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The Whitman Wire Podcast

The Whitman Wire Podcast

By The Whitman Wire
A weekly companion podcast for the Whitman Wire newspaper. New stories, deeper dives, and weekly news summaries.
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Building an Academic Theme
Climate change is something that will affect all of us, whether you want to talk about it or not. That’s what made it an applicable academic theme for the 2021-2022 school year. But how do you get to an academic theme in the first place? That’s the question that podcast reporter Coden Stark works to answer in an interview with Professor Kirsten Nicolaysen. The Career and Community Engagement Center encourages students to RSVP for one of this year's Winter Break Series of Whitties Helping Whitties events at bit.ly/WHW2022.  
23:45
December 3, 2021
Are Whitman Students Religious?
Whitman College ranked no. 9 on the Least Religious Students list in the 2019 Princeton Review publication. This week, podcast reporter John Dorsey sets out to investigate whether this ranking is representative of the Whitman student body. Interviews with Interfaith Chaplain Adam Kirtley, Religious Life Intern Merry Cockroft, and member of the Interfaith Council Myan Sudharsanan challenge the assumption that Whitman’s student body is “fiercely secular.” 
36:46
November 19, 2021
The Role of Bipartisanship in Climate Change Conversations
On November 5, Congress passed the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, a bill that allocates billions of dollars to infrastructure, a significant portion of which will be used to counter the impacts of climate change.  The other significant piece of this bill was how it was passed, and this week, podcast editor Kasey Moulton interviews Wire opinion editor Scout Hutchinson about her opinion article on the role of bipartisanship in the legislative process. Find Scout’s full piece here.
32:46
November 12, 2021
Hospital to Home
For the first time in several years, North Hall is open again full-time.  Is it really a spooky place to live, or is the building just steeped in history?  This week, podcast editor Kasey Moulton and reporter Coden Stark attempt to answer that question.  Interviews with current residents and an RA reveal that the answer to that question isn’t as straightforward as it seems.
41:04
November 5, 2021
Credit Conundrums
With spring 2022 registration right around the corner, questions about credits, particularly those that weren’t taken on campus, are once again at the forefront of many students’ minds. This week, podcast reporter Coden Stark attempts to answer some of those questions through a conversation with Pam Fowler, Whitman’s Transfer Credit Evaluator, correspondence with a department chair, and research into the intricacies of each program’s requirements.
23:13
October 29, 2021
Whitties after Whitman
Our time on campus might be limited to just four years, but opportunities to engage with the campus community don’t end with a diploma.  This week, podcast editor Kasey Moulton investigates the many ways that alumni remain involved. Dennis McNair, PhD, current Alumni Association board president and Nancy Mitchell, director of alumni relations, share how each of their organizations work to keep graduates engaged, and the ways they contribute to the experience of current students. 
36:25
October 22, 2021
Return of the Frat Party
Frat parties are back after a quiet semester in the spring, and with open doors come questions about COVID policies and procedures. This week, podcast reporter Coden Stark investigates how fraternities are handling the return to campus. Beta GAP representative Lucien Rochelois explains some of the safety procedures they put in place as they work to make their parties a safe place.
31:14
October 8, 2021
The In-betweeners
This fall, campus is crawling with freshmen and a half, juniors and a half, class of 23.5ers or students who have no clue when they will graduate. Reporter Ayla Hanafi and podcast editor Mia Graham interview students who took time off school to work, travel, or spend time with family. While the choice wasn't always an easy one, their breaks were full of personal growth and learning opportunities beyond the classroom.
39:55
October 1, 2021
FINAID 101: Where's the Money?
This week, podcast editor Kasey Moulton and reporter Coden Stark take a deep dive into Whitman's financial aid landscape through interviews with Adam Miller and Susan Holme to uncover how some of the Financial Sustainability Review's ramifications are being seen in student financial aid packages.  They also welcome news writer Naia Willemsen to the podcast to unpack a piece she’s working on for next week’s edition of the newspaper that’s centered on the school’s finances.
39:17
September 24, 2021
Welcome to Walla Walla!
