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"Podcasting" is a way to get Deconstructing Dinner's weekly show automatically downloaded to your computer or portable audio player. It is convenient if you have a portable MP3 player or if you have a slow internet connection. Once you have things set up, you will always have access to the most recent shows, as MP3 files on your computer or portable device, ready for listening!

What's a Podcast?
(borrowed from the handy Democracy Now! Descriptor, www.democracynow.org)

You may have heard of the term "RSS" -- it stands for "Really Simple Syndication", and many recent web browsers have built-in support for RSS "Feeds". An RSS feed makes it easy for programs to check a web site and easily find out when new stories or articles were published on a web site. A podcast is really an RSS feed that also contains information about an MP3 file that can be downloaded.

You need to install a podcast program on your computer, tell it about a podcast feed you want to subscribe to, and it will check to see when new information is available. When a new show is uploaded to the web site, the podcasting software will start downloading the MP3 file in the background to a directory.

Step 1: Get A Podcasting Program

To get started, you will need to install a podcasting program, a number of which are freely available for Mac, Windows, and Linux.

iTunes (Freeware: Windows, Mac). This is Apple's flagship music-playing program, which, starting with version 4.9, has support for receiving podcasts. Note that even though you go through the "music store" to find podcast feeds, there is, as always, no charge for receiving Deconstructing Dinner!

iPodder (Free Software: Windows, Mac and Linux - Now re-named "Juice"). At the moment, this is one of the most popular solutions for receiving Podcast feeds.

Step 2: Subscribe to the Deconstructing Dinner Podcast Feed

If you simply left-click the following link, it will go directly to the XML file. This is not the ideal method to subscribe! Below are your two best options.

  • Once you have downloaded and installed a podcast program, you will need to add the Deconstructing Dinner podcast feed. You can right-click the following link and select "copy link location". Paste the information into the subscription field of your Podcast software.

  • If you are using iTunes, you have the option of selecting the "One-click subscribe to iTunes" button, and the Deconstructing Dinner feed will automatically appear in your directory.

RSS Subscribe to Deconstructing Dinner Podcast
itunes One-click subscribe to iTunes


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