7th Grade students have been reading biographies of important figures. We are going to create our own biographical podcast about those figures. You already got started by drafting scripts for your podcast. The next step is to find audio of our subjects that we can use in our project.
Remembering Lillian Cahn - Creator of the Coach Handbag
This is a great example of telling someone's story without ever hearing from them directly. Throughout the story, Mrs. Cahn's husband describes her.
This biography tells us all about who Julia Child was, without going into to many boring details. As we discussed, it only contains a few quotes, and is mostly told by the host and an expert.
Production Designer Ray Cusick - Designer of the Daleks
This short piece is not quite a biography, but it does provide a remembrance for a person's most standout work.
Here are some good sources for audio:
Archive.org - Internet archive of media. Search for audio or video of your subject, narrow by type, and download.
NPR.org - News and interviews of many current and historic figures
BBC Archive: People - Photos, audio, and video from the BBC
Finally, just try Googling your subject's name with "interview mp3" at the end!
It can be pretty hard to find something in an audio piece you've heard before. Make sure you take good notes while you're listening!
You can use this template to help get organized:
In class I explained using Soundflower to record audio. Here's a video that walks you through the process*:
*Note: In the video, the presenter mentions that there is a Windows version. This is not correct. If you want to try this process on Windows, consult with Mr. Dreyfus-Pai.