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  • Kyle Marshall is a man of many podcasts, three of which are on the Alberta Podcast Network, and all of which reveal different facets of this talented fellow.

    Assumptions, which has the longest tenure, features a respectful conversation between Marshall, an atheist, and his friend Daniel Melvill Jones, a Christian. As Marshall says, they “choose to listen and not yell,” even though their world views are very different.

    Creative Block grew out of Marshall’s business, Media Lab YYC, a central hub for digital creation in Calgary. He interviews artists and creative entrepreneurs about where they’ve been, what they’re doing now, and where they want to be in the future.

    Putting It Together is Marshall’s passion project, in which he explores the entire body of work of Broadway composer Stephen Sondheim, show by show and song by song. It’s the kind of show he wanted to listen to, and when he couldn’t find it, he made it himself.

    Let’s learn a little more about the Renaissance man behind these three podcasts:

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

    A. With Assumptions, the topics can be heavy, but there is a lightness to it. Laughing happens often.

    On Creative Block, I have a genuine curiosity and am not above asking “stupid” questions so that I can better understand people. Also other people’s stories are fascinating in beautiful and unexpected ways.

    Putting It Together gets into the history of shows, why certain words and phrases were used, and then why that impacts the guest that I have on to discuss a song.

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

    A. From an Assumptions listener: “After two seasons, I feel like I know you both. So, I’m sorry for not introducing myself sooner. I’m shy about meeting my favorite authors and speakers since I don’t want to ruin the illusion of a two-way relationship that I know we don’t have.”

    Q. How did you meet your co-host?

    A. Creative Block and Putting It Together are solo efforts, but for Assumptions, Daniel and I were co-workers… We then, with another mutual friend, began a movie night where three guys would watch artsy movies. The conversations we would have after those viewings blossomed into what is now Assumptions.

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

    A. For Assumptions, the Pope or the Dalai Lama would be fun to have. Not sure if they do many podcasts, though. Also podcaster Dylan Marron or theologian Timothy Keller.

    On Creative Block, a YouTuber I’m very fond of is Andrew Huang. I’d love to talk with Mark Zuckerberg just to pick his brain and also ask him why he chose to ruin North America.

    For Putting It Together, I mean, Stephen Sondheim himself would be a pretty good get. I’d also love the chance to speak to Patti Lupone, Bernadette Peters, or Angela Lansbury. All of them have been in multiple Sondheim shows and I think they would have great insights.

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

    A. I grew up on a farm and was in 4H for 10 years. So I can raise a steer and show it off in a ring for judges.

    Q. Why do you think people enjoy podcasts?

    A. Roger Ebert wrote that the best of movies were empathy machines. I think the same can be said about podcasts, only they can be more powerful…. With podcasts, you need to use your imagination for what they are talking about, and you start to gain a relationship with the host or hosts. It’s a medium that has a communal feeling even though you are listening to it (mostly) by yourself.

    Q. What has been your favourite episode so far?

    A. My favourite Assumptions episode is I’m Going to Die Alone (which is part of Season 2 on love and relationships).

    My favourite Creative Block so far has been the very first, with Tony Grimes. It totally changed my perception of what the show was going to be. I guess that’s what happens when you discover your guest’s dad was a clown.

    My favourite episode of Putting It Together is I Feel Pretty. My guest was a high school drama teacher who put on West Side Story last year. She brought on two of her students and they completely surprised me — they were engaged, thoughtful, and showed great empathy for the characters and their teacher. I then made it sound a bit more like a audio documentary by getting sounds of the school, and recording a bit of a rehearsal that I could layer into my intro.

    Be sure to connect with Kyle Marshall and Media Lab YYC on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. You can also find Assumptions on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.

    Each week, Todayville introduces you to members of the Alberta Podcast Network, so you can invite even more Alberta-made podcasts into your ears! You can find Putting It Together, Creative Block, Assumptions and dozens of other shows at albertapodcastnetwork.com.

    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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