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.

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.

Introductory Podcast

It took me ten days to record this one because I wasn’t really sure what it was about. Finally, I decided to stop fussing about making it perfect and simply decided to try out this new and exciting medium. I am posting it here to remind myself of how bad my first podcast was. Of course, I am assuming that I get better with more ones.

Click here to go to my archive.org page and then click on 8.3MB

Or click here to go directly to my podcast

My First Podcast

Charlotte visited from Boston and inspired me to do something that I have long been wanting to do. Aditya Mhatre of Indicast told me to set it up at archive.org
I recorded the piece using Apple’s built in Garage Band program. Didn’t have a mike or any of the other audio set ups so not sure of the sound quality. Both Charlotte and I were nervous and I guess it shows. But I am pretty kicked about recording my first podcast and hope it will be the first of many.
Thank you, Aditya Mhatre of The Indicast Podcast Network. Check them out.

My podcast page on archive.org:

Listen to the podcast here