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The Passion Project

By The Passion Project
This is a weekly podcast where hosts Guru Ramanathan, Alyssa See-Tho, Michael Oluokun, and Lani Kording bring in a new guest for them to talk about about a particular topic that they're very passionate about, what inspires them, upcoming projects, and maybe some other cool stuff, too.
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Episode 46: "We're All Idiots With a Computer" (Marisa Hetzler)

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Episode 61: "Live From Her Bathroom" (Melissa Ingle)
The title's not even a joke — Melissa really recorded from her bathroom. Well, it is funny when you think about it. And she's a funny person, too! Listen to her discuss her podcast, "Information Dump," what her research and production process is like, as well as her other passion for directing theater and why Kelli O'Hara should have won a Tony. Check out Information Dump on Spotify, Apple Podcasts, or anywhere you can find podcasts!
01:03:08
June 12, 2021
Episode 60: "The Passion Project Loves Women" (The Hosts)
The Oscars, Greta Gerwig's Meryl Streep biopic (it's not real, but we're manifesting it), and Lani's burgeoning love for anime falling into the same conversation can only mean one thing — another host episode! And, of course, we'll let the title speak for itself.
01:19:06
June 05, 2021
Episode 59: "How Can I Get a Sentence in Someone's Book of Life?" (Blue Kim)
Get ready because we're covering everything from why cover letters are irrelevant to exploring how we can leave monumental impact on other people's lives. Because if you can't get practical career advice and philosophical musings on life, love, and happiness, then what else is this show for? Dive into all that and more with Blue Kim, who's currently juggling multiple roles in the DEI, publicity and event producing fields after graduating from Chapman University last year. Blue walks through her work as a Junior DEI consultant, discusses ways entertainment companies need to improve, and how her love for music feeds into her passion for event producing.
01:48:17
May 15, 2021
Episode 58: "The Nexus of Gamers & Theater Kids" (JoJo Yang)
Does anyone remember March happening? Anyways, a new episode is here and, don't worry, we're gonna make up for some lost time. Buckle in for an adventure with NYU student JoJo Yang — they take us on a journey through the depths of Dungeons & Dragons, share some exquisite learnings on the culinary arts, and provide a brief education on linguistics. This episode also marks a year of using Zencastr, which also means a year of being in the pandemic — it's an anniversary of sorts!
02:15:44
April 02, 2021
Episode 57: "Now We’re GLAM" (The Hosts)
Presenting the spinoff of Netflix's GLOW — give it up for GLAM! Except it's a podcast, set in modern day, and there's no wrestling. But you got four amazing hosts! This week they're talking everything from K-dramas to hip hop opera to learning to not follow the rules! Tune in to a bit of an overdue new year check in with The Passion Project crew to round out the end of January. Because punctuality is not their speciality.
49:33
January 30, 2021
Episode 56: "Brown Power" (Will Behvandi)
This week, learn about the 7 pillars of Will Behvandi: fashion, socialism, spirituality, water, skin care, rap music, and Mexican food. In a sprawling epic of an episode, Will gives in depth insights into each of the passions that make him up, discussing everything from making garments to inciting revolutions, and why you should never drink Dasani water. P.S. Listen to the episode and help us figure out if Lani is a Capricorn or an Aquarius! The Passion Project would like to officially endorse tacos, and halal. It does not, however, support Dasani Water.
01:26:38
January 08, 2021
Episode 55: "The Dystopian Passion Project" (Ellie Kim)
Here's a slightly early Christmas present from The Passion Project crew to you: a new episode! On this week's episode, Ellie Kim comes on the show to talk about her own podcast, "Taking a Gap" (aptly titled as she started it this fall when she was taking a gap semester). Her show consists of two main segments: "The Time I...", where she discusses personal experiences related to a specific topic, and One-on-Ones, where she brings on a friend for them to discuss whatever they want. Ellie breaks down her production process, how she would want to translate her podcasting skills into a professional career, and also discusses her experience in a capella!
