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Exploring Podcasts

with Throughline Producer Laine Kaplan-Levenson
March 3, 2021 at 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Online event hosted by Bard College Annandale

A skills-based workshop led by Justin Dainer-Best in his EH course "The Talking Cure.” Justin invited NPR producer Laine Kaplan-Levenson to join his class and break down a story they produced for the NPR show/podcast Throughline. The workshop focused on breaking down the academic/intellectual decisions made in producing a podcast. Interviewing is a central component of a number of disciplines, including clinical psychology (this course is hosted in the Psychology Program), journalism, and cultural anthropology. Mx. Kaplan-Levenson shared the decisions made behind both face-to-face interviewing and phone interviews, how these decisions impact the final product, and provided tips on how to use these skills in the podcasts students are creating as part of the class. The workshop also interrogated the medium itself: What is powerful about podcasts for storytelling? What is lost when audio is cut, mixed, and reordered?

Students received guidance on creating podcasts and information about how to generate new concepts; participants were given a step-by-step walkthrough on how a podcast comes to fruition, with examples of interviews, planning spreadsheets, audio recording, and mixing; students in PSY 375 created three podcasts as final projects using these and other skills: Pondering Podcast: Depression & Marijuana, Queerapy: Pandemic Pandemonium, and Bilingual Therapy and Accessibility in the Latinx Community.