Category Archives: Sound

Radio, podcast, and other earfuls

When are bloggers media?

I attended an event today to mark World Press Freedom day, as a result of which I’m posing the audio below. The first speech is by Kevin Bakhurst, RTÉ Deputy Director-General and Managing Director of News & Current Affairs, on the particular challenges facing broadcasting. It is followed by a speech by John Horgan, Press Ombudsman, which makes some important points about press freedom not simply as freedom from state… Read Article →

“A teacher and columnist…”

“Breda O’Brien is a teacher and a columnist with the Irish Times”, according to the clip below. But unlike Joan Collins and Ciara Conway, her political affiliation is not mentioned during this introduction, on a Late Debate programme to discuss the death of Savita Halappanavar, and the abortion debate it sparked. Breda is a patron of the ring-wing Catholic think-tank, the Iona institute. I mention this because Breda has written… Read Article →

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Gabriel Byrne and the Gathering

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Solar weather and planet Earth

An interview with Dr Lyndsay Fletcher, Glasgow University, about solar weather, recorded for Scibernia in June 2011. [Audio clip: view full post to listen]

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Irish Science Teachers Association

An interview with Yvonne Higgins, chairperson of the Irish Science Teachers Association, for Scibernia, recorded in April 2011. [Audio clip: view full post to listen]

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Dunsink Observatory and Dublin Mean Time

I recently visited Dunsink observatory to do a piece for Scibernia. You can listen to the piece below, or visit the Scibernia website to hear the entire show, including insect-eating and the science behind invisibility cloaks. Click here to listen: [Audio clip: view full post to listen]

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Scibernia: The SFI Think-In

I’m an occasional contributor to Scibernia, the Science podcast also broadcast on Near fm. Too occasional, unfortunately. While I’ve done a few reports for the project, scheduling problems mean I rarely get a chance to sit in on the studio recordings. I do however manage the occasional piece, such as when I travelled to the Teagasc Oak Park Research Centre to talk with Dan Milbourne about Potato Genetics. Back in… Read Article →

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Get the feeling we didn’t hear enough about the referendums?

From Marian Finucane on RTE Radio One last Saturday, Fergal Keane: Maybe referendums just aren’t that much fun. [Audio clip: view full post to listen]

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Krak-Krak

For the longest time, I thought they were crickets. I wasn’t too sure what a cricket was, but the sound was vaguely similar. In every western I ever saw as a child, there was a scene where the cowboys sat around a campfire, and the exposition took place as one of the characters explained some vital piece of background that would prove critical to the plot during the final act…. Read Article →