01:20:03
December 24, 2020
Episode 54: "I Majored in Unemployment" (Emily Carpenter)
The Passion Project crew is excited to announce the arrival of their first child: Zen Castr! This is really a plea for Zencastr to sponsor the show, but there was a lovely discussion on unconventional parenting styles. But speaking of children, this week's guest is Emily Carpenter, a NYU student who works part time at a pre-school in New York City. Emily discusses how she came to love teaching and working with young kids, how the school has been adapting to COVID-19 guidelines, and how, even at a pre-school level, education can and needs to be reformed. Not that it's easy to radicalize a 2-year old, but it's never too early to learn. Also, check out Emily's Christmas song covers on her IGTV (@hey_itsemily) And her latest vlog: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aJHiUjmVUuw&feature=youtu.be
59:17
December 11, 2020
Episode 53: "Biden Our Time" (Mina Mohammadi)
This week, get ready to experience a battle of the puns between Michael and Alyssa! Okay, this was actually a subplot to the real purpose of this episode: learning about the journalism career of NYU student Mina Mohammadi! Mina spoke about her entry into journalism, experiences reporting for student-led publications on campus and local outlets based in the city, and her internship at the United Nations. We discussed the problematic nature of celebrity journalists, how social media has affected the delivery and consumption of the news, and the archaic elements of the industry that need to change quicker than they are. P.S. Excuse some texting notifications that may appear in the episode — we couldn't edit out all of them because they overlapped with talking
57:46
December 04, 2020
Episode 52: "There's No 'I' in Film" (Ben Kaufman-Shalett)
Don't overthink the title — the point is, teamwork! NYU Tisch student Ben Kaufman-Shalett came on the show to talk about his passion for filmmaking, specifically in the areas of cinematography, editing, and directing. Ben reflects on how the short films he made growing up developed his love and skill for the craft, what the track in Film/TV is like, how he translates his on set experiences to the classroom/personal projects and vice versa, and ways Tisch needs to improve to foster more cross-departmental collaboration. We also talk about some of Ben's momentary passions, including his love for video games. P.S. Anyone down for a game of Among Us??
01:01:12
November 06, 2020
Episode 51: "People in Russia Don't Believe in Sex, Apparently" (Fin Muratova)
*CONTENT WARNING*: Sexual violence and trauma are discussed in this episode Were you also dissatisfied with your sex education before coming to college? Then this is the episode for you! NYU student Fin Muratova came on to discuss their work as a sex educator for Peer Health Exchange where they volunteer to provide sex education for New York Public School students. Fin explains how their work with PHE attempts to make up for what's already lacking in American sex education, the aspects many gloss over or unfairly stigmatize, the heteronormative nature of sex education, and the biggest misconceptions in the field. They also provided some helpful resources for those either looking to dive deeper into the profession or just learning more about sex/sexual well-being in general. Instagram Accounts Recommended by Fin: @sexpositive_families @crippingupsex @queersextherapy
01:01:57
October 30, 2020
Episode 50: "Alright Clowns, Into the Abyss" (The Hosts)
We propose that Red Lobster's greatest nemesis is Olive Garden — agree or disagree? Anyways, welcome to the 50th episode extravaganza! We're so grateful to have made it to this milestone and wanted to give you an extra long episode filled with discussions on: our favorite holidays, the gender and wage disparity in mall Santas, Zoom birthday parties, and some childhood lore. And yes, sprinkled in between are some behind-the-scenes secrets and fun facts from the podcast's journey to 50. Here's to 50 more! P.S. Stardew Valley, please sponsor us one day!
01:31:01
October 09, 2020
Episode 49: "Speed Date With Your Representative" (Emily Pattison)
Have you registered to vote? Cool, now listen to our new episode with Emily Pattison, a senior at Wellesley College double majoring in Economics and Media Arts & Sciences, who has recently founded a civic tech startup, Our Voice: an app that will provide effective and accessible tools and actions to youth activists to help them create change in the issues they care about. Emily breaks down the coding and design process for the app, how she's been gathering feedback and expanding the project, how digital activism can and needs to evolve moving forward, and the potential impact of political apps in campaigning overall.
01:06:35
October 02, 2020
Episode 48: "Teeth! And Other Mouth Stuff" (Victoria Hain)
Please floss before and after listening to this episode. This week Victoria Hain, a second year dental student at Rutgers University, comes on to the show to share insight on what the dental track looks like, how her first two years of dental school have been going, and her inspirations to entire the healthcare industry. We discuss how advancements in technology will change dental practices, the gender disparity in the field, and how the COVID-19 pandemic has affected the dental side of healthcare.. Listen also for some hot takes on the tooth fairy! P.S. Victoria is the older sister of one of our previous guests, Cristina!
