The making of a podcast

This symbol has haunted me for about the past week.  I clicked on it daily to start yet another GarageBand file to begin recording, editing and editing some more.  Before this project, I was definitely no expert on podcasts but I’d listened to a few, and I had no idea how much work went into making one.

Using GarageBand was definitely an experience.  I’ve been writing for my school’s newspaper this semester, so I’ve had a little experience with GarageBand, but recording was about as far as I got.  When it came to editing, my partner Greta and I were both pretty clueless.  But after hours spent with the program, we eventually got the hang of it, and I think we both had more fun than we planned with this project.  When I told my boyfriend about it, he said, “That sounds like a pretty fun project.”  My response? Ehhh, not really.  But 10 hours of work later, it really wasn’t so bad.  I actually enjoyed putting everything together into one final product that I truly felt proud of.  We ended up re-recording all of our parts on Tuesday night, but I think it was worth it.  Not only was it a LOT easier than going through and editing out every little “um” or awkward pause, but I think it made the podcast a lot better in the end.  I’m proud of the work we did and I hope Greta can say the same!

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Cinema Scoop

The last few days of my life have been consumed by creating a podcast.  It’s been stressful at times, but a fun ride overall.  If we worked it out right, my partner Greta and I spent about 10 hours total on this project, whether it be recording, interviewing, working in class or editing.  Late nights were spent in computer labs, but I’d say I’m pretty happy with the finished product.

We talk a bit about the Oscars, talk to some movie experts from Oklahoma State and give ideas for movies to watch if you happen to be stuck at home over Spring Break…much like Greta and I will be.

Follow the link to listen to our podcast!  Here it is, the

Cinema Scoop with Maggie and Greta!

One of my favorite ladies of comedy

In looking around podcasts on iTunes, you can imagine my delight when I came across one starring my favorite comedian, Chelsea Handler.  My roommate Kaitlin introduced me to Chelsea and I’ve been in love ever since.  Her podcast is full of clips from her nightly stand-up and celebrity interview show on E!, Chelsea Lately.  If you haven’t tuned it yet, you definitely should.  Chelsea is hilarious from beginning to end of her show, poking fun at celebrities and their sometimes stupid decisions.  She’s sarcastic, witty and will say anything.

With one of the highest rated shows on E! and three New York Times best sellers, Chelsea’s podcast and comedy in general are relevant to anyone who keeps up with celebrity news.  While that may not be everyone, you can’t say you haven’t heard about the mess Charlie Sheen has become, which Chelsea talks about quite often.  Her latest podcast episodes take jabs at E!’s reality plastic surgery Bridalplasty, the obsession with teen pregnancies in TV shows such as 16 and Pregnant and Teen Mom and MTV’s scandalous new show, Skins.  Chelsea takes the regular celebrity news we see every day in magazines and news programs and puts a hilarious spin on it.  She says what we’re all thinking but aren’t quite brave enough to say, and that’s why I love her.

My roommate and I saw her live last April in Dallas and it was fantastic.  We laughed for two hours straight, and I hope I get to see her again someday!  With a new book coming out in May of this year, hopefully another book tour will be on the way as well…

Me with "Chelsea"