What’s Blog Talk Radio?

If you haven’t listened yet, some of you might wonder just what Blog Talk Radio is. The short answer is that it is an Internet radio broadcaster. It offers podcasts with a twist. A podcast is a recording that is put up on web and can be listened to and/ or downloaded. Normally a podcast is in a series, so there will be multiple episodes. What’s unique about Blog Talk Radio and its main competitor Voice of America, is that instead of just statically uploading these shows, it actually streams them out live. This allows several benefits, one of which is that it’s easy to interview people. They can be connected via a phone call and then you can have them on air from their house. Listeners can also call and ask a question or make a comment. Plus you can call and listen live over the phone if you’re out and about or if you just don’t want to be tied to your computer while you listen.  It also allows for the creation of a chatroom so if you listen live you can discuss the show as it happens with other listeners, ask questions, make comments, and the host can see and respond in real time.

So it’s not difficult at all to listen to. All you need is a computer or a phone. For a live show, you just click on the link provided or call into the number. Call in (714) 242-5253or toll free 1-877-633-9389
Or Chat while you Stream Live Episodes
The same phone numbers work if you just want to listen or if you want to ask a question or go on the air. However, it only works while the show is live. You’re calling into Blog Talk Radio, not to me.

If you want to listen to an archived episode (one that has already aired live in the past) you can click on the same link or on the links in the directory on the webpage that lists the past episodes. If you prefer you can also download the archived episodes for free from iTunes.


My particular show is called Trundlebed Tales. My main focus is Laura Ingalls Wilder, but I expand that to include related topics like one-room schools, historic foodways, and children’s literature. You will find four types of episodes and though I don’t always succeed I try to have one of each type each month.

1. An Update of Laura Ingalls Wilder fandom – These 15 minute episodes give a quick run down on what’s going on in Laura fandom this month including any programs I might be putting on, future episodes of the podcast, events at any of the Laura homesites, and anything else that I think Laura fans should know.

2. An Interview Episode – I have a special guest for each interview episode, normally these run approximately 60 minutes and involve me interviewing the guest about some particular project they are working on or something they are an expert in. Guests have run the gamet from Nicole Elzenga of the Laura Ingalls Wilder Museum in Walnut Grove to Pam Stover who talked about her research on music in one-room schools to Barbara Lounsberry on Mildred Wirt Benson and Nancy Drew.

3. A Host Episode – In these 30 minute episodes it’s just me telling you about some subject or topic that interests me, it could be anything from the Laura Ingalls Wilder Girl Scout Patch event I organized to my latest research find on Laura. Also, included in these are Roving Reports that I give when I visit a homesite to give Laura fans a report from the ground.

4. Travel Times – Finally I also started a series of 3o minute episodes I call Travel Times where I interview someone who takes a certain kind of vacation each year to give you the inside look on whether you should go. Topics have ranged from RAGBRAI (the bike ride across Iowa) to the Iowa State Fair to Trekfest.

Find a listing of episodes both previous and upcoming of most of the episodes here:

And Travel Times episodes here:

A very detailed video demonstrates every possible way to listen to Blog Talk Radio:


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Sarah Uthoff - Trundlebed Tales

Sarah S. Uthoff is the main force behind Trundlebed Tales striving to bring the History, Mystery, Magic and Imagination of Laura Ingalls Wilder and other greats of children’s literature and history to life for a new generation. Uthoff is a nationally known Laura Ingalls Wilder authority and has presented at five of the Wilder homesites, many conferences and numerous libraries, museums, and events around the Midwest. Attend one of her programs, schedule one yourself, watch her videos, listen to her podcast, and find her on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, LinkedIn, and Academia.edu. Professionally she is a reference librarian at Kirkwood Community College and director of the Oxford (Iowa) Public Library.

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