Final Project Submission and Summary

Embedded below (through SoundCloud) is my final project!!! I created a podcast titled “Netflix: Fact or Fiction” that is a podcast that combines history with pop culture/modern day TV shows that are inspired by history and historical locations. In this podcast, we take a look at some historical facts or other information about an area and then compare it to shows that have been created inspired by that history!

***Side note*** I truly want to apologize for the sound/dryness/poor quality of my voice on the recording, I contracted strep throat at the beginning of this week (perfect timing!) and wasn’t actually able to talk much until the latter half of the week which set me back. This led to a lot of coughing and therefore stops and starts so I could cut those parts out, my apologies.

Below, I will also include the logo I made for the podcast using an online logo tool and Pixlr:

About the Process:

  • Last week’s brainstorming time was really helpful in that I had a complete idea of what I wanted to accomplish, and so now all I had to do was try and execute it the best I could without wasting any more time not knowing what to do yet. That week consisted of conducting the majority of the historical I wanted to include in the podcast, but luckily I found a great website that consolidated my efforts in one place. I created a resource page that I will link here in this sentence as well as further down in this post that includes links to the sources I used for the historical research. I give all historical knowledge credit/information to that source!!!
  • The other aspect of the show was opinion based commentary, so it was easier to gather however it did need to be organized. Based on blogs I read and my own views on the show, I came up with points I wanted to discuss about each show (Outer Banks and American Horror Story Season 6: Roanoke) compared to the history I introduced each with (the Lost Colony and a broader look at the history and current makeup of the Outer Banks).
  • Now it was time to record. I had used the Voice Memo app on my iPhone and Mac in my previous audio project with my group earlier in the semester, and so I decided to do so again because the quality was the best i’m able to produce from where I am. I recorded 14 separate audio tracks that would make up the podcast: most of them were me speaking (Intro, Outro, Prelude section 1, Prelude Section 2, Main Story Section 1 & 2 etc.), then there was background music for certain parts of the podcast, theme songs for the TV shows discussed, sound effects, and memorable audio clips from the TV shows.
  • Voice memos are automatically saved as the “Filename.m4a” version of audio files, so I used iTunes to convert each individual audio file to an .mp3 file so they could be uploaded and edited in Audacity.
  • I used Audacity to edit together my entire podcast – the bulk of the heavy lifting happened there. One by one I uploaded the clips in the order I wanted, using the “Fade In” and “Fade Out” Effects between clips as well as the Envelope Tool to quiet background music when I wanted it to play behind a speaking part. It was a very time consuming and finicky process to say the least. But I like Audacity and had been able to practice getting my bearings with it earlier in the semester, so it was nice to use it again with some experience.
  • Once everything sounded the way I wanted, the podcast landed at a little over 40 minutes and I was pleased because there is not a lot of filler it is predominantly active content. I listened through it all together and when I was finally happy with it, I uploaded it into SoundCloud with an episode title and cover image. The last step then was to embed it here in this #finalproject summary post.
  • On another note, I referenced a lot of images/concepts throughout the podcast that I wanted my audience to be able to see if they wanted to, so I created a Podcast Resource Page that has pictures and descriptions about the things and ideas discussed throughout the podcast. This page is a separate blog post I created here on my WordPress blog and has media (mostly images) relevant to the podcast, as well as credit to the sources I used when researching the podcast. Please check it out. (P.S. All the media I included for the resource page is embedded directly into the resource page, not linked, just the sources are linked.
  • Finally, I wanted to give a specific shoutout to what the #outstory theme meant to me in making this podcast and how it relates to the final project. I actually speak this excerpt (copied below) in the podcast itself near the end but I will include the script of what I am saying below as I want my idea to (hopefully) come across clearly:

Our Story

“Looking back on history is a great way to better understand where we have come from, and how far we have come as a species. Right now, I’m sitting on the same ground under the same sun where Native Americans first settled the land, where colonists sailed across the sea to establish themselves, where Civil War conflicts erupted and where slaves ran for their freedom, where pirates smuggled jewels and where the first airplane took flight. And now I’m in the modern world and that all seems so crazy and amazing. The way that that history has been internalized, interpreted, and recreated helps show us how we have changed over time and how much we do or don’t understand the past. I think that our perception of history truly shows the mindset of our times, and how we tell that history will reveal if we have learned anything at all from the mistakes and triumphs that came before us. And today, Media is one of the tools we have at our disposal to reinterpret and create new art out of that history. That is why I love historical fiction, and why I created this podcast. The shows I referenced today weren’t the deepest examples of this concept in action, but there is something there in the ability for us to use online tools, cameras, editing software, production equipment, and every other tool we have in this new age to create entire TV shows that are a reflection of our moment in history. This is how we retell, recreate, and reimagine our story“.

