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The Podcast Studies Podcast (formerly New Aural Cultures)

The Podcast Studies Podcast (formerly New Aural Cultures)

By Dario Llinares & Lori Beckstead
Analysing and contextualising podcasts from a Media and Cultural Studies standpoint. Produced and hosted by Dario Llinares (@dariodoublel) and Lori Beckstead (@lbeckste).
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Robert Gutsche - The J Word Podcast
Robert Gutsche, is a leading scholar in the field of Journalism Studies where he applies critical cultural theory to investigate issues of power in journalism. He is a Senior Lecturer (Associate Professor) in Critical Digital Media Practice at Lancaster University in the UK and Visiting Professor in the Faculty of Informatics at Vytautas Magnus University in Lithuania. As a journalist, his work appeared in The Washington Post, the Chicago Tribune, the Guardian, and various other regional and local news outlets in the U.S. Gutsche has led digital innovation related to multimedia journalism, including through the use of virtual reality and other immersive media in storytelling and research at Florida International University in Miami, as well as dynamic storytelling at the University of Missouri’s Reynolds Journalism Institute, and non-profit news collaborations with the University of Wisconsin-Madison and the University of Iowa. As host and producer of The J-Word Podcast Robert ask, from a range of perspectives, what is journalism? How can we make it better? What does "better" look like? The podcast features discussions with academics and professionals who've published recently in Journalism Practice. The focus of the conversations includes assessing the transformations of advancing digital technologies in journalism, social issues and conditions that journalists (need to) cover, and the future of the field. Articles featured in the episodes are temporarily made free access for citizens, journalists, scholars, and students. While the discussions are rooted in research, they are approached to influence practice.   Dario introduces the show by ruminating on what the recent events with regards to Joe Rogan and Spotify. What the discourse might mean podcasting in the nexus of ordinary conversation as free speech, the editorial responsibilities of institutionalised broadcasting, and how popularity and influence can contextualise those issues.
February 06, 2022
Mack Hagood of Phantom Power: Sound Studies & Scholarly Podcasting
Prof. Mack Hagood, author of Hush: Media and Sonic Self Control and producer of Phantom Power, joins Dario to discuss sound studies and scholarly podcasting. Phantom Power is a benchmark academic podcast in terms of acoustic form and scholarly depth. Its focus is on the sonic arts and humanities and the show utilises all the myriad affordances of sound to explore scholarship and sound art. Mack and Dario unpack the joys and labors of academic podcasting, discussing the production process and the relationship between theory and practice which leads to discussion of Mack's chapter "The Scholarly Podcast: Form and Function in Audio Academia" recently published in Saving New Sounds: Podcast Preservation and Historiography edited by Jeremy Wade Morris and Eric Hoyt.  A transcript of this episode is available here. Mack Hagood is an Associate Professor of Comparative Media Studies at Miami University, Ohio, where he studies digital media, sound technologies, disability, and popular music. Mack has published work on tinnitus, the use of noise-canceling headphones in air travel, the noise of fans in NFL football stadiums, indie rock in Taiwan,  the ontology of Foley and digital film sound, and the forms and functions of scholarly podcasts. Show Notes: Lori and Dario discuss Professor Steffan Garrero's 'experiment' in gaming the Apple Podcast Charts. These episodes of Phantom Power are mentioned in particular: Test Subjects with Mara Mills For Some Odd Reason with Kate Carr R. Murray Schafer: Part 1 and Part 2 Emotional Rescue Mack mentions David Hendy's radio series Noise: A Human History which he uses as a text in his sound studies class. Mack also mentions Jennifer Stoever's book The Sonic Color Line: Race and the Cultural Politics of Listening. Contact Us: Email: Twitter: @podstudiespod Send us a voice message:
December 17, 2021
Peer Review Podcasting Part 2: reflections
How well do podcasts work as a medium for scholarly peer review? In the previous episode, Hannah McGregor and Ian M. Cook provided peer review on Lori Beckstead's draft chapter Context is King: Podcast Packaging and Paratexts. Now we're following up to discuss how well we think this method went. Dario Llinares leads us in a discussion about the affordances and limitations of doing scholarly peer review in the context of a podcast. Jess is also here with recommendations for a peer reviewed and a scholarly podcast. Be sure to listen to Peer Review Podcasting Part 1 on our podcast feed. A copy of the draft chapter under review can be viewed here: A transcript of this episode is available here: Show Notes: Hannah mentions recently undergoing peer review for Kairos, a refereed online journal exploring the intersections of rhetoric, technology, and pedagogy. Hannah mentions speaking to Chris Friend on Hybrid Pedagogy's podcast Teacher of the Ear where they discussed 'ungrading'. Ian M. Cook has a book coming out soon called Scholarly Podcasting: An Insurgent, Curious Craft. Jess mentions Hannah's project, the Amplify Podcast Network, which is "a collaborative project dedicated to reimagining the sound of scholarship." She also mentions Lori's Open Peer Review Podcast which is "a demonstration of using podcasting to conduct open peer review of academic scholarship." Jess recommends Ted Rieken's audio piece published in the McGill Journal of Education entitled Mapping the Fit Between Research and Multimedia: A Podcast Exploration of the Place of Multimedia within/as Scholarship. Lori recommends also checking out the Peer Reviewer Roundtable Response to Ted Reiken's Scholarly Podcast. Jess also recommends the podcast Ologies by Alie Ward. Dario & Lori touch on Mack Hagood's chapter The Scholarly Podcast: Form and Function in Audio Academia in Saving New Sounds: Podcast Preservation and Historiography edited by Jeremy Wade Morris and Eric Hoyt. Dario mentions the Cinematologists' episode Knowing Sounds: Podcasting as Academic Practice, and Hannah McGregor's Secret Feminist Agenda podcast as examples which explore podcasting, scholarship, and peer review.
December 04, 2021
Peer Review Podcasting Part 1: a real-time peer review of scholarly work
Host Lori Beckstead submits her draft chapter Context is King: Podcast Packaging and Paratexts for a real-time peer review on this podcast. Peer reviewers Hannah McGregor and Ian M. Cook give their impressions and suggestions, unpacking Lori's theoretical framework looking at the various media surrounding the podcast audio through the lens of Gerard Genette's paratext theory. We've recorded this episode as an experiment to see whether it's feasible to conduct peer review of a written manuscript in the real-time, audio-based forum of a podcast. Be prepared to laugh along the way and hear our unexpected debate when Ian asks, "Why does everyone shit on Joe Rogan?" Be sure to listen to the follow-up episode, Peer Review Podcasting Part 2, in which Dario asks Lori, Hannah, and Ian to reflect on the affordances and limitations of this peer review experience. A copy of Lori's draft chapter under review can be viewed here: A transcript of this episode is available here: Hannah mentions Matthew Kirschenbaum's book Mechanisms: New Media and the Forensic Imagination Ian mentions Vincent Duclos' article Inhabiting Media: An Anthropology of Life at Digital Speed 
December 04, 2021
Cross-Disciplinary Student Collaboration: Podcasting about Criminology
We're excited to share a podcast submitted to us by Robin Davies, Professor of Media Studies at Vancouver Island University. Originally broadcast as a radio program on CHLY FM in Nanaimo, British Columbia, it features a series of short podcasts that were created as a cross-disciplinary assignment between Criminology students taught by Professor Lauren Mayes and Media Studies students taught by Professor Davies. Discussing diverse topics from the over-incarceration of Indigenous Peoples to the stigma surrounding drug users, these short podcasts are interspersed with reflections and feedback from the students who created them. The students tell us how the assignment was more meaningful to them because they were collaborating on work that would be broadcast and distributed as a podcast which would make their work accessible to listeners beyond the classroom. This collaborative practice exemplifies how podcasting can be utilised as a pedagogical tool to engender creative practice, critical thinking and self-reflection. A transcript of this episode is available here.  If you are interested in submitting a podcast for distribution through the Podcast Studies Podcast feed, contact us at Or reach out to us on Twitter @PodStudiesPod
November 19, 2021
Terry Lee (Fantastic Noise)
In this episode, Dario talks to Terry Lee. Terry is Senior Tutor in Radio & Audio at the University of Bedfordshire and is also responsible for the award-winning Radio LaB 97.1FM. He has had a long career in independent and commercial radio including managing Norwich's Future radio. In 2018, he started Fantastic Noise a podcast primarily aimed at students studying radio, and featuring the experienced voices of radio professionals and experts. Along with talking about the formation and production of Fantastic Noise, the conversation covers how students of radio approach and understand the use of sound in the digital age, podcast and radio's symbiotic relationship, and the future of audio technology and its impact on media specificity. We are also taken around the podcast neighborhood by Jess Schmidt. Her recommendations this week are The Lolita Podcast from iHeart Radio and hosted by writer-comedian Jamie Loftus (My Year in Mensa) that uses the misunderstanding and infamy around Nabakov's classic as a jumping-off point for discussions of false media narratives. Also recommended is Blank Check, a film podcast that reviews successful directors' complete filmographies, getting to the point where they were given free rein to pursue a passion project. Lori also discusses a recent talk she gave at the Birmingham Centre for Media and Cultural Research as part of a research seminar on Podcasting, Discoverability, and Listener engagement. You can listen to the full seminar here. Terry also recommends The Skewer a Charlie Brooker-esque satirical comedy show with great sound production, and The Offensive, a Mockumentary series like The Office or The Thick of It in tone, but focusing on a fictional premier league football team.
