MadProps Podcast : Does Prop 63 conflict with your second amendment right?
In this project we created podcasts that dissected and answered important questions about the California props that were voted on this November. Through this project we learned about our government, the democratic process, and the skills and process of making a podcast.
Our team: Luz, Me, Pablo, & Alexandra
To begin this project we studied how the election and propositions work. We studied and discussed the props and decided which ones would be the best to focus on. My group was assigned prop 63. We decided on a few burning questions that we found interesting and knew were important to voters. We then began gathering information, conducting interviews and drafting our script. One of the most challenging parts of this project was writing and recording the script. This was challenging because trying to get our point across while keeping it exciting wasn't as easy as we thought it would be. I was incredibly proud of my group and the hard work we put in to create our podcast.
Discussing & studying our props
Below are a few pieces of my analysis of prop 63 as well as a reading that we used to learn about the prop and prepare for a socratic seminar. This was a really important component because it was the foundation of the project. We really needed to understand the props and effects of the prop so we could have tools necessary to make a great podcast.
Script pitch and draft
The documents below are of my groups pitch, outline, and draft of our script. The pitch was where my group initially narrowed down our burning questions that we were interested in answering throughout the podcast. Our pitch was pretty rough and wasn't very promising of a good podcast. At this point we were discouraged due to our lack of ideas. Through many team meetings and hard work we were able to sketch an outline of what we wanted our podcast to say and look like. Using that outline, we then wrote our script . Our script received a lot of critique before we began to record it.
Recording and editing
Recording and editing the podcast was probably the most time consuming aspect of our process. When we began conducting interviews we had a pretty clear idea of what wanted our interviewees to say. We used many short and straight forward interview questions until we got the clips we needed. Once we gathered all of our interviews we recorded narration and edited it together using computer programs like Audacity and GarageBand.
Me conducting an interview with a classmate, Nick R.
To display our work, we had a listening party where we played our podcasts for an audience and answered questions about our proposition. I was very proud of my group and our final products. We worked very hard to create an interesting and professional podcast. One of the key elements that helped us achieve our goals was time management. I think my group delegated tasks very effectively and worked extremely hard, putting in time outside of class to complete the project.
The full crowd we had at our exhibition.