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Monthly Archives: May 2016

Daydreaming about the Wonders of a Vintage French Café au Lait Bowl

Vintage French cafe au lait bowlMaybe stuff can’t make you happy, but this morning I’m quite convinced that if I start drinking coffee out of a vintage French café au lait bowl, everything will be better, and that this is an achievable goal.

I saw this bowl on Etsy. It’s close, but not quite the one for me. The quest is on…

Podcasting 101 & 102 Workshops with Acclaimed NPR Producer Susan Davis in the Berkshires July 9 – 10


To sign up for Podcasting 101 and/or Podcasting 102, please click here and for more info, email Gina at

Podcasting 101 with NPR Producer Susan Davis
Saturday, July 9 from 10am to 4:00pm
Lichtenstein Center for the Arts (28 Renne Avenue in Pittsfield, MA)
$150 early bird discount through May 22
$175 after May 23
OR $350 for both Podcasting 101 and 102 ($50 savings!)
Tuition includes morning coffee/tea and a scrumptious lunch

In Podcasting 101, Susan Davis will introduce participants to the building blocks of a great podcast, including true listening, the art of hosting, perfecting a sound, achieving a tone, and designing an efficient production structure and schedule. She will also address tech issues (all you need to get started is an iPhone and a computer) and share tips on how to build an audience through promotion and distribution. The workshop is appropriate for both aspiring podcasters and podcast-loving audiophiles.


Podcasting 102 with NPR Producer Susan Davis
*** Enrollment is limited to 15 participants***

Sunday, July 10 from 10:00am to 4:00pm
Lichtenstein Center for the Arts (28 Renne Avenue in Pittsfield, MA)
Pre-requisite: Podcasting 101 with NPR Producer Susan Davis and/or you are a current podcaster.
$200 early bird discount through May 22
$225 after May 23
Tuition includes morning coffee/tea and a scrumptious lunch

In Podcasting 102, participants will workshop their individual show’s description and mission (a.k.a. the all important “elevator pitch”). Susan will help each student find their show’s best structure (“bento box” or “mother-in-law’s window boxes/beer flight”) and plan a detailed, sustainable production schedule. She will also answer tech questions, review publishing options, and brainstorm marketing and distribution techniques.

You will leave this workshop able to start work on your podcast the very next day!

About the Instructor
Susan Davis is a storyteller—by nature, by craft, by art, and by profession. For two decades, she has ferreted out the most memorable, most profound, most complex, and most interesting characters and brought their tales to the listeners of Public Radio. She has worked as a producer for Marketplace, Soundprint, All Things Considered, and Talk of the Nation at NPR, as well as for The State of Things on North Carolina Public Radio/WUNC. Her recent podcast clients include NPR’s Alt Latino, The Good Fight with Ben Wikler (#1 on iTunes), Press Record (from the Southern Oral History Project at UNC Chapel Hill), The Monti Radio Hour, and Classical Classroom. She has taught podcasting/audio production at a wide range of venues, ranging from Duke University to the Public Radio Program Directors Conference to the Cultural Affairs Department of the United States Department of State.

Cancellation Policy
If a workshop must be canceled due to low enrollment or unforeseen circumstances, Muddy Puppy Media will refund all tuition in full. If a student chooses to cancel—for any reason—at least four weeks prior to the first day of the workshop, Muddy Puppy Media will refund the tuition minus a US$30 administration fee. If a student cancels between six and 28 days prior to the start of the workshop, they will receive a 50% refund. There are no refunds for cancelations made five or less days before the workshop.

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