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A book club for podcasts. Each week participants will listen to an assigned podcast episode and come together to discuss their thoughts.

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Are you a fan of podcasts? Want to dive in, but unsure of where to start? PodChats is a modern take on the book club: every week participants get an assigned podcast to listen to on their own, then come together online on Saturday morning to talk about the characters, stories, structure and production elements of the episode. Led by podcasting professor and producer Meg Wilcox, these sessions are aimed at all podcast levels – so bring your coffee and join in!

Please register in advance for all four classes in this session, which will take place on the following dates:

  • Saturday, May 23, 10:30 - 11:30 am
  • Saturday, May 30, 10:30 - 11:30 am
  • Saturday, June 6, 10:30 - 11:30 am
  • Saturday, June 13, 10:30 - 11:30 am

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To get a better sense of what this program will entail, here is the curriculum for the third week:

Week 3: Invisibilia

Season 5, Episode 6: The End of Empathy


Note: there are some expletives and difficult topics not appropriate for all ages

In this episode, two reporters take the same interview tape with a young man named Jack -- and turn it into two very different stories. As you listen to this episode, please consider the following:

1. Which version of the story, as you see it, is right? Why?

2. Did Hannah Rosin give her source too much of the benefit of the doubt? Was Lina too critical?

3. How does this episode show how the lens of a journalist shapes the story? What does this mean for us as audience members when we read, listen, and watch stories?

4. What do you think about the idea of creating an audio story as part of a hiring process?

Week 2: Heroes, Hustlers and Horsemen

Episode 1: How the legend of Deerfoot rallied Calgary — and ruined the man


(Full series here, for people who want to listen! https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/calgary/heroes-hustlers-and-horsemen-full-series-1.4234506)

In this episode, the first in a series produced by CBC Calgary, host Allison Dempster looks at the story of a name many of us might associate with our morning commutes: Deerfoot. As you listen to the series, consider the following:

1. In this episode, Allison Dempster tells a story more than 100 years old. How does she use sound and sources to illustrate a story that she couldn’t record in person? What examples stood out?

2. While most historical stories are told from the point of what is “known”, the host points to what isn’t known about this story -- and mentioning that she would have loved to hear the conversations between Deerfoot and Crowfoot. How does this shift how you see the story?

3. When the host visits Deerfoot’s unmarked grave site with Kris Demeanor, what does this add to the story? How does your view of the story change?

4. Rather than end on a positive or grandiose note, the episode addresses the complexity of Deerfoot’s story. What do you think of this style of conclusion -- is it as satisfying as a more traditional or conclusive ending?

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