If you just can’t get enough Historiann, or you’ll click on anything having to do with women’s and gender history, borderlands history, Native American history, or colonial North American history, or you’re just reallyreally bored, you can check out “Inroads: Episode #2,” the podcast that graduate student Justin Carroll made of my talk at the CIC-American Indian Studies Consortium at Michigan State University earlier this month. (At least you can find out what I sound like, if not what I look like!) Those of you who are technologically adept can probably figure out how to put it on your i-Pods so that you can take me with you on your jog or trip to the gym. (And who wouldn’t love working out to a discussion of religious education, self-mortification, and artistic expression among women in Wabanakia and Quebec in the eighteenth century? Talk about “Sweatin’ to the Oldies!”)
The AISC has other podcasts that might be of interest to many of you: Carroll also has posted a podcast of “From Ph.D. to Professor,” in which three MSU faculty members (Heather Howard, Susan Applegate Krouse, and Kimberli Lee) plus Susan Lobo of the University of Arizona discuss their professional development and the process of publishing their books. Also, in “Inroads: Episode #1,” Joseph Stahlman discusses his research in Anthropology at Indiana University.
Here’s a question I’ve always had about the audio world: why don’t our voices sound the same in recordings as they sound in our head? I’m always surprised by how young and high-pitched my voice sounds. I sound much lower-pitched and more authoritative in my imagination than I do on my voicemail or answering machine. I was interviewed for a program for BBC4 a few years ago, and I was amazed at how sonorous and rich they made my voice. They must have a documentarian version of Auto-Tune that makes everyone they interview sound like Kathleen Turner or James Earl Jones.