This week, we bring you a guest post from Haley Vien, a junior at Envision Academy in downtown Oakland, just around the corner from Pop Up Archive’s offices. Haley joined Pop Up Archive for two weeks in December as a full-time intern as part of a Work Learning Experience for her school. In addition to contributing to our social media accounts and helping test the Audiosear.ch clipmaker, Haley wrote this piece on what it’s like to find her way as a teenager in Oakland. Oakland is a huge part of Pop Up Archive — most of us live and work here — so we’re especially grateful to Haley for this deeply personal perspective of Oakland that we can share with the wider Pop Up Archive community.
It’s strange to be from somewhere you love, yet to not feel of that place. That’s how I feel about Oakland.
Living in Oakland but not feeling quite Oaklandish is complicated for someone who is still trying to discover who they are. I feel extreme pride and happiness to be part of a diverse, creative, and passionate community, and I’m trying to fit, but I feel like I stick out like a crooked puzzle piece. I don’t understand the lingo, I don’t know much about the local people or shops, and most of the time I don’t know what part of Oakland I am in. I don’t even own a single piece of clothing from the Oaklandish brand, which is a local clothing brand that celebrates Oakland. I have lived in Oakland all of my life, but I don’t feel Oaklandish in my soul. Continue reading →
“I love podcasts — always fantasize about doing my own someday!” Meet Lucy Carnaghi. Lucy is the co-owner of a restaurant in Detroit called Rose’s Fine Food (“The Ultimate Diner”). In her free time, she enjoy foods and entertaining, reading and writing, exercise, horses, and making things. This is how Lucy listens.
When did you start listening to podcasts? Did someone teach you how to subscribe, and have you taught anyone else how to listen?
I started listening about five years ago because I wanted to catch up on This American Life episodes I was missing on regular radio. My interest in other podcasts grew from there. I tried to teach my dad, but I’m not sure if it really stuck for him. Continue reading →
“Before using Pop Up, we literally listened to tape and hand wrote it out. Or the other option was to listen to half a sentence, stop the tape, type it out, stop it, listen to more. It was insane; it took so much time. You could say that it made me hear the tape a lot more, but it was horrible and it was holding us back.” —Nigel Poor, co-creator, co-producer, and co-host of Ear Hustle
Ear Hustle is a forthcoming podcast from Radiotopia, and the winner of Radiotopia’s Podquest competition to uncover innovative, rich stories and storytellers. Ear Hustle will tell stories of life within the prison system, revealing the experiences, characters, and perspectives of incarcerated Americans. And it’s told by the people living it. Continue reading →
New podcasts are coming out all the time, which is great — and also overwhelming.
Podcast discovery has long been limited to recommendations from friends or the hosts of shows listeners already know and love — but podcast apps are starting to integrate smarter discovery features into their offerings. We’re building the Audiosear.ch API to help podcast apps delight listeners with serendipitous discovery — in particular by using our podcast intelligence to surface specific episodes based on content, tone, and quality.
How to sort through all the choices and find the ones you’ll love? Here’s a roundup of how seven popular podcast apps handle discovery. Continue reading →
“It could take half a day to transcribe an interview manually. Using Pop Up Archive, all we need to do is generate a working transcript and do a quick pass for minor edits and corrections.”
—Chip Van Dyke, Media Production Manager at Peabody Essex Museum
Trying to understand art can sometimes feel boring or confusing — but Chip Van Dyke, Media Production Manager at the Peabody Essex Museum (PEM) in Salem, MA, knows it doesn’t have to be that way.
The Peabody Essex Museum is one of the oldest continuously operating museums in the United States, and making art accessible is baked into their mission of celebrating “outstanding artistic and cultural creativity by collecting, stewarding, and interpreting objects of art and culture in ways that increase knowledge, enrich the spirit, engage the mind and stimulate the senses.” The content that Chip produces, largely in the form of videos of artists talking about their work, provides interpretation by situating the art in the context of the creator’s experience, perspective, and ideas. Continue reading →
It’s easy to talk about gratitude — and much harder to practice it.
