Humanities on Demand
How do I listen to the recordings?
If you’d like to listen to a recording right away, simply click the player below the description of the program. The length of time it takes to begin playing can vary widely depending on your system, your internet service provider, and the size of the file.
The MP3 file (the link on the right of the player) can be downloaded (to play later) or played immediately. On a PC, click the link and either open the file with your computer's default player, choose a player, or save the file. On a Mac, hold down the control button and click on the link, then choose “Download Linked File.”
If you have a portable media player (an iPod or another MP3 player), you can transfer the files from your computer onto the device and take them with you.
What if there’s no audio software on my computer?
You can download free software that plays MP3 files from the Internet. Many types of software are available for both PCs and Macs. Here are some links to popular players you might want to try: Real Player, Quicktime and Windows Media. All these programs are offered in both PC and Mac versions. The most recent episode of the podcast is also available on any telephone, thanks to the phonecasting service. Call (419) 579-3796.
Does my computer have audio software?
Most likely. Search your computer for Windows Media Player (PC) or iTunes (Mac), or just try opening an audio file and let your computer locate the software.
Can I subscribe to a feed that will deliver the Maine Humanities Council podcast automatically?
Yes, it is possible to subscribe to our podcast feed using iTunes, or any website that handles RSS feeds. (RSS stands for Really Simple Syndication, and RSS feeds deliver new podcasts from a particular site directly to your computer.) You can also subscribe via e-mail and have new episodes delivered straight to your inbox.
Where does your intro music come from?
Elliott Schwartz, composer and Bowdoin music professor, improvised the music you hear at the beginning of every audio file on his keyboard. To hear more of Elliott's work, visit his web page.
Maine Humanities Council programs have brought engaging speakers and thought-provoking ideas to audiences throughout the state for more than thirty years. There’s no substitute for attending our programs in person-connecting with a live community and being able to respond as well as listen—and we encourage you to look for opportunities in your area. Realistically, though, we know that attending is not always convenient—or even feasible. We hope this podcast makes it possible for humanities enthusiasts of all ages to experience the power and pleasure of ideas on demand: during rush hour, from a town six hours away, in the middle of a sleepless night, on a business trip to Chicago...