New to Walla Walla? Looking for local trails or a restaurant to take your crush? In this first episode of the school year, we’re welcoming new students to town by offering them and their families the inside scoop on Walla Walla. Reporter Ayla Hanafi shares her wonderful discoveries around town, while Reporter Coden Stark and editor Kasey Moulton get student and faculty input on Walla Walla's must-sees.
17:28
September 17, 2021
Ep 22. Whitman Students Prepare For Exciting Summer Plans
This week Kasey and Mia speak with Leah Samuels and Amelia Leopold about their summer research and non-profit involvement plans. They also speak to Michelle Janning from the Sociology Department and Mitzy Rodriguez from the Student Engagement Center about a variety of summer opportunities and funding through the Whitman Internship Grant.
39:09
May 6, 2021
Ep 21. A Glimpse of What the Past Year Has Looked Like for International Students
This week Kasey Moulton speaks with Greg Lecki, Associate Director of the Intercultural Center for International Student Support Services, about the administrative side of Covid-19 and the international student experience. Mia Graham speaks with Feras Natsheh, a student from Palestine, about his experiences away from home during such a chaotic year.
30:36
April 29, 2021
Ep 20. Whitman Undergraduate Conference: Two Student Spotlights
This week Kasey Moulton spotlights two students who presented at the annual Whitman Undergraduate Conference last week on April 13th. Tune in to hear a brief description about how this year's conference was different from past conferences and to learn more about bluebunch wheatgrass from Anna Zirkes and Lou Salomé from Kiara Paninos, the two presenters featured in this episode.
33:43
April 27, 2021
Ep 19. Spring Break Days Mean a Covid-Free Campus But Don't Account for Burnout
This week Mia Graham speaks to students on one of their spring break days about how they are spending their day and if or how they are managing to take care of themselves. Mia also speaks with Kazi Joshua, Dean of Students, and Professor Balof, the Chair of Faculty, about the rationale behind spring break days. Lastly, Mia passes along some resources from the counseling center about self care.
33:13
April 27, 2021
Ep 18. Whitman's Meal Plan: Inequities and Student Concerns
This week Kasey Moulton and Mia Graham speak to students about their feelings toward Whitman's meal plan. Kasey interviews athletes on the soccer team and other students. Mia speaks with Lee Thomas, a humor writer for the Wire, about how they see their Power and Privilege discussion on disordered eating intersecting with the meal plan and with ASWC President Sneh Chachra about her work surrounding food accessibility at Whitman. Content Warning: Discussion about disordered eating.
46:34
April 27, 2021
Ep 17. The Implications of COVID-Safe Tours and Admitted Student Saturdays for Whitman and Walla Walla
This week Kasey Moulton discusses the planning behind COVID-safe campus tours and Admitted Student Saturdays with the Vice President for Enrollment and Communications Josh Jenson. She also had the chance to ask prospective students about their tours while Mia Graham spoke with a Whitman tour guide. Lastly, Kasey asked a current Whitman student about their thoughts about giving tours in the midst of COVID-19.
34:51
April 27, 2021
Ep 16. President Kathy Murray Plans to Retire: What Will This Look Like and What Comes Next?
This week, Kasey Moulton dives deeper into President Kathy Murray's retirement announcement. She speaks with the Head of the Board of Trustees to answer questions about hiring a new president and relays responses to questions about her departure from Murray herself. Elea Besse also shares responses from Professor Johnson (Japanese Department) on what a new president could mean for a smaller department.
17:27
April 27, 2021
Ep 15. First Years Remain Resilient Through an Unusual Semester
This week, Mia Graham explores the ways in which first years this semester have been able to overcome the unusual circumstances of social distancing and mask wearing. Mia speaks with an RA from Anderson and a group of first year friends living in the tower, digging into how a sense of belonging has been curtailed by these guidelines, as well as how some have managed to push through and make meaningful connections.
20:24
March 18, 2021
Ep 14. Sports Round-Up: To Compete or Not Compete, That is the Question.
This week, Kasey and Mia explore the ways in which Whitman athletics looks different this semester due to COVID-19, what factors played into athlete's decisions to compete, and how this season's circumstances have impacted their team dynamic. Furthermore, Kasey and Mia speak with a head coach about his perspective on this unusual season as part of the athletic department.
34:59
March 11, 2021
Ep 13. When Will We be Back to "Normal"?
