Frequently Asked Questions
What is a podcast?
A podcast is a media file (audio, video, text, etc.) that is available from the Web. What distinguishes podcasts from other media files is that they are published in such a way that enables them to be automatically downloaded when new content is available. In other words, those who are interested in the content can “subscribe” to the podcast.
How do I subscribe?
To subscribe you need an RSS reader for podcasts. RSS stands for Really Simple Syndication. As the name implies, it’s a simple way to share media by listing the available content in a single file. There are many free RSS readers available, such as Juice and iTunes.
If you have iTunes, you can simply click on the iTunes feed link on the sidebar. You may be prompted for permission to start the iTunes application. If so, click “OK.” You should be presented with our show’s iTunes page. From there you may download individual shows, or subscribe to the show.
The reader should have a menu selection to add a subscription. Look for something like “Add a feed” or “Subscribe to podcast.” You should then be prompted for the podcast feed address (also called an URL). Cut-and-past the following address into your reader:
Click “OK” and you’re subscribed! You can configure most readers to periodically check for podcast updates, or you can manually check by pressing an “Update” button/menu item. Usually you can listen to the show directly from your reader or copy it to a portable MP3 player. See your reader’s documentation for instructions.
How do I listen to your show?
To listen to the show, you can choose any of the following three options:
1. Download the show directly
To download the show, simply click on the “Download” link below the show of interest. If your web browser does not have a plugin for MP3 files, you will be prompted for a location to save the file. If your web browser does have a plugin for MP3 files, then the podcast will be saved in the browser’s download directory (set in the browser’s preferences) and the show will start playing.
To bypass the plugin and save the file to a directory of your choosing, right-click on the “Download” link to get a menu. There should be a menu item like “Save Target As…” or “Save Link As…”. Click it and choose a directory folder. Once the download completes, you can use any MP3 capable player (Quicktime, Windows Media Player, iTunes, etc.) to listen to the show.
2. Listen right from the website
To listen to the show from the website, use the player below the show of interest. The player looks like this:
Click on the play button (the triangle on the right) to start listening. The player should now look like this:
Click on the pause button (the two vertical bars on the right) to stop the playback.
3. Subscribe to the show as described above