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Sat, 01 Dec 2012 14:55:19 +0000Shawn MacDonell grew up when computers were gaining popularity in the home and the Internet had not yet extended beyond military and academic circles. It was a time when guidance counsellors and aptitude tests pointed high school students like sheep toward computer science degrees. That didn’t cut it for Shawn. He abandoned that path after […]
Wed, 01 Dec 2010 11:18:07 +0000Neil and Jeff followed their passion, curiosity and creativity to create a documentary about their favourite television show.
Sun, 13 Jun 2010 22:00:20 +0000I grew up with a romantic view of radio pirates; ordinary people using public airwaves to build communities from locations offshore, from basement studios and from mobile transmitters in the backs of vans. As passionate as I am about radio, I never knew pirate radio had a Canadian scene. Then I found out my good […]
Sun, 02 May 2010 22:53:24 +0000I’ve often heard people say they’re fighting or they’ve beaten cancer. It was a shift in my thinking when, after being diagnosed with breast cancer, my wife talked about healing and being a survivor. Six months, three surgeries and six rounds of chemotherapy later, I understand. Show ID and intro Interview with Andrea Ross You […]
Mon, 24 Aug 2009 14:34:52 +0000One of my favourite lessons taught by Dewitt Jones is to study your tools and how to use them so you can capture the extraordinary no matter which tool happens to be in your hand at the time. Dewitt knows this well. His extraordinary photographs have graced pages and covers of National Geographic magazine for […]
Mon, 17 Aug 2009 01:45:42 +0000A new all-ages book by historian and author, Hugh Brewster, explores the valour and determination of the Canadian forces as one problem after another stacked against them for the raid on German forces at Dieppe. His book includes details on the planning and execution of the raid, as well as the incredible stories of survival […]
Mon, 10 Aug 2009 01:55:12 +0000We tend to be myopic when we face challenges — it’s much more comfortable to focus inwards. Leaders are no exception. So, when leaders talk about thinking out of the box, they should be first in line. This concept has been embraced by Bill Hybels who founded The Leadership Summit fifteen years ago. While the […]
Mon, 28 Apr 2008 02:01:16 +0000It’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. Show ID and intro Interview with Stephen Grit National Gallery of Canada […]
Tue, 22 Apr 2008 02:52:42 +0000During 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 […]
Sun, 13 Apr 2008 21:00:10 +0000I’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 […]
Sun, 06 Apr 2008 23:00:22 +0000While 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 […]
Sun, 20 Jan 2008 11:00:31 +0000Our 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 […]
Sun, 07 Oct 2007 23:00:14 +0000Sir Ken Robinson explains 'back to basics', offers ways in which parents can help foster creativity in their children, and outlines his ideal school.
Mon, 01 Oct 2007 01:30:52 +0000Sir Ken Robinson's book "Out of Our Minds" offers an in-depth analysis of education systems and the role of creativity as part of our development.
Thu, 12 Jul 2007 17:09:59 +0000In March 2006, I took a day off of work to spent time with the residents of Harvest House, a recovery program based in Ottawa. It was an incredibly educational and emotional day. I am currently producing a thirty-minute documentary based on my experiences that day. The program will be available at Electric Sky later […]
Tue, 12 Jun 2007 01:07:06 +0000Ottawa Valley Honey is one of the popular attractions at the Ottawa Farmers’ Market. Children and adults flock to this booth to study the section of beehive that is always a part of the display. I had the opportunity to interview Michael Kositsin, one of the beekeepers, about his amazing honey bees. Show ID and […]
Mon, 04 Jun 2007 00:11:53 +0000In the same way that many people figured Wayne Gretzky would always play hockey, I cannot imagine a time when William Hawkins, Bill, will no longer be driving his cab. And driving a cab is only one of the many lives he has led. Bill was part of the Ottawa music scene that centered around […]
Mon, 30 Apr 2007 03:06:57 +0000I released my very first Podcast on April 29, 2005. Tod Maffin made me do it. That is to say, I heard him talk about podcasting during a technology segment on CBC Radio. That, combined with Brent Bambury’s announcement that he was leaving CBC Ottawa resulted in the launch of Electric Sky. Electric Sky led […]
Sun, 08 Apr 2007 22:43:39 +0000In many respects, Alex Overwijk reminds me of my own high school math teachers – passionate, a good sense of humour and a unexpected skill that everyone knows them for. Alex is an unlikely celebrity for a viral YouTube video of him drawing a perfect freehand circle. Show ID and Intro Interview with Alex Overwijk […]
Tue, 27 Mar 2007 03:18:06 +0000Since 2002, Pam Hunter has been organizing annual Scrabble tournaments to raise money for Multiple Sclerosis. I dropped in on this year’s event and learned that, like baseball, Scrabble is rich with strategy and language including speed games, board-vision, heavy tiles and “box scores”. Show ID and Intro Interviews with participants and event organizer, Pam […]