November 04, 2021
Generative Podcasts
How about a podcast that creates itself? Or an episode that changes each time you newly download it? Generative podcasts, created with programming, AI, and dynamic insertion technologies are not yet commonplace, but could they be? Lori speaks to Jeff Emtman and Martin Zaltz Austwick, creators of Neutrinowatch, about how and why they created this generative podcast and how it disrupts expectations of how listeners 'use' podcasts as well as how podcast platforms serve them up. And our friendly neighbourhood podcast recommendation engine Jess joins Dario and Lori to discuss two other examples of generative podcasts: Welcome to Night Vale ep. 133 and TED's Mystery Episode. A transcript of this episode is available. Show Notes: Lori mentions the new Bounced podcast which showcases the best student audio productions in her department.  Answer Me This! podcast (another of Martin Zaltz Austwick's podcasts) Here Be Monsters (Jeff's other podcast). Jeff Mentions this episode in particular: Cold Water (ep. 150) More info on the TED Mystery Episode can be found here. Another generative podcast project that we didn't mention in this episode but will be of interest is the Sheldon County podcast by James Ryan. 
October 14, 2021
Podcast Studies Presents PhDCasting 11: Extension. Dr Abigail Wincott, spatial audio, past sounds
PhDCasting aims to be research through podcasting practice. Jerry Padfield documents his personal reflections of a journey through a PhD at Falmouth University, researching #podcasting and #CommunityRadio practice for wellbeing. The podcast talks about the experience of completing a PhD, from the perspective of a research student: the milestones, the emotional highs and lows, and also becomes a research tool in itself, interrogating the embodied knowledge within the practice. Each episode also features a conversation with a practitioner discussing issues around podcasting and broadcasting. Quarter Eleven: Apr 2021 – Jun 2021 (Quarters are now out of sync due to impact of Covid) A 6-month extension to my PhD funding is confirmed due to the impact of Coronavirus. I am completing the final part of the practice in my PhD and thoughts are turning to writing the Thesis and what comes after the whole PhD itself. For me, the conversational part of this podcast has become more important than my personalised introductions.  I talk to Falmouth University-based researcher Dr Abigail Wincott about her research in spatial audio and binaural recording, her Past Sounds podcast, which explores historical soundscapes and academic life in general. Links Past Sounds: Abigail’s website: Abigail on Twitter:
September 23, 2021
New Orality in the African Mediascape, with Dr. Reginold Royston
Welcome to the first episode of the new season of The Podcast Studies Podcast (formerly New Aural Cultures). We are absolutely delighted to have Dr. Reginold Royston on the show, whose article Podcasts and New Orality in the African Mediascape is the focus of the discussion.  A transcript of this episode is available. Dr. Royston is a media anthropologist and digital humanities researcher, jointly appointed in the School of Information (formerly SLIS) and the Department of African Cultural Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He teaches courses on the political economy of information, race/class/gender/identity in tech, Africa, and internet practices in developing world contexts. He also coordinates the Black Arts + Data Futures group through the Borghesi-Mellon Interdisciplinary Workshop in the Humanities at the UW-Madison Center for Humanities.  The conversation covers the context of African podcasting, researching from a diaspora identity, tech entrepreneurialism as a genre, the concepts of secondary and new orality, the influence of African oral traditions, and the dialogic formulas that structure podcasts discussion. For this season Dario is joined by a new regular (I mean deluxe) co-host Lori Beckstead. Lori is a professor of audio and digital media at the RTA School of Media at “X” University (undergoing a name change), where she teaches courses in radio production, sound design, and digital media production. Also, as a sound artist, she has a particular interest in soundscape recording and interactive installation art. Dario and Lori give an overview of their interests for the coming season. We are also delighted to have a new recommendation segment (or a podcast neighbourhood walk) featuring podcast producer and all-around guru Jess Schmidt. Jess is a podcast producer and consultant based in Calgary, Alberta. She recently completed a Master of Media Production at "X" University, and listens to more podcasts than anyone Lori has ever known.  Shownotes Podcasts Dr. Royston mentions: Building the Future  African Tech Roundup Afroqueer history Accra We Dey Gorga podcast Shanti tree Pod-Africa Platform Africa Past and Present Podcast Africa Pod festival Jess’ recommendations: Dan Misener's Podcast Neighbourhoods You’re Wrong About We Need to Talk about Britney
September 16, 2021
Ep33 In conversation with Dr. Gina Baleria (creator of News in Context podcast)
Bias in the news is a hot topic and is the focus of News in Context, a weekly podcast focused on discussing the issues that impact how information is delivered, how we consume it, and how that affects our interactions with each other. In this episode, Prof. Lori Beckstead talks to creator and host of News in Context Dr. Gina Baleria. A former broadcast and digital journalist, Gina now teaches journalism, media writing, & digital content creation and delivery at Sonoma State University. In this wide-ranging conversation, issues covering include: Navigating information in the Digital Age, Audio journalistic forms, the role of the journalist in news, control of media content, economic considerations of podcast journalism, and much more. Dario introduces the episode with some reflections on the end of the academic year, continuing research and life generally, offers a few Podcast Studies recommendations, and outlines so news about a 'rebranding' of New Aural Cultures and that is coming for the new academic year. Shownotes Saving New Sounds: Podcast Preservation and Historiography - editing by Jeremy Wade Morris and Eric Hoyt Phantom Power Podcast Lounge Ruminator Podcast SpokenWeb Shortcuts: Alone Together If you want to contribute to New Aural Cultures or have any feedback on the show contact Dario at: Gina's research on using digital storytelling to counteract othering and foster inclusivity: Writing and Reporting the News for the 21st Century: the Speed at Which We Travel -
July 23, 2021
Podcasting's transforming infrastructure.
Dario is joined in this episode by two of the leading lights of Podcast Studies to discuss some of the major changes in podcasting infrastructure and their implications. Apple’s decision to add a mechanism for paid subscriptions to its podcasting architecture is a move that is arguably as significant as when the iTunes first specified podcasting in its audio listening directory. In a recent article in The Conversation co-written by John Sullivan (Professor of Media and Communication, Muhlenberg College), Kim Fox (Professor of Practice in Journalism and Mass Communication, American University in Cairo) & Richard Berry (Senior Lecturer in Radio, University of Sunderland) place this transformation in the context of wider shifts in podcasting's industrial and economic infrastructure. John and Richard discuss with Dario the key points of the article (Kim was unfortunately double-booked with another meeting at the last minute), including how the big tech companies are fighting for market share over content and technological delivery in various ways, what impact this will have on the ways shows are developed, produced and listened to, along with the question of whether this signals the end to the more creative, open-source democratic ethos that is often associated with the medium. Shownotes Richard mentions Fiona Sturges Guardian article: A real turn off: Are celebrities ruining podcasting? Richard recommends The Lazarus Heist & Cold Case Crime Cuts John recommends Podland Podcast & 1800 Seconds on Autism Dario recommends Floodlines and Crushed If you enjoy the show please consider sharing and commenting on your social media networks. If you are engaged in audio work of any kind and would like to discuss it on the show, please email
June 11, 2021
Emerging Research in Podcast Studies
The role of early career researchers is absolutely fundamental to the emergence and future development of “Podcast Studies”. And today I’m delighted to be joined by two such scholars whose own research is expanding the horizons of how podcasting is being theorized and analysed, AND, who are providing organisation, leadership & support for other ECRs in podcasting. This is particularly in light of their recent organisation of an International Graduate Symposium on Emerging in Podcast Studies. Dario talk's Alyn Euritt whose research uses discourse analysis to expressions of Intimacy in podcasting, and Jeff Donison whose work focuses on marginalized voices in the context of Canadian podcasting. They discuss their research along withing the broad context of the emerging discipline podcast studies and introduce two short recordings from contributors to the symposium who also summarise their work. These contributors are Martin Feld, Freja Sørine Adler Berg, Waqar Ahmed, Tegan Bratcher, and Nele Heise. If you would like access to the panel presentations please email Alyn Euritt and mention you heard the New Aural Cultures episode on the symposium and she will give you access. You would like to appear on New Aural Cultures to discuss your Podcasting or Sound-Based research please email Dario Llinares:
