has a series of 8 lectures on the topic of the Digital Future, available free of charge, published by C-SPAN. Each lecture is about an hour and a half, and downloadable in mp3 format for you iPod.

I can't post the direct link to the lecture series since uses session data in the URL and without the session parameter it logs an error, so just search for the topic title or author on their site.

After reviewing each lecture summary, I found I'm most interested in just 3 of the topics including:

  • Lecture 1: On November 15, 2004 in Washington, D.C., David Weinberger, former senior internet adviser to the Howard Dean presidential campaign, discussed how weblogs work & their value in gathering knowledge. He is now at Harvard University's Berkman Center for Internet & Society, where he is working on a book about how the digital age is changing the way information is organized & classified. First in a series.
  • Lecture 2: Brewster Kahle, Digital Librarian and Director & Co-founder of the Internet Archive, explains how he first developed the idea and tools to archive the Web. He also explains why archiving is important to our every day use of the Internet. The title of his talk is "Universal Access to Knowledge".
  • Lecture 3: Neil Gershenfeld, director of the Center for Bits and Atoms at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, addresses the topic, "From the Library of Information to the Library of Things". Gershenfeld is the author of When Things Start to Think. His new concept, Internet Zero, proposes a new infrastructure for the existing Internet that would give an IP address to all electronic devices - from light bulbs to Internet addresses and URLs - and interconnect them directly, thereby eliminating much intermediating code and server technology.

There's a few hoops to jump through to get the mp3 files downloaded. You should install their AudibleManager program, then click on New Individual Programs, choose option 4 format for mp3, then check the downloads you want and then right click on an item to choose Download Checked Items.

When I downloaded the audio in mp3 format, AudibleManager saved the files with a ".aa" extension under the C:Program FilesAudibleProgramsDownloads directory. I just copied the files to my iTunes library folder, and then opened iTunes to synchronize them. iTunes was able to import and play the Audible ".aa" files successfully.