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. Continue reading →
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.
Politicians, by trade, speak often and at length. But the news cycle moves fast, and many words are quickly forgotten, or impossible to recover from hours of broadly labeled footage. That’s where we come in: rather than sift through hours of CSPAN video to research what’s been said about a policy, a search in Pop Up Archive takes you to the exact timestamped point of the relevant discussion.
We’re processing audio for a number of news syndicates. Here are some news collections where you can search political keywords from the public archive:
The California Report (KQED): a daily news show for Northern California public media that follows the big issues and policy debates happening all around California.
Which Way, L.A.? (KCRW): Southern California’s "signature local public affairs program" covers not just local news, but also the most pressing national and international affairs.
While we’ve got you covered for radio news, what if you’re looking to search TV news? Thanks to a project from our friends at the Internet Archive, television news footage is more accessible than ever through the TV News Archive. They take media which has already been captioned and make that text searchable to the second.
The age of passive political listening is past. With these tools, you can zone in on your favorite issue with unprecedented acuity.
What is this “Radio Race,” and what does Pop Up Archive have to do with it?
KCRW’s 24-Hour Radio Race is a whirlwind day of high-stakes radio making for producers of any experience level. Radio makers from all over the world will have 24 HOURS to write, record, and edit a nonfiction radio story. At 10AM (PT) on Saturday, all entrants will receive the THEME for this years Race. They will then have 24 hours to create a story that somehow relates to this theme. By Sunday at 10AM PT, their finished piece must be posted on Soundcloud for judging.
With only 24 hours to complete a finished piece, the last thing anyone wants to do is transcribe from scratch. That’s why we’re providing entrants with our auto-transcription toolkit. Use Pop Up Archive to help craft your Radio Race stories, and receive free transcriptions for up to an hour of audio! Sign up for our free demo plan here.
READ ON FOR OUR GUIDE TO THE POP UP ESSENTIALS:
The first thing to do is to upload your audio to a collection on the “My Collections” page. We create one to get you started, but feel free to make as many as you want! Or if you’re using Adobe Audition, you can upload your audio file through the Audition interface using the Pop Up Archive add-on.
2) PROCESSING (aka, take a much needed nap while our tech. does the grunt work.)
After upload, wait while we process it for automatic transcripts and tags. You can check on the processing status from the “my collections” page.
Pro tip:Keep in mind that we process audio close to real time (with some extra time depending on server speed.) That means an hour long file will take around an hour to process for a complete auto-transcript. Wav files, however, will take longer; so, convert your files to mp3s and then upload.
Pro tip: Patience, producer grasshopper! Wait until you’ve received the complete transcript notification in your inbox to edit. If you try to edit while the auto-transcript is still processing, it will overwrite your edits.
Our transcripts might need some editing love before you can make good use of them, but we’ve got you covered with our transcription key commands.
Get an overview of the day’s recordings, or zone in on a key moment by searching your audio.
Pro tip: You can search both within a single audio file, or within your entire collection. We’ll search your transcripts for keywords to get to the exact time-stamped point in the audio that you’re looking for:
If you’ve made it this far in the Radio Race, I bet you’ll want to show off your finished piece. We make it easy with an html embed code:
Pro tip: Share your masterpiece with the world! If your audio is public, grab one of our embed codes to post your audio to your own site, or click any of the “share” buttons on the Item page. You can use either a simple player, or an interactive transcript player, featuring tweetable transcript lines!