California here I come: Oral histories and tales of arrival in Pop Up Archive

A radio history of California immigration

Listen to firsthand accounts of arrival, detention and otherness. We gather audio from the collections of four great California radio stations — KALW, KCRW, KQED, and KPFA — to hear about the Chinese poems on Angel island detention center walls, the internment of the Japanese, the battle for San Francisco’s International Hotel and the drama of being undocumented.
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Audio news round-up!

Hillary Clinton, #PubRadioVoice, and the podcast metrics debate

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This week, we rounded up recent news from the radio and podcasting world. See what people have been writing — and podcasting — about topics like politics, diversity, and who’s listening to broadcast vs. podcast audio.

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“What if I did an imitation of a butterfly at rest?”

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Zero Mostel and the truth of the absurd: Listen on SoundCloudiTunes, Stitcher, and Pop Up Archive.

When actor Zero Mostel was under trial by the House UnAmerican Activities Committee in 1955, the committee asked what he was doing at an anti-HUAC meeting. Mostel replied: “What if I did an imitation of a butterfly at rest? There is no crime in making anybody laugh.”

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Celebrating LGBT History Month

The evolution of the LGBT movement in audio

In June, we offered glimpses into pivotal moments of the LGBT movement. Now, for LGBT History Month, we’re juxtaposing those moments with more recent news. Read on to learn about LGBT history, now and then.

FILE - In this June 26, 1978 file photo, then San Francisco Supervisor Harvey Milk is seen in San Francisco's seventh annual Gay Freedom parade. (AP Photo/File)
FILE – In this June 26, 1978 file photo, then San Francisco Supervisor Harvey Milk is seen in San Francisco’s seventh annual Gay Freedom parade. (AP Photo/File)

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Lessons from This American Life’s audio hackathon

Hacking together the future of audio

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September 19-20 marked the first ever hackathon to advance technology for audio storytelling. The two-day Audio Hackathon, sponsored by This American Life and hosted by Thoughtworks in New York, attracted diverse design, developer, and producer talent from around the world.

The Pop Up team was there providing support for our Audiosear.ch podcast API. Over the course of 48 hours, 12 teams created 13 proof-of-concept projects exploring what’s possible in audio technology. The questions that arose during the hackathon reflect many of the questions being asked of the audio industry today.

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