People and the earth: it’s complicated

Earth Day, which is observed on April 22nd this year, was first celebrated in 1970 an estimated 20 million people attended the festivities. Since then, this holiday has become an important national reminder of the importance of preserving and protecting our environment. Today, we bring you three pieces from our archives that explore various aspects of our relationship with Mother Nature. Continue reading

Free premium transcripts for everyone

Take premium transcripts for a spin — for free

We’ve had this change in the works for awhile, and we’re excited to share it with our community: as of this week, anyone who joins the 1 Hour Demo plan can try out the best of Pop Up Archive without paying a thing.

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A collaborative, searchable oral history of New York City

The New York Public Library collects stories from around the city

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We spoke with Brian Foo, a developer for NYPL Labs, whose team is using Pop Up Archive to create an innovative, collaborative, fully searchable oral history project.

As part of its Community Oral History Project, the NYPL first started working with Pop Up Archive on Visible Lives, a collection of stories from New Yorkers living with disabilities. Over 60 community members have recorded 150 interviews and counting at NYPL branch libraries. The NYPL wanted to create an interactive listening experience for all audiences.

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A transcription shortcut for the Radio Race

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On Saturday, August 8, our pals at KCRW’s Independent Producer Project are hosting their third annual Radio Race. During the race, producers (newbies and veterans alike) have just 24 hours to write, record, and edit a nonfiction radio story.

Heads up: there’s a special Pop Up Archive bonus! For the second year in a row, we’re partnering with Radio Race to offer you freebies. All participants can redeem a free hour of premium transcription for August, and the Radio Race winner gets a free yearlong subscription to Pop Up Archive’s one-hour plan.

Already signed up? Head over to Pop Up Archive to redeem your free hour of transcription by following this link.

Read on for our Pop Up Archive guide for Radio Race participants:

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New download options for transcripts

New download options for transcripts

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When it comes to transcripts, text is half the battle: formatting can be just as important. We want to give you transcripts that makes sense for your needs, so we’ve added new transcript export options designed to fit your workflows.

  • Need to see the timing at a glance to edit an interview or navigate an oral history? Select “Text Format with Timestamps.” Timestamps appear at speaker changes.
  • Need to publish or excerpt a transcript, and don’t care at all about timestamps? Choose “Text Format without Timestamps” and open the file with any text editor:
  • Need even more fine-grained timestamps? Choose the “SRT” caption format to get timestamps for every transcript line.
  • Need to make corrections to a transcript? Use Pop Up Archive’s editing tools, which include key commands to play, pause, and rewind audio.

Is there another download format you’d like to see? Let us know at edison@popuparchive.com!

The best places to search for evergreen audio across the web

In nature, evergreens are trees that stay green all year round. In media, “evergreen content” is content stays fresh and interesting from news cycle to news cycle. It’s content that endures.

Read Pop Up Archive’s guide to finding audio that stays relevant through the ages, featuring incredible repositories of archival sound from the Internet Archive, Library of Congress, the British Library, and the collections at Pop Up Archive and Audiosear.ch.

The best places to search for evergreen audio across the web

In nature, evergreens are trees that stay green all year round. In media, “evergreen content” is content stays fresh and interesting from news cycle to news cycle. It’s content that endures.

Read Pop Up Archive’s guide to finding audio that stays relevant through the ages, featuring incredible repositories of archival sound from the Internet Archive, Library of Congress, the British Library, and the collections at Pop Up Archive and Audiosear.ch.

Happy birthday to radio and oral history legend Studs Terkel! Pop Up Archive is proud to support his incredible archive, representing 45 years on air at WFMT, where he talked to everyone from Maya Angelou and Jacques Cousteau to civil rights protesters and housewives.


Browse over 400 interviews available on Pop Up Archive:

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