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
Interview when #GoodMuslimBadMuslim recorded its first episode
Radiotopia – collective of 17 podcast shows
What is Tamarindo?
Podcasting recording apps
Podcasting editing software