01:09:47
September 25, 2020
Episode 47: "Holding a Red Balloon, Naked, Covered in Oil" (Gabriel Igtanloc)
Feel free to guess what show Gabriel was talking about in the title before you begin listening. Here's some other things to know: Gabriel Igtanloc is a senior at San Diego State University studying theater performance and dived into a discussion about why they love to perform, the advantages and disadvantages of Zoom theater, and the inaccessibility of musical theater. We deconstruct the form, artistically and commercially, and think about ways it can and needs to evolve in this new era. Gabriel also spoke about a theater activism project they worked on in the Philippines with a professor of their's.
01:09:03
September 11, 2020
Episode 46: "We're All Idiots With a Computer" (Marisa Hetzler)
Anyone else remember Flipnote Hatena on their Nintendo DSi? This week's guest Marisa Hetzler reminisces on the app that inspired her to pursue graphic design at FIT! Okay, well, she really spends most of the episode talking about the systemic issues in the graphic design industry, ways designers and brands must address social justice in their work, and how brands have been (un)successfully adapting to the COVID-19 pandemic. Marisa also gives an overview of what her graphic design track at FIT is like and the ways in which the curriculum and professors must change.
01:03:01
August 28, 2020
Episode 45: "We Improvise. It’s Like Jazz" (Marc Manaloto and Julie Cai)
NYU Tisch students Marc Manaloto and Julie Cai discuss working as the Marketing Director and Secretary, respectively, on the Board of the All Asian Arts Alliance, a club at NYU dedicated to supporting and uplifting artists of Asian descent to celebrate and empower their unique identities. They spoke about how their roles function, how the club has evolved since its inception, and how the AAAA has been fighting social injustices and getting involved with the Black Lives Matter movement this summer. Marc and Julie also touched on how they incorporate their identity into art and their personal experiences overcoming the racial inequities that exist in their programs at Tisch. To learn more about the AAAA: —Email: allasianartsalliance@gmail.com —Instagram: @allasianartsalliance Follow Marc and Julie: @lilmunchiemarc @juliecai Actor website: julie-cai.com
01:17:59
August 14, 2020
Episode 44: "Education is The Great Equalizer" (Anthony Cruz)
We recorded this right after some of our hosts (Guru, Alyssa, and Lani) graduated in May, but it got delayed for a few reasons. However. the conversation remains as timely as ever as the public discourse around opening schools has grown in the past few weeks. NYU Steinhardt student Anthony Cruz came on to talk about campaigning for a seat in his district in Long Island's Board of Education and the issues that need to be addressed in the U.S. higher education system. We discuss the politics of higher education (as they pertain to NYU), what NYU and other universities should consider when deciding how, or if, they're reopening their schools, the further potential and consequences of remote learning, and what it's been like to rely mostly on digital tools for his campaign.
57:18
July 31, 2020
Episode 43: "Communism: That's a Big Hit At Our School" (Camille Barbin and Ariele Deshommes)
Let's begin with a short PSA: Do not vote for Kanye West this upcoming election. Now, getting into our new episode. NYU seniors Camille Barbin and Ariele Deshommes came on to talk about a petition they started to get the CAS Politics department to hire Black professors since there are currently zero in their major. We discuss the need for more diverse faculty in academia, the strengths and shortcomings of NYU's Politics department, and break down NYU's overall response to the Black Lives Matter movement in the past month and a half. Read and sign their petition here: http://chng.it/9gVrwW5C
01:00:39
July 24, 2020
Episode 42: "Educate Yourself" (David Joseph)
David Joseph, the Student Government Executive Vice President at Boston University, discusses the current initiatives him and his team are leading in conjunction with clubs on campus to support the Black Lives Matter Movement, how college students are being active now and ways they can continue doing so when school starts up again in the fall. David explains the methods and resources he's been using to educate himself and have productive conversations with his peers, how to avoid burnout, and why it's critical that everyone keeps educating themselves as the movement evolves to also allow such conversations to continue happening. We also predict how college campuses may change, culturally and administratively, in a few months. As a reminder, in our Instagram bio (@official.passion.project), we have added a bevy of resources to our Linktree for Black-owned businesses and bail funds you can donate to, educational links, protest safety tips, and other ways to get active online and offline.
