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The Pony Pod

The Pony Pod

By SMU Daily Campus
Welcome to The Daily Campus podcast: the Pony Pod! Tune in for series that deep dive into campus stories of triumph and defeat and others covering politics, local news, and arts. Here, we want to talk about it all. This podcast is made by students for students and we know you'll love it!

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Book Blab: "The Rum Diary" AKA The Johnny Depp & Amber Heard Origin Story
Hunter S. Thompson's "The Rum Diary" is, in many ways, the Wolf of Wall Street for journalism. Its hedonistic, alcohol-drenched characters are allegedly based off Thompson's real-life escapades as a young reporter - and the book's 2011 movie adaptation was the catalyst for Johnny Depp (a close friend of Thompson) and Amber Heard's relationship.  For the season finale of Book Blab, Simone and Audrey dive into Thompson's story of freelance American journalist Paul Kemp in 1950's Puerto Rico and all of its rum-induced, outrageous, and often reprehensible glory. CW: Discussion of sexual violence
39:47
May 02, 2022
Book Blab: "Pride and Prejudice's" Ageless Charm With a Special Apology to Keira Knightley
Few books are as enduring as Jane Austen's "Pride and Prejudice" – first published in 1813. The DC's Simone Melvin and SMU Senior Elizabeth Hamill dive into why Austen's most-loved book refuses to fade into obscurity, the best Pride and Prejudice movie (Keira Knightley isn't everyone's favorite), and why series like Bridgerton keep pulling us back in to the world of Regency England.
25:39
April 29, 2022
Book Blab: In Which "The Good Earth" Persuades the US to Go to War Because of a Chinese Farmer
Pearl S. Buck’s “The Good Earth” – the story of a turn-of-the-century Chinese farmer's tumultuous rise to luxuriant prosperity – attracted readers of all kinds during the book’s 1931 publication. The DC's Simone Melvin speaks with DC Editor-in-Chief Audrey McClure about the novel's ability to inspire solidarity between its protagonist Wang Lung and readers across borders, race and time. 
34:40
April 24, 2022
Book Blab: Identity and Physicality in James Baldwin‘s “Giovanni’s Room”
James Baldwin’s “Giovanni’s Room” routinely tops lists of Baldwin must-reads – and yet, it seems to be the work that the 21st century is least interested in. The DC’s Simone Melvin speaks with SMU Senior Caroline Roman about “Giovanni’s Room’s” powerful treatment of self-discovery and queer identity through its protagonist David, a young, closeted American in France who enters into a relationship with an Italian bartender, Giovanni. 
28:33
April 15, 2022
Ask The Expert: Influencer and Personal Stylist Tonya Foster on the Evolution of Online Entrepreneurship
Tanya Foster talks about what it means to be an influencer and reflects on the pandemic. Wardrobe stylist and personal shopper Tenni King discusses her role as a personal shopper, and Jeremy Edge, LPC explains the effects behind increased screen-use and online shopping addiction.
34:22
April 14, 2022
Ask the Expert: Dean Elena Hicks on Admissions and Diversity at SMU
College admissions are more competitive than ever, and SMU is no exception. So, who gets into SMU and why? SMU’s dean of undergraduate admission Elena D. Hicks gives a behind the scenes glimpse into admitting the newest classes of incoming Mustangs and how diverse classes come together at SMU each year. Hicks, who has over 30 years of admissions experience, points out that there are many types of diversity. As SMU strives to be a global university, Hicks and her team seek to bring in students that represent a range of ethnic, socioeconomic, and geographic diversities. Hicks also touches on the recent affirmative action Supreme Court cases, which is once again drawing into question the role of race-conscious admissions practices and their value to college campuses across the United States.
10:24
March 21, 2022
Ask the Expert: CORE Chair Sylvia Bloom on the 57th Annual Women's Symposium
SMU celebrates its 57th annual Women’s Symposium on March 2 in celebration of Women’s History Month. The Symposium is organized by members of CORE, the student planning committee. This year’s theme is “Lift As We Climb,” a phrase that originates with Black women’s fight for the right to vote. The keynote speaker this year is Tarana Burke, founder of the Me Too movement. In this episode of Ask the Expert, Simone Melvin talks with CORE chair Sylvia Bloom about her role and insight on the Symposium. Sylvia is a senior transfer student at SMU. She served as the Community Outreach Coordinator for CORE last year and is currently working with the Women and LGBT Center director, Dr. Sidney Gardner, and the rest of the student organization to plan the event. Simone and Sylvia discuss the importance of understanding the history of the phrase, “Lift As We Climb.” They consider the role that Tarana plays in the theme, and what this phrase means for the future of the Symposium. Simone Melvin is a member of CORE. Recorded in Fondren Library at SMU.
