still browsin’

It’s been pretty quiet on the browser for a few months, but the break’s not permanent.  This project is a volunteer, solo effort, and after a year+ and 50+ shows (most podcast, some live and lost) I took a vacation, which turned into a few months, which constitutes a “break”.

Anyway, now feels like a good time to get back out there and talk to folks, so that’s the plan.  I decided going forward I would detach from doing a weekly regular program.  It’s just not the pace I want to maintain, and I don’t want to squat in a good time-slot and not deliver every week.  Fortunately, the Radiator crew is letting me broadcast where I can find the time-slots, so expect the show to bounce around.  Of course, you can eventually hear the shows here at this site.

The show returns very soon with a big guest.  Big.  Very big.  We’re talking #BTV Social Media royalty.

Follow me, @jonathanpb, on Twitter for the time & date of the next show (and the posting of the latest podcast) and listen for the_browser on 105.9fm The Radiator in Burlington, Vermont.

Thanks to everyone who asked what’s up during the show’s absence, and thanks to everyone who listens.

next on the_browser :: inlu

You’ve all read invitations and announcements that said “in lieu of gifts, please make a donation to such-and-such charity.”  No doubt, you’ve been to a party and seen the piles of gifts (plus wrapping paper) that seem like they are destined for a landfill rather than someone’s shelf of treasured keepsakes.  And you’ve probably participated in a group gift for a special occasion (wedding, anniversary, retirement) or a serious need (support with medical bills or help after a disaster).

That’s where Inlu comes in: group gift-giving with an eye towards reducing waste.

My guests on the_browser are Monica Ostby and Jamaica Jenkins, co-founders of Inlu, the “eco-savvy group gift and event planning tool.”  Of course, much more about Inlu at, on Facebook, and on Twitter.  The ladies behind Inlu stop by to talk about group gift-giving and the eco-inspiration behind the business.

Listen to Monica and Jamaica Wednesday, June 30 (Burlington Social Media Day!) on the_browser on 105.9fm womm-lp The Radiator in Burlington, VT, and streaming online at

podcast :: dana freeman of find and go seek!

Hear my interview with Dana “Miss Magpie” Freeman of Find and Go Seek.

next on the_browser :: find & go seek!

Tonight on the_browser we’ll hear from Dana Freeman, “Miss Magpie” behind Find & Go Seek.  Dana and F&GS were profiled just last week by Ken Picard in his 7 Days article “Parental Guidance.”  Check out the 7dvt piece and then tune in to hear Dana talk about the development of the site, the creation and curation of alllll that content, and growing an online community.

Find & Go Seek – tonight at 6pm on 105.9fm womm-lp in Burlington, Vermont, and streaming online to the world at

next on the_browser :: random roundtable

Tonight, old friends of the show David Farré, of the Burlington Free Press, and Jason Pelletier, of Found Line, stop by for internet chat, music, and miscellaneous.  I’m sure we’ll talk about gadgets, software, headlines, and other miscellaneous things related to the online goings-on here in Burlington & Vermont.

Are you around 215 College St?  Stop by and join us on-air.  Why not?  You’re the community in “Community Radio”.

Listen at 6pm on 105.9fm womm-lp in #BTV and online at

audio wins, audio fails :: podcast updates

First, the fails.  I had a great discussion with Mike Hayes of Magic Hat the week before their recent Twitter Pub Crawl.  Unfortunately, my recording of that live show failed, and I didn’t have a back up, so that convo is lost.  It’s a bummer, too, because it was a great show.

Then, I met with Anna Palmer of winwinapps and, due to the mic I used and the noise in the space, the audio quality isn’t great.  I considered not podcasting it, but I had a few requests for the audio so I decided to go with it.  My apologies to Anna for the poor audio; we’ll have her back on the show down the road.  Here’s the audio, in a semi win/fail:

Now, the audio wins.  Mercifully, I corrected those technical issues for my next interviews.  I met with John Canning of the to talk about their recent initiative Tapping Tech:

Last week, Bridget Butler was the guest, on a live show, to talk about the Voices For The Lake Project:

Thanks to everyone who takes time to chat on the_browser.  I’ll do my best to make sure I don’t lose another minute of it.

next on the_browser :: Voices For The Lake

Voices for the Lake Manager Bridget Butler stops by for a live discussion about the new Voices website,  If you’re familiar with the project you already know that Voices is one of the cooler local projects around, intersecting the online with the offline, social media with traditional media, all in service of Lake Champlain.

Learn more about Bridget Butler on Twitter and by listening to her tonight on the_browser on 105.9fm womm-lp and streaming at

next on the_browser :: vtSDA

My guest on the_browser this week is John Canning, President of the Vermont Software Developers’ Alliance.

John joins us to talk about the vtSDA and the state of the software industry in Vermont.  One of the vtSDA’s primary objectives is to tell the stories of local software development companies and professionals that are growing and hiring in Vermont.  They recently profiled a number of these organizations in the publication and companion website, Tapping Tech.

Hear John Canning tonight at 6pm on

next on the_browser : winwin apps

My guest on the_browser this week is Anna Palmer, founder of winwin apps.  winwin is an online service that “takes the hassles out of running a non-profit”.  Thinks of it sortof as a for non-profits: an integrated, web-based, suite of online tools targeted at one industry (non-profits) and serving the underserved, very small non-profits.  More on winwin apps on Twitter, Facebook, and the winwin blog.

Listen to Anna on the_browser tonight at 6pm on 105.9fm womm-lp The Radiator in Burlington, VT, and streaming online at

next on the_browser :: magic hat

My next guest on the_browser, live in studio, is Magic Hat Brewery‘s Michael Hayes.  Michael is stopping by to talk about Magic Hat’s online efforts and success with social media.  He was one of the speakers at the inaugural Burlington Social Media Breakfast last year and if you haven’t had a chance to hear Mike talk about breweries + social media you definitely want to tune in.

He’s also going to tell us all about Magic Hat’s upcoming “Twitter Crawl” to benefit The Committee on Temporary Shelter (COTS).  Think of it as a mashup of Tweetup, Pub Crawl, and Fundraiser.  That goes down on 4/22 here in #BTV.  More on that here:

Listen to Mike Hayes live on the_browser, tonight Wednesday 4/14 at 6pm, on 105.9fm in Burlington and streaming online at