Mon, 19 Mar 2007 03:42:34 +0000Quite by chance, my family and I learned about the CD release party for The World Voices Choir, an event that took place just over a month ago. We made it a family event — that includes our two daughters ages five and seven. It was an amazing and inspirational experience, and it raised money […]
Mon, 12 Feb 2007 03:30:12 +0000On a recent visit to the Canadian Museum of Nature, we were polled for our opinions on a proposed exhibit on water. A display of four concepts were on display for public comment. I had never considered how museum exhibits were conceived, planned and pulled together. Show ID and Intro Interview with June Creelman of […]
Mon, 05 Feb 2007 05:00:48 +0000Thomas Wartenberg has created an entire program for his philosophy class at Mount Holyoke College in South Hadley, Massachusetts. The program teaches his students how to facilitate a philosophical discussion with grade 1 through 5 students using picture books. The results are amazing. Show ID and Intro Interview with Thomas Wartenberg Philosophy for Children The […]
Mon, 22 Jan 2007 02:17:21 +0000For no apparent reason, I have always assumed that any coast guard operation was a military outfit. It turns out I was wrong. To learn more, I sat down with the Commissioner of the Canadian Coast Guard, Mr. George Da Pont. Show ID and Intro Interview with Commissioner George Da Pont Search and Rescue Ice […]
Mon, 18 Dec 2006 02:24:51 +0000This is an unusual episode of Electric Sky in which I cut loose with my other Rogic Conglomerites to bring you a festive song. Thank you very much for being a part of the Electric Sky audience. All the best to you and yours for a happy, healthy and safe holiday season – no matter […]
Tue, 05 Dec 2006 01:28:36 +0000During a recent conversation about social media, my friend, Stephen Hardiman, started to talk about storytelling as a business tool. It was one of those times when I cut people off and tell them to save it for when the tape is rolling. Since Stephen has a radio background – he hosted Expert Radio, a […]
Mon, 27 Nov 2006 03:01:10 +0000As a gift for his fiftieth birthday, Suzanne Roy-Seguin helped her husband, Yves Seguin, realize his dream of experiencing the launch of a Space Shuttle. I spoke with them about how they experienced this incredible event given that Yves is blind and Suzanne is legally blind – both from Retinopathy of Prematurity (ROP). Show ID […]
Mon, 20 Nov 2006 01:39:06 +0000I’m finally putting some energy back into creating a documentary on honesty and I need your help – this after a year-and-a-half of threatening to do so. I’m looking for email and audio comments that will be used anonymously on my program. I’m looking for you to provide any of the following information: What is […]
Mon, 13 Nov 2006 02:43:38 +0000Sheree Fitch is the author of more than twenty children’s picture and poetry books, a young adult book called Gravesavers, and several plays. During a conversation with Sheree for Just One More Book (another Podcast I produce with my wife, Andrea), Sheree introduced an idea she has called The Theology of Nonsense. I had to […]
Sun, 29 Oct 2006 23:00:14 +0000I attended the Railfair 2006 at Algonquin College in Ottawa. The setups were incredibly elaborate and the exhibitors were more than happy to talk about their hobbies. Show ID and Intro Interview with Neil Hutton of Cumberland Third Rail Railfair 2006 video on YouTube How to subscribe to Electric Sky – it’s free.
Mon, 09 Oct 2006 01:16:05 +0000Sometimes a chance meeting can take place when you grab the wrong airport shuttle. That’s exactly what happened to me when I arrived in San Francisco this past June. I shared a shuttle with Thomas Grande and his wife. Mr. Grande practices Qui Tam law and he gave me a brief education before we arrived […]
Mon, 02 Oct 2006 03:26:07 +0000There’s a certain irony with the timing of this episode. Nevertheless, I am amazed by Ashley’s passion for, and commitment to, her rabbits. Show ID and intro Interview with Ashley LaFave of the Spencerville Hillside Rabbitry How to subscribe to Electric Sky – it’s free.
Mon, 25 Sep 2006 06:32:53 +0000It’s a simple idea: wear red on Fridays to show support for the troops and families of the Canadian military. It’s not about politics or ideology. It’s about people. It’s called Red Fridays and it was organized by Karen Boire and Lisa Miller. Show ID and Intro Interview with Karen Boire and Lisa Miller Married […]
Sun, 17 Sep 2006 23:00:22 +0000His Holiness Sri Sri Ravi Shankar is touring the world as part of the celebration of the Art of Living Foundation‘s twenty-fifth anniversary. I spoke with him during his stop in Ottawa. Show ID and Intro Interview with His Holiness Sri Sri Ravi Shankar How to SUBSCRIBE to Electric Sky – it’s free. Transcript of […]
Sat, 02 Sep 2006 22:00:56 +0000Unfortunately, we were the target of a robbery and, as a result, I will be unable to produce Electric Sky until I replace my stolen equipment. Everyone is okay. I hope to be rolling again as soon as possible.