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I cannot believe the semester has almost come to an end and we are turning in our final project for this class. I have learned so much this semester and I truly enjoyed what we got to do and see throughout this class. Thank you DS106 for a great semester, and a great deal of knowledge and understanding of the digital world. Thanks for teaching us how to better listen to and tell stories digitally so that they can be fluid, dynamic, interesting, and meaningful.

As always, thanks for listening. I truly hope you enjoy. Bye for now.


Podcast Resource Page

This page contains all relevant media that was referenced in the podcast, as well as a few extras, including little descriptions accompanying each so you can follow along as you listen or check back after to episode to see what we were talking about!

Reference Map of the Islands of the Outer Banks

Present Day Look at the OBX

“Croatoan” found carved in a tree at the abandoned colony

*Croatoan was the name of one of the Native American tribes living in the Outer Banks at this time (late 1500s)

The witch “Scáthach” played by Lady Gaga in AHS Roanoke

Kathy Bates plays a completely fictional depiction of John White’s wife Tomasyn in AHS Roanoke

Blackbeard the Pirate frequented the OBX and was killed here in 1718

Painting of the Civil War Battle of Hatteras Inlet that took place in August 1861

The Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum located in Dare County, NC

The Wright Brothers National Memorial located in Kill Devil Hills, NC

The Wright Memorial Bridge, the primary access point to the OBX


The opening shot for the Outer Banks Netflix Show

Sarah Cameron’s House in OBX – a Southern Plantation House in South Carolina


What a Historical Beach Cottage actually looks like in the Outer Banks

Top: Ferry depicted in the Netflix Show Outer Banks. Below: Real Hatteras Island to Ocracoke Ferry

Map showing the distance between the Outer Banks and Chapel Hill, NC

Links used throughout the research and process to create this week’s episode:

Thanks for tuning in!


Final Project: The Plan

  • For my final project, I decided on doing a podcast style presentation, however I want to include images throughout the presentation so I either will do a voiceover with changing images or do a podcast and then create an additional post as a resource page where you can see images of what is talked about in the episode, like many podcasts do today.
  • I am going to be talking about the history of the Outer Banks in North Carolina, and then talking about media that has been created inspired by the area. There will be a prelude section that contains a smaller story about a legend from the Outer Banks, The Lost Colony, and then talk about the American Horror Story season based on that legend. I will mainly just be talking about stylistic choices in the TV show and how it is derived from the legend, as well as how it departs from it. Then for the main story, I will first give a brief overview of the history of the area and then compare it to another TV show inspired by the OBX literally called the Outer Banks. It is a fictional TV show for young adults and gained great popularity upon its release in the summer of 2020. It is on Netflix and has a second season coming out. Again, I will be using the actual history of the area and my current experiences living here to do a podcast style informal analysis of stylistic choices within the show and how they reflect/do not reflect the reality of the area.
  • Below I am going to upload some of the media I plan to use either in the voiceover or on the “podcast resource page”.
  • I will be using audacity to edit the audio as well as attempt to create a theme song for the podcast to play in between the prelude and the main story. I will also be creating a podcast logo.
  • The Lost Colony
  • Prelude: talk about the legend, historically what is known and then talk about how it has inspired new media to be created, American Horror Story season
  • Main body of podcast/historical documentary: Talk about the history of the Outer Banks and truths about it, and then talk about the TV Show Outer Banks and then analyze and comment on how the show depicted the area – accuracy/inaccuracy, filming/staging choices, depiction of locals/socioeconomic makeup of the area, etc.
  • This is a very rough outline but I have a plan I promise! I have all the historical research completed and plan to read a script from it.