01:01:42
June 12, 2020
Episode 41: "Everyone's Passion Right Now Should Definitely Be On Black Lives" (Derin Lawal)
In this episode, we speak with NYU student Derin Lawal about the current nationwide protests, George Floyd’s death, and the Black Lives Matter movement at large. While we covered a lot, this one hour does not and cannot encompass all dimensions of the Black Lives Matter movement. This is one of many conversations we all need to have that addresses and dissects institutionalized racism, police brutality, anti-Blackness in white and non-Black POC communities, the role of social media, and so much more. There needs to be persistent, long term change, action, and dialogue, and we cannot allow any of it to slow down or stop. We stand with the Black community and we will continue using our platform to listen to, amplify, and champion Black voices. To our non-Black listeners, we hope this episode incites you into starting or continuing to have dynamic conversations with your friends and family that then translates into direct action. Educate yourselves, and listen to and support the Black community in every way you can. In our Instagram bio (@official.passion.project), we have added a bevy of resources to our Linktree for Black-owned businesses and bailfunds listeners can donate to, educational links for non-Black people, protest safety tips, and other ways to get active online and offline. Disclaimer: this episode was recorded on May 31st. We recognize that a lot has changed across the United States in such a short amount of time, and know that this will continue to be the case moving forward. Let's work with the Black community to create change.
01:02:17
June 03, 2020
Episode 40: "When Words Fail, What Remains?" (Em Messana)
Another podcast milestone with our 40th episode! New School student Emily Messana joins us to talk about her transition from acting to directing plays and films, and her past projects with No Man's Land, a theater company she founded with other collaborators to create work by and for queer, non-binary, transgender and gender nonconforming individuals. Emily explains what her directing process is like, the types of stories she likes to explore, and how her projects have been impacted by the pandemic.
59:26
May 25, 2020
Episode 39: "The Passions Don't Stop" (The Hosts)
It's just the hosts this week! This is a special week because, after almost 40 hours of recording, it's the 1 year anniversary of The Passion Project's first episode. Guru, Alyssa, Michael, and Lani reminisce about their favorite memories of recording, give updates on how they've been adapting to quarantine, and what it means to them that they're still able to do the podcast despite being separated from one another.
01:10:03
May 05, 2020
Episode 38: "This is All Because of the Bread" (Jacqueline See-Tho)
Before getting into Jacqueline See-Tho's hot takes about showers, she has some things to say about food allergies and advocating for more awareness of them while working as part of the teen advisory group at FARE. She also talks about things she likes to cook, the social stigma people have against food allergies, and how FARE has been active during the quarantine. P.S. Jacqueline is Alyssa's younger sister! We're hoping to continue expanding The Passion Project family in future episodes. FARE's Website for more allergy information/blog posts from TAG members- foodallergy.org Links to Projects Jacqueline is working on: Securing Safe Food-Leader: Rachel Brooks- Project Instagram- http://instagram.com/securingsafefood Securing Safe Food Project GoFundMe (trying to gain nonprofit status)- https://www.gofundme.com/f/securing-safe-food?utm_source=customer&utm_medium=copy_link-tip&utm_campaign=p_cp+share-sheet
01:08:51
April 28, 2020
Episode 37: "Turkish Mafia in Germany" (Yasmin Güleç)
Yasmin Güleç almost explored the world of the Turkish mafia for her thesis, but she'll write that story another day. As one of her biggest passions is food, she's actually looking into the experiences of Turkish immigrant restaurant owners in London and New York, and analyzing how people use food as a tool for nationalism. She also talks about her journalism experience and influences!
58:14
April 13, 2020
Episode 36: "A Pokedex for Birds" (Rachel Rothberg)
We're here to cover Rachel Rothberg's entire life story in an hour and we'd like to think we were pretty successful! Rachel studies painting and ecology at Western Washington University, and spoke about combining her interests in art and her vast knowledge of birds for her projects, and got into her a capella group as well. P.S. Rachel and Alyssa went to the same high school!
01:01:60
April 06, 2020
Episode 35: "PURRgatory But Like purGATOry" (Cristina Hain)
While Cristina Hain would normally love to spend some time selling you on how awesome Princeton is (she's a student ambassador there), she instead spoke about fostering her love of linguistics alongside her engineering major and her experience living in Berlin on this week's episode. P.S. Cristina and Guru went to the same high school in Massachusetts, so this episode probably should have happened 4 years ago, but at least it's out now.
01:01:02
March 30, 2020
Episode 34: "Before You Go to London, Get All Your Seasoning" (Cynthia Mojica)
Cynthia Mojica has a few tips to keep in mind on your next trip to London... But she also has a lot to say about her passions for mental health and history! Being a applied psychology major at NYU Steinhardt, Cynthia tracks us through her classes and research, internships she's pursuing, the importance of mental health days, and also touches on her other interest in history and education.
