Commentary on the Remembrance Day episode

Monday, August 11, 2008 - 12:26 am

I’ve published commentary on the Remembrance Day episode on my blog site, In the commentrary I talk being fearless in gathering ‘streeters’, scraping ceremonial coverage from the radio, getting permission to use music by Bryan Adams and The Duhks, and making audio elements fit together tightly like an elaborate puzzle.

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Commentary on episodes

Thursday, August 7, 2008 - 12:06 pm

During the month of August, I will be recording commentary on a small selection of my own podcast productions that are near and dear to me for any of many reasons. These recordings will be published on my blog site, The first of my Producer’s Commentary series was published earlier this week.

If you have a particular Electric Sky episode you’d like hear my commentary on (e.g. guest and question selection, recording process, editing decisions, production techniques, etc…), send an email ( or call the Electric Sky Podcast listener hotline (+1.206.350.6487) and tell me which one you’d like to hear.

Stay tuned – Electric Sky will be back

Sunday, May 4, 2008 - 5:02 pm

In order to make time available for some personal projects, I have decided to put Electric Sky on hiatus. The site (including a recent wave of new shows) and RSS feed will remain online and fully functional.

Stay tuned.  Electric Sky will be back!

Stephen Gritt on Art Restoration and Conservation

Sunday, April 27, 2008 - 10:01 pm

Stephen GrittIt’s amazing who you can meet in a park during your child’s soccer game. I was introduced to Stephen Gritt on one such occasion last summer by someone who knew that Stephen would make a great guest for Electric Sky. They were right.

Outtakes from this interview can be found at

Jennifer Barnaby and Cakes for a Cause

Monday, April 21, 2008 - 10:52 pm

Jennifer BarnabyDuring the annual Great Glebe Garage Sale (a huge community garage sale in Ottawa), my family stumbed on Jennifer Barnaby, a Cordon Bleu Chef who was serving baked goods she’d made while her husband, Jim, brewed up espresso and handled the transactions. Every single cent collected from the sales went directly to charity. They didn’t even recover their expenses.

That’s how I met Jim and Jennifer. I had one of their espressos and a piece of the most incredible cake I have ever had to kick off my garage sale spree. It might have been 9:30am.

Brad Blanton and Radical Honesty

Sunday, April 13, 2008 - 5:00 pm

Brad BlantonI’ve wanted to produce a documentary on honesty for almost three years. In preparation, I gathered some street audio on honesty and dishonesty, definitions of the ideas and self-analysis (unfortunately, I seem to have misplaced some of this audio). I also conducted an incredibly insightful interview with Brad Blanton whose book Radical Honesty: How to Transform Your Life by Telling the Truth I was reading at the time.

When I conducted this interview in 2005, Dr. Blanton was preparing to pursue a political career as an independent, green candidate on a platform of honesty.

I still have designs on producing a documentary on honesty. At the same time, I can’t keep this interview to myself any longer.

Bracelets of Hope

Sunday, April 6, 2008 - 7:00 pm

Carrie-Anne with her Bracelets of HopeWhile in Perth, ON last August, I learned about Bracelets of Hope, an initiative to raise the money necessary to build a medical clinic for a Village of Hope in Harare, Zimbabwe — all by selling handmade bracelets. Even more impressive is that the initiative was dreamed up by a ten-year-old.

I met with Carrie-Anne Bauer and her mother, Pamela, in a park in Ottawa last August (2007) and conducted this interview. I’ve been beating myself up for not having released this interview sooner. That was before I received an update from Pamela this past Friday (April 4, 2008) . Her update inspired me to publish the interview now. I think it has more impact this way.

  • Show ID and intro
  • Interview with Carrie-Anne and Pamela Bauer (August 2007)
  • Update on Bracelets of Hope fundraising (April 2008)

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Photo of Carrie-Anne and the Bracelets of Hope provided by Pamela Bauer.

Whale Watching on the Jolly Breeze

Sunday, January 20, 2008 - 7:00 am

Photo of Finback Whale by Derek BeardsworthOur family vacation in August 2007 was a two-week, unplugged, extravaganza down the Fundy side of New Brunswick. The camping was fantastic and we were able to witness the awesome vertical tides of the Bay of Fundy.

The highlight of our trip was a whale watching expedition on the Jolly Breeze, a tall ship based out of (beautiful) St. Andrews by the sea.

  • Soundseeing tour of the Jolly Breeze
  • Interview with Rob Carney
  • Interview with Captain Troy

Photo: Derek Beardsworth