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‘Makeshift Stories’ takes you on a journey into the improbable

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    you want to plug in and escape to another world. If that’s your state of mind,  
    Makeshift Stories is here for you.

    This long-running podcast offers original speculative fiction, sci-fi and fantasy stories about space, time, alternate realities, alternate histories, the near future and the unexplained. Each episode is written by Alan V Hare, the pseudonym of Vern Hume, who started by making up bedtime stories for his son, and ended up sharing those stories with all of us via his podcast.

    “I wanted to create a vehicle to explore various contemporary issues around technology, society and culture in a form that would appeal to a broad age range,” he says. He recently celebrated his show’s 10th anniversary, which is a long time in podcast years!  

    Let’s learn a little more about the creative force behind Makeshift Stories

    Q. Why should people listen to your show?

    A. Hopefully to be entertained and at the same time gain a sense of wonderment about the world.

    Q. What is the most interesting comment you’ve ever received from a listener?

    A. “Very enjoyable, and thought-provoking stories. I think Rod Serling would be impressed.”

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

    A. I was a media/visual artist when I was younger and have work in the collections of the National Gallery of Canada and the Museum of Modern Art in New York.

    Q. What’s on your playlist right now?

    A. Starship Sofa, Clark’s World, Escape Pod, Make Me Smart, TWIT, This Week in Google, DTNS (Daily Tech News Show), The Feed, IRL.

    Q. If you have a co-host, how did you meet and how long have you known each other?

    A. I have a narrator, Mitchell Tew. He is a friend of my son and I’ve known him since he was eight years old. He took performing arts in high school, but didn’t pursue it after graduating. I brought him on board to narrate as a creative outlet for him and to encourage his creative side.

    Q. What has been your favourite episode so far and why?

    A. Hard to say – I have favourites at different points in time.  Although it may not be an audience favourite, I would probably pick 77: The Return of Doctor Plastic. This was based on a late-night conversation with a friend 30 years ago and is kind of an ode to their creative spirit.   

     

     

    Be sure to connect with Makeshift Stories on Twitter or 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! Find Makeshift Stories 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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    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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    Indulge your nerdiness with Press Start to Join

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  • Just how geeky are the hosts of Press Start to Join, the show that promises “more geekery than you can shake a joystick at”?

    Well, for one thing, Josh Shenfield and Alan Techsmith started podcasting in 2015, way before podcasting hit the mainstream. For another, they never run out of things to nerd out about, whether it be video games, board games, tech security, comics, virtual reality or anything else in the geek universe.

    In addition to their weekly show covering current events on those topics, they do a monthly deep dive into video game history, exploring the origins and evolution of various games, companies or franchises. Be sure to catch the first episode of every month, too, for a complete list of free video games you can download.

    Let’s press start on this Q&A with the PS2J team:

    How did you meet?

    A. We went to high school together, bonded over shared geekery, and just never stopped talking about it.

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

    A. Alan has an eerie memory for useless numbers, and Josh is great at painting miniatures.

    What podcasts do you listen to?

    A. Alan: My Brother, My Brother, and Me; Fandalites; The Adventure Zone; Hey Riddle Riddle; Swindled; Til Death Do Us Blart.

    Josh: This Week in Tech; Star Wars Minute; How Did This Get Made; Podzilla1985; Lore; Stuff You Should Know; Comedy Bang Bang.

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

    A. Josh: Cosplayer and YouTuber Jessica Nigri or animator Ross O’Donovan, because they both seem like they’d be a lot of fun to talk to.

    Alan: Game designer Chris Perkins, because he’s led such an interesting life (and maybe we could convince him to Dungeon Master for us).

    Write your own epitaph — what would it say and why?

    A. Here Lies Josh — He doubted he could do anything and ended up doing it all just fine.

    RIP Alan — He knew just enough to be dangerous.

    What has been your favourite episode so far?
    A. Always next one, because it’s going to be the best yet! (But, for the purposes of this question, here’s the history episode on Tetris.)

      Be sure to connect with Press Start to Join on Instagram, Twitter 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 Press Start to Join 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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