SOLO Pilot Podcast #4

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Submitted by SOLO Podcasts on Tue, 2007-09-18 20:01

SOLO Pilot Podcast #4: Vancouver Civic Strike

Grass grows tall over uncollected trash in the Canadian city of Vancouver, home of the 2010 Winter Olympics.

Local government has seized up, somewhat, as public persons go on strike for better working conditions. Hosting the Olympics has brought these employment negotiations to the boil.

Meanwhile, taxation funded "civic duties" go unperformed.

In Solo Pilot #4 we ask the striking unionists themselves about the importance of their contribution to society. Do we need the state to run libraries and trash collection? Theaters? Swimming pools? Parking spaces?

Click the following link to hear their answers....

Podcast Mp3 Download: SOLO Pilot Podcast #4: Vancouver Civic Strike
Resources: Transcript of The Politically Incorrect Show - 25/08/1999
Outside link to CBC news story

Producer: Rick Giles
Contributors: Hilton Holder, Melissa Lepley, Callum McPetrie, Jennifer Limber, Lindsay Perigo


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Update is that the civic

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Update is that the civic workers' strike ended about two weeks ago. Crisis resolved, after 13 weeks! Last I heard, Vancouver is still there and didn't degenerate into jungle for absence of local government!

Roll on next podcast.

Hilarious

Lance's picture

"Please help me I am stuck in de fence!" "There is a lion she is looking at me!" Laughing out loud

Many thanks. Callum and I

Rick Giles's picture

Many thanks.
Callum and I plan to make the next ones great too- and involve many soloists.

Ha! Hilton ...

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As they say, "all excellence is equally difficult"...and should I ever aspire to sounding like you I would have to overcome the "Soud Effrican eccent" handicap.

Not a handicap at all. Relish it. You shouldn't aspire to sound like me. Only I can sound like me. Smiling Sound like you. With Ettitude! Smiling

Truly, it's great hearing all these accents on SOLO. Don't change a thing, except for injecting more grunt. Smiling Imagine it were Ingersoll!! Smiling

Linz

Linz, I gotta say

HWH's picture

that listening to your broadcasts made me realise what exacting skill is required to pull it off the way you do.

As they say, "all excellence is equally difficult"...and should I ever aspire to sounding like you I would have to overcome the "Soud Effrican eccent" handicap.

At least its not as bad as what Lovemore Sibanda had it. He still had to contend with a lion. (A Soud Effrican breakfast radio clip sure to put a smile on your dial...enjoy)

I admit that reason is a small and feeble flame, a flickering torch by stumblers carried in the starless night, -- blown and flared by passion's storm, -- and yet, it is the only light. Extinguish that, and nought remains.- - Robert Green Ingersoll

Hey, Hilton!

Lindsay Perigo's picture

I loved hearing your Soud Effrican eccent. Smiling Just give it heaps next time! KASS!

Maybe the apparent difference in audio levels was a function of the different levels of projection. But whatever, make no mistake—I'm really thrilled with the way this project is coming along, and I thank and congratulate all who are part of it.

Linz

Thanks Sandi

HWH's picture

and I love that pose Smiling Smileycons!

Hilton

 

 

I admit that reason is a small and feeble flame, a flickering torch by stumblers carried in the starless night, -- blown and flared by passion's storm, -- and yet, it is the only light. Extinguish that, and nought remains.- - Robert Green Ingersoll

Audio quality

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Linz...I edited the clips and stitched them together as Rick is on the road (a first for me)

I did normalize audio on all the clips, but they are from diverse sources with different backgrounds etc. Any technical pointers or experience here would be great.

I see what you mean about voice projection. Even though I put a bit of effort into it it still came out very normal.

It will be better next time.

Hilton

I admit that reason is a small and feeble flame, a flickering torch by stumblers carried in the starless night, -- blown and flared by passion's storm, -- and yet, it is the only light. Extinguish that, and nought remains.- - Robert Green Ingersoll

I loved ...

Lindsay Perigo's picture

... the library guy saying libraries kept students and bums off the streets. Hahahahaha!!!!!! Smiling

Well done, and the audio

Suma's picture

Well done, and the audio quality is getting better with each podcast.

Rick,

When the parking meter guy kind of leads to the scenario that parking spaces will be empty/unused because of the exorbitant fees charged by private companies, I was expecting you to point out the positive effect on the environment/global warming from the reduced car usage. I think you missed a chance to mess with his head! I know they were all polite and all, but would've been funny. Laughing out loud

Great Job!

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This podcast kind of confirmed my belief that a lot of people don't take to the idea of a totally privatized society simply because they can't use a little imagination. It all comes down to, 'Oh no, but it can't be done'

The Public Library is one of the only government services I really appreciate and I'm still convinced that would be even better privatized; it would be worth a membership fee. And as for roads it's like I said before and like you illustrated in your conversation with the parking warden; people just can't use their imagination and think about all the ways privatized roads could work.

I have a theory that if Banks were a totally government run service no one would be able to imagine how an undertaking that big could work if privatized. It's all about what people know and take for granted.  

P.S. Rick, I think your voice sounds a lot like mine. 

Really coming together!

Lindsay Perigo's picture

Hearty applause, Rick, especially for your initiative in getting out and about among the strikers. Some of the exchanges were hilarious. I especially liked the parking warden!

Great, too, to hear the additional SOLO voices and the different accents. Very cosmopolitan! Smiling

If I may repeat an earlier comment, to all who lend their voices to this enterprise: project larger than life, and you will sound "normal." Project "normal" and you'll sound flat. Take your cue from Rick for sounding enthusiastic. Give it that little bit extra! Don't come out sounding like a monotoned pomowanker. Smiling

This was well scripted, too, and again, a nice synergy with a well-chosen PI editorial.

Still needing attention, for whoever is stitching the thing together: inconsistent audio level and quality among the clips; some looseness in the continuity (presenters repeating what the last presenter just said, sentences mysteriously trailing off, etc..). But overall, high praise and thanks to all!

SOLOists, do give this a listen! The topic may seem mundane on its face, but in the way it uses something in the news as an object lesson, it's ... well, an object lesson. Smiling

Linz

Excellent work all.

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Excellent work all.

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