May 28, 2021
Podcasting and politics with Steve Richards
In this episode, it was my pleasure to discuss politics, podcasting and the media more broadly with one of the top political commentators in the country Steve Richards. Steve is the host of Rock and Roll politics, a podcast that showcases his talent for the single voice monologue and we discuss this format, Steve's personal inspiration - the historian and broadcaster A.J.P. Taylor - and how it differs from dialogue and panel formats in production and delivery. We analyse the audience for Rock and Roll politics and the possibility of building a community, when podcasting is generally, an individualised experience. Also, we go into detail as to the role of BBC and the structure of the media in general, and think about contemporary journalistic practices in the social media age, indeed how podcasting sits at the intersection of old and new media. I couldn't let Steve go without commenting on the impact of Brexit and Pandemic on the current political situation particularly in terms of the problems of the left. So the episode coincides with a weekend of political upheaval after the local elections, which I reflect upon in my opening remakes. Steve is one of the best media voices out there so I hope our audience really enjoy this discussion. Shownotes Steve Richards on Twitter Dario Llinares on Twitter The Prime Ministers By Steve Richards - Print Book - Audible Turning Points - Unscripted reflections by Steve Richards - BBC series The Week in Westminster by Steve Richards
May 10, 2021
New Aural Cultures presents PhDCasting 10: Reflection. Jerry Padfield, Falmouth University
PhDCasting aims to be research through podcasting practice. Jerry Padfield documents his personal reflections of a journey through a PhD at Falmouth University, researching #podcasting and #CommunityRadio practice for wellbeing. The podcast talks about the experience of completing a PhD, from the perspective of a research student: the milestones, the emotional highs and lows, and also becomes a research tool in itself, interrogating the embodied knowledge within the practice. Each episode also features a conversation with a practitioner discussing issues around podcasting and broadcasting. Quarter Ten: Jan 2021 – Mar 2021 A period of extreme business, Covid delays and possible funding extensions. In common with most of the academic world at this time I’m snowed under with work. In a period of reflection I decided to interview myself about my experiences during the PhD and the point at where I am in my practice. Follow me @jerrypadfield on Twitter
May 06, 2021
Podcasting as Literary Form with PhD Student Ella Waldmann
Today Dario talks to PhD student studying at the University of Paris, Ella Waldmann, about her recently published article From Storytelling to Story Listening: How the Hit Podcast S-Town Reconfigured the Production and Reception of Narrative Non-Fiction. We discuss the literary aesthetics and structures of the show, the storytelling devices used to shape an experience that explicitly calls to the novel as modernist form. We speculate on whether this is an example of podcasting attempted to assert a cultural credibility and how this is further imbued through discussion of the shows production and reception, with a marketing discourse that undoubtedly seeks to capitalise on the podcasting literary pretensions. Also, Dario's monologue takes stock of the discipline of Podcast Studies after speaking at a recent panel hosted by Concordia University and our partners at the SpokenWeb podcast. His reflections also link to recent news regarding further reformations in podcast infrastructures as both Spotify and Apple announce plans for subscription only content and reconfigurations of their podcast software interfaces to accommodate this. If you want more background on these developments I suggest reading the latest BelloCollective newsletter which offers a succinct summary and links to further articles. 
April 30, 2021
In conversation with podcast and radio producer Matty Staudt
In this episode, Dario talks to a producer and host with his finger on the pulse of the American podcasting landscape, Matty Staudt. Matty has been obsessed with audio broadcasting since childhood, listening to seminal shows such as Bob and Ray's morning show and Dr Demento. Moving into radio at the first opportunity Matty quickly became an an on-air host, morning show lead and executive producer at stations as WJFK in Washington DC, WNEW in New York City, Alice Radio (KLLC) and Live 105 (KITS) in San Francisco. In 2007, Matty redirected his radio career toward the new world of podcasting; becoming a pioneer at Stitcher as their first  Director of Content.  Matty has been a consultant for top companies like Cisco, Sirius/XM, and The Federal Reserve Bank, creating branded content podcasts, coaching hosts and producers, and formulating dynamic podcast strategies since 2011. He’s hosted several podcasts including his "Access Podcast" (a cousin of New Aural Cultures it seems), interviewing some of the best podcasters in the industry.  As a professor at The Academy of Art University in San Francisco, Matty launched one of the nation’s first university-level podcasting departments in 2012. In 2017, Matty encapsulated the radio/podcast convergence when he joined iHeartRadio as the radio industry’s first Vice President of Podcast Programming.  As president of Jam Street Media, founded in 2020, he has helped launch a slate of new titles including Big Swing Podcast a podcast hosted by Dodgers pitcher Ross Stripling and longtime sports fan Cooper Surles with pro athlete guests, talking about sports, pop culture, business, and everything in between. It’s where athletes go to talk about sports, Deep Dive with Vanessa Mdee a talk show hosted by the International pop star and personality, featuring inspirational guests, personal stories, and poetry, and Deep Cover: The Real Donnie Brasco features the true stories as told by the real Donnie Brasco, Joe Pistone, about his time with the mob. Sometimes the real story is better than the movie. Don't forget to check out our partner, the SpokenWeb Podcast. They have a brilliant new episode out this month entitled: Listening Ethically to the Spoken Word. Matty Staudt on Twitter. Dario Llinares on Twitter New Aural on Twitter. If you like the show please share on your social networks. If you have an idea for a programme you would like to distribute through New Aural Cultures please email:
April 09, 2021
SpokenWeb podcast: Cylinder talks (w/ Stacey Copeland and Jason Camlot)
In this episode, New Aural Cultures is delighted to be collaborating with the SpokenWeb podcast. Produced by a collective of researchers who are dedicated to the discovery and preservation of sonic artefacts that have captured literary events of the past, SpokenWeb is both a vital resource for the analysis of the spoken word history in Canada and beyond, and a vital intervention into the present and future of literary performance, communication and knowledge exchange from critical and pedagogical perspectives. The podcast is hosted and produced by previous New Aural Cultures guests Hannah MacGregor and Stacey Copeland respectively. The episode we bring you is entitled Cylinder talks and features Director of the SpokenWeb Network and Professor at Concordia University – Jason Camlot – in conversation with SpokenWeb podcast supervising producer and Simon Fraser University PhD candidate – Stacey Copeland – and explores how sound studies is being taken up in the literary classroom. Together we listen back to select “Cylinder Talk” sound production assignments created by Concordia graduate students, and unpack the experiences, ideas and discussions that the production and study of sound can incite across disciplines. A 3-minute audio project assigned to students in Jason’s most recent graduate seminar – Literary Listening as Cultural Technique – the Cylinder Talk draws on a history of early spoken sound recordings, inviting us into an embodied sonic engagement with literature studies.The episode features sound work by Alexandra Sweny, Sara Adams, Aubrey Grant and Andrew Whiteman. Cylinder Talks Featured: Alexandra Sweny,  “Ethics of Field Recording in Irv Teibel’s Environments Series” — Sound Clips:  Original recordings of Montreal by Alexandra Sweny. Sara Adams,  “Henry Mayhew and Victorian London” — Sound Clips: “Victorian Street.” British Library, Sounds, Sound Effects. Collection: Period Backgrounds.  Editor, Benet Bergonzi.  Published, 1994. Aubrey Grant,  “Poe’s Impossible Sound” — Sound Clips: Lucier, Alvin. I Am Sitting in a Room, Lovely Music Ltd., 1981. Andrew Whiteman,  “Bronze lance heads” — Sound Clips: —“Robert Duncan Lecture on Ezra Pound” March 26, 1976, U of San Diego; accessed from Penn Sound Robert Duncan’s author page. ( —“Ezra Pound recites Canto 1” 1959; accessed from Penn Sound Ezra Pound’s author page ( — —“The Sound of Pound: A Listener’s Guide” by Richard Siebruth, interview with Al Filreis May 22, 2007. ( — Sampled 1940s film music; date and origin unknown. — Original music; composed by Andrew Whiteman, Dec 2020. Click here to visit the episode's website.
