May 30, 2016

The Audio Signal #56 (i'm going to keep a jellyfish and listen to it breathe)

Welcome to the Audio Signal by Dana Gerber-Margie, a weekly audio digest for the curious.
I am an audio archivist, which means I organize, preserve, digitize, and manage sound recordings for a large historical institution. I listen to a lot of archival material, podcasts, radio shows, and audiobooks, and then curate it all for you into this little thing.
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Hello, hello! I played hooky yesterday; a kind of last minute pool party + cookout happened instead … and it just sounded a lot more fun than typing on my computer in my hot office. YA KNOW?
In the good news department, I’ve recently accepted a new position outside of that aforementioned large historical institution in my intro. Instead, I’ll be on a year-long grant position with a non-profit organization that aims to bring together and collaborate with smaller, often under-resourced institutions that ultimately brings wider access of the collections to the public. I’ll be conducting a survey of military oral histories in the state (so it seems apt to announce this on Memorial Day!), and a whole lot more. I’m incredibly excited for the project, and for finally getting a salary and benefits, like paid leave! The good news on top of that is that I’ll have a lot more time to devote to the Audio Signal, which is great for my mental health because working all weekend isn’t great. You should see my pile of books that need reading!
So, thanks for your good thoughts and support. I love y’all. I’ll be taking the next week off to get settled in my new gig, and maybe the week after that (inspired by Where There’s Smoke’s latest episode Breaks).
And another list this week…
A few serialized stories to get caught up on…
Audio drama du jour for me ...
And an audiobook to take you to the 20s …

Calen’s Corner

Send your history podcasts to @CrossCalen!
A History of: Alexander the Great
Jamie Redfern
Average episode length: 18 minutes   
I must admit that this is the first history podcast that I listened to, so it is near and dear to my heart. That being said, I didn’t really learn about Alexander in school. I do not know how I missed him, but Jamie Redfern really does a good job bringing Alex to life. It is definitely a history of war and it is a great narrative created by one of the great young scholars out there right now. His presentation is a good lecture and is, I have to admit, made better by his British accent.   

Oral History and Sound Archives


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To all the heroic men & women who died for my freedom (and my freedom to make puns), thank you. This is for you and your families on this Memorial Day.
Medals of Honor:
Intelligence Dossiers
Shock & Awe
Battle of the (Podcast) Bulge
Also, this :-)

Podcast Brunch Club – Like book club, but for podcasts

A few exciting notes before we get to the June selections for Podcast Brunch Club. First, I’m excited to say that Podcast Brunch Club was featured in The Big Listen podcast. Listen all the way to the end – we’re woven in throughout the episode down to the last second! Second, on June 16th NPR Generation Listen is launching a national listening event around the second season premier of Invisibilia. I’ll be hosting a listening party and I encourage all you podcast enthusiasts out there to do the same.
The June PBC theme is feminism. This month’s theme is brought to us by the PBC Geneva chapter, who had a successful inaugural meeting last week!
  • Nerdette: Caitlin Moran on  strident feminism, giddy optimism, and riotous laughter. Nerdette is an interview format podcast that brings authors, artists, scientists, and generally cool people. This episode features Caitlin Moran who talks about her definition of feminism, why cynicism is the worst, and how the most effective tool against patriarchal nonsense is subversive laughter.
  • Guilty Feminist: Women's Magazines with Sarah Millican. Comedians Sofie Hagen and Deborah Frances-White record their podcast in front of a live audience. Each week they bring a special guest on to discuss topics "all 21st century feminists agree on" while confessing their insecurities, hypocrisies and fears that underlie their lofty principles.
  • Strong Opinions Loosely Held: Instagram Insecurities. Women are now more likely than men to have bachelor's degrees. And childless women in their 20s currently out-earn men. So why are our Instagram feeds filled with images of date nights, engagement rings, cat eyes, cupcakes, and waist-trainers?
Take a listen, then get together to discuss!
Podcast Brunch Club is a community of engaged podcast listeners. Every month we explore a theme by way of 1-5 hours of podcast listening selections. The online forums (Facebook group, Twitter, newsletter) are a great way to engage, but we’d rather transcend technology and get people together in person. PBC chapters meet face-to-face and discuss that month’s selections.

If you are interested in starting a PBC chapter where you live, email Adela at
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Trying to type with: my cat Francesca in my arms
The thing that really kept me from publishing yesterday: 3 glasses of a whiskey + peach brandy cocktail
My Friday night: involved a fat orange tabby cat, who walked up to our patio adorably and sweetly. He then proceeded to terrorize us once he felt he owned the place. We hid in our bedroom with the cats, their water, food, and litter, until 5am, when my husband had to go to work. It was a weird night.
Book I started this weekend: The Secret Place by Tana French (I’m obsessed with her)
Poem I’m remembering today: “From a Full Heart” by A.A. Milne
Photo of the week:
The signing off wall at my job