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Teen explains her media to her mom on ‘That’s a Thing?!’

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  • If you’ve ever wondered what on Earth the kids in your life are talking about, there’s a podcast that may be able to help.

    That’s a Thing?! is billed as “a sometimes belated, already outdated guide to your teens, tweens and everything under 20.”

    The idea emerged from conversations between Karen Unland and her daughter, Elizabeth. She would mention something like creepypasta or the antics of some YouTuber, and her mother would literally exclaim, “That’s a thing?!”

    As they are both avid podcast listeners, and Unland is the founder of the Alberta Podcast Network, it made sense to have the mics on for the resulting conversation.

    You can hear Elizabeth “teensplain” her media culture to her mom once a month. On occasion, Elizabeth brother Jonathan makes an appearance as well.

    If you want to see them in real life, That’s a Thing?! is putting on a live show at Edmonton’s SkirtsAfire festival on March 17.

    Here’s a bit more from the mother-daughter team behind the show:

     

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

    A. People who don’t understand what kids these days are on about will find our podcast illuminating. But this isn’t a “get off my lawn” kind of thing — Karen isn’t so much disdainful as amused and fascinated, and Elizabeth takes a bit of an anthropological approach to it. We laugh a lot, and it’s kind of a chance to overhear a mother and daughter having a conversation across the generation gap.

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

    A. I’m not sure the comments will make any sense in isolation, but we’re proud to have former Edmonton Journal columnist and now Canadian senator Paula Simons as a fan, and it’s pretty cool to hear her reactions to the shows.

    Q. What podcasts do you listen to?

    A. We listen to way too many podcasts. Elizabeth likes everything that Night Vale Presents puts out, as well as Sawbones, You Must Remember This, Let’s Find Out, and a lot of true crime. Karen listens to as many members of the Alberta Podcast Network as she can every week, plus a lot of Slate Gabfests, On the Media, Recode Media, Canadaland and Reply All, among others.

    Q. Why do you think people enjoy podcasts?

    A. They are hands-free, eyes-free entertainment that you can program yourself. You can hear people speak passionately about the very thing you are passionate about.

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

    A. Karen: I tried.
    Elizabeth: I wanted a green burial — why do I have a headstone?

    Q. What has been your favourite episode and why?

    A. Don’t forget to floss (or do) — it explores the music and dance trends of both our eras, and it was fun to research.

     

     

    Be sure to connect with That’s a Thing?! on Twitter and Instagram.

    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 That’s a Thing?! 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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