This week, we will sit down with loved ones to share food and, ostensibly, offer thanks over what we’re grateful for. So often, though, the purpose of this holiday is obscured by the stress of travel, cooking, and navigating familial tensions. To celebrate Thanksgiving, we’re sharing podcasts with two perspectives on gratitude: gratitude as an idea and a practice, and a personal story about a brief moment of thanks during a period of intense struggle. Both ground us in the spirit of this ritual. Continue reading →
We spent the weekend at the Third Coast International Audio Festival soaking up inspiration, ideas, and tools for making inclusive audio that reaches big audiences. Here are some of the concerns and challenges we heard.
Listening with empathy
Many attendees and panelists talked about the need to “listen with empathy” to the voices of all Americans. Much of audio storytelling is still dominated by white people who listen to NPR — people who hear stories and experiences a certain way. We need to move beyond that to new stories, and to listening that goes beyond a specific circumstance or detail of someone else’s life. Continue reading →
We didn’t elect a female president last night, but we did have another win: the number of women of color in the Senate quadrupled. They are part of a legacy of fighting for justice and equality. Today, we want to celebrate that legacy by remembering a few moments from the long journey of women in politics.
The 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution granted American women the right to vote in 1920—after a decades-long fight started in 1848 by Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Lucretia Mott. During that time, suffragists had to work tirelessly to overcome the objections and prejudices of those who worried that giving women voting rights threatened the morality of the nation.
This is what the suffragists who won women the right to vote were up against.
Today, Hillary Clinton is the Democratic candidate for the highest office in our country. But in 1969, she was Hillary Rodham, a college senior who had been voted by her classmates to give the commencement address at Wellesley College. This original recording of that speech reminds us of the ideals, perspective, and background that made the candidate who she is.
Hear Hillary Rodham Clinton like you never have before (as a 21-year-old).
Shirley Chisholm is a giant in U.S. politics. Born in in 1924, she went on to become the first black congresswoman in 1968. After serving for seven terms, she ran for the 1972 Democratic nomination for president as the first major-party African-American candidate. Ms. Chisholm, for whom social justice and representing the underserved and unacknowledged was a driving cause, died in 2005.
Shirley Chisholm: “I’m a shaker-upper of the system.”
Dolores Huerta launched the National Farmworkers Association with César E. Chávez in 1962 to improve the working condition for farm workers, and directed the first National Boycott of California Table Grapes. In 2012, Ms. Huerta was honored with a Presidential Medal of Freedom from President Obama for her contributions as an organizer and advocate.
“The farmworker is subjected to a brutalization… that is absolutely inhuman.”
Here’s to the end of election season.
The Pop Up Archive team
As the 2016 election season has ramped up to a fever pitch in the United States, a swath of political podcasts have come on the scene, topping podcast charts and publishing relentlessly as voters seek the latest news and commentary on the presidential race. With all three televised national debates behind us and just a week to go before voters head to the voting booths, the polls continue to shift. This recent quote from the FiveThirtyEight Elections podcast might sum it up best: “The one big question: is the race for president tightening? One word answer… Yes.” (Click the GIF below to see the tweet with audio.)
Many of you have been helping test our podcast clipmaker, which makes it possible to quickly clip podcasts quotes and share them on Twitter. We thought we’d take this opportunity to share some salient podcast moments with you:
On the New Statesman podcast, Helen Lewis admits she’s re-watching The West Wing because it’s the only place she can find “people run a functional government.”
And a throwback to earlier this year, when fiction author Brad Thor likened a Trump presidency to an “extinction level event” on The Glenn Beck Show, ultimately resulting in Beck’s temporary suspension from SiriusXM. (Beck’s show was reinstated shortly thereafter.) Upon further questioning, Thor clarified: “Hell no, I wasn’t talking about assassination.”
