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Podcast Script and Notes

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Kevin: Hello and welcome to the maker culture podcast, co-published by Rabble.ca and the Tyee.ca. We’re your hosts, Curtis File, Pia Bahile, and Kevin Young.


Curtis: We’re here to help you meet your makers: the coders, fabricators, foodies, artists, educators, activists, and a team of tenacious journalism students.


Pia: In early September, forty-five journalism students at Ryerson and UWO set out on a journey to document the growing maker culture movement. What is maker culture? At the


Curtis: The idea for the series was developed by our classroom instructor Wayne MacPhail. Kevin and Pia caught up with him to discuss what maker culture is all about and where the idea came from.


Wayne Interview


Curtis: Our class room discussions began around the discovery that people were working on advanced 3D printing. These were ordinary people that saw a huge potential for their home-made technology. So Christian Bergmeister, Geoff Turner, Matt Lundy, and Mike Kennedy from UWO, went to investigate.


Sound of printer comes up for 4 seconds- fades down


Curtis: the sound you are hearing is the creaking of a 3D printer as it recreates a simple button shape from a model that Christian came up with. I caught up with Geoff Turner to talk a little bit about the most interesting findings of the Fabricators episode.  Here’s part of that interview.


Geoff Interview


Curtis: That was Geoff Turner from the University of Western Ontario.  After learning about this new printing technology, we were compelled to find out how this movement was impacting our culture in a broader sense.

The project expanded ten fold. We began investigating a variety of manifestations of the Maker Culture movement: food, media, politics, personal fabrication, education, hackers, science, and the history and future of the movement.

Out on the road, we discovered all kinds of interesting people. The science group found that a website existed where the everyman could help make scientific discoveries. The politics group found change camps and grass roots movements that were getting people engaged with their government. The hacker group found that people were taking technology and making it do what THEY wanted it to.

I talked with Anna Delaney from the History group about the many makers she met on the road.


Anna Interview



As we learned more about these unique people and the things they made, many students found themselves inspired. Some crafted elegant Halloween costumes, others made delicious cakes… and some of them created their own maker culture events.

Enter the Education group. Nicole Veerman, Jim Saunders, and Steve Howard at the University of Western Ontario got together and organized a live stream debate about the Edu-punk movement. I caught up with Jim to talk about it.



Jim interview-  39 seconds


The debate that sparked out of their project really showed us that creation of intellectual material was just as important to the Maker Culture movement as physical objects. Here is an excerpt from that debate.


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Edupunk clip – 38 seconds



And that's it for this first episode of Maker Culture - Taking things Into Our Own Hands. 

In the next nine episodes of this podcast series you are going to learn about many different makers: their creation, aspirations, and even how YOU can be a maker too. 



 Please join in the discuss on babble at http://rabble.ca/babble or on The Tyee at http://thetyee.com



We'd love it if you subscribed to this series on the rabble podcast network at rabble.ca/rpn or in iTunes so you can get the next episode fresh from our maker hands to your ears.



We're going to leave you with a song from Acres and Acres. In the spirit of Maker Culture, this is The Cell Phone Song, you can learn more about Acres and Acres at www.myspace.com/acresand for listening. Remember, it's your world, what are you going to make of it?acres Thanks






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