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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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    EPIC Podcast equips you to be prepared

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  • When disaster strikes, our ability to manage it depends a lot on the lessons we’ve learned from past incidents and experts in the field. EPIC Podcast brings those lessons to life.

    EPIC stands for Emergency Preparedness in Canada, and that’s what the podcast delivers: current, relevant, Canadian content regarding disasters and their management.

    Dr. Josh Bezanson and Grayson Cockett interview industry leaders, explore emerging research, and share practical tools of the trade. Their aim is to transfer knowledge to other emergency management professionals, but it’s pretty interesting stuff to regular folks, too. We all have a role in preventing bad things from happening, or mitigating the damage when they do happen.

    Bezanson and Cockett are clearly passionate about what they do, and they have the qualifications to back up what they say. They are both members of Canada Task Force 2, the disaster response team based in Alberta. Bezanson is an emergency medicine resident who also has a journalism degree, and Cockett has a master’s degree in disaster and emergency management.  

    The podcast usually comes out about once a month, but they’re planning a blitz for Emergency Preparedness Week starting May 6. So be prepared for that by subscribing!

    In the meantime, let’s learn a little more about EPIC:

     

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

    A. They’ll get to hear subject matter experts, disaster scholars, and industry leaders discuss ideas, trends, and recent developments in the field of disaster management from a uniquely Canadian perspective.


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

    A. Enrico Quarantelli, a pioneer in disaster sociology.

    Q. How did you and your co-host meet?

    A. Through our various first-responder endeavours.

     

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

    A. He died the way he lived… in a state of total disaster!

     

    Q. What has been your favourite episode and why?

    A. Our episode commemorating the 100-year anniversary of the Halifax explosion was particularly rewarding, as it truly was a formative event, and has so many rich lessons which are still relevant today.

     

     

    Be sure to connect with EPIC Podcast 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! You can find EPIC Podcast 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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    Immerse yourself in The WorkNotWork Show and Not There Yet podcasts

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  • Podcasting has provided two different but complementary avenues of self-expression for Terence C. Gannon.

    On The WorkNotWork Show, he satisfies his curiosity by interviewing people “those who have turned their passion into their profession, or have a job that we may envy them having or wonder how they managed to get.”

    On Not There Yet, which was nominated for a Canadian Podcast Award this year, he shares his own observations in a series of “short essays podcasted from the second decade of the 21st century,” as his tagline says. “It’s totally eclectic — current events, history, personal opinion, popular culture.”

    Both shows are beautifully produced, graced with a meticulous attention to detail and Gannon’s mellifluous voice. One can’t help but be transported with every new episode.

    Let’s learn a little more about the man behind the mic:

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

    A. Above all on The WorkNotWork Show, we hope to interest our audience in the subject of the interview and perhaps inspire them to pursue their own career dreams. Our hope for Not There Yet is that listeners will know and/or learn something they didn’t know before.


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

    A. Tiger Woods. But my angle would be to title the episode “Eldrick T. Woods: Pro Golfer” and really focus on the arc of his entire life rather than gush about his golf prowess. Any regrets? What else might have you done? Did you ever felt your Dad pushed you too hard? Do you ever hate the game? That kind of thing.

     

    Q.What podcasts do you listen to?

    A. To be honest, not many, but only for lack of time. When traveling, my wife and I listen to Serial and Revisionist History.

     

    Q. Do you have any unusual hobbies or talents?

    A. I wish.


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

    A. Nothing by Chance

     

    Q.What has been your favourite episode and why?

    A. For The WorkNotWork Show, Episode 009 with Robert ‘Scratch’ Mitchell. The first few minutes of that episode are the best I have produced. The words, music and pacing all just seem to come together. It always brings a lump to my throat.

     

    For Not There Yet, my favourite is usually the most recent one, but if I had to pick one I’d say X-15. It’s a subject I find fascinating and it proved quite popular.

     

    After that, I think Mustang, given that it was the most experimental in nature and touched on all my favourite subjects.

    Be sure to connect with Not There Yet on Twitter, Instagram or Facebook, and with The WorkNotWork Show on Twitter, Instagram 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! You can find The WorkNotWork Show, Not There Yet 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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