March 26, 2021
Bello Collective contributing editor Galen Beebe
I spoke to Galen Beebe who is a contributing editor at Bello Collective. Bello Collective is a website that is dedicated to writing about podcasting that focuses on criticism. Made up of a diverse team of writers, curators, podcasters and fans who are all passionate about the power of audio, they publishes analysis of specific podcasts, innovations in technology and journalism, and highlight shows that are worth listening to. It’s really a great hub for discourse about podcasts that goes beyond the well-worn hobby horses of monetisation and audience expansion. Galen comes from a literature background which is why we get on a trip about writing in relation to podcasting, along with talking about the website and the newsletter which anyone who listens to this show should subscribe to. We also cover topics such as production values of podcasting during the pandemic, journalistic ethics in podcasting, podcasting's relationship to legacy media (what’s new and old about it), helping academics turn research into podcasts, podcasting as ekphrastic writing and difficulties of writing about podcasting in general, what should podcast criticism do in terms of the focus on form and content, and engaging the labour of difficult art. In my opening remarks I think about the interrelationship between writing and speaking, between audio and text, and how the nomeclature we use to talk about podcasting can reflect the complex layers of technologies and practices that make defining a definitive criteria of the medium, so difficult. Shownotes Bello Collective Website and newsletter sign-up Galen Beebe on Twitter Ministry of Ideas Podcast Recent episode of Twenty Thousand Hertz: The Detterent Tone - written and produced by Galen Beebe Galen is the second person to recommend In Strange Woods Click here to listen to New Aural Cultures wherever you get your podcasts
March 19, 2021
The Vagina Museum Podcast (w/host and co-producer Alyssa Chafee)
Alyssa Chafee is the co-producer and host of the Vagina Museum podcast which explores, in a playful yet in-depth tone, the cultural history and symbolism of what is still remains a taboo subject. Alyssa talks to Dario about her MA thesis in science podcasting audiences, he work with the Vagina Museum, and the idea and development of the podcast. Also under discussion is the podcast as a tool of education and awareness raising, how to challenge myths around taboo subjects, and the value of humour and storytelling to make an educational space accessible and inclusive. The Vagina Museum itself opened in 2019 in Camden London and but, unfortunately like so many cultural venues, has had to close because of the pandemic (donations are most welcome). It's aims are to raise awareness of gynaecological health, give people confidence to talk about gynaecological issues, erase body stigmas, act as a forum for feminism, women’s rights, the LGBT+ community and the intersex community, challenge heteronormative and cisnormative behaviour, and promote intersectional, feminist and trans-inclusive values. In his opening monologue Dario muses on the continuing difficulties of life under lockdown, reflects on how we speak from specific contextual perspectives and that the nature of open dialogue requires a level of trust in the motives of speakers. Something that is seeming more difficult to find in the era of contested information and knowledge. Shownotes The Vagina Museum Podcast Website  The Vagina Museum Alyssa Chafee on Twitter Dario Llinares on Twitter
March 05, 2021
Audio Drama with Producer Ella Watts
Ella Watts is a freelance audio producer and consultant who possesses both in-depth expertise and infectious love for audio drama. Her production credits include The Orphans, Evelyn's Roots, The Unseen Hour and she has also worked for the BBC in various capacities and across different contexts including BBC Sounds and BBC Studios. In November 2018 she was commissioned by Jason Phipps and the team at BBC Sounds to research the drama podcast industry. This research covered a brief overview of the industry's recent history, its current state, and my speculation on its future. In this broad conversation, Ella talks to Dario about a range of topics related to podcasting, audio production and the audio industry including: production practices during the pandemic; BBC Sounds and the consolidation of podcasting into the broadcast landscape; podcasting as a developing industry and commercial business; the digital age as a media aristocracy; the art and theory behind audio drama; audio drama, fandom and non-normative audiences. * In this episode Ella stated that John Dryden of The Cipher Podcast is a straight white Londoner in his 20s. In fact, John identifies as queer, Jewish, from the US and in his late 30s. Apologies from both Ella and Dario for this mistake. Shownotes Ella's website Ella mentions the book - Revolution of the Echo-Chamber by Leslie McMurtry Podcasts referenced NB Have you heard George’s Podcast After Murmurs The Cipher Welcome to Night Vale The Thrilling Adventure Hour  Cabin Pressure The Bright Sessions Sayer The Magnus Archives In Strange Woods Midst Primordial Deep
February 18, 2021
Branded Podcasts and Audience Connection with Dan Misener (in conversation with Lori Beckstead)
Guest host Lori Beckstead interviews Dan Misener, head of Audience Development at the branded podcasting agency Pacific Content, and host/producer of the delightful podcast Grown Ups Read Things They Wrote As Kids. Dan explains what branded podcasts are and the various considerations relating to connecting to podcast audiences, such as understanding 'podcast neighbourhoods', recognizing that a potential listener will see your podcast before they're able to listen to it, and that radio (and podcasting) is all about people talking to people about people. Episode notes: Guest host Lori Beckstead is an Associate Professor of Sound Media at Ryerson University in Toronto, Canada where she teaches podcasting, radio broadcasting, and other courses related to sound studies and audio production. Lori was a guest on a previous episode of New Aural Cultures, talking about using podcasting as a form of peer review, and about her research examining podcasting as a medium. Dan Miser's insightful writing about podcasting can be found at Dan talks about Choiceology with Katy Milkman as an example of a branded podcast. Dan's thoughts on podcast neighbourhoods are here: and here: And he made a really neat data visualization of podcast cover art here:  If you you would like a text transcript of this episode please contact Dario Llinares:
February 05, 2021
New Aural Cultures presents PhDCasting 9: Adaptation. Josephine Coleman, Brunel University, MeCCSA Radio Studies Network
PhDCasting aims to be research through podcasting practice. Jerry Padfield documents his personal reflections of a journey through a PhD at Falmouth University, researching #podcasting and #CommunityRadio practice for wellbeing. The podcast talks about the experience of completing a PhD, from the perspective of a research student: the milestones, the emotional highs and lows, and also becomes a research tool in itself, interrogating the embodied knowledge within the practice. Each episode also features a conversation with a practitioner discussing issues around podcasting and broadcasting. Quarter Nine: October 2020 – Dec 2020 The start of my last year of funding: I had planned for a couple of months of reflection and writing up time after completing the first round of practical work. However, a change in life circumstances and the ever-evolving response to the global pandemic means it’s time to adapt and change again, which leads me to think about the constant need to adapt during a PhD. Research leads to new discoveries, which leads to new outlooks, new paths to explore. A PhD is not a static thing and should always be changing until you hand it in. I’m joined in conversation by Dr Josephine Coleman of Brunel University who is an academic with a great interest in Community Radio in the UK as well as being the beating heart of the MeCCSA Radio Studies Network. We talk about Community Radio and Jo shares her (very useful) tips for surviving a PhD. Links Jo’s Twitter: Jo’s academic page with links to papers:
January 28, 2021
Streetmusicmap radio with Daniel Bacchieri
Shownotes Welcome to the new season of New Aural Cultures Podcast. In this first episode of 2021, Dario Llinares speaks to PhD candidate from Monash University (Melbourne) Daniel Bacchieri about his fantastic project Streetmusicmap radio. The project combines a comprehensive archive of global street musicians organised through a digital map linking to and instagram page of footage from artists performing from all over the world. Allied to this is the podcast StreetMusicMap Radio ( features an eclectic mix of musicians, primarily from Melbourne, discussing their creative practice, the life of a street musician and questions around performance, the urban experience, economics and the effect of the pandemic on street music.  Dario's opening remarks looks back on a tumultuous few weeks and months, along with looking forwards to the future of the New Aural Cultures podcast, the form the show will take and potential collaborations. He also comments upon recent discussions around the origin of podcasting and how that gets framed from difference perspectives. (If you would like a transcript of Dario's opening remarks, email him at Links Daniel Bacchieri on Twitter Dario Llinares on Twitter Global map of street musicians Streetmusicmap Instagram feed Playlists Dario mention this article in the Verge by Michael McDowell on Pro-tools and it's exclusionary effects in the podcast industry. The SpokenWeb Podcast Amplify Network Eric Nuzum's article - The Story of the First Podcast Feed John Sullivan's tweet that alerted me to the online debate on podcasting's birthday.
January 22, 2021
In conversation with student podcaster Olivia Trono
Podcasting as a form that is utilised by students in educational contexts has, of course, been an important strand of the medium's development and a key focus of academic analysis. Recently, there are increasing examples of MA and PhD students utilising podcasting as a form of practice-led research. Our own partnership with Jerry Padfield and his PhD casting is a key example of that. But on this episode Dario talks to another student podcaster Olivia Trono, whose project My Master's Thesis: It's a podcast (about Podcasts) completed at Ryerson University is a benchmark example of this 'genre' of podcasts. Dario talks to Olivia about the origin of the project, the ideas she had around investing the show with the academic rigour required of a Masters thesis, how she came up  audio cues for quotations and referencing, her own performance and use of her voice, using a playful tone in a academic context and of course, her thought on podcast studies and the future of medium. // LINKS // Olivia on Twitter Dario On Twitter Listen to the Podcast on: Apple Podcasts Spotify Google Podcasts Or wherever you get your podcasts. Send in a voice message:
November 20, 2020
Election Talk with writer, journalist and broadcaster Denis Campbell
In light of the momentous and quite frankly exhausting week leading up to the election of Joe Biden as 46th president of the United States, Dario catches up with an old podcasting friend, writer journalist and true sage of the American political system Denis Campbell. Denis produced The Three Muckrakers podcast on which Dario was one of those three along with Wales based Journalist Phil Parry; a show that looked across the main political stories from both a UK/US perspective. In this chat, Dario and Denis muse on the impact of Trump's term in office and the future of Trumpism, coverage and attitudes to the US elections around the world, the role of the media in political discourse, Biden's challenges and the potential direction his administration could take, along with many other things. Denis also discusses the difficulties of podcasting about politics and the general polarised tribalism of our current culture. He also trails a new podcast he is producing entitled Into the Fire which is about individuals overcoming great difficulties in their lives.  Follow Denis on Twitter: Follow Dario on Twitter: This episode was recorded on Friday 6th of November, before the major networks called the election for Joe Biden. Listen to New Aural Cultures wherever you get your podcasts. If you enjoy the should please rate and review us if you have the time and follow us on twitter: If you want to send us a voice message:
November 08, 2020
In conversation with Prof. Andrew Bottomley (guest hosted by Prof. John Sullivan)
SHOW NOTES This week’s podcast features an interview with Andrew Bottomley, assistant professor of media studies at the State University of New York-Oneonta.  His research is concerned with the social and cultural dimensions of communication technologies, in particular, the internet and broadcast radio, podcasting, recorded music, and other sound media. He is particularly interested in the history of new and emerging media, especially during moments of technological convergence and transference when so-called “old” and “new” media collide. We spend the hour talking about his new book entitled Sound Streams: A Cultural History of Radio-Internet Convergence (University of Michigan Press, 2020). For more information on the book, click here. // LINKS // Andrew Bottomley: Email: Twitter: @abottomley Send in a voice message:
October 30, 2020
In conversation with Associate Professor Siobhan McHugh
In this episode Richard Berry does a long-distance interview with Siobhan McHugh, an Associate Professor of Journalism from the University of Woollongong in Australia. She will be familiar name to anyone working in podcast studies and to any avid listener of narrative documentary podcasts. Siobhan is an active and prolific scholar, a podcast producer and consultant, and the founder of the Radio Doc Review, a pioneering academic journal ( In this interview we explore some of the themes she addresses in her work around the affective power of sound and voice in immersive audio storytelling, drawing on examples of her work; notably her collaborations with The Age newspaper on Phoebe’s Fall, Wrong Skin, and the Last Voyage of the Pong Su. Previously, we have explored the role of podcasting in research and methodologies for peer review in audio work. In this episodes Siobhan discusses the role of ‘Non-Traditional Research Output’ (NTRO) in the Australian system, which has allowed her to weave media practice and applied research in oral history, documentary, and podcast studies. Personal website: Podcasts Discussed:
October 23, 2020
Podcasting: Formalization and its Discontents (AoIR 2020 Podcasting Panel)
SHOW NOTES This week’s podcast features several podcast scholars reporting on their recent research regarding podcast formalization and platformization. The panel is moderated by John Sullivan from Muhlenberg College. This panel was originally intended to be presented at the annual meeting of the Association of Internet Researchers (AoIR) in Dublin, Ireland, but was transitioned to an online conference after the global pandemic. In keeping with the spirit of the topic, we decided to release our panel discussion in the form of a podcast. The panel of researchers presenting their work in this episode include: Tiziano Bonini, University of Siena, Italy Dario Llinares University of Brighton, UK Richard Berry University of Sunderland, UK Patricia Aufderheide American University, USA John L. Sullivan, Muhlenberg College, USA Interact with us! We invite your participation in this panel. If you have any thoughts, reflections, questions, or reactions to any of the presentations or topics discussed in this episode, just reach out to us via Twitter using the hashtag: #AoIR2020PL10. We will reply and get the discussion going via social media. // PRESENTATION TITLES AND TIME CODES // 0:00 - Introduction by John Sullivan 2:25 - Tiziano Bonini, “Podcasting as a cultural form between old and new media” 15:07 - Dario Llinares, “Podtopian dreams: Sound technology and communication futures” 22:28 - Brief panel discussion of Bonini & Llinares 30:20 - Richard Berry, “Formalising the informal: BBC commissions and the shape of podcasts” 38:45 - Brief panel discussion of Berry 46:12 - Patricia Aufderheide, “Protecting public podcasting: Are U.S. news, public affairs and learning podcasts at risk?” Find the full paper here: 55:20 - John L. Sullivan, “Market information regimes in podcasting: Formalization and audience metrics” 1:04:15 - General panel discussion of all presentations 1:19:45 - Wrap-up by John Sullivan 1:20:55 - End // LINKS // Tiziano Bonini - email:; Twitter @tbonini Dario Llinares - email:; Twitter @dariodoublel Richard Berry - email:; @richardberryuk Patricia Aufderheide’s slides: Patricia Aufderheide’s article (open access!): Patricia Aufderheide- email  Twitter: @paufder John Sullivan - email: johnsullivan*at*; Twitter:@jsullivan47 Send in a voice message:
October 15, 2020
New Aural Cultures presents PhDCasting 8: Practice. Kim Fox, The Podcast Professor
PhDCasting aims to be research through podcasting practice. Jerry Padfield documents his personal reflections of a journey through a PhD at Falmouth University, researching #podcasting and #CommunityRadio practice for wellbeing. The podcast talks about the experience of completing a PhD, from the perspective of a research student: the milestones, the emotional highs and lows, and also becomes a research tool in itself, interrogating the embodied knowledge within the practice. Each episode also features a conversation with a practitioner discussing issues around podcasting and broadcasting. Quarter Eight: July 2020 – September 2020 As the second year of the PhD draws to a close the practice part of my Practice-based PhD is in full swing. I talk about how the practice is going and some of the themes which my PhD deals with. I talk to Kim Fox, Professor of Practice at the American University in Cairo and leading podcast academic. We talk about developments in podcasting, podcasting studies and the podacademics, radio studies, her practice, the impact of COVID on podcasting and more. Links MeCCSA Radio Studies Network Reading Group: Kim’s Twitter: Kim’s recent paper with David O'Dowling and Kyle Miller: A Curriculum for Blackness: Podcasts as Discursive Cultural Guides (Journal of Radio and Audio Media). Ehky Ya Masr podcast: Podfest Cairo: AUC Diaries:
October 07, 2020
In conversation with Dr Hannah McGregor
After a summer break, we are back with a new season of shows for podcast lovers, producers, critics, and academics. And we begin with a bang. Dr Dario Llinares hosts a wide-ranging conversation with one of the foremost academic podcaster working today: Dr Hannah McGregor - Assistant Professor of publishing at Simon Fraser University. On the programme, Hannah discusses her expansive podcast output including Witch, Please, Secret Feminist Agenda and The SpokenWeb Podcast in terms of their development, themes, and aesthetics. Alongside this Hannah explores how podcasts can and should be defined in academic terms, whether they are the focus of media analysis, utilised as a research method, expand the dissemination of research beyond the ivory tower, open avenues for diverse voices in academia, or are deployed as tools of peer review. Hannah is at the forefront of discourses regarding how podcasting can be a challenge to traditional academic structures and this conversation is a must for anyone interested in podcast studies and sound media more broadly. She is an authentic "podcaster" in the very specificity of that media practice and identity. Further Shownotes If you want to join the Podacademics network you can contact Richard Berry: AOIR conference 2020: Amplify Podcast Network Hannah's podcast recommendation is: Sandy and Nora Talk Politics. Hannah is @hkpmcgregor on Twitter Dario is @dariodoublel on Twitter For a full transcript of this episode please email Dario Llinares:
October 01, 2020
In conversation with Professor Lori Beckstead