Got a favorite segment (political or otherwise) you’d like to share? Search for it at www.audiosear.ch — if you see a scissors + Twitter bird icon on the episode page, feel free to clip and tweet away:
We’ll leave you with this segment on storytelling from Face The Nation 2016 Diary, where John Dickerson says, “There are no stories in presidential politics the way there used to be. Candidates used to tell real stories about human beings. …We know since voters vote based on emotion and projection, we should hear stories all day long.” He illustrates his point with an excerpt from a story Barack Obama told in 2008 at the Ebenezer Baptist church in Atlanta, Georgia.
Happy clipping — and for those of you voting in the U.S., don’t forget to vote!
Since our founding, Pop Up Archive has made almost five million minutes of sound searchable. Much of that audio is housed by libraries, universities, and historical societies that comprise the nearly 2,000 member institutions of the Digital Public Library of America.
Wake Forest University uses Pop Up Archive to transcribe oral histories that relate to WFU’s Center for Global Programs and Studies. Study abroad is a particular focus of the WFU student experience; about three-quarters of the student body spends a semester in another country.
Archivists at WFU’s Z. Smith Reynolds Library Special Collections & Archives capture first-hand accounts from American and international students, professors, program heads, and administrators about their experiences in other countries, in Winston Salem, and their view of the global Wake Forest’s future.
Collections archivist Stephanie Bennett says: “By using Pop Up Archive, we are able to generate transcripts that our student assistants edit. These will provide improved accessibility to these illuminating — and fun! — interviews once they go online.”
San Francisco Public Library
The San Francisco Public Library is in the midst of its first user experience service design project. The project is being undertaken by the Magazines and Newspapers Center in order to improve services and patron access to the SFPL’s rich collection of materials. One of the methods involves conducting interviews to explore patron expectations, pain points, and aspirations when they visit the library. The interviews are 30-45 minutes long, and “it’s a challenge to take detailed notes, so recording the interviews is a must,” says Andrea Davis, a librarian at SPFL. “We’re not going to listen and transcribe over 10 hours of tape by ourselves — we don’t have time.”
SFPL uses Pop Up Archive to search through transcripts of their user interviews — for example, searching for the term “parking” to find the point in an interview where a library patron discussed looking for parking near the library. They also use Pop Up Archive as an online tool so staff working on the project can share access to the interviews. “We go through and pull out the nuggets, and are planning a team listening party where we can all hear the library patrons in their own words, to build empathy and get the flavor of someone’s emotions,” Andrea says.
“Pop Up Archive has been a fantastic tool and we’ve utilized it for more than our original intent,” Andrea says. In SFPL’s next stage, they plan to map physical user journeys within the library, using the voice memo app on their cell phones to record interactions as they happen. They plan to experiment with Pop Up Archive to edit transcripts of the audio “trail” in order to add research and observation notes. “This whole project is new for the library — to do service design and research this way,” Andrea says.
Duke Divinity School
In 2014, Duke Digital Collections Program Manager Molly Bragg and University Archivist Valerie Gillespie set about digitizing the Duke Chapel recordings in response to divinity students’ requests to access the collection’s sermons, which date from 1946 to 2002. Since then, their team has digitized and made available 1400 audio/video items and 1300 printed manuscripts.
Duke uses Pop Up Archive to transcribe sermons with the goal of tagging and making them searchable by speaker, themes, and Biblical references. The university also uses the transcripts to create closed captioning files for hearing-disabled people. After revising transcripts with Pop Up Archive’s editor, student workers export the time-stamped transcripts as WebVTT files, which display as captions on Duke’s web video player.
The Duke Chapel Recordings web archive allows students to analyze sermons for theological and rhetorical components. It also serves as a historical resource, documenting Duke campus life and world events surrounding the sermons. “An archive of sermons offers [students] a relational time-machine, a gateway to the past where a preacher’s words reach out in a handshake, introducing their time, and place,” says Adrienne Koch, Project Director at Duke Divinity School.