1. Tuesday Cool: News Drama = Early Radio Newsreel

    Before field recording was practical (or even possible in most cases) radio news programming was often supplemented with scripted dramatizations of news events happening around the world. In this post on the Greene Space website from Andy Lanset at WNYC Archives, we get to hear one of the most popular of these programs from the time, The Parade of News.

    When you think about all of the work that goes into even a short radio drama, and the work that goes into producing a news story, it puts the broadcast in an interesting perspective. Here were actors and writers specifically dedicated to dramatizing the news, and they had to create these pieces in a very timely manner.

    While dramatizations of real events in still exist, they’re considerably different. (I usually think of those night time news magazine shows, largely featuring true-crime type stories.) It’s an effective, and sometimes eerie, mode of bringing the listener into the story.

  2. I just stumbled across the best thing ever. You’re welcome.

  3. explore-blog:

    Happy birthday, Patti Smith!

    (via creativemornings)

  4. In today’s Tuesday Cool, I thought I would give a nod to the Cosmos reboot by sharing one of my favorite stories from the public radio podcast Radiolab.

    This beautiful piece of audio packs a mind-blowing punch for something that clocks in at just under 12 minutes.

    Ann Druyan talks about her one-of-a-kind relationship with Carl Sagan and how it was so closely intertwined with the Voyager Interstellar Message project.

    As Druyan describes their experience, “It was this great eureka moment. It was like making a scientific discovery.”

  5. The complete guide to listening to music at work

    I have always been the kind of person to listen to music while I work. Sometimes, I listen to too much, too often,and arguably maybe at the wrong times. Here’s a fun piece on picking the right soundtrack for getting $%@# done. The multimedia examples are a swell addition, and the suggested playlist at the end is a good starting point. See the full article from Quartz at the link above.

    What are your favorite things to listen to while you work, or what music do you reward yourself with after a job well done?

  6. Found this inspirational doodle in an old sketch book. Bonus points if you know the origin of the quote! #creativity #quotes #play #whosaidit #morningpages

  7. Too Cool Tuesday: This week’s cool thing is the adorable, hilarious Bee and Puppycat, brought to you from the masterminds over at Cartoon Hangover. It’s like Adventure Time meets a quirky twentysomething female sitcom meets weird cat comics. Needless to say, I’m in love. Bee and Puppycat has only 8 days left to meet their Kickstarter goal, so if you become as smitten as I did after this episode, don’t forget to show them some love. I hope there’s more cute weirdness where this came from.

  8. Cool Thing: Podcast Thing | Daniel Howells

    Welcome to my new weekly series, Cool Thing. 

    Every Tuesday, I’ll feature a Cool Thing I’ve found. Most of the time, it will relate to writing, sound, or tech. 

    This week - It’s a Podcast Thing! 

    (What? Too corny? It was too perfect to pass up!) 

    Ever since I got into podcasting nearly five years ago, people have always said to me, “I would listen to more podcasts, but I don’t know what or who to listen to. How do you know what’s good?” 

    Thanks to the website Podcast Thing by Daniel Howells (also of siteInspire.) you can “meet” interesting people who also happen to love listening to podcasts. Howells interviews people-of-the-moment, like Cards Against Humanity creator Max Temkin. Doc Midnight of Third Coast Comics, and appropriately, NPR’s Melody Kramer. They recommend their favorites and talk about their listening habits. 

    Whether you’re new to podcasts and are overwhelmed and don’t know where to start, or you find yourself in a rut listening to the same old shows, Podcast Thing is a fun resource, and definitely a Cool Thing.