Friday, June 22, 2012

Episode 50: I want to hear your voices!

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Art by Angela Treat Lyon
There is solid evidence for the fact that when women speak more than 30 percent of the time, men perceive them as dominating the conversation; well, similarly, if, say, two women in a row get one of the big annual literary awards, masculine voices start talking about feminist cabals, political correctness, and the decline of fairness in judging. The 30 percent rule is really powerful. If more than one woman out of four or five won the Pulitzer, the PEN/Faulkner, the Booker—if more than one woman in ten were to win the Nobel literature prize—the ensuing masculine furore would devalue and might destroy the prize. Apparently, literary guys can only compete with each other. Put on a genuine equal competitive footing with women, they get hysterical. They just have to have their voices heard 70 percent of the time.      —Ursula Le Guin The Wave in the Mind (Off the Page: Loud Cows; pages 119-120).

Cost: I'm assuming you've got a computer with internet connection, so the only other costs to start up your podcast are a headset with microphone (about $30) and the Pamela software (also about $30), if you want to record multiple voice conversations. Depending on how much your headset costs, you'll spend $55-$70 total to start your podcast. Everything else is FREE.

Record & Edit:
  • Audacity: In addition to recording, you can also cut sections out, amplify sound, have multiple tracks that fade in and out of each other, remove noise, etc.
  • Skype: Allows you to interview long-distance for free, as long as you both have a Skype account. You can have regular two-person conversations or whole groups.
  • Pamela ($32.41): Allows you to easily record panels from Skype. They have a free version, but it only allows you to record for 15 minutes at a time. I recommend the Professional version, which also gives you a free trial so you can see if you like it.
  • Levelator: Equalizes the "loudness" of each voice in a conversation. Great for interviews and panel discussions.  
Royalty Free Music:
  • Kevin MacLeod: He puts his music in genre groups and allows for free use and modification as long as you attribute.
File Share:
  • Dropbox: Lets you collect and share files. 
Audio Host:
  • Free public hosting with easy user interface; also increases how you can be found online. There are listeners who found this podcast through


  1. Thanks for the tutorial. I'd imagined creating a podcast from the stories of many spiritual women of various religions and how they navigate their challenges but I know these kinds of things can become a non-paying full-time job and I just don't have the time. Thanks for putting this together. I'd found it really interesting.

    Perhaps there is some feasible way to be able to get the stories out there without too much burden falling on a single woman? I suspect that the reason there are far more male than female blogs out there is because the men just have more time and resources available. (I could be wrong) So women need to find a way to do it that works with their strengths and limitations. Any ideas? Perhaps one with shared responsibility to keep the burden light, yet somehow unified in vision (quality, design, spirit, etc.)?

    1. Iris, for me it was a non-paying full-time job type thing. And while I had the ability to do it, I pressed forward. But then came the time to move on, as my energies are needed elsewhere.

      I think you're right that having the podcast fall basically on one woman makes it hard. You might want to contact John and Zilpha Larsen who do Mormon Expression. They are both very nice and gave me lots of tips when I was getting started. They have a system with a schedule and who is supposed to post when ... that type of thing. They might be able to give you some good ideas on ways to set things up.

      If you're interested in doing a podcast with friends who live nearby, you might be able to keep a sort of shared vision more easily. I live far from my panelists, and I know that made things more complicated sometimes. Even if there had been a few of us living close by so we could have had lunch together to talk things over ... it would have been a different balance entirely.

      Thank you for appreciating the tutorial. Planning it out and putting it together along with the text tutorial ( took a lot of time. So I'm glad that it worked! I really hoped it would come off making sense. :-)

      Anyway, if you've got more questions, I'll do my best to answer them. I would really love to see more podcasts by women.

  2. Sybil, we just want you to know that while our podcast has nothing to do with Mormonism, we wouldn't exist if one of our panelists, Braeden, hadn't been a weekly listener to Daughters of Mormonism. Your tutorial helped us get all set up and we've been incredibly grateful for it.

    So just know that you're helping people even further outside the sphere of what you'd think this podcast would.

  3. This is fantastic! I'm excited to hear that you started a podcast on comics and that my tutorial helped you get going. Thank you so much for letting me know. Best of luck!

  4. Sybil, I still think of you and your work here often. There is a restaurant near my apartment called "Sybille's" and it makes me wonder how you are. I wonder what place you're at in your life and if you'll be wearing pants to church tomorrow. Some day I will write about my journey and I'll let you know. (I've emailed this as well, but I'm not sure if you still check that address.)

  5. Thank you, Michelle. I hope the pants at church day went well. Take care.

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