01:01:17
March 23, 2020
Episode 33: "The Dasani Code" (Ryan Campbell)
NYU student Ryan Campbell has a bone to pick with Dasani water. But we'll get to that in a second. The multifaceted junior spent time talking about his interests in both the political field and entertainment media, and how he has been trying to grow in and combine those interests from high school to now. Ryan talks about the various leadership positions he has held, and his upcoming goals to get more involved in media and education policy. We also break down our favorite chain restaurants and hear about Ryan's Dasani conspiracy theory.
01:10:43
March 09, 2020
Episode 32: "Kill Baby Nut" (Brian Chen)
We have our first two-host episode led by Michael and Alyssa (it's an increasing struggle to get us all in the same room). This week we sat down with NYU Tisch senior Brian Chen to talk about his thesis film, "Sriracha! The Musical," navigating his Asian identity as a filmmaker, and his love for commercials. Listen to the end of the episode to hear a snippet of the brand new Passion Project jingle!
44:56
February 24, 2020
Episode 31: "Big Calculus" (Nico Paredes)
There's so much to say about Nico Paredes, so let's get the obvious out of the way: she loves blood! The Rory Meyers nursing student is entering the next phase of her clinical training, and talks about working with robotic mannequins in class and with actual patients at a NYU Langone hospital. Nico explains what excites her the most about becoming nurse, the mental and academic challenges of navigating this journey, and what drives her to work in the medical field. We also got nostalgic about high school and talked about our AP credits because what else is worth remembering from that time? P.S. It's the year of the nurse! Long live Florence Nightingale!
57:15
February 10, 2020
Episode 30: "I Want To, Therefore I Can. I Can, Therefore I Will" (Isay Acenas)
Where to begin with Isay Acenas? Starting with the agricultural project she started in her first year at NYU, focusing on irrigation development and rice farming in the Philippines, to being a delegate at a U.N. climate meeting in Abu Dhabi this past summer, the CAS junior tracks us through her incredible globe-trotting journey. She talks about being the first undergraduate to win the Make a Difference Grant, the pleasant surprises that come with cutting class, and how she processes challenges and failure. We also dissect what a passion really is and what it means to follow one at all.
01:01:38
December 30, 2019
Episode 29: "Breaking for Jesus" (Colin Kim)
While Colin Kim studied data science at NYU, his true passion has always lied in breakdancing. In fact, he initially came to New York to discover more about the dance scene. Colin talks about how he has developed as a b-boy, how he navigates the physical expectations of breakdancing, the ins and outs of the breakdancing, and how battles work. Colin explains how he finds a balance with breakdancing and also holding a sustainable job, as well as his experiences in trying to breakdance commercially. Check out more of his group, Gin Yu Force, online!
42:06
December 23, 2019
Episode 28: "Endless Tables, Endless Shrimp, Endless People" (Zhou Fang)
NYU senior Zhou Fang wants to use a different route to learn more about human psychology: video games. The psychology major explains how he wound up on his current path coming from Liberal Studies and why he decided to also pursue a game design minor through Tisch, despite having not played a lot of video games growing up. Zhou talks about some of the games he has designed, why he believes games should be a more respected art form, and the value of using them to collect data and learn more information on both players and game making.
52:32
December 02, 2019
Episode 27: "Bring Me the Rembrandt!" (Emily Ostlander)
NYU student Emily Ostlander is passionate about a lot of things, but at the end of the day she's just focused on what makes her the most happy. While she was initially on the pre-med track, Emily explains why she transitioned into pursuing urban design/architecture and art history, what she wants to bring to the aesthetic of homes and how she wants to make people feel in their spaces. She also talks about her time studying abroad in Florence and the art history work she did there, as well as how she is also exploring an interest in film by working at a distribution company.
52:19
November 18, 2019
Episode 26: "No One Has Gone to Law School" (Helena Li)
NYU student Helena Li loves dogs. Being an Economics major with a minor in politics, she also loves studying to become a lawyer. But she especially loves dogs. In this episode Helena talks about the impact of being able to help others, what led her to being on the pre-law track, and what it was like to take the LSAT. We also delve into a lengthy discussion on animals, the upcoming "Cats" movie, and what it would be like if corgis ran the government.
