Friday, February 27, 2009

It's Coming

Episode Three will be a few more days. What you can look forward to? Let's just say, Brit Pop, roadkill and magical crystals. Sound enticing? In the meantime, here's an amazing video of a few kids playing a Black Mountain song. Enjoy. I did.

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Episode Two

To listen to episode two click here.

First off, thanks so much for listening to the first episode of the People's Program Project. I wish I could express how much it means to me and Aaron that you would spend your time listening to this collaboration. So thank you sincerely. Secondly, thanks SO SO SO much to those people who were kind enough to give me feedback. It was incredibly valuable and insightful and helpful. It means so much to me that you'd not only listen but spend time thinking about how this project could be better. Please continue to send your comments and suggestions my way:

Okay, so on the second episode, we have three stories:

Traffic Camp tells the story of a dear friend of mine and her adventures at a traffic radio station, and the devoted following it garnered.

The Most Absurd Moment Ever tells a series of stories about some of my friends' most absurd moments ever.

Numb but Alive is a piece I wrote as a final project for my writing degree in university, close to seven years (!) ago. It's about my father's experience in the war and how he became immune to the sight of death.

For the next episode, I want to hear about your most absurd moment ever, so please email me at I'll read some of the best ones on episode three.

Finally, I apologize if I sound somewhat depressed in this episode. I'm dealing with some life changing stuff right now, which I might do a piece on in the future. But I promise more pep next time.

Thursday, February 5, 2009

Episode One and a little spiel

To listen to episode one, click here.

Welcome to the temporary web home of the People's Program Project. I'm going to be using this until my website,, is ready to go.

For the majority of my adult life, I've been lucky enough to tell stories for a living. As a result, I've become obsessed with finding good ones. The People's Program Project (or P3 for short) is my attempt to do that.

The plan is to start local. All the people in my life are talented, funny, articulate and great storytellers. So my storytelling vault is pretty much endless. But the plan is to eventually start hearing stories from outside my little world, to truly make this program project that of the people.

So on the first episode we have three stories (and a really long intro and extro.) They are:

A Small Band in a Large Amphitheatre

A few years ago my friend's band was asked, seemingly out of nowhere, to spend a month opening for a ginormous band. I asked said friend, blind-item styles, about what it was like to tour with the biggest band in the world.

Never Been Caught Stealing

The story of a former retail manager who became obsessed with stealing from her own store.

Courage: Living Up to Her Name

The story of a recent reunion with my first baby.

There's a lot of people who helped put this podcast together. They are:

Aaron Beckum - He's the musical director of the show and all around very talented fellow. He's also one of the founders of the Amazing Alphabet People's Coalition. The podcast would be nothing without him.

Dave Shumka: A local comedian who hosts the consistently hilarious Stop Podcasting Yourself. Let's call him the technical director, because he taught me everything I needed to know about podcasting. He's a whiz.

Josh Wells and Amber Webber: Also known as Lightning Dust. They provided the sweet, beautiful theme song, Wind Me Up, with permission from their label Jagjaguwar.

Ben Frey: This mindblowingly talented artist designed the podcast's logo. Good thing he owed me a favour. You can check out more of his stuff here.

Steve Pratt: He's the director of CBC Radio 3 (which I used to freelance for) and a multimedia master who has been so generous with his time. If it wasn't for his encouragement, I'd never have even thought about starting a podcast.

Thanks so much for your interest and stay tuned. Drop me a line at and let me know what you think.