Calling all podcasters, podcast enthusiasts, and podcast newbies! Learn from expert podcasters about the craft of podcasting with purpose, from the nuts and bolts of recording and editing audio to the intellectual and creative labor of audio storytelling. As part of our goal to prepare graduate students for a wide range of careers serving the public good, Humanities for the Public Good is exploring new and innovative methods of interpretation, storytelling, and meaning-making. The Spring 2021 Podcasting with Purpose series brought together experienced podcast creators to discuss their craft and how academics can connect their research, teaching, and advocacy with the wide world of podcasting. This series was supported by Humanities for the Public Good, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, and the Obermann Center for Advanced Studies.
Hosted by Laura Perry, Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow with HPG and a former podcast editor with Edge Effects magazine and radio show host at WSUM 91.7 FM, the series featured exciting voices in podcasting including Annie Galvin of Public Books, Mark Riechers and Anne Strainchamps of To the Best of Our Knowledge, James Boo of Self Evident, and Rebecca Nagle of Crooked Media’s This Land. Interviews are available below as audio and transcripts.
January 28, 2021 (4 pm CT): Annie Galvin, Writer, Producer, Host
Annie Galvin is currently a Mellon/ACLS Public Fellow and the associate editor and podcast producer at Public Books, an online magazine of ideas, scholarship, and the arts. She co-created, produced, and hosted the magazine’s new public-scholarship podcast, Public Books 101. Her career has combined teaching, academic research, arts journalism, and now editing and podcasting, and her current work at Public Books is guided by her passion for spreading academic knowledge and expertise beyond the walls of the university. Galvin received her PhD in English from the University of Virginia and an M.Phil. in Irish Writing from Trinity College Dublin. Her academic and public writing focuses on contemporary global fiction, gender and sexuality studies, visual culture, and popular music. Her writing appears or is forthcoming in Studies in Contemporary Fiction, Breac: A Digital Journal of Irish Studies, A Tumblr Book: Platform and Cultures, Los Angeles Review of Books, Paste Magazine, PopMatters, and elsewhere.
February 18, 2021 (4 pm CT): Mark Riechers and Anne Strainchamps, Producers, Interviewers
Mark Riechers and Anne Strainchamps help create and produce To the Best of Our Knowledge, a nationally-syndicated, Peabody award-winning radio show that features conversations with novelists and poets, scientists and software engineers, journalists and historians, filmmakers and philosophers, artists and activists—anyone with a big idea and a passion to have a creative and engaging conversation about it.
Anne Strainchamps is the host of To The Best Of Our Knowledge. She co-founded the show, along with Steve Paulson and Jim Fleming, and has been a featured interviewer on the program for more than a decade. She has worked in public broadcasting at WAMU in Washington, DC, and at NPR. She has been a reporter, producer, news director, live talk show host, a food and wine columnist, and—in a former life—a chocolatier.
Mark Riechers is a digital producer for To the Best of Our Knowledge and has worked for The A.V. Club, Madison’s Isthmus weekly paper, and local alt-weekly Tone Madison. He has formerly worked as a science communicator for the University of Wisconsin-Madison and the University of Chicago, interviewing engineers, computer scientists and Nobel laureate economists about their work and relating their discoveries to a mainstream audience.
March 4, 2021 (4 pm CT): James Boo, Director, Story Producer
James Boo is Managing Producer of Self Evident, a podcast by and about Asian Americans, and was recently selected for the 2020-2021 Google Podcasts creator program. Self Evident’s second season follows Asian Americans taking action during the pandemic to support their communities, fight racism, confront some very uncomfortable realities, and contribute to a pivotal moment in history. The recipient of two storytelling fellowships at the Made in NY Media Center by IFP, Boo delivers documentaries that make a social impact through community engagement and partnership. His award-winning web series, 1 Minute Meal, uses food to reveal the communities, dreams, realities, and unseen forces that shape life in New York.
April 1, 2021 (4 pm CT): Rebecca Nagle, Journalist, Activist, Host
Rebecca Nagle is a writer, activist, and audio journalist. A citizen of the Cherokee Nation based in Oklahoma, she is the creator and host of the Crooked Media podcast This Land which focuses on the case of Carpenter v. Murphy, a 2020 U.S. Supreme Court decision that resulted in the largest restoration of tribal land in U.S. history, nearly half the land in Oklahoma. Season One of This Land traces how two crimes collide — an 1839 assassination of a Cherokee leader and a 1999 small town murder — in an investigation into the treaty rights of five Native American tribes that led all the way to the Supreme Court. Nagle’s work has appeared in The Washington Post, USA Today, Teen Vogue, The Guardian, the Boston Globe, and more. Her organizing and advocacy work has been recognized and covered by outlets such as NBC, CNN, The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Guardian, NPR, Indian Country Today, and The Huffington Post. In 2016, Nagle was named one of the National Center American Indian Enterprise Development’s Native American 40 Under 40 for her work to address violence against Native women. In 2020, Nagle was also awarded the American Mosaic Journalism Prize.
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