Dario met Lori Beckstead when they both delivered keynote lectures at the Podcasting Poetics Conference in Mainz, Germany last year (and a lifetime ago). They immediately shared an interest in exploring the potential of podcasting within an academic context. In this episode, they explore this topic in detail by differentiating between podcasting as an object of study and podcasting as a tool for academic research. The context of this is a project that Lori is undertaking which explores the potential for podcasting to be utilised for academic peer review in a way that is more developmentally useful to the research process. In a trial session held last week, Dario acted as the peer reviewer to Lori's research on what she calls the 'genetic codes' of podcasting. They reflect on that session as well as discussing many of the key issues that pervade current thinking on sound communication. Dario and Lori are joined by her research assistants Valentina Passos Gastaldo and Anna Ashitey who give their insights into some of the current trends with regards to the use and status of podcasting pedagogy and research in the context of digital culture. Show Notes Lori Beckstead is a professor of audio & digital media in the RTA School of Media at Ryerson University, where she teaches courses in radio production, sound design, and digital media production.  Also a sound artist, she has a particular interest in soundscape recording and interactive installation art. Lori spent ten years in hardscrabble yet rewarding work at several campus & community radio stations around Ontario, and has done freelance work for CBC Radio as a producer, online journalist, web producer and reporter.  In addition to holding three undergraduate degrees--in Science, Radio & Television Arts, and Education--she also has a Master of Media Arts & Production from the University of Technology, Sydney (Australia). As Program Leader for the Canadian Women in Communications/Corus Career Accelerator from 2009 to 2012, Lori developed and delivered an intensive professional development program in digital media and technology for women across Canada each year.  Lori served as Associate Chair in the RTA School of Media from 2010 to 2014. Twitter: @lbeckste Valentina Passos Gastaldo is a fourth-year Media Production undergraduate student at Ryerson University. She is Lori's Beckstead research assistant for the 'Podcasting as Open Peer Review' project and she hopes to focus her studies on the use of media for knowledge mobilization and research dissemination. Anna Ashitey is currently in her fourth year of a Bachelor of Media Production in the RTA School of Media at Ryerson University. As a research assistant, Anna has worked alongside Lori Beckstead on research projects pertaining to Podcasting, Women in Radio and Diversity in Sewing Patterns. Anna hopes to further her academic career by completing her masters in research pertaining to podcasting as an education tool for children with learning accommodations. Podcast Recommendations The Walking Podcast Missing and Murdered: Finding Cleo Ologies Research in Action Podcast Tai Asks Why
July 18, 2020
New Aural Cultures presents PhDCasting 7: COVID Confirmation. Rute Correia, community radio and open source researcher
PhDCasting aims to be research through podcasting practice. Jerry Padfield documents his personal reflections of a journey through a PhD at Falmouth University, researching #podcasting and #CommunityRadio practice for wellbeing. The podcast talks about the experience of completing a PhD, from the perspective of a research student: the milestones, the emotional highs and lows, and also becomes a research tool in itself, interrogating the embodied knowledge within the practice. Each episode also features a conversation with a practitioner discussing issues around podcasting and broadcasting. Quarter Seven: April 2020 – Jun 2020 I pass the PhD candidature process at almost the same time that the Coronavirus pandemic forces a lockdown in the UK. Where do I go from here...? I also talk about the role of networking for the (introvert) PhD student and how this led to me being asked onto the Radio Studies Network Steering Group. I talk to Rute Correia, PhD student at the University of Lisbon, community radio practitioner and host of White Market podcast, researching open source software and community radio. We talk about the life of a PhD student in the niche subject we share, community radio vs podcasting, open source, copyleft and more. Links Rute's website: Rute's Twitter: White Market Podcast: Community radio stations sustainability model: An open-source solution -
July 02, 2020
New Aural Cultures presents PhDCasting 6: Confirmation of Route Here We Come. Dr Sherezade Garcia Rangel, On the Hill Podcast
PhDCasting aims to be research through podcasting practice. Jerry Padfield documents his personal reflections of a journey through a PhD at Falmouth University, researching #podcasting and #CommunityRadio practice for wellbeing. The podcast talks about the experience of completing a PhD, from the perspective of a research student: the milestones, the emotional highs and lows, and also becomes a research tool in itself, interrogating the embodied knowledge within the practice. Each episode also features a conversation with a practitioner discussing issues around podcasting and broadcasting. Quarter Six: January 2020 - March 2020 I present some of my work at the MeCCSA 2020 conference in Brighton. The “Confirmation of Route” process looms dangerously close, so I explain what that is and how it can be helpful. Sometimes called the PhD upgrade or Candidature Exam at other institutions it marks a point where your research so far is assessed to worthy of PhD status (or not!) I talk to Dr Sherezade Garcia Rangel, academic at Falmouth University School of Communication and creator of “On The Hill” podcast which documents the stories behind the gravestones at a cemetery in Falmouth. On The Hill mixes creative writing, research, storytelling and documentary style podcasting. I talked to Sherezade about podcasting as research and her experience coming to the podcast form from a creative writing background. Links On The Hill podcast on Podbean: Dr Sherezade Garcia Rangel Twitter @sherecita
June 11, 2020
New Aural Cultures presents PhDCasting 5: Pushing Water Uphill. Dr Rob Watson, Decentered Media
PhDCasting aims to be research through podcasting practice. Jerry Padfield documents his personal reflections of a journey through a PhD at Falmouth University, researching #podcasting and #CommunityRadio practice for wellbeing. The podcast talks about the experience of completing a PhD, from the perspective of a research student: the milestones, the emotional highs and lows, and also becomes a research tool in itself, interrogating the embodied knowledge within the practice. Each episode also features a conversation with a practitioner discussing issues around podcasting and broadcasting. Quarter Five: October 2019 - December 2019 In PhD Land, I return refreshed from a summer break and determined to get things moving. However things don’t get moving. To quote Douglas Adams: "I love deadlines. I love the whooshing sound they make as they go by." A PhD is a massive self-directed project; you set your own deadlines and must adjust when they are either unachievable or have to change. I talk to Dr Rob Watson, community media academic and podcaster, and former director of the CMA, the body responsible for representing community radio in the UK. Rob is usually the one asking the questions, so it was great to be able to turn the tables. Links Decentered Media - Rob's website If you enjoyed this conversation Rob recorded a Decentered podcast with me
June 04, 2020
A little over a week after the big podcasting news that Joe Rogan is moving to Spotify for a reported $100 million, Dario Llinares, Richard Berry and John Sullivan sat down for a remote discussion on the implications of the deal. The episode covers the economics of the move in terms of Spotify's continuing strategies for gaining not only market share from Apple, but determining the podcasting ecosystem. What does this mean for Rogan's extensive and vociferous fanbase, many of whom are attracted by his libertarian politics? Will they follow him to the subscriber model? Is Spotify going to expand as a video platform as Rogan is as much a Youtube presence as he is a podcaster.  Addressing James Cridland's Medium blog the question of how to define podcasting also raises its head and John counters James' argument that this move might not be that important in the grand scheme of podcasting's evolution. John, Richard and Dario also discuss the timing of the move and podcasting's current status in a media landscape that is being fundamentally altered by the Covid-19 pandemic. Dr Dario Llinares is a Principal Lecturer at the University of Brighton, co-producer of The Cinematologists and New Aural Cultures Podcast and Co-Editor of Podcasting: New Aural Cultures and Digital Media. @dariodoublel Richard Berry is a Senior Lecturer at the University of Sunderland and authority and publisher on radio and podcasting, and also Co-Editor of Podcasting: New Aural Cultures and Digital Media. Prof. John Sullivan is Department Chair, Media and Communications at Muhlenberg College, an expert on media audiences and industries his most recent publication of focuses Platformization in Podcasting.
June 02, 2020
New Aural Cultures presents PhDCasting 4: Summertime Blues. Ivor Richards, British Broadcast Audio, Falmouth University
PhDCasting aims to be research through podcasting practice. Jerry Padfield documents his personal reflections of a journey through a PhD at Falmouth University, researching #podcasting and #CommunityRadio practice for wellbeing. The podcast talks about the experience of completing a PhD, from the perspective of a research student: the milestones, the emotional highs and lows, and also becomes a research tool in itself, interrogating the embodied knowledge within the practice. Each episode also features a conversation with a practitioner discussing issues around podcasting and broadcasting. Quarter Four: July 2019 - September 2019 The end of my first year as a PhD student. I present at the Falmouth University Research Summer Symposium and experience the dreaded PhD burnout. I'll talk about the need for good mental health as a postgraduate student. In conversation, I talk to Ivor Richards, senior technician at Falmouth University School of Journalism. Ivor has many years of experience as a sound engineer and teaches podcasting to the students and staff at the university. He gives me some tips for producing a good podcast. Links British Broadcast Audio (Ivor's company) Keep an eye out for Ivor's pocket guide to podcasting!
