Radio & Podcasting from the Margins

Schools of Public Engagement: Media

Non-Liberal Arts
Undergraduate Course
Graduate Course
Degree Students
Radio & Podcasting
Fall 2024
Taught By: Cassius Adair
Section: A

CRN: 15874

Credits: 3

Ever since broadcast radio ushered in a new era of mass media, audio storytelling has been a force of social power and persuasion. Radio– and now, podcasting– has the ability to transmit messages across huge geographic areas, reaching those without formal literacy and at a lower cost than television or film. On the one hand, the low barriers to entry and lack of formal media gatekeepers has allowed the circulation of misinformation and even outright bigotry in the podcasting space. Yet podcasting also has the potential to allow marginalized people to tell their own stories, directly into the microphone. In this class, we'll build audio stories that can push back on established norms, unsettle mainstream formats and genres, and bring new voices into the mix. As we learn together how to build podcasts from scratch– building skills in storytelling, scripting, interviewing, field recording, digital audio editing, sound design, scoring, and distribution– we’ll also ask critical questions about how and why certain genres and formats of audio production are more valued in the contemporary podcasting landscape. Guest audio producers, editors, and designers will join us throughout the semester as we grapple with how to understand, and maybe even join, this changing industry. Assessment will include written reflections and production of a short fiction or nonfiction podcast series. No prior production experience is required or expected, but students should have access to basic digital audio recording and editing tools (i.e a cellphone and laptop). Students with hearing or audio processing disabilities are welcome; please reach out in advance if you have specific access questions or suggestions. Our listening syllabus will center audio stories by queer and trans people, people of color, indigenous people, disabled people, and others who have been historically marginalized within the audio industry.

Media Studies courses are open to all graduate students. Undergraduate Juniors and Seniors with permission from the instructor and BA/MA Media studies students should email mediastudiesadvising@newschool.edu for access.

College: Schools of Public Engagement (NS)

Department: Media (MED)

Campus: New York City (GV)

Course Format: Studio (S)

Modality: Online - Synchronous

Max Enrollment: 15

Add/Drop Deadline: September 9, 2024 (Monday)

Online Withdrawal Deadline: November 17, 2024 (Sunday)

Seats Available: Yes

Status: Open*

* Status information is updated every few minutes. The status of this course may have changed since the last update. Open seats may have restrictions that will prevent some students from registering. Updated: 3:44pm EDT 7/12/2024

Meeting Info:
Days: Wednesday
Times: 4:00pm - 6:40pm
Building: Online Course
Room: 999
Date Range: 8/28/2024 - 12/4/2024