We offer the following podcasts of publications and special programs exclusively for people with print or visual impairments. You can listen to them now, right here, or download them to a portable MP3 player or your computer for later playback. You can also receive selected podcasts (denoted with an asterisk) via iTunes or LibSyn. For a complete explanation of podcasts, see the bottom of this page.
To get started, click on any podcast name of interest. You will be presented with a list of "episodes" for that podcast. Each episode has the date encoded in its name; e.g., TIME0301 for the March 1st recording of Time Magazine. Then left-click the podcast episode name to listen to it now, or right-click it to download it. If you play it now, whatever program you have assigned to MP3 files will activate. Typically this is Windows Media Player running in a separate window for Internet Explorer, but a built-in application running in a new tabbed window for Mozilla Firefox. Note: at this time, you cannot "subscribe" to podcasts via this method, but limited subscriptions are available via Libsyn and iTunes as noted.
Special symbols used in the list below have the following meaning:
- % Hover your cursor over the program name to see a brief description, when available NEW
- * The most current edition of podcasts marked with asterisks can also be accessed via iTunes or LibSyn
- # These programs have been written up as Featured Programs
According to Wikipedia, "A podcast is a type of digital media consisting of an episodic series of audio files subscribed to and downloaded through web syndication or streamed online to a computer or mobile device." Here at the Triangle Radio Reading Service, our volunteers read periodicals daily or weekly for live or delayed broadcast via our on-the-air signal. Some of those recordings are saved and made available online as podcasts. (A few recordings are available exclusively as podcasts and are not broadcast online.)
By making podcasts available online, you can listen to them at your convenience, not just when we initially broadcast them or rebroadcast them. And you have two options for listening to them:
- Online, right away, via a "media player" on your computer (such as Windows Media Player, iTunes, WinAmp, etc.). When you click on a specific podcast episode, your computer will automatically invoke your media player, and the podcast will begin playing. You can pause, quit, or restart the podcast anytime.
- Offline, later, at your convenience, by downloading the podcast to a portable MP3 player. These devices can store many audio recordings. While typically used to play music, the recording can also be a voice podcast. One of the most popular MP3 players is Apple's iPod, which is, in fact, where the "pod" in "podcast" came from. Many of today's mobile phones (such as the iPhone or any "smartphone") can also store and play podcasts.
Some of our podcasts are also made available via subscription services (for free) where simply logging on to the service with your MP3 device connected will automatically download new versions of podcasts to which you subscribe. Because there is a cost to TRRS to feed our podcasts this way via an intermediary service, only selected podcasts are made available this way.
When you click on a link to one of our podcasts listed above, you will be taken to a simple menu of all the podcasts available for that particular topic. The podcasts are listed in reverse chronological order, the most recent first, and each podcast name has the date appended to its name either as mmddyy or mmdd. For instance, if you were to click on Armchair Traveler, here is the first part of what you might see:
Index of /trrs/ArmChairTraveler
Last modified Size Description
Skip the line "Parent Directory." The most current issue of Armchair Traveler is shown on the next line, and the date of that issue is part of its name: 030313, or March 3, 2013. You can ignore the rest of the information on the line, which contains the date the podcast was uploaded and its size.
Selecting (clicking) on the blue filename will cause your computer to begin playing that particular podcast. But if you RIGHT CLICK on the podcast name (or do the screen reader equivalent), you should get a menu which will include something like "Save Target As" or "Save Link As," which is how you save the podcast to a local disc (or MP3 player plugged into your USB port) to play later.If you have any questions about this process, please phone our office at 919-832-5138.
Certain podcasts use small portions of music acquired from INCOMPETECH, which requests that we attribute as follows: