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Join ‘a mini book club for the ears’ with The Read-Along!

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  • Say you want the book-club experience without the pressure of reading a whole book on deadline, and without the hassle of gathering in someone’s living room. What do you do?

    You subscribe to The Read-Along, that’s what. You’ll find yourself on “a journey through a good book, one chapter at a time,” with the husband-and-wife team of Anita and Scott C. Bourgeois.

    Each episode is based on a chapter, so you only have to read a little bit at a time. The hosts don’t read ahead, so you don’t have to worry about spoilers, as long as you read the chapter before listening to the episode. They are also skilled in banter and approach the podcast with joy, so the journey is a lot of fun.

    They are currently in the middle of Jasmine Gower’s Moonshine, a fantasy novel set in a world similar to 1920’s Chicago, but with magic. You can join them on this book, or look back at their previous titles, and proceed at your own pace — that’s the beauty of the podcast!

    Let’s learn a little more about the bookworms behind the show:

     

    Q. What will people get out of listening to your podcast?

    A. A low-commitment book club, motivation to read, story and character analysis, and a little humour.

    Q. If you could have any guest on your show, who would you want and why?

    A. We’ve discussed trying to get one of our featured authors on the show.

    Q. Do you have any unusual hobbies or talents that would surprise your listeners? 

    A. Podcasting! We’re also big nerds who love tabletop games.

    Q. What podcasts do you listen to?

    A. Ken & Robin Talk About Stuff, The Greatest Generation: DS9, The Undad, Modern Manhood, I Have Some Notes, Press Start to Join, The Bugle and Lore are all regulars, but lots of other podcasts as well.

    Q.Write your own epitaph — what would it say? 

    A. They came. They read. They talked about it.

    Q. What has been your favourite episode and why?

    A. Episode 62, “Murder Arithmetic.” We go Full Book Club on The Word is Murder by Anthony Horowitz in our final overview of the book, after the weekly chapter-by-chapter read-through. Lots of great discussion.

     

     

     

    Be sure to connect with The Read-Along on  Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.

    Over the next several weeks, Todayville will introduce you to members of the Alberta Podcast Network, so you can invite even more Alberta-made podcasts into your ears! You can find The Read-Along and dozens of other shows at albertapodcastnetwork.com.

    About Alberta Podcast Network

    The Alberta Podcast Network, powered by ATB, is on a mission to:

    • Help Alberta-based podcasters create podcasts of high quality and reach larger audiences;
    • Foster connections among Alberta-based podcasters;
    • Provide a powerful marketing opportunity for local businesses and organizations.

    Alberta Podcast Network Ltd. is pursuing this mission with funding from ATB Financial and support from other sponsors.

     


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    ‘Speaking Municipally’ nerds out on civic politics

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  • What goes on at City Hall has more effect on your day-to-day life than anything any other level of government does, but not everyone has the time or inclination to pay close attention.

    Enter Speaking Municipally, a podcast that offers a weekly discussion on key stories in municipal politics in Edmonton.

    Hosts Troy Pavlek and Mack Male are passionate about the topic and keen to distill the information to its essence: “We pay attention to Edmonton City Council so you don’t have to!”

    Speaking Municipally is an offshoot of Taproot Edmonton, which Male co-founded in 2016 to help fill some gaps in the local media landscape. Taproot publishes stories based on what its members are curious about, as well as weekly newsletters rounding up information on topics of interest to Edmontonians, including the Council Roundup.

    Pavlek is a software developer with a deep interest in civic affairs, having run for city council in 2017 and serving as his community league’s president. Together, he and Male shine a light on local decision-making, and make a lot of bad puns along the way.

    Here’s a bit more about the team behind Speaking Municipally:

     

    Q. What will people get out of listening to your podcast?

    A. Our listeners get insight about the decisions being made at City Hall as municipal government is the one that most directly impacts their day-to-day in the city.


    Q. If you could have any guest on your show, who would you want?

    A. Troy: Coun. Jon Dziadyk

    Mack: Matthew McCauley, Edmonton’s first mayor, to hear his thoughts on how Edmonton has turned out.

     

    Q.What podcasts do you listen to?

    A. Troy: Serial, The West Wing Weekly, The Press Gallery, 99% Invisible, Let’s Find Out, Revisionist History, Slow Burn, S-Town, Trump Con Law, Decoder Ring, Walkcast, The Daily, Thunder Bay, PopCycle, Ear Hustle

    Mack: The Daily, BBC’s Global News, Freakonomics Radio, 99% Invisible, How I Built This, Planet Money, Canadaland, CBC Spark, Let’s Find Out, That’s a Thing?!