May 28, 2020
New Aural Cultures presents PhDCasting 3: Surviving AfR - moving forward. Dr Neil Fox of Cinematologists, New Aural Cultures
PhDCasting aims to be research through podcasting practice. Jerry Padfield documents his personal reflections of a journey through a PhD at Falmouth University, researching #podcasting and #CommunityRadio practice for wellbeing. The podcast talks about the experience of completing a PhD, from the perspective of a research student: the milestones, the emotional highs and lows, and also becomes a research tool in itself, interrogating the embodied knowledge within the practice. Each episode also features a conversation with a practitioner discussing issues around podcasting and broadcasting. Quarter Three: April 2019 - June 2019 PhD: After safely progressing the Application for Registration (AfR) submission and the symposium presentation I start to put PhD plans together, and things start to turn into more defined projects. I talk a little about the process of putting together a literature/practice review. I talk to Dr Neil Fox, one half of the Cinematologists podcast, a part of New Aural Cultures podcast research and podcast academic about podcasting for research, the future of podcasting and podcast studies. Links Cinematologists: New Aural Cultures Book: Journal of Media Practice Disrupted Edition: Neil's Twitter:
May 21, 2020
New Aural Cultures presents PhDCasting 2: Application for Registration. Illustrator/Researcher Johanna Roehr
PhDCasting aims to be research through podcasting practice. Jerry Padfield documents his personal reflections of a journey through a PhD at Falmouth University, researching #podcasting and #CommunityRadio practice for wellbeing. The podcast talks about the experience of completing a PhD, from the perspective of a research student: the milestones, the emotional highs and lows, and also becomes a research tool in itself, interrogating the embodied knowledge within the practice. Each episode also features a conversation with a practitioner discussing issues around podcasting and broadcasting. Quarter Two: January 2019 - March 2019 PhD progress continues with monthly workshops. The Application for Registration process starts to get real. An explanation of what that is for anyone who isn't a PhDer at Falmouth/UAL. A little talk about Imposter Syndrome - it's real and you'll experience it if you do a PhD (and aren't a psychopath). This episode's guest is Johanna Roehr, who is an illustrator and animator whose work strives to develop a visual language that communicates intangible content and concepts that are difficult to grasp and whose current practice aims to destigmatise neurological conditions. She also has a show on the community radio station, Source FM, called Guilty Pleasures. Links Johanna Roehr’s website Guilty Pleasures archive
May 14, 2020
New Aural Cultures presents PhDCasting 1: What's a PhD? Helen Moore from Client Culture Arts Magazine, Plymouth
PhDCasting aims to be research through podcasting practice. PhD student Jerry Padfield documents his personal reflections of a journey through a PhD at Falmouth University, researching #podcasting and #CommunityRadio practice for wellbeing. The podcast talks about the experience of completing a PhD, from the perspective of a research student: the milestones, the emotional highs and lows, and also becomes a research tool in itself, interrogating the embodied knowledge within the practice. Each episode also features a conversation with a practitioner discussing issues around podcasting and broadcasting. Quarter One: September 2018-December 2018 In the first episode I reflect on the experience of starting a PhD. What expectations I had, which were true and what surprised me. Meeting my supervision team and generally learning what it means to be.... a PhD researcher... In a shock twist I win a £20 gift voucher for my Pecha Kucha presentation... The guest is Helen Moore, editor of Client Culture Magazine which is a subject-driven Arts magazine based in Plymouth. Helen also produces a podcast to go alongside each issue of Client Culture Magazine and has a history of producing art-based Community Radio content. Links Client Culture Facebook: Client Culture Mixcloud: Helen's Mixcloud:
May 07, 2020
Ep13 Intro to New Series w/ PhD student Jerry Padfield
After a bit of a hiatus, New Aural Cultures is back with a new series written, produced and presented by PhD student Jerry Padfield. Jerry is based down in Falmouth, Cornwall and is half-way through a PhD by practice which focuses on community radio and access. However, during the development of his project, he has begun to use podcasting as a research tool. Also, the podcast series acts an at kind of auto-ethnography for charting the process and progress of his PhD by practice.  In this episode, Jerry gives an introductory overview to the series talking with Dario Llinares and the discussion also covers the question of media in the current situation. Jerry Padfield on Twitter: @JerryPadfield Website:
May 06, 2020
MeCCSA 2020 Podcasting Panel
For our first episode of the new year, we bring you a podcast panel recorded at the Media, Communication and Cultural Studies Association Conference held recently at the University of Brighton. The panel features Dr Dario Llinares, Dr Neil Fox and Dr Martin Spinelli each giving 20minute papers and then answering questions from those in attendance. The papers were all works in progress to a certain degree and though on different topics cross-over and common themes were still found and addressed in the q&a at the end. The titles of the papers and contact details if you want to discuss any of the work further are as follows: Dr Dario Llinares - - Mapping Dimensions of the Podcast Space. Dr Neil Fox - - Collection-Making: Podcasting as a Contemporary Curation Practice. Dr Martin Spinelli - - Valuing Vulnerability: The Psychology of the "Podcast Hug".
January 16, 2020
Researching Political Podcasts with Steve Rayson
Just in the nick of time for the Election, Dario brings a discussion he had earlier in the year with Steve Rayson, MSc graduate from the London School of Economics. His research project was a quantitative and qualitative investigation of Political Podcasts and their potential effect on engagement and understanding of political issues. Steve spoke to a range of political podcasters including David Runciman from Talking Politics and Channel 4's Gary Gibbon. Steve and Dario cover a range of issues included some of the problems with political journalism in the internet age, objectivity versus subjectivity, the reflexivity and democratising potential of podcasting, podcast listening and social capital, podcasting as a research methodology, media and trust, conversation and the conditionality of meaning, demographics of political media engagement, podcasting’s discoverability problem, and how podcasting has influenced interviews. You can see Steve's research in more detail on his website:
December 11, 2019
Podcasting Poetics Conference
This episode features a discussion recorded at the Podcasting Poetics Conference held on October 11th-12th 2019 at Johannes Gutenberg-Universität Mainz in Germany.  Dario and Richard were keynote speakers at the event, alongside Lori Beckstead from Ryerson University. This conference is the first time either of us have been to a conference that only focused on Podcast Studies, and we both felt that event was a great step in expanding the field. As you will hear in the episode the speakers included PhD students, academics who have already published on podcasting, as well as academics drawing on work in related subjects. Papers explored ideas of intimacy, language, creativity and how we might better understand the medium of podcasting.  This was a fascinating conference, that hopefully will make a return; not least so we can produce another podcast with such a big panel.  The conference was organised by Alyn Euritt (a self-proclaimed 'podademic' based at the University of Leipzig) and Patrick Gill, our host in Mainz.  The conference website is here: Thanks to everyone who took part in the discussion
December 03, 2019
The Next Generation: Student Podcasters discuss their experiences
This episode was recorded with contributions from students in the School of Media and Communications at the University of Sunderland. They have been working with New Aural Cultures Co-Editor Richard Berry on a new module in Podcasting this semester that blends theory and practice. They are now all in the final stages of producing their own podcasts for assessments; some of which may live on as independently produced shows. All of the work they are producing will be distributed as podcasts via hosting platforms.  The module has drawn students from across the school, with students from journalism, media studies, film production and media production. Some of the students are active within the University owned community radio Spark, whilst some have never made audio before. Although students have been introduced to complex narrative formats, their focus has been on how they can use interview or discussion based formats to communicate ideas to audiences. As the discussions in the episode will show this has allowed them to develop skills in audio production and to explore some of the key concepts in podcast studies in a practical way.  We recorded this episode during a workshop and then added each clip into Anchor to build the episode online to save editing time. The students have gathered in their production teams to discuss what drew them into podcasting and to talk about their own work.  In this Podcast you will hear from:  Sarah and Ellie -Hun that ain't it - Sam, Callum and Brad - The Cinejoust podcast - Hannah and Sophie - Why would you go there? (released soon!) If you've been working with students on courses in podcasting, please do let us know via Twitter @richardberryuk or @newaural so we can share some ideas on how to teach podcasting
November 26, 2019
In conversation with Ben Horner
Musicianship, sound design, composing, live performance, podcasting and PhD research are all a part of the rich creative make-up of Ben Horner, our guest on this week's show. His wide-ranging output plays with the complexities of meaning that can be evoked through sound as language and material phenomena. After completing a BA (Hons) in Creative Music Technology (Canterbury Christ Church University) and an MA in Digital Media (Goldsmiths University of London), he is in the final stages of a PhD by practice analysing podcast feature documentary. Here he talks to Dario about research, his own development as a podcaster, how podcasting relates to other media forms, being creative for non-commercial reasons, and host of other topics. In this episode, we showcase two of his works Nota Bene, an experimental podcast documentary made at Canterbury Christchurch University summarising the work that is produced by the Centre for Practiced-Based Research in the Arts. Part ethnography and part radio art experiment, Goodwin Sands Radiogram is an award-winning series of 30-minute podcasts about the lives of people in the south-east corner of England.  For more about Ben Horner and his work visit The AudioSphere and follow him on Twitter: @SonicCircles
October 04, 2019
In conversation with Joseph Fridman
New Aural Cultures returns with this fascinating in-depth discussion with the science communicator and podcast producer (among many other things) Joseph Fridman. Joseph very generously took a brief break from his role as executive director of the upcoming Sound Education Conference taking place in Boston, MA from the 9-12th of October to talk about a range of themes particularly science communication and journalism, and the possibilities that podcasting provides in such areas.  Joseph also outlines the aims of the conference and give an incredibly astute insight into the many strands of sound-based practice and education.  Two other podcasting related conferences are coming up very soon including ECREA Radio Research Conference (University of Siena, 19-21 September and Podcasting Poetics Conference (Johannes Gutenberg-Universität Mainz, 11-12 October).  References This is Your Brain on Music – Daniel J. Levitin Surveillance Capitalism - Shoshana Zuboff Being Brains. Making the Cerebral Subject - Fernando Vidal & Francisco Ortega Possessive Individualism Shannon-Weaver Model of Communication Science and Technology Studies (STS) Science experienced through mediation - Dietram A. Scheufele Podcasting as Liminal Praxis - Dario Llinares Para-sociality Nick Quah’s Hotpod News   
