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October 23rd, 2014 by Michael Tunnell

Improved StarTalk Radio RSS Feeds

Note: Unfortunately, Yahoo has discontinued their Yahoo Pipes service so these feeds are no longer possible.

I've been a long time listener for StarTalk Radio with Neil deGrasse Tyson and throughout that time I've subscribed to the RSS feed they provided which has been great. (RSS is Awesome) Recently, the show has added short snippets of the show to the feed in the form of Cosmic Minutes and StarTalk SoundBites which in general are nice because they allow for easier sharing of sections of the show and getting little bits when you don't have the time to listen to the whole show. Unfortunately, these extra bits actually clutter up the RSS feed in my opinion because even though I do want them, I don't want them all in the same feed.


I decided to create these separate feeds based on the feed that the show provides and it worked out quite well so I figured that maybe someone else might be interested in using these feeds. I created a feed for only Episodes, another for Cosmic Minutes, another for StarTalk SoundBites and finally a combination feed of both the Cosmic Minutes and the SoundBites that I refer to as the StarTalk Snippets. If you are interested the links to the feed are provided "after the break"...


I created these feeds with a combination of Yahoo Pipes and FeedBurner. Yahoo Pipes is a powerful composition tool to aggregate, manipulate, and mashup content from around the web including but not limited to RSS Feeds. FeedBurner is a tool to do feed management and feed metadata.


StarTalk Radio Episodes:


StarTalk Radio Snippets:


StarTalk Radio Cosmic Minutes:


StarTalk Radio SoundBites: