Way ‘back in the day’ I had to secure recorded statements from people. The statements were transcribed, often analyzed, and sometimes used in litigation. Before pressing “record” (oh, yes an actual tape recorder) I was required to state why I wanted/needed to record the statement and also get permission to record. (I believe in NY, you need permission – at least at that time – to record a conversation on the phone.)
Anyway, today it’s a bit different because we can easily and inexpensively record sans tape recorder and phone. Still, even today, if I must record, I’ll still ask for permission and explain that the recording will be used for the purpose of capturing answers to questions. I let people know that the recording won’t be shared (or will be, if that’s the intent; like an educational podcast). I have found that recording statements is a valuable way to improve my listening skills and expand on questions and answers. I’m not worried about furiously writing notes that I will later try to decipher. There’s a ton of tools out there for this type of thing, even the Smart pen.
I’ve found G-Recorder works well consistently and has no learning curve. G-Recorder records Skype calls and automatically saves them to a Gmail folder as an mp3 file.
Here’s a video of how it works along with “The Lions Sleep Tonight” playing in the background. (Earworm alert: Wimoweh, wimoweh, wimoweh, wimoweh.) While I use it for research, I think it would be a valuable tool to create free and easy podcasts with one person or as many people as Skype currently allows (100?).