Does NPR report enough about sustainability issues? They claim they do. I disagree :) Those are piecemeal programs here and there but there is not one daily rendez-vous about those issues. Is that normal considering what is at stake? Are the environmental organizations lobbying for more radio programs and/or (even better) coproducing their own segments via a radiobrodcasting alliance? Unfortunately radiobroadcasting is not on their radar screen except with very limited projects that do not try to bring together as many diverse groups as possible. When will they get it? Soon I hope but it would be great if our local NPR stations were also more proactive.
Gallery Fraga opened a blog and podcasts. I love the idea. Remember the interviews of artists on Voice of Bainbridge? Unfortunately most of the recordings are now unavailable since the server where they were stored closed down... You can listen to the artist talking about her work: great :)
City meetings are now recorded but accessing them is a very complicated and not user friendly story. They have kept each audio on the page related to the meeting that is recorded instead of having one index page where all the audios are listed and you can very quickly and easily select the one(s) you want ot listen to. Of course the best way is to provide an automatic subscription via email (feedblitz) and an rss. Until this is (easily) done, getting to the recording you care for looks very much like a labyrinth... Although the intent is laudable, this is NOT the right way to do it :)
A visitor wishes there were more audio-recordings like the two most recent ones. The solution is easy: if more (a few) people were starting to use MP3 recorders to record events they attend, Voice of Bainbridge would be very happy to host their audio-files :) The recorder pictured here costs $30 and you just have to click two buttons to make it work (and install one battery). Give it a try :)
Diane Horn hosts a public interest radio program entitled the sustainability segment on KEXP that airs at the typical 7 am on saturdays. Her guest last saturday was Donald Shoup, THE expert on parking issues. He explains the high cost of so called free parking and offers alternative strategies that should be considered for Winslow. Maybe Islandwood could invite Shoup for a conference (and some local consulting)? LISTEN and spread the word :)
"Podcasting is perhaps the most exciting innovation to come along in
the teaching and learning environment since I've been working at the
University" David Aldrich (at the end of the article). The question remains: why access should be limited to students when the whole community could benefit? More info and the list of the podcasts you cannot listen to (at least for now). After all the dissemination of knowledge is part of the core mission of the University.
An interesting decision in Michigan: Read The Michigan Supreme Court noted that “walking the beach below the ordinary high water
mark is inherent in the exercise of traditionally protected public
rights and falls within the scope of the public trust.” The court added: “This activity remains subject to regulation, as is any use of the public trust.” Listen (3 min) The most complete presentation on the site of the Michigan Land Use Institute Additional relevant links about this story: here and here.
This Monday, Philippe Boucher sat with Jay Inslee on a sunny bench at the Farmer's market. Jay talks about a recent trip to Europe where he had the opportunity to voice his concerns about Airbus vs Boeing. He gives several examples of new technologies to improve energy use but is Detroit ready for them? As a follow up on the presentation given by Amory Lovins on February 11, he explains how the Pentagon can play a key role to help. Islanders had asked VoB to transmit questions to Jay about the filibuster and the electoral reform (paper trail etc), here are his answers. At the end we discussed the ferry problem, the fares and why we are in this situation. Listen (16 min).
List of audio files recorded (number of minutes) by Philippe Boucher for Voice of Bainbridge from March 31 to October 6, 2004 This is a chronological log. Most but not all of the recordings have been posted on the site.
July 29: Interview with Bill Knobloch, City Council Member (15 min). Bill talks about the town hall meeting he organized for his central ward on Monday 26 and about the meeting that took place on Tuesday 27 about the future of Grow Avenue. Speed and parking are also parts of the conversation. You can contact Bill at firstname.lastname@example.org
It all started with frustration, searching for a decent radio program on Sunday night while washing the dishes. Besides the lack of talk programs, Philippe Boucher wanted to hear more programs about Bainbridge, the environment and political issues not covered by mainstream media. "But how do you serve a community like Bainbridge Island?" said Boucher, a Winslow resident. "The logic is we should have our own radio (station)."