01:06:22
November 11, 2019
Episode 25: "I Just Want To Be Great. If Not, Greater" (Lee Lee)
NYU student Lee Lee doesn't know exactly what or where he wants to be five to ten years from now. All he knows, is that he wants to be great. In this episode, the Media, Cultures, and Communications student explains how he has been building a personal brand for himself since the 6th grade, starting with crocs and Comic Sans, and continuing to develop it as he went through college, giving a step-by-step process to how he has built his image. He also talks about some companies, such as Disney and Apple, that have inspired him, why he loves studying them from a social science perspective and why he thinks their brands are so successful.
47:49
November 04, 2019
Episode 24: "My Passion Project is Just Passing My Midterms" (Kiara Royce)
NYU student Kiara Royce talks about— Well, as the title suggests first and foremost she's really just trying to get midterms out of the way (good luck to us all). But after that we get into why she transferred out of Tandon to study data science in CAS, what her digital marketing internship this past summer was like and how companies actually get ads to us, and what she's looking forward to her in her career. She also explains how she chanced upon enjoying creative and how the two passions are more connected than you'd think.
55:26
October 28, 2019
Episode 23: "You Can't Organize a Hot Take" (The Hosts)
We've been teasing it for a while (at least, we hope we have) and it's finally here: a host episode! Guru, Michael, Alyssa, and Lani reflect on the brief history of the podcast, some of their favorite moments, how they feel it has evolved, and what they're looking forward to do with the show! Well, that's part of it — they also give their hot takes on gluten free diets and Coney Island, Michael shares his theory on Frank Ocean's music, and they reminisce about that one glorious trip to the Olive Garden in Times Square.
51:16
October 21, 2019
Episode 22: "101 Days in The Army" (Max Wong)
NYU student Max Wong talks about temporarily leaving college to serve two years in the Singaporean army and the journal he kept during his basic training, which he hopes to edit and publish as a book. Having spent most of his life in the United States and going to college here as well, Max spoke a lot about the culture shock he faced when being forced to go back to Singapore, adjusting to military life, and how writing helped him cope with it all (he even reads out some passages for us!). He explained some of the basic training he went through, how he ended up becoming a dental assistant in the army, and why his experience ended up being a mixture of the bizarre and the mundane in ways you wouldn't expect.
01:08:14
October 14, 2019
Ep. 21: "If You Aren't Changing the World, You Aren't Doing the Job" (Annie Kessler/Emily Lourim)
NYU students Annie Kessler and Emily Lourim talk about majoring in special education at Steinhardt, being student teachers at a public school, why they love working with kids and the impact of education on the world. They explain what their role is like as student teachers, how they were active in teaching even before coming to NYU, the technical aspects of what it means to learn teaching, and what they look forward to the most while progressing in their field.
01:07:12
October 07, 2019
Episode 20: "Maybe I Can Be More Than Hummus" (Madison Conkle)
NYU student Madison Conkle talks about majoring in math and minoring in educational theatre, the classes she is taking that have evolved her perspective on both subjects, and how she is finding ways to combine the two passions to eventually become a teacher. Madison also spoke about how she became an Admissions Ambassador, what she loves about giving tours and interacting with prospective students, and the lengths she goes to get people to laugh at her jokes. Madison also studied abroad in Paris last semester and spoke about her experiences adjusting to some wild allergies and learning about math and French cinema. P.S. Though Alyssa couldn't be on this episode, we found that she and Madison are both working on NYU Lamplighters' production of "Beauty & The Beast" this semester (Alyssa is in the ensemble while Madison is working on props/crafts).
01:12:60
September 30, 2019
Episode 19: "Never Lose Sight of Your Wendy's" (Shayan Farmand)
NYU CAS student Shayan Farmand came in to talk about pursuing a double major in neuroscience and music, and how he has been able to combine both passions while at college. He explains the research work he is doing at NYU on spatial memory, how he wants to go into neuroscience professionally, and somewhere along the way we end up in an existentialist void about the lack of free will. Shayan is also a part of NYU Tisch’s premier co-ed a cappella group N'Harmonics (the 2019 ICCA Champions!), and he talks about his love of singing and an idea for a potential thesis that would combine all that he loves to do.
01:08:30
September 23, 2019
Episode 18: "Anything That Sayer Has a Hot Take On" (Sayer Devlin)
NYU student Sayer Devlin came in to talk about why he loves economics and the ways in which he likes to use his passion as a lens to view the world. Sayer, also the former Managing Editor for Washington Square News, spoke about being a journalist and storyteller, and how he has balanced both of his interests while in college, and what he thinks of the prospective future for both industries. Towards the end of the episode, we take a turn and touch on some of the things Sayer is less enthusiastic about... namely a capella.
