Photo courtesy of Nicolas Solop via Flickr. September 30 is International Podcast Day, and since here at Listen Closely Productions, we celebrate the power of sound to change lives, I thought I would observe the occasion by sharing some observations from my six-plus years of podcasting. I became interested in podcasting in the summer of […]

Photo courtesy of Jay Phagan via Flickr. A lot of people complain that stores bring out holiday decorations, music and gift ideas right after Labor Day, and even though I’m  a huge fan of Christmas music, I have to admit even I find seeing the glint of shiny tinsel while I’m still wearing shorts (remember […]

Photo courtesy of mirsasha via Flickr. This post concludes our series, which has walked you through the process of creating a family history project. Now that we’ve edited our interview material into a story that relates to our narrator’s life, it’s time to consider how we will deliver the book, audio program, video or scrapbook […]

   Photo courtesy mobilechina2007 via Flickr. In our last post, we looked at some ways to organize the raw materials from your interviews with your family narrator, including how to find a storyline and a narrative arc in their series of anecdotes. Today, I’ll provide a couple of keys to the actual act of editing […]

Photo courtesy of Jon Madison via Flickr. So far in our series of how-to posts related to family history, we’ve discussed getting permission from your narrator, selecting a format for the project, conducting the interview, and how to gather stories at a distance, when your narrator doesn’t live close to you. If you’ve followed these […]

Photo by Sol Robayo courtesy of Flickr. Today we have a real treat: an interview with for Dwight Swanson, a co-founder and a board member for the Center for Home Movies, an organization dedicated to preserving home-made motion pictures — from the old-timey Super 8 films made the middle of the 20th century, to today’s […]

Photo courtesy of Cindy Higby via Flickr. This post has its roots in an audio file posted by my Facebook friend Alia. She recently shared a recording her family made of her playing her violin with her grandmother Marian playing piano, produced about 10 years ago. They are playing a song that Marian wrote; Alia […]


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