For my podcast, my main goal was to inform my audience on an environmental problem that was less commonly talked about. This was important to me because without awareness and education on an issue, how can anyone start to resolve it? My secondary goal was really to learn more myself. I chose ocean acidification because I happened to use it in a paper I wrote on globalization and how it impacts the environment, but I never dug too deep into it. I was curious to find out the details and speak with some other people to find out what they know.
As with many school projects, I procrastinated for a bit before starting. By setting up my interview meeting at the first time available, however, I knew it would help push me along. I wanted to go to the interview prepared with questions and some decent background information. I didn’t want to walk in blind. So I started my research and wrote up my list of inquiries. After my interview I planned on figuring out how to lay out my story. This was a challenge because I had never done a podcast before. From listening to various podcast this quarter I had a few vague ideas. The story I originally planned on exploring was one about how ocean acidification affects the northwest alone, but that changed as I learned more about my topic. My aunt, Kimiko LaHaela Walter, happens to be a Lobbyist for the Sierra club in Hawaii. She brought up the impacts this issue has on subsistence fishing communities there on the islands. This made me want to take a more global approach to the story and using Hawaii and Washington as key examples.
I would say a accomplished my goal, but there are a few things I would do differently next time. Aside from getting started, a big challenge for me was recording my own voice and figuring out what to say and how to say it. My first recording sounded really flat, like I was reading from a script, which I was. It wasn’t engaging or personable, and although I still think there is room for improvement in this area, the second recording did flow a lot more like a conversation. If I started fresh I would spend more time on making it sounds more lively and passion infused so that my listeners can be better engaged.
Many thanks to both Kimiko and Rick Glover for sparing a bit of their time to be interviewed.
I interviewed them in particular because I thought an activist who works directly with legislature would be a good resource for the political and economic portion, along with a chemistry professor who really understands the science behind ocean acidification. For my extra audio, I found a sound library called Freesound and used a few of their song pieces for intro and closing music. I also used nature sound from them to overlay with the music, and I chose bubbles as my transition sound. I recorded the redwing black birds and wrens at one of my neighborhood storm water ponds for added sound as well.
As far as research goes, I used a few articles on oyster farming as well as the Seattle Times article series about ocean acidification called Sea Change. (Links posted below)
Thanks to my teachers, BJ and David as well, for giving our class all the tools and resources we needed to successfully create a podcast.
Thanks for listening!
Various facts and information:
Bird song Background
Recorded from local storm water pond