15:07
March 02, 2022
Ask the Expert: Piper Holden, SMU Student Foundation Homecoming Chair
Listen to hear SMU Homecoming Chair Piper Holden talk about Homecoming weekend at SMU, and all of the traditions, activities, and preparation that goes into it. Between Rock the Vote, the Homecoming concert, the announcement of royalty, and everything that goes on behind the scenes, Holden shares her favorite things about Homecoming. Tune in later this month to see what expert we talk to next! Have an episode idea? DM us on Instagram Keep up to date with SMU news here. Until next time, Pony Up!
13:28
October 01, 2021
Debunking SMU Myths: The Freshman 15
We've all heard them: "You won't graduate in four years if you step on the seal!" "Beware of the freshman 15!" "Students are partying during COVID." Now, writer and reporter Soksan Teng is going to debunk (or prove?) these myths. Join her every Friday this month to uncover the truth about SMU! Have an episode idea? DM us on Instagram! Keep up to date with SMU news here. Go ahead and click, we know you want to! Until next time, Pony Up!
15:05
May 01, 2021
Debunking SMU Myths: The MoMac Ghost
We've all heard them: "You won't graduate in four years if you step on the seal!" "Beware of the freshman 15!" "Students are partying during COVID." Now, writer and reporter Soksan Teng is going to debunk (or prove?) these myths. Join her every Friday this month to uncover the truth about SMU! Have an episode idea? DM us on Instagram! Keep up to date with SMU news here. Go ahead and click, we know you want to! Until next time, Pony Up!
10:33
April 18, 2021
Debunking SMU Myths: The Dallas Hall Seal
We've all heard them: "You won't graduate in four years if you step on the seal!" "Beware of the freshman 15!" "Students are partying during COVID." Now, writer and reporter Soksan Teng is going to debunk (or prove?) these myths. Join her every Friday this month to uncover the truth about SMU! Have an episode idea? DM us on Instagram Keep up to date with SMU news here. Until next time, Pony Up!
11:01
April 09, 2021
Debunking SMU Myths: Partying During The Pandemic
We've all heard them: "You won't graduate in four years if you step on the seal!" "Beware of the freshman 15!" "Students are partying during COVID." Now, writer and reporter Soksan Teng is going to debunk (or prove?) these myths. Join her every Friday this month to uncover the truth about SMU! Have an episode idea? DM us on Instagram Keep up to date with SMU news here. Until next time, Pony Up!
14:40
April 02, 2021
Giving Day 2021 *Special Episode*
SMU Giving Day is April 13th. We wanted to give you an inside look at the work that goes on behind the scenes of SMU student media through the eyes of The Daily Campus and The Look editors! Want to keep up with SMU student media? Don't worry we got you covered with the links below. SMU Daily Campus SMU Look SMU TV Find out more about SMU Giving Day here
17:32
April 01, 2021
365 Days and Counting Phase 5: The Frontlines *Finale*
It's been 1 year since the world as we know it has been changed by COVID-19. Join Daily Campus writer Lauren Rangel as she explores personal stories from the past year about life amidst the pandemic. This episode will be discussing phase 5: The Frontlines. Thank you for tuning into this series. Stay tuned for next month, where we will be debunking myths at SMU!
20:25
March 29, 2021
365 Days and Counting Phase 4: Disparities
It's been 1 year since the world as we know it has been changed by COVID-19. Join Daily Campus writer Lauren Rangel as she explores personal stories from the past year about life amidst the pandemic. This episode will be discussing phase 4: Disparities. Tune back in next Monday for phase 5!
18:58
March 22, 2021
365 Days and Counting Phase 3: Relationships
It's been 1 year since the world as we know it has been changed by COVID-19. Join Daily Campus writer Lauren Rangel as she explores personal stories from the  past year about life amidst the pandemic. This episode will be discussing phase 3: Relationships. Tune back in next Monday for phase 4!
20:04
March 15, 2021
365 Days and Counting Phase 2: Mental Health
It's been 1 year since the world as we know it has been changed by COVID-19. Join Daily Campus writer Lauren Rangel as she explores personal stories from the past year about life amidst the pandemic. This episode will be discussing phase 2: Mental Health. Tune back in next Monday for phase 3!
24:48
March 08, 2021
365 Days and Counting Phase 1: Lockdown
It's been 1 year since the world as we know it has been changed by COVID-19. Join Daily Campus writer Lauren Rangel as she explores personal stories from the past year about life amidst the pandemic. This episode will be discussing phase 1: the lockdown. Tune back in next Monday for phase 2!
17:31
March 01, 2021