OK….I’m just gonna say it.


I have created training on the basics of creating a podcast called Podcasting 101. You can access it here.

I’m willing to help anyone interested get started. I have described my technical setup here.

WE NEED MORE VOICES!!!! Please join in the audio conversation….and vodcasts are soon to come!!!!


  1. Geoff J December 16, 2005 at 11:15 am

    Thanks John. One of these days I’ll get a podcast created. I’ll probably ask you about it along the way. Someone has to blog for people who have a long commute!

  2. NFlanders December 16, 2005 at 11:52 am

    John’s looking for more competition?

    How many podcasts do you think the community can support? I ask because podcasts are fairly time and labor intensive, both in producing and consuming.

    I think we could support a few more, but not too many.

  3. RoastedTomatoes December 16, 2005 at 12:12 pm

    Serenity Valley and I are coming online with our new podcast in about two weeks. We’re going to put out one episode every two weeks, with a Mormon history theme. Our first episode is going to focus on the most famous primary sources in Mormon history: the First Vision accounts. We’ll also have a couple of shorter recurring features (a “today in Mormon history” bit, a book segment, and a “women in Mormon history” segment). Subsequent episodes will focus on topics including: William Law’s apostacy in Nauvoo, the Mormon female experience of the divine in the early years of the church, the Manifesto and the gradual end of polygamy, the United Order experiments in Ohio and Utah, the early missions to South America, and the end of the race-based priesthood ban.

    But in the meanwhile, established voices like yours, John, and like the “This Mormon Life” team need to get their acts together! No podcasts at all in weeks, folks! =)

  4. RoastedTomatoes December 16, 2005 at 12:15 pm

    Ned, the ex-Mormon community currently supports two very active podcasts. I’m sure we can do better than them, since we have a lot more to talk about. (After all, ow many different ways can you say, “It’s all a lie!”)

  5. NFlanders December 16, 2005 at 12:18 pm

    Well, I am certainly looking forward to adding RT & SV to my podcast subscriptions.

  6. John Dehlin December 16, 2005 at 12:33 pm

    I am VERY excited, but I could easily see 4-5 active podcasts being sustainable.

    Most people either exercise or have a decent sized commute each day….which would support at least (for me) 4-5 hours of listening each week (not to mention household chores, etc).

    So I’d like to see 3 or 4.

  7. Watt Mahoun December 16, 2005 at 12:47 pm

    RT wrote: After all, ow many different ways can you say, “It’s all a lie!”

    It makes it just that much easier for them to stay on message doesn’t it? And that one message is sensational, while the messages coming from the quasi-TBM side can be so cotton-headed…

    I mean, I was just reading Todd Compton’s response to criticisms of his book, where he indeed has much to say that is very interesting and insightful, buuuuuut….the topic of polygamy is such a sensational one yet, in his attempts to present the topic in a less sensational and more conservative way, he manages to make it seem almost mundane.

    Example: because JS married these women (in ceremonies of his own authority I might add) it was not only _not_ adultary, but acceptable? Huh? Is this what it means to be quasi-TBM? That you find a way to rationalize these things into conformity with your faith/world view?

    I may not agree with everything the ex-mo world has to say or how they say it…but you gotta give ’em credit for having the kind of reaction to these things that could more likely be considered honest and true to broader human/social values. Eh?

    I’d like to hear podcasts from within the church membership that actually take the really compelling issues to task rather than just talking about all the stuff we have to talk about…

    Right now, I’m only really getting that from the exmo community…at least a passionate version of it.

  8. clark December 16, 2005 at 1:15 pm

    I think there is a huge difference between blogging and podcasting. Not just in terms of preparation, but in how one does it. To podcast you really have to dedicate an hour to the podcast. With blogging you can do a minute here or there to write things. And even after you’ve published it, if you are like me, you’re still editing.

    I’d love to do a podcast, but I honestly can’t fathom how I’d find the time.

  9. clark December 16, 2005 at 1:21 pm

    Watt, I certainly agree antis, exes, and even others are able to drum up interest by in effect pointing to what’s “weird” about Mormons. To the degree we’re a different culture then they can’t point to the distinguishing characteristics. Of course you can do that to any culture. I’m not sure doing that sort of thing is exactly the best nature of humans. But it is a common one. Reminds me as a kid when the immigrant kids with different dress, mannerisms or habits would be teased.

    What, you don’t wear our kind of underwear?

    What, you don’t marry our way?

    What, you don’t do X?

    I think you do provide a bit of insight into the basic approach of things.

    That’s not to say that critics only engage in that kind of behavior. I think they make more pointed comments that do need engaged with. But the, “hey, you’re different” kind do seem to get a lot of the interest.

    Could an LDS podcast do that? That is, be LDS but rather than being navel gazing in cynicism, snarkiness, and satire, look outward? I suppose it could. I’m not at all convinced it would be a good thing, mind you. I think that’s what has happened to politics the last 15 years, and I think it’s made a mess of that, polarizing things a great deal. I’d hate to have it happen to religion – especially after Pres. Hinkley’s work the past decades to ease the polarization over Mormonism.

    (I’m not saying you are encouraging snarkiness or a podcast to non-Mormons akin to how Rush Limbaugh lampoons liberals – just that I’d hate one to appear)

  10. clark December 16, 2005 at 1:22 pm

    Whoops, that one line should read, “To the degree we’re a different culture then theycan just point to the distinguishing characteristics.”

  11. Watt Mahoun December 16, 2005 at 3:00 pm

    By the way…

    Here’s the link to Todd Compton’s response:

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