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Episode 33: The Power and Pleasure of Podcasting (part two): Q&A session

This is part 2 of our Power and Pleasure of Podcasting event at USC (see episode 32 for part 1, which included performances from our guests). In this episode, we have the Q&A session that followed, where we were able to delve into the process of making and starting to podcast. To reiterate, we had Chenjerai Kumanyika (Uncivil), Davia Nelson and Nikki Silva (The Kitchen Sisters), Melinna Bobadilla and Brenda Gonzalez (Tamarindo), and Taz Ahmed and Zahra Noorbakhsh (#GoodMuslimBadMuslim). Our guests discuss the craft of podcasting and share the stories of this bottom-up way of discussing the issues they tackle for their respective community. They share the difficulties of podcasting, such as its status as “side project” or unpaid labor, as well as the emotional labor of podcasting. We also discussed choosing names and talking to the public, the “fear of Twitter” and more. Also, we see the variability of contexts from our guests: the decision of writing for themselves, owning their own content, as well being part of collectives or working for larger radio companies.

Here are some more of the things mentioned in this episode, for those who want to dig a little deeper:

Rise of hate crimes during Obama era against Muslim-Americans

“Love, InshAllah: The Secret Love Lives of American Muslim Women”

Interview when #GoodMuslimBadMuslim recorded its first episode

Fugitive Waves

Radiotopia – collective of 17 podcast shows

Thomas Edison – Untangling Fugitive Waves (Episode 1)

Tamarindo song

What is Tamarindo?

Podcasting recording apps

Podcasting editing software

Assault of Muslims via the news

#goodmuslimbadmuslim Mobile rolling night-kitchen for Yellow Cab drivers in San Francisco

Episode 32: The Power and Pleasure of Podcasting: a USC event

We recently hosted an event on The Power and Pleasure of Podcasting at USC, and we have the live recording to share with you . The lineup included performances by Chenjerai Kumanyika (Uncivil), Davia Nelson and Nikki Silva (The Kitchen Sisters), Melinna Bobadilla and Brenda Gonzalez (Tamarindo), and Taz Ahmed and Zahra Noorbakhsh (#GoodMuslimBadMuslim).  We had the privilege of having each of these podcasters share snippets of their episodes, to show us how the alternative storytelling of podcasting can add to larger narratives. We cover the present repercussions of the Civil War; and look at Keepers of cultures, putting the spotlight on librarians and archivists as the heroes of holding down the fort on facts. The hosts of Tamarindo, a podcast that focuses on the Latinx community in LA, do a Minicast from our event; and the #GoodMuslimBadMuslim hosts also do a live episode, where they issue a fatwa to the Muslim ban.

Here are some more of the things mentioned in this episode, for those who want to dig a little deeper:

Listen to the Trailer
Peabody Award
Episode 1: The Raid
Co-host Jack Hitt (Twitter)
Remembrances of the Civil War in Charleston, SC
Clemson University – former plantation for John C. Calhoun
Walter Scott Shooting
Charleston Massacres
Charlesville Rally
Nikole Hannah Jones
Rachel Swarns
Banks who accepted slaves as collateral: JP Morgan Chase, Wells Fargo
Justin Robinson of the Carolina Chocolate Drops
Episode: The Song (“Dixie”)
Boone Hall plantation in Charleston

The Kitchen Sisters:
Hidden Kitchens
Hidden World of Girls
Lost & Found Sound
Sonic Memorial
The Keepers

Archiving the Underground:The Hip-Hop Archive at Harvard:
Marcyliena Morgan – Professor of African and African American Studies / Executive Director of the HipHop Archive and Research Institute
Henry Louis Cage Jr. – Alphonse Fletcher, Jr. University Professor / Director, Hutchins Center for African & African American Research

The Pack Horse Librarians of Eastern Kentucky:
Depression era – Appalachians hit very hard and coal mines shut down
Eleanor Roosevelt created projects for women
Heather Hensen, author – “That Book Woman”
Eleanor Roosevelt Speech Urging Women to Volunteer
Kathi Appelt, author – “Down Cut Shin Creek: The Pack Horse Librarians of Kentucky

Collecting the Work of Lenny Bruce:
Lenny Bruce
Lenny Bruce Archive at Brandeis University
Kitty Bruce, daughter of Lenny Bruce
Steve Krief – first to write a PhD dissertation about Lenny Bruce
Steven Whittfield – Professor of American Studies at Brandeis University
Hugh Heffner purchased Lenny Bruce archive

Unidos US – LA Regional Office (known as NCLR)
Zoot Suit – Mark Taper Forum
Tamarindo Twitter + IG
USC Southern California Symposium
Center for American Progress
Hola Code
#hackerswithoutborders (started by Marcela Torres)
Selena – Bidi Bidi Bom Bom

Good Muslim, Bad Muslim:
What is a Fatwa?
Muslim Ban – Executive Order 13769
Rep. Judy Chu – CA-27
Sen. Chris Murphy – (D-CT)
Legislation that would defund Muslim ban from happening
Mohanad Elshieky – Comedian
Situation where he was forced to present documents while riding the Greyhound bus
What is Shar’ia?
Trump commented on prayer rugs at the border
Rachel Maddow commented – Similar to Sicario

Episode 31: The physical effects of media storytelling

This week we experiment with format, but also with how we think about media, with our guest Shrikanth  S. Narayanan, Engineering professor at a University of Southern California. Shri works in an interdisciplinary lab that looks at “data science before it was cool,” showing the benefits of interdisciplinarity when studying media and storytelling.  He thinks about “signals” from media as data points to see how we react to different stimuli from film and media, which includes physical reactions emerging from particular emotional stimuli.  These data points include sweating, and increased heart rate. How can we think, or study, our reactions to storytelling? How do the music, the dialogue, the visual and other stimuli shape our responses to media?