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Samuel’s Persiflage #11

December 22nd, 2006 at 04:24am

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Samuel’s Persiflage Episode Number Eleven has sprung into life (possibly chased by singing sheep), and is waiting for you to download it. There is also a low quality version for the bandwidth impaired here.

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This month’s Persiflage Puzzle has three words of nine, three, and five letters respectively. The clue is “The first person to write about Santa’s wife, Mrs. Claus”.

As we rapidly approach Christmas, it is hard not to talk about it, and this month we chat with Bill Grady, host of You Are The Guest about what Christmas means to him, and how it affects people around the world. Bill shares a funny Christmas story from his childhood, and the interview is quite possibly the first purposefully “networked” interview in the history of podcasting, having previously appeared in a slightly different version on You Are The Guest #68

Samuel seems to have found some Christmas music to replace the normal music, and the original Samuel’s Persiflage intro is in there somewhere.

There is also some feedback.

All listeners are invited to send in more feedback, both in written and audio format. As per usual feedback can be sent to (text, MP3, Wave or Ogg Vorbis), spoken feedback by clicking here or on the button below would be great, or leave a comment below.
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Samuel also updates the school closures discussed in Episode seven, and the Plain English Awards from the Plain English campaign, who we chatted with in Episode one.

The Samuel’s Persiflage #11 file itself is available here, and is 1:08:49 in length (63.0MB) at 128kbps stereo. The 128kbps format was decided upon because it produces a very good sound quality, and doesn’t “flatten” any music used in the podcast. I do, however, acknowledge that this is just unreasonable for dial-up, so a 16kbps mono file is also available here. The sound quality isn’t as good, but some people like it. The low quality version is 7.87MB

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Podcast related questions and comments can be sent to or left in the comments section of this post. Spoken feedback is preferred (but not mandated) and can be sent either in MP3, Wave or Ogg Vorbis format, or sent even more easily by clicking the button below and following the prompts.
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The Best of Samuel’s Persiflage for 2005/2006 will be released on New Years Day (in theory), with regular episodes resuming later in January. From the Samuel’s Persiflage production team (OK, so there is only one person, and he is the executive producer and presenter) have a great Christmas and New Year, take it easy, and I look forward to your company on Samuel’s Persiflage in the new year.


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  • 1. Clayton Northcutt  |  December 23rd, 2006 at 7:23 pm

    Another outstanding Persiflage Samuel. Bill is always a fantastic guest and always delivers.

  • 2. Samuel  |  December 23rd, 2006 at 11:29 pm

    Thank you Clayton, you are right about Bill, and I generally find that it is best to have guests who either have media experience or are very passionate about a subject, the former can always keep talking, and the latter can be prompted to keep talking. Combine the two and the interview is almost impossible to end, but is great to listen to.

    When I was starting to put Persiflage #11 together I wanted to do a Christmas episode, but I couldn’t decide who to interview, then I thought of Bill for a couple reasons.

    1. I highly doubted he would turn down the request (Critical as Christmas draws near)
    2. He usually has some good stories.

    I had great fun interviewing Bill, I’m glad you enjoyed it.


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