     

    Q. Do you have any unusual hobbies or talents?

    A. Troy: I eat Treatzza Pizza and watch movies.

    Mack: I make charts about my life, like the number of lattes I drink.


    Q. Write your own epitaph — what would it say? 

    A. Speaking Municipally was a long-running podcast that, despite the best efforts of its creators and passionate advocacy of its vocal core listenership, ended up proving conclusively that no one is interested in municipal politics.

     

    Q. What has been your favourite episode and why?

    A. Troy: A new Season — The first two-and-a-half minutes represent something that no Edmonton municipal politics podcast has done before. It was innovation.

     

    Mack: Terrawillegar Drive — Most of our episodes cover a variety of topics, so I really liked this one which went deep into a single topic.

     

    Be sure to connect with Speaking Municipally via Taproot Edmonton on Instagram, Facebook or Twitter. You can also follow the hosts on Twitter: @mastermaq and @troypavlek.

    Over the next several weeks, Todayville will introduce you to members of the Alberta Podcast Network, so you can invite even more Alberta-made podcasts into your ears! You can find Speaking Municipally and dozens of other shows at albertapodcastnetwork.com.

    About Alberta Podcast Network

    The Alberta Podcast Network, powered by ATB, is on a mission to:

    • Help Alberta-based podcasters create podcasts of high quality and reach larger audiences;
    • Foster connections among Alberta-based podcasters;
    • Provide a powerful marketing opportunity for local businesses and organizations.

    Alberta Podcast Network Ltd. is pursuing this mission with funding from ATB Financial and support from other sponsors.


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    Live your best life with help from ‘Girl Tries Life’

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  • If you’re looking for advice and inspiration from someone who walks her talk, look no further than Girl Tries Life.

    Host Victoria Smith provides women with “the tools, strategies and inspiration to live their best lives.” And she knows whereof she speaks.

    Her podcast recently passed the 100-episode mark, which is all the more impressive when you know she had a toddler son when she started, and gave birth to her daughter last year. Plus she has spun her work off into a business, called Stress Less Ladies, which has been accepted into the ATB X incubator.

    Girl Tries Life alternates between interviews with women who are living incredible lives and continue to strive for more, and coaching episodes to tackle specific challenges that Smith has observed and sometimes lived through herself.

    Let’s learn a little more about empathetic, knowledgeable host of this show:

     

    Q. What will people get out of listening to your podcast?

    A. Inspiration from the badass women that I interview. And every coaching episode provides a tangible tool, skill or mindset shift to help them with their daily challenges.

    Q. If you could have any guest on your show, who would you want and why?

    A. Catherine Reitman, the creator of Working Moms. It’s an incredibly funny show, she’s whip-smart, and I think her perspective on how women can move up in the workforce even when their resumes don’t reflect it would be incredible.

    Q. What podcasts do you listen to?

    A. Pod Save America, HPX, Rise Podcast, Rise Together, Rise Without Compromise, Armchair Expert, Here to Make Friends

    Q. Do you have any unusual hobbies or talents?

    A. Does podcasting count? Also, avoiding piles of Lego and other small sharp toys my son leaves on the floor.

    Q. Write your own epitaph — what would it say? 

    A. It’s not about the achievements, it’s about putting in the effort and enjoying the journey.

    Q. What has been your favourite episode and why?

    A. So hard to choose! Probably one of my favourites would have been when I interviewed Bryony Gordon to talk about mental health. She is someone who I have so respected, and is so well known in her field. I’d say she was my “big fish” of interviewees.

    Be sure to connect with Smith on Instagram, Facebook or Twitter.

    Over the next several weeks, Todayville will introduce you to members of the Alberta Podcast Network, so you can invite even more Alberta-made podcasts into your ears! You can find Girl Tries Life and dozens of other shows at albertapodcastnetwork.com.

    About Alberta Podcast Network

    The Alberta Podcast Network, powered by ATB, is on a mission to:

    • Help Alberta-based podcasters create podcasts of high quality and reach larger audiences;
    • Foster connections among Alberta-based podcasters;
    • Provide a powerful marketing opportunity for local businesses and organizations.

    Alberta Podcast Network Ltd. is pursuing this mission with funding from ATB Financial and support from other sponsors.


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