Sun, 27 Aug 2006 23:00:01 +0000Imagine a children’s fantasy book that entertains, inspires and illustrates the magic of facing ourselves. Imagine that book enjoys enough success to merit a sequel. That book is Kendra Kandlestar and the Box of Whispers. Show ID and Intro Interview with Lee Edward Fodi Hear a review of Kendra Kandlestar and the Box of Whispers […]
Mon, 21 Aug 2006 01:28:52 +0000Miles Copeland has made a career of doing what others felt was crazy. In the process, he changed the music and entertainment business with acts such as The Police and The Bellydance Superstars. Show ID and Intro Interview with Miles Copeland Electric Sky has interviewed Miles’ brothers, Ian (click here for Ian) and Stewart (click […]
Sun, 13 Aug 2006 23:00:03 +0000As an exercise to learn a new software package he’d bought, Stewart Copeland went through fifty hours of home movies he shot of his band, The Police. Doing so reminded him that despite a reputation of fighting between band members, The Police was a tight nit group that worked hard and had fun. Stewart spoke […]
Sun, 06 Aug 2006 17:00:14 +0000While on vacation in Denver a few weeks ago, someone suggested to my wife and me that we check out a great, independent book store that specializes in children’s books and resources for teachers. We ended up spending a good part of the afternoon at the store, and left with an armload of books. While […]
Sat, 29 Jul 2006 22:44:44 +0000Electric Sky will be returning shortly after a little over a month of relaxation.
Sat, 17 Jun 2006 03:03:25 +0000Air Show Ottawa 2006 takes place this weekend. I went to the media event thinking that the air show was about fancy machines and fancier aerobatics. It turns out to be equally about preserving aviation history and honouring those who gave their lives in combat. Show ID and Intro Preparing to take off Interview with […]
Sun, 04 Jun 2006 19:00:44 +0000Kirk Starkey is a Cello teacher with the Suzuki School of Music in Ottawa. He is also the driving force behind the Sonore Music Workshop which introduces young musicians to crossover composition and music technology. Show ID and Intro Interview with Kirk Starkey Sonore 2006 for young musicians age 13-20 Turtle Island String Quartet Suzuki […]
Fri, 26 May 2006 13:00:04 +0000A group of Canadian Musicians have formed the Canadian Music Creators Coalition in order to bring a new voice to the digital music revolution debate. Steven Page of Barenaked Ladies is one of the founding members of the CMCC and I had the privilege of speaking with him last evening. Show ID and Intro Interview […]
Tue, 23 May 2006 03:00:39 +0000Join me as I shadow the All In A Day team while they put together their show on June 15, 2005. Hear how the team plans the show, prepares interviews, selects music, makes production decisions, goes to air, and deals with equipment problems. Show ID and Intro Interviews with: Sarah MacFadyen, Producer Michael Munnik, Associate […]
Mon, 08 May 2006 00:00:40 +0000My absolute favourite restaurant is a small place, in the Glebe community of Ottawa, called Infusion Bistro. Besides having amazing food at very reasonable prices, they serve the best Bruschetta in the world. Show ID and Intro Interview with Michael Pickard [Portrait theme music] Podcasting visual insound, this is another edition of Portrait on Electric […]
Mon, 01 May 2006 01:15:00 +0000I decided that I would celebrate my first anniversary as a Podcaster by giving myself a week off – deserved or not. Nevertheless, I couldn’t leave you without something. So, here is a quick thank you for being a part of a fantastic first year and for the contribution you have made to my show, […]
Mon, 24 Apr 2006 13:41:35 +0000Nothing is more rewarding than making a difference in someone else’s life. Show ID and Intro My first Portrait monologue I Am Cow by The Arrogant Worms
Mon, 17 Apr 2006 00:00:00 +0000You can’t beat downtown Kingston (Ontario) for locally owned and operated stores and shops that have real style. It’s the only shopping district that draws me in. Zeal Metal is one of those great places. Show ID and Intro Interview with Nicole Horlor
Mon, 10 Apr 2006 00:00:05 +0000How about a video store clerk who can actually recommend great movies from all genres! Show ID and Intro Interview with Devin Service Girl Guide Cookies Rogic’s Easter Egg Hunt
Mon, 03 Apr 2006 03:30:56 +0000Many of the new communications technologies that we all take for granted are the direct result of Canada’s contribution to communications and space research. I took my father, Dr. Bert Blevis, to the Canada Science and Technology Museum in Ottawa (Canada) to see the Space exhibit and talk about some of Canada’s most notable success […]