

Chile – Terri Anderson

Tuesday, 24 April 2012

Israel – Liat Collins

Tuesday, 1 May 2012

Uganda – Daniel Kalinaki

Tuesday, 8 May 2012

Venezuela – Tamara Pearson/ Ewan Robertson

Tuesday, 15 May 2012

Mid-West USA – Kerri Five-Coat Campbell

Tuesday, 22 May 2012

Portugal – Brendan de Beer

Tuesday, 29 May 2012

India – Shoba Narayan

Tuesday, 5 June 2012

Mexico – Susana Seijas

Tuesday, 12 June 2012

Palestine – Nida’ Tuma Ibrahim

Tuesday, 19 June 2012

Japan – Motoko Kakubayashi

Tuesday, 26 June 2012

Russia – Neil McGowan

Tuesday, 3 July 2012

Chile – Terri Anderson

Tuesday, 10 July 2012

Israel – Liat Collins

Tuesday, 17 July 2012

Uganda – Daniel Kalinaki

Tuesday, 24 July 2012

Indonesia – Rebecca Henscheke

Tuesday, 31 July 2012

Venezuela – Tamara Pearson/ Ewan Robertson

Tuesday, 7 August 2012

Mid-West USA – Kerri Five-Coat Campbell

Tuesday, 14 August 2012

Portugal – Brendan de Beer

Tuesday, 21 August 2012

India – Shoba Narayan

Tuesday, 28 August 2012

Mexico – Susana Seijas

Tuesday, 4 September 2012

Palestine – Nida’ Tuma Ibrahim

Tuesday, 11 September 2012

Japan – Motoko Kakubayashi

Tuesday, 18 September 2012

Russia – Neil McGowan

Tuesday, 25 September 2012

Chile – Terri Anderson

Tuesday, 2 October 2012

Israel – Liat Collins

Tuesday, 9 October 2012

Uganda – Daniel Kalinaki

Tuesday, 16 October 2012

Indonesia – Rebecca Henscheke

Tuesday, 23 October 2012

Mid-West USA – Kerri Five-Coat Campbell

Tuesday, 30 October 2012

Portugal – Brendan de Beer

Tuesday, 6 November 2012

India – Shoba Narayan

Tuesday, 13 November 2012

Mexico – Susana Seijas

Tuesday, 20 November 2012

Palestine – Nida’ Tuma Ibrahim

Tuesday, 27 November 2012

Japan – Motoko Kakubayashi

Tuesday, 4 December 2012

Russia – Neil McGowan

Tuesday, 11 December 2012

Chile – Terri Anderson

Tuesday, 18 December 2012

Israel – Liat Collins

Tuesday, 25 December 2012

CHRISTMAS DAY

 

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Lessons for Life: new podcast series

Aditya Mhatre of the Indicast Podcast Network emailed me after a Mint column about the podcasts I listen to. He introduced me to his podcast network at The Indicast and helped me learn how to do a podcast. We talked about formats and brainstormed about ideas. I’d like to do humour but that’s very hard. Aditya (even though I’ve never met him) generously offered to host my podcasts on his network. Yesterday, while walking my dog, I called him impulsively and told him that I had an idea for a podcast but wasn’t sure it would fly. It’s called Lessons from Everyday Life, and like my column for Mint, I use events and people as a springboard for ideas. We recorded this podcast the same evening. At 10 PM, Aditya called me up on Skype and I spoke into it. There were iterations. When I faltered over sentences, I would just say, “i’d like to redo that,” and repeat it. All the bad stuff has been edited out.

I have miles to go and need to figure out my tone, attitude, humour, confidence and audio=manner. But this is a start. I’d love feedback and having grown up with boys, I have a fairly thick skin. So please, hammer away.

The piece at Indicast’s website

I was also taught how to embed it in my website, so here it is. For now, Aditya and I have a very loose arrangement– actually no arrangement, no contract, nothing. I am doing this to get better at it and he is doing it…well, I don’t know why he is hosting my podcasts.