A new chapter with The Read-Along and OtherWise


The new year brings a couple of new members to the Alberta Podcast Network, both of which have storytelling at heart.

The Read-Along is “a mini-book club for your ears,” conducted by the husband-and-wife team of Scott and Anita Bourgeois. They choose a book, and every week, they discuss a chapter. They’ve done three books so far, and are about to start the next one.

If your New Year’s resolution is to read more, this could be a great spur. And Anita and Scott have such lovely chemistry that it’s fun to hear even if you’re not caught up on the book. Their voices may be familiar — Scott is a co-host on I Have Some Notes, on which Anita has appeared, including as a co-host on a rather clever gender-flipped episode.

Our other new addition is OtherWise, “a variety podcast dedicated to empowering diverse communities living in Treaty 6 territory by sharing the stories of their lived experiences.” We introduced you to this podcast in September when it became an affiliate, made possible by the Edmonton Heritage Council grant received by the Ribbon Rouge Foundation to start the show.

Now that OtherWise is up and running, we’re thrilled to bring it over to the member side. That means we’ll be able to send a bit of money back to the team, and to include it with our other Edmonton-centric, story-focused podcasts such as Let’s Find Out. We’ve already heard fascinating episodes from Keren Tang, Moréniké Ọláòșebìkan and Ahmed “Knowmadic” Ali, and look forward to more from them and fellow team members Maegan Robinson-Anagor and Jenna Mulji.

Ribbon Rouge’s Arts 4 Action and OtherWise are putting on a live event on Jan. 18 called “What is Black Community?”, a topic that Moréniké explored in her recent OtherWise episodes (Part 1 and Part 2). It’s a World-Cafe-style discussion, “a unique fusion of dialogue, arts, culture, food, dance and live entertainment.” Admission is by donation — get your ticket today!

Many thanks to our founding sponsor, ATB Financial, and ongoing sponsors such as the Edmonton Community Foundation and Park Power, for making it possible for us to continue to bring more podcasts into the network. There will be more to come in 2019!