To get the presidential debates as mp3’s:
- go to the [CSPAN YouTube channel](www.youtube.com/cspan)
- Play the debate (before you go home, e.g.)
- Pull the debate .flv file from your cache (e.g. FlashTmp0)
- run it through ffmpeg to extract the mp3
To get the file from your cache, figure out where the flash cache is and run an rsync job like so (OSX paths here):
#!/bin/tcsh while (1) #make this flashcopy directory first rsync -av --partial /private/var/tmp/folders.$UID/TemporaryItems/FlashTmp* flashcopy sleep 1 end
To convert with ffmpeg:
ffmpeg -i debate.flv -acodec copy debate.mp3
The file’s sound track is already mp3 so ffmpeg simply extracts and containerizes it for you.
And no doubt you can do something easy like download it from iTunes or PBS instead.