IT Conversations News: February 27, 2006

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New Programs Last Week

Here are the programs we’ve published in the last week, ranked in increasing order of listener ratings.

  • Rickard and Olson – Partnerships for Disaster Relief (not enough rating data) Jon Olson is the Global Transportation and Logistics Outsourcing Manager at Intel. Together with John Rickard, Director of Logistics at International Rescue Committee, he explains how the supply chain knowledge and frameworks developed in a corporate environment can go a long way when applied to the logistic issues faced by humanitarian disaster relief agencies. They spoke at the Effective Disruption Management Seminar organized by the Stanford Graduate School of Business in September 2005.
  • Gurinder Shahi – Online Biotech Education (3.3) On BioTech Nation, Dr. Gurinder Shahi, the Director of the Global BioBusiness Initiative at USC’s Marshall School of Business, talks with Dr. Moira Gunn about their on-line biotech courses and special executive sessions, for just about anyone.
  • Ross King – Photography and Art (3.7) Dr. Moira Gunn speaks with Ross King, the author of such bestselling books as "Brunelleschi’s Dome" and "Michelangelo and the Pope’s Ceiling." They’ll look at the emergence of photography and its impact on art.
  • A Conversation with Terry Semel (3.7) When Terry Semel joined Yahoo! much of the technology and internet business segment derided the "moron from Hollywood." Four years later, the technology industry is a completely different market, and Yahoo! is one of the corporations at its center. Terry Semel talks with Tim O’Reilly about Yahoo’s successes and its future. From the 2005 Web 2.0 Conference.
  • Studio Geek-Out – The Podcast Academy (3.7) Do you wonder what gear is behind the dulcet tones of your favorite podcasts? This panel discussion from the Podcast Academy offers a peek inside the studios of the instructors at the Academy. They show off their gear, explain how it works and what it does, and offer tips on getting good gear at a reasonable cost.
  • John Shehan – Internet Dangers for Children (3.8) With the rise of blogs and social networking sites, people are putting more and more personal information online, and kids are no exception. In this conversation with Larry Magid, John Shehan of the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children describes the dangers facing kids on the internet. Shehan explains the common ways kids make themselves vulnerable online and offers tips to help them stay safer.
  • Marcia McNutt – Explorer’s Club: Deep Ocean Exploration (4.0) Ocean exploration often takes a back seat to space exploration in the minds of the public, but strange and wonderful discoveries are being made in the deep water. In this talk from Pop!Tech 2005, Marcia McNutt describes the current state of deep ocean exploration. She explains how we can travel to the ocean floor to learn about new species and how climate change is affecting the oceans.

The O’Reilly Pick of the Week:

This week’s IT Conversations/O’Reilly Pick of the Week is from 2004:

  • Larry Lessig – The Creator’s Dilemma Lessig sketches the boundaries of protection that intellectual property law should set on code, but argues that extremism is now defeating these limits, just as perpetual copyright has in the media world. The consequence is an environment within which modular creativity is increasingly constrained.

I’m a TWiT

I had the privilege of joining Leo Laporte, Kevin Rose, Patrick Norton, David Prager, and John C. Dvorak on TWiT 43. It’s my third time on the show, and each time I’m more and more impressed with Leo’s skill as a host. What a pro!

Website Editors Wanted

We’ve had an embargo on new staff for The Conversations Network for the past 60 days or so as we implemented a new content-management system (CMS). That’s now done and working pretty well, so we’re ready to ramp up production and add new members to the team. At the moment, we’re accepting applications for apprentice Website Editors, the people who write the show descriptions and bios, and track down and process the photos. To qualify, you must be capable of writing *good* English and have the ability and tools to crop and resize jpegs. After a two-show apprenticeship, you’ll receive $10-$20 per show, depending upon whether you’re getting the help of a Series Producer or not. For more info and to sign up for the program, go here.

Welcome, Malcom

Malcolm Gladwell, one of my favorite writers, has started a blog. FYI, Malcolm’s presentation at Pop!Tech 2004 has been downloaded nearly (not quite, yet) 100,000 times on IT Conversations. That makes it the #3 most-listened to program after Bruce Schneier (#2, ~110,000 listens) and Steve Wozniak (#1, over 150,000). I hadn’t checked the stats for a long time. Malcolm used to be #1 and I wasn’t even watching Bruce or Steve.

BTW, the typical show, which isn’t picked up by bloggers, SlashDot, BoingBoing, etc., is downloaded by 10,000-20,000 listeners, depending on the topic and series.