Podcasts & Audio Downloads
of the CEPR "Supporting Families" Briefing Series

If you cannot attend the CEPR Supporting Families briefings in person, we invite you to listen to them via “Podcast” (and more traditional audio downloads).

Podcasting enables you to get each briefing automatically downloaded to your computer or portable audio player. This is particularly useful if you have an MP3 player or a slow Internet connection, because the downloading process can be done in the background. Once you set this up, you will have audio files of the seminars available on your computer or player.

If you would like to download the separate audio files manually, here are the direct links.  (File sizes range from 6 to 16 MB):

Finding the Time: Challenges Facing Working Families, 6/16/2006
Struggling to Care: Is the market failing working families? 6/26/2006
Supporting families: Americans need --and want-- action 7/21/2006
Supporting families: Individual solution versus government action 9/08/2006
Supporting families: Opportunities for policymakers to make a difference 10/12/2006

What a Podcast is:

Effectively, a podcast is an “RSS Feed” (Really Simple Syndication) that also contains information about an MP3 file that can be downloaded.  The Supporting Families breifings will be posted as both a podcast and direct download. To receive our podcast, you will need to install a program on your computer and tell it about a podcast feed you want to subscribe to. When a new show is uploaded to the website, the podcasting software will automatically download the MP3 file in the background.

Step 1: Get A Podcasting Program

To get started, you will need to install a podcasting program. There are a number of programs freely available for Mac, Windows, and Linux.

Step 2: Subscribe to the Supporting Families Briefing Podcast Feed

Once you have downloaded and installed a podcast program, you will need to add the Supporting Families Breifing podcast feed. The address for our podcast feed is:


Notes: You can right-click on the link above and select "copy link location" in Firefox  (“copy shortcut” in Internet Explorer). The link goes directly to the XML file. If you click on it directly in your web browser, you will see the raw XML code. Don't be frightened!   (XML is similar to HTML, for those who wonder what it is.)  Please follow the instructions on this page to "subscribe" to the feed in your software of choice.

Step 3: Start downloading

Once you have subscribed to the Supporting Families Breifing podcast feed, you just need to tell the podcast software to start downloading. From then on, the program will occasionally check for new breifings, and when they are available, it will download them.

If you have a portable MP3 player and you want it to automatically download podcasts from your computer, you may need to tell your podcast program which one you use, or configure it to save the files in the correct directory.  Check the documentation or web site for your podcast software details.  Alternatively, you can manually download the podcasts from your computer to your player.

Additional Notes

If you need help, please email us at cepr@cepr.net.