September 13, 2019
Authentic Voices, Physical Sounds
This edition of New Aural Cultures is drawn from a podcasting workshop lead by Dr Dario Llinares at Birkbeck, University of London. Invited by Professor Catherine Grant, Dario introduced 5 PhD students to both the technical, structural and aesthetic elements of podcasting, along with the ways it can supplement or even be integrated as a key part of a researcher's methodology. The PhD students split into groups in which they produced 2 segments outlining the themes and commonalities of their work.  What results is an incredibly fruitful discussion that touch on areas such as the voice, authenticity, embodiedness, mediation of the self, creating and revealing truth, composition and decomposition, all of which linked to aspects of podcasting as a medium. The PhD Students involved were: Henry Mulhall – Henry’s research looks at how language use in a specific area of Plymouth forms an informal constellation across a range of arts organisation. This is with an aim of identifying communities of practice through language and habitual uses of rhetoric limit that communities access to a wider public sphere. Paul Martin – Paul’s research looks at the music industry especially the role of A&R in the period of the 1990s in London and specifically Black British electronic music (e.g. Drum and Bass) of the period.  Emily Best – Researching the wider contexts of changes in listening culture in the age of the smartphone and the mediation of voice through technology. Also through working with the National Literacy Trust Emily explores how audio can support literacy in different ways. Mah Rana - Mah's research derives from her current experience of being a daughter caring for her mother who has dementia, and also as an artist & researcher using crafts & creative practice in community projects.  Lily Green - Lily's research is based on a series of interconnected performance-based social experiments focussing  on eusocial insect's intricate social systems. As the first and most enduring global civilisation, what can we learn from them? And what is the basis for people's irrational fear of insects. Many thanks to Prof. Catherine Grant, Jo Coleman & Ayca Ince Onkal for their support. Transition music:
June 20, 2019
In conversation with Dr Martin Spinelli
Hot on the heels of the publication of our own Podcasting book came another foundational text in the development of Podcast Studies. Podcasting: The Audio Media Revolution was written by Dr Martin Spinelli and Dr Lance Dann and is accompanied by a podcast entitled For Your Ears Only.  In a wide-ranging conversation Dario talks to Martin Spinelli about the development of the book, it's role in the expanding field of Podcast studies, and the similarities and difference to our work Podcasting: New Aural Cultures and Digital Media.  Martin and Dario also onto discuss the interview methodology and the impressive range of podcast producers that underpins the research. They then get into the weeds on a range of conceptual themes related to the medium of podcasting including the ontology of knowledge through sound, empathy and vulnerability, authenticity and intimacy, Techo-discursivity, diversity of voices and podcasting's commercial and structural future. Dr Martin Spinelli has a hugely impressive C.V. as both a radio producer and academic. He began a career in radio as a reporter, anchor and producer in Buffalo, New York, he produced national award-winning news features and documentaries for public radio as well as the nationally acclaimed literary series LINEbreak.  In the mid-1990s he produced cutting-edge pieces heard on innovative stations around the world, as well as on BBC Radio 3 and Radio 4.  Both his benchmark radio art series Radio Radio and LINEbreak are included in the permanent collection of the Museum of Television and Radio in New York while all of his radio work and media research are archived in the Martin Spinelli Collection at the University at Buffalo Libraries. Martin holds degrees from the University of Sussex and Virginia Tech as well as a PhD from Buffalo.  He was the founder of the Academic Radio Program at the City University of New York at Brooklyn College where he produced the AIDS-informational soap opera Welcome to America broadcast on Radio Africa International.  His many essays about media art, law and history have been published in anthologies as well as scholarly journals such as Postmodern Culture, Convergence and Object. He currently a Senior Lecturer in Media and Cultural Studies at the university of Sussex. Follow Martin on Twitter @exilewriter. Follow Dario on Twitter @dariodoublel Follow New Aural Cultures on Twitter @NewAural Subscribe to New Aural Cultures on iTunes:
May 16, 2019
Voices, confessions and performances.
In this our 4th episode of New Aural Cultures, Richard Berry has been talking to 3 more authors about their work. Whilst each of authors arrives at podcasting from different routes there are themes that cut across each of their interviews that are central to some of the debates in podcast studies.  In this episode Stacey Copeland talks about her work in feminist media and radio studies, and in particular the work of podcaster Kaitlin Prest in The Heart (if you haven’t already binged through The Heart we suggest that you add it to your list). Stacey is a media producer and Ph.D. student at Simon Fraser University’s School of Communication in Vancouver, Canada. She received her Master of Arts from the Ryerson York joint Communication and Culture graduate program where she studied with a focus on radio production, sound studies, media culture and gender studies. It was during her Master’s work that Copeland co-founded FemRadio, a Toronto, Canada based feminist community radio collective. Some areas of scholarly interest include feminist media, oral/aural histories, sound archives, media history, phenomenology of voice, sensory ethnography, and cultural heritage. Our second interview is the artist Robbie Wilson, who merged podcasting with art practice in his work called Wandercast. As piece of work this podcast provides an alternative application for the podcast form. Robbie is a creative practitioner, artistic researcher, and published author. His practice-as-research PhD was awarded in November 2018 – the project developed and examined playful, participatory strategies for finding novel ways of perceiving and interacting with people, places, things, and ideas. In this way, Robbie’s practice facilitates creative learning: it creates the conditions for creativity to be learned. In our third interview Kathleen Collins talks about her love for podcasts as a listener led to this investigation into comedian hosted podcasts and their link to conversations around mental health. Kathleen is a librarian and professor at John Jay College of Criminal Justice. since 2007. Previously, she was in the journalism field for a decade, working as an editorial researcher. She has written about television, media history and popular culture in both scholarly and popular publications.  Some of the podcasts recommend here are:  20,000hertz - The Shadows - The Kitchen Sisters - And while London Burns - Adrift with Geoff Lloyd - WTF with Marc Maron - Subscribe on iTunes:  Follow us on Twitter @NewAural
May 06, 2019
James Cridland from discusses BBC Sounds and Google.
The founder and producer of, James Cridland talks to Dario about the latest industry moves that have potential implications for the future of the medium. In a series of articles on his website, James explores the BBC's decision to withdraw Podcasting Content from Google in a move the corporation claimed was about data sharing and licensing but has been widely viewed as part of a trend towards further institutional gatekeeping of podcasting content. The BBC's motivation may be more about control of branding, but with Spotify's capture of Gimlet and Anchor the hosting and production site, along with new company Luminary about to offer subscription podcast content (calling itself the Netflix of podcasting), the medium might be about to go through its next transformational iteration. Dario and James discuss these issues along with wider topics related to podcasting. With over 28 years in the radio and online business, in 2005 James Cridland helped launch the first daily podcast from a UK radio station and the world’s first radio station streaming app, and has been operating online publications since 1993. He offers a truly international view: a Brit, living in Australia, working for companies across the world including North America. This daily newsletter is a unique opportunity to contextualise the international podcast landscape. Follow us on @NewAural. If you are a podcaster, research or listener and would like to contribute to the show,  please don't hesitate to get in contact and pitch us an episode idea.
April 01, 2019
Entrepreneurism, syndication and intimacy.
Some of the fundamental discourses around podcasting are discussed in episode 2 of New Aural Cultures. In this edition Dario speaks to three of the contributing authors to the book Podcast: New Aural Cultures and Digital Media. John Sullivan Professor of Media & Communication at Muhlenberg college, Pennsylvania US. John's research explores links between media industries and systems of social and economic power. We talk about his chapter on the entrepreneurial  discourses that are shaping podcasting particularly out the podcast movement conference in the USA. Lieven Heeremans is a Masters Student in Media and Performance studies at Utrecht university and a of @podcastclub111 based in Amsterdam. We discuss syndication production culture in podcasting. The final guest is Luk Swiatek Lecturer in Communications and Public Relations at Massy University University, and we explore his concpetualisation podcasting as an intimate bridging mechanism. We have a twitter account @NewAural - we would really appreciate retweet and comments online to help us build an audience and expand the discussion of podcasting's place in the media landscape. If you are a podcaster or in a related field – academia, journalism, media etc - and want to talk about podcasting on a forthcoming episode please get in touch and pitch us an idea. The podcast is now available on all the major hosting platforms - see the links below. If you enjoy the content please think about leaving us a review wherever you can. Apple Podcasts: Google Podcasts: Spotify: Overcast:
March 28, 2019
Introducing New Aural Cultures
Episode 1 of the New Aural Cultures podcast sees co-editors of 2018’s Podcasting - New Aural Cultures and Digital Media (Palgrave), Dr Dario Llinares, Dr Neil Fox and Richard Berry, provide an overview of the first academic collection to tackle the nascent media of the podcast and discuss some of the underlying issues, advances, challenges and joys of the medium and try and contextualise why it means so much to so many people and why it’s worthy of such scholarly scrutiny.  Over the course of the hour the three editors discuss how the book captures a significant moment, not only in terms of content but also in terms of the interdisciplinarity of the contributors, highlighting the potentiality of podcasting at a moment when it’s threatened by the corporatisation that has befallen other mediums and art-forms historically. It’s not all doom and gloom though, as Neil, Dario and Richard talk about why they love the medium and hopefully convey some of the energy and excitement that comes out of the book, for this emerging, empathetic and enlightening medium. Successive episodes will feature interviews with the book’s contributors and a final episode will see the co-editors come together again, this time to discuss their own contributions to the collection.  The music used for this series is Winter Walk (Silver Trumpet Mix). It is licensed under creative commons attribution 3.0 and is available here. 
March 15, 2019