The phrase “The Greatest Canadian” can mean a lot of different things. Greatness comes from their personality and willingness to speak up & give to others. It is the amount of success in their career and how they have changed the world. Following up on the last project we would create the first episode of our podcast, on the “Greatest Canadian.” 

Podcasts limit diversity but allows more thought put into the audio telling a story. Easier than a video, it provides more time spent on your script and audio quality. Despite being easier, doesn’t mean it is easy as you have to make people visualize what you are saying and paint a picture for them.

The Greatest Canadian for me? Steve Nash.

Steve Nash, an under-appreciated great, had all-time great talent and impacted the game significantly – much like his willingness to stand up for injustice and give to others. He has made a path for Canadian prospects and the NBA is now filled with young up and coming Canadian players. Helping second and third world countries, Nash is an avid humanitarian and speaks up against injustice.

The podcast I created is centred around what makes someone go from good to great. In a little over 10 minutes, I shared why Steve Nash is the greatest Canadian in my eyes. Conveying the message, through audio provided its disadvantages but looking back, I’d say it was fun making the episode. Combining three piano tracks, a bunch of editing and lots of hours making the podcast, I thought I told a convincing story. 

Draft 1 to the finished product was a completely different product but the message was kept intact, only more strongly portrayed. There were many minor changes throughout the process but the one thing that held back the podcast was the long section of my interview without my voice. Once I broke up the pieces it sounded a lot more fluid and was easier to listen to. Making that change amplified both the interview and the message being told in the episode.

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  • October 16

    Milestone 1 | Need to Know Questions

    Milestone 1 | Need to Know Questions

    October 16, 2020
    Milestone 1 | Need to Know Questions
    After looking through the project and the driving question. What do you KNOW? What do you need to know? What are our immediate next steps?
  • October 19

    Chose Individual

    Chose Individual

    October 19, 2020
    Chose Individual
    Generally, determining historical significance comes down to a certain criteria. Some of these categories may outweigh one another, but they are related.
  • October 22

    Milestone 2 | Story Mountain

    Milestone 2 | Story Mountain

    October 22, 2020
    Milestone 2 | Story Mountain
    Use your understanding of our short story mountain to develop the story mountain of your individual’s life. We will begin to structure our podcast soon! But let’s first be able to map out (in bullet points) what we need to... Continue Reading →
  • October 26

    Milestone 3 | Topic Research + Notes

    Milestone 3 | Topic Research + Notes

    October 26, 2020
    Milestone 3 | Topic Research + Notes
    Part ONE: Take Notes Over 5 classes, you will be attending a series of lectures and readings. Each lecture will roughly cover and get you thinking about a chapter in our textbook. These chapters will help you begin to understand... Continue Reading →
  • October 29

    Milestone 4 | Podcast Script

    Milestone 4 | Podcast Script

    October 29, 2020
    Milestone 4 | Podcast Script
    Part ONE: Interview BIO and Questions Who will you interview for this project? Be sure to contact them as soon as you determine who they are! Email, phone, stop by! Submit your Interview Questions and confirmation to showbie. Part TWO:... Continue Reading →
  • November 6

    Milestone 5 | Completed Podcast

    Milestone 5 | Completed Podcast

    November 6, 2020
    Milestone 5 | Completed Podcast
    For this Milestone you will be creating your Podcast. This is when recording source material, conducting your interview, and sharing with peers your Podcast all comes into play. This weekend and the first half of next week should be spent... Continue Reading →
  • November 13

    Milestone 6 | Final Podcast and Interviewee Presentation

    Milestone 6 | Final Podcast and Interviewee Presentation

    November 13, 2020
    You were given a challenge to determine the SIGNIFICANCE of a person, place, event, or trend and how it makes Canada the nation it is today. After presenting to your peers, you will be sending the final episode to your... Continue Reading →

My podcast only came together when the music, the voice tracks, the interview and the editing was finished.

Editing took forever. Every little mistake took time, adding up to take most of my revisions. Taking into account the exporting time and it was a nightmare if I exported my episode and later found a tiny mistake midway through the song. EQs were an important factor in improving noise quality and removing the telephone grainy noise. I used an external plugin called “LRC5” to get a more refined result as the apple visual EQ has a limit. Honestly, I learnt very few skills in GarageBand as I have done many previous projects using it. However, I did learn what tools in GarageBand to use for a podcast and how to balance everything. Equalization was arguably the most important part of the editing. Even though the changes are very little, it can make the difference between good and great podcasts.

As per the interview, I took a very different approach to how I organized the clips. Using an app called “Otter” I was able to convert my audio into text so I could better organize the interview without including unnecessary points, repetition or out-of-context ideas. I had 20 minutes of source material and I needed to make it preferably 5 minutes or less to fit into our time constraints. Using the text I planned where I was going to add my interview clips to make the most sense, and then arrange it in GarageBand afterwards.

Creating music I decided to use my MIDI keyboard again and play smooth jazz for the background. The edit feature when playing was very useful if I played a wrong note or played something out of time. The two tracks sounded good and I thought matched the tone I was going for. Though it got pretty distracting at times, I was able to fix this by turning down the volume at parts.

The technology was the backing of the whole project and it wouldn’t be possible to create an engaging podcast, let alone an online podcast. GarageBand was behind all of the editing and music creation. Though it doesn’t provide all the features with a high-end program has, it makes up for it being simple and having the ability to download plugins. I have refined my skills to make use of my time and I am pretty sure I know everything single tool in GarageBand. Using all these tools I created a podcast to share my thought on the greatest Canadian.

 

Highlighting one of the best ways I comprehended text was through my interview. Using audio to text app and then organizing the text, rather than the audio, helped me understand it more in-depth. The result came out taking way less time and a concise result. Another way we looked at text was through our textbook lectures for building knowledge. In groups, we discussed the topics and use the text features to further identify the importance of the matter.

Throughout this project we kept coming back to what was significant. Our answer; importance, profundity, quantity, durability and relevance. Together these 5 key words taught us the significance of our idividual how we needed to include these factors into our episode. In my podcast, I centred around what makes people go from good to great, relating to Steve Nash’s greatness in basktball and as an overall great person. I thought I introduced and summed up my podcast to bring it full circle and telling people who my greatest canadian is, by setting out guidelines in the intro.

Creating the podcast was another unique experience that we are going to continue through this year. Despite still having small mistakes in the episode, I am happy how it turned out in the end. The next episode will be about WW2 and I am curious how I can make an episode centring around my topic.