IT Conversations News: March 20, 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.

  • Marty Ashby – The Future of Jazz (too late for ratings) The business of jazz music could borrow a page from NASCAR or professional poker according to Marty Ashby, the executive producer of MCG Jazz. Having produced numerous concerts and GRAMMY award winning albums, as well as being an accomplished musician himself, Ashby has a lifetime of experience to share. He sits down with host Tim Zak to reflect on his past and to offer some insight on the future of jazz, both as a business model and as a vital art form.
  • Bill Strickland – Manchester Craftsmans Guild (too late for ratings) Bill Strickland is one of the world’s great social innovators. As head of both the Manchester Craftsmen’s Guild and the Bidwell Training Center, located on Pittsburgh’s gritty north side just down the street from where he grew up, Strickland has created a youth development and adult training center like no other, in approach and results. Over nearly 40 years, he has melded an environment surrounded by stunning art, the sounds of jazz, beautiful orchids, and brilliant architecture with programs that get kids into college and adults a job with a future.
  • Simon Phipps – The Zen of Free (rated 2.6 by listeners) When people say "Open source is fine but how do you make money?" you know they haven’t grokked the Zen of Free. Simon Phipps, Chief Open Source Officer at Sun Microsystems, describes the "virtuous cycle" model of open source in this keynote from OSCON Europe 2005.
  • Jeremy Allaire – Transforming Video Distribution (2.8) The internet is starting to completely transform the distribution of multimedia content, and it’s more than just delivering video over IP. At the 2005 Syndicate conference, Jeremy Allaire of Brightcove explains how using the internet is revolutionizing the distribution of video and multimedia products, creating a richer user experience and allowing producers greater freedom and reach for their products.
  • Dan Gillmor – Citizen Journalism (2.8) What does the future hold for citizen journalism? In a world where media is democratized, many organizations have responded by increasingly trying to control the message and the dissemination of information. In this edition of Sound Policy with Denise Howell, Dan Gillmor reveals that the distinction between the mainstream journalist and the citizen journalist has become increasingly blurred by the act of journalism itself.
  • Bernard-Henri Levy – Traveling America (3.8) Dr. Moira Gunn interviews French author and journalist Bernard-Henri Levy. He gives us a different perspective about ourselves when she speaks with him about his latest book, "American Vertigo — Traveling America in the Footsteps of Tocqueville."
  • Lynn Foster and Larry Bock – Nanotechnology (3.8) On a special edition of BioTech Nation all about Nanotechnology, Dr. Moira Gunn speaks with Lynn Foster, the Emerging Technologies Director at Greenberg Traurig and Larry Bock, the Founder and Executive Chairman of Nanosys.
  • Mary Meeker – Internet Trends (3.9) Mary Meeker’s signature fast-paced presentation from the 2005 Web 2.0 conference answers some crucial questions regarding the relationship between internet trends and global technology markets. In particular, she examines whether – and in which areas – the US is losing ground to other countries and which internet- related innovations will lead to areas of substantial growth in the next 10 years.
  • Shyam Venkatesh – Nano-Tubes (4.0) Dr. Moira Gunn speaks with Shyam Venkatesh, the Director of Technology Partnering at NASA Ames Research Center. He tells us all the things you might do with a nano-tube.

The O’Reilly Pick of the Week:

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

  • Joe Trippi – Connected Politics Joe Trippi, the former campaign manager of the Howard Dean presidential campaign from Pop!Tech 2004. This is the third of four IT Conversations audio recordings from the session on Connected Politics.

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