In this episode, Kasey Moulton and Mia Graham explore conversations with three folks involved in Whitman's COVID-19 response. They try to answer the question we've all been asking: when will things be back to "normal"? These experts from Whitman's community say that part of the answer to that question lies in the COVID-19 vaccine rollout.
01:11:42
March 4, 2021
Ep 12. New In Town
In this week’s episode “New In Town,” podcast reporter Kasey Moulton talks with a first year, an RA, and a transfer student about their expectations for Whitman before the beginning of this unusual semester compared to how they are feeling now.
28:28
February 25, 2021
Ep 11. Financial Sustainability Review: Departments, Majors, and Off-Campus Studies
Podcast reporter, Mia Graham, talks with students and faculty about their thoughts and feelings regarding Whitman's recent release of the Financial Sustainability Review. Emotions are running high for students in a range of departments, and faculty question many of the proposed budget cuts and wonder how it will impact Whitman's identity as a college. Though some departments are fearful of what these changes will mean, some are not so pessimistic. 
32:30
February 19, 2021
Ep 10. Unpacking the Election and What Comes Next
On this episode, podcast reporter, Mia Graham, crafts a story of the 2020 election. She interviews several Whitties on how they spent their election night, their opinions on the chaos, and what they think is coming next.
31:42
February 17, 2021
Ep 9. Bigfoot, Journalism, and a Whitman Alum
In this episode, podcast reporter, Annie Means, interviews alum Laura Krantz about her hit podcast, Wild Thing. Press play to listen to conversations about cryptozoology, journalism, bigfoot, and some key education advice from an alum.
21:18
November 14, 2020
Ep 8. A Whittie in Office
Jonathan Weinberg, a third-year Whitman Student, has just been elected to the position of School Board Representative for Concord District B. In this episode, podcast reporter Annie Means sits down and talks to Jonathan about his political win, his campaigning process, and his plans as a school board representative,
13:43
November 6, 2020
Ep 7. Pods, Online School, And What Students Are Thinking About Next Semester
Whitman recently announced plans for a pod learning system this upcoming semester.  To say the least, this announcement was not well received. Podcast Reporter Mia Graham sat down with freshman and seniors to gauge how exactly students are feeling about this new, hybrid learning plan. Additionally, listen all the way to the end for a special Halloween treat.
22:18
October 30, 2020
Ep 6. The State of Sustainability At Whitman College
This issue, podcast reporter Annie Means reviews the recently released AASHE STARS Comparative Report and takes a deep dive into the failings of sustainability on Whitman's Campus. Interviews with the creator of the AASHE Stars report, the ASWC Sustainability Co-Chair, and with a student who left Whitman because of the College's lack of environmental commitment,  expose a history of greenwashing and an absence of action from the college.
37:53
October 24, 2020
Ep 5. On Imperfection and Why We Should All Embrace It
In this issue, podcast reporter Mia Graham interviews Victoria Helmer about her opinion piece "On Imperfection." The two discuss Victoria's article, the merits of embracing imperfection, and the pitfalls of comparisons to past and future versions of yourself.
48:47
October 16, 2020
Ep 4. Archives: Digging up The Nestle Corporation's Interest in the Walla Walla Valley
In this episode, podcast reporter, Annie Means revisits one of The Wire's old articles, "Waitsburg Weighs In on Nestle, Declines Offer". This podcast retells the Nestle Corporation's interest in botting rights in Waitsburg, and how the community banded together to fight back. 
13:37
October 9, 2020
Ep 3. Virtue Signaling, Slactivism, and Media Literacy: How To Engage with Social Media in 2020
In this episode, podcast reporter Mia Graham discusses the ins and out of social media, slacktivism, virtue signaling, and media literacy.  Interviewing several guests, Mia helps equip listeners with better tools to navigate the flood of information that we scroll through daily.
36:33
October 5, 2020
Ep 2. Problems with the Democratic Party/Strange Happenings at The Walla Walla Aviary
In this episode, reporter Mia Graham interviews opinion writer Scout Hutchensen about her article on issues within the democratic party. In the second half of the episode, reporter Annie Means digs into a series of bird murders and other strange happenings at the Walla Walla Aviary.
42:11
September 18, 2020