01:00:18
September 16, 2019
Episode 17: "You Just Don’t Feel Like a Ghost” (Timmy Hughes)
Pace University student Timmy Hughes came in to talk about his love of acting, how his attitude toward performing has evolved throughout his life, some major projects he has worked, photography, and the journey to completing his first feature film, "Orange Days," while still in college. Timmy is also an avid Bruce Springsteen and Bob Dylan fan, and explained his intense passion for both musical artists in depth. He also loves tacos, having worked at The Taco Stand for the past three summers. Timmy does not like it when you get the name of the Taco Stand wrong. P.S. Lani and Timmy went to the same high school! Lani helped a lot with the script for Timmy's feature as well.
01:18:34
September 09, 2019
Episode 16: "I'm Sure You've Seen Dance Moms" (Anna de la Rosa)
NYU student Anna de la Rosa talks about performing ballet from a young age, how she grew as a dancer, why the art form means so much to her, and what led her to now pursue writing and media in college. She explains the reason she decided not to join a professional company after being offered, and why it was important for her to explore what she wanted to do in high school and college. We talk about the pressures of deciding what you want to pursue as well as the certain limitations of being able to do just that, specifically in regard to the accessibility of dance and other forms. Also, everyone but Guru on this episode is from California. Thus, they bonded over the beach and earthquake drills. P.S. We explore the potential theory that Alyssa may secretly be Taylor Swift! Listen to her new album and find out!
56:11
August 26, 2019
Episode 15: "The Labyrinth That Leads to Timothée Chalamet" (Katie Peurrung)
NYU Gallatin student Katie Peurrung talks about how she grew to love photography and journalism, the reasons she transferred into Gallatin from her journalism major, why she finds the school underrated, and how she is navigating her academic concentration Photo Politics. Katie also explained how she transitioned to leading a zero-waste life and why it is important to find ways to be sustainable, and gave us some easy tips on how much more feasible it is to switch over than what most people would think.
56:23
August 19, 2019
Episode 14: "Stand On Him and Treat Him Like a Carpet" (Fi)
Sensual guide Fi talks about how she got into BDSM, finding a community with other people who enjoy it, and how and why she came to be a sensual guide for the private event she works for. She also breaks down misconceptions and taboos that people ordinarily have about BDSM and those within the community. Fi also gives advice for those who are curious about exploring BDSM in various ways, and talked about some unusual or extreme kinks she has seen play out at the events she works at.
54:58
August 12, 2019
Episode 13: "You Can't Run Through a Flower Field On a Horse" (Cheryl Man)
NYU student Cheryl Man talks about growing up playing golf with her father, what the sport means to her and the personal transitions she has made in the past few years to eventually be majoring in psychology (focus in cognitive neuroscience) and minoring in computer science. Cheryl spoke about the various influences in her life that have led her to discover new interests, shed old versions of herself, and to allow her passions to evolve. She also touched on her summer academic research related to human morality (think of her like Chidi from "The Good Place"), and how she is tackling a particular question that's driving her personal studies, in that why do we behave the way that we do?
58:30
August 05, 2019
Episode 12: "Tech and Art Kiss" (Sophie Lowen)
NYU student Sophie Lowen talks about studying Integrated Digital Media (IDM) at Tandon, and how she has grown to focus on user experience design, while also delving into her love of Ultimate Frisbee and her time playing for the Violet Femmes at NYU. She explains some of the various projects she has worked on for which she combined technology and art to find and explore solutions to different problems, such as the accessibility of VR and the dangers of losing our privacy. Sophie also broke down what it's like to play frisbee, and how she fostered that passion in high school alongside tech and multimedia. P.S. Guru and Sophie used to go to the same high school! Waiting on Lani and Michael to each bring in a high school friend so we can keep the reunion theme going.
58:58
July 29, 2019
Episode 11: "Some People Don't Know How to Choke Somebody" (Ben Masters)
Porn star and professional ballet dancer Ben Masters talks about how he grew into both of his passions as well as balancing and finding success in both fields. Ben explains in depth about how the porn industry works, how he has developed his social media presence and interacting with fans, how porn has affected his personal life, while also going in depth on his work with a non-profit dance company and how he wants to build the next stage of his career.
58:30
July 22, 2019
Episode 10: "The Top of Mount Olympus is Cooper Union" (Javier Blancas)
In a bit of an unconventionally structured episode, Cooper Union student Javier Blancas talks about why he came to New York to study architecture, deconstructs why the Vessel in Hudson Yards is bad and drops knowledge on the history and structure of other famous NYC locations, and he even analyzes some NYU buildings like Bobst and Tisch. Javier also explains how he simultaneously explores his passion for politics and activism at Cooper Union, and his thoughts on the recent debates and current presidential candidates. P.S. Javier and Alyssa went to the same high school!
01:18:01
July 15, 2019
Episode 9: "There Are More Dogs Than Lesbians in Prague" (Kelly Drake)
NYU student and WNYU Program Director Kelly Drake came in to talk about her background in radio, how she created and developed the amazing radio drama series "Theatre in the Sound," her time reporting on the lesbian community for Czech Public Radio, and her new experiences as a band manager for musicians at NYU. Kelly and Lani (who also works on "Theatre in the Sound") went in depth on the process of how they have put together some of their most popular radio dramas, all written by NYU students.
01:10:58
July 08, 2019
Episode 8: "Ali Wong in Conan O'Brien's Body" (Claire Feng)
NYU student Claire Feng talks about her entry into stand-up comedy, becoming a writer, producer, and now host of NYU's premier late night talk show "Views From NYU," lessons she has learned from past comedy sets, and her upcoming comedy web series. She even dropped some philosophical knowledge on branding and Instagram along the way. Basically, there isn't anything this multitalented performer can't do. P.S. Shoutout to fellow NYU Dramatic Writer Matt Markowski -- we hope you listen to this episode :)
58:41
July 01, 2019
Episode 7: “I Never Knew Toilet Paper Could Be So Beautiful” (Victoria Provost)
NYU student Victoria Provost talks about her journey with theater from when she was doing it in high school to what led her to giving it up for a period of time, and then restarting it again in college, now performing in the Rocky Horror Picture Show Shadow Cast. She also spoke about her love of Ireland, and how the two passions merge together sometimes. We're also excited to introduce the amazing Lani Kording, a fellow Tisch Dramatic Writer, as a new host for "The Passion Project." Lani has extensive radio experience already, having worked a lot on "Theatre in the Sound" at WNYU. She will be filling in for Michael for the next few weeks this summer.
56:43
June 24, 2019
Episode 6: "Exclusive Interview with Banksy" (Lu Limanowski)
NYU Gallatin student Lu Limanowski talks about wanting to work in brand development for artists, the social responsibility of popular brands, innovative trends in marketing, leading to a wild discussion on capitalism. Somewhere along the way this multidisciplinary creator also reveals what she knows about trees, doing production design for "Views from NYU," and that she may be Banksy...
54:18
June 10, 2019
Episode 5: "Around the World in Seven Countries" (Andrew Ankersen)
NYU linguistics student and Washington Square News' former copy chief Andrew Ankersen talks about his experiences in living in seven different countries, his love of studying language (especially Welsh), and that time he sort of entered politics in what is our most educational episode yet.
01:09:34
June 03, 2019
Episode 4: "I Once Wrote a Letter to Guy Fieri" (Lawrence Wang)
Aspiring chef Lawrence Wang talks about his culinary journey to auditioning for "Master Chef" and co-creating a food blog called "The Starving Asian," which lead us to some conversations about the politics of the food industry.
56:60
May 28, 2019
Episode 3: "Hot Water With the NYU Athletics Department" (Bela Kirpalani)
NYU student and Washington Square News reporter Bela Kirpalani talks about her love of sports, journalism, and how she was able to combine both through writing for WSN and eventually starting her own column, "The Sports Girl" (and somewhere along the way she ended up messing with NYU's Athletic Department).
51:16
May 20, 2019
Episode 2: "My New Writing Process Is Word Vomit" (Ava McLaughlin)
NYU CAS student Ava McLaughlin talks about self-publishing her short stories, "Tiny Tales," how her writing process has changed over the years, and being a part of a (culty) book club!
56:52
May 13, 2019
Episode 1: "We Played 'A-Punk' With Governor Mike Huckabee" (Jake Schick)
NYU Tisch student Jake Schick talks about performing stand-up comedy, music and playing at a concert with former Governor of Arkansas Mike Huckabee! Design: Sophia Di Iorio; Music: Kris Malinin
01:03:09
May 06, 2019