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For Thursday’s Class

Listen to the assigned episodes of Kai Wright’s Notes on America and Krista Tippett’s On Being. Pay attention to the following and take notes with time stamps:

What editing techniques do you notice now that you have a little experience with editing?

How do the interview techniques mesh with the editing–and vice versa?

How do these editing techniques contribute to the tone of the show–and to your experience?

How would you describe the tone of the show / episode?

Who is the audience for the episode?

What are the episode’s motives?

How are audience and motive reflected in one-liners and episode descriptions?

Note: These are elements you’ll want to think about as you develop your first episode.


Show One-Liners

QC POD: The people and ideas that make the Queens College Community

First-Person: Every opinion starts with a story. Intimate conversations about the big ideas shaping our world, hosted by journalist Lulu Garcia-Navarro.

La Brega: There’s no direct translation of “la brega” in English, but for Puerto Ricans, it’s a way of life. To bregar means to struggle, to hustle, to find a way to get by and get around an imbalance of power. It’s got a creative edge, a bit of swagger; as Puerto Rican scholar Arcadio Diaz has observed, it’s a word that belongs to the underdog.

99% Invisible is a sound-rich, narrative podcast hosted by Roman Mars about all the thought that goes into the things we don’t think about — the unnoticed architecture and design that shape our world.

The Turnaround is a show about our greatest living interviewers, hosted by Jesse Thorn and produced by Maximum Fun and Columbia Journalism Review.

Episode One Liners

QC POD’s Eden Ayala explores our obsession with the true crime genre.

Logan Lane gave up her smartphone. That changed her life.

La Brega, Lisa Lisa, “I Wonder If I Take You Home”: When Lisa Lisa asked the question, she inspired an entire generation of young women to start talking.

Code Switch, “Reckoning With The NFL’s Rooney Rule”:  The large majority of NFL players are people of color. The coaches on the sidelines? Not so much. In this episode, we’re looking at the NFL’s famous diversity plan and what it might tells us about why so many corporate initiatives like it don’t work.

Episode Descriptions

The Turnaround: Today’s guest is Reggie Ossé, also known as Combat Jack. He’s the host of The Combat Jack Show, one of the best hip-hop podcasts around. On the show, Reggie chops it up with a who’s who of the rap world, not only about music, but about race, politics, and a whole lot more. Reggie says he kind of fell into interviewing for a living. He’s actually a lawyer by training and used to represent some of the biggest hip-hop stars, even Jay-Z. Because he’s been immersed in the culture for decades, he brings to each conversation a deep knowledge and respect for his subject that few interviewers can match.

First-Person: How many hours do you spend on your phone each day? Probably more than you’d like. In our technology-saturated world, we rely on our devices for what feels like an endless list of daily tasks — everything from staying up-to-date on Twitter to killing time at the post office. The idea of reclaiming any degree of independence from our smartphones can often feel impossible.

For the 17-year-old Logan Lane, the solution was to quit cold turkey. Lane grew up in Brooklyn and was a screen-addicted teenager who spent hours curating her social media presence on Instagram and TikTok. Then, a little over two years ago, Lane started questioning whether living a life of constant connection was actually a good thing and made the decision to ditch her smartphone altogether. She began assembling a “Luddite Club” — a group of teenagers who reject technology and its creeping hold on all our lives.

Shmyah’s Podcast Blueprint

Podcast: “Tell Me More with Shmyah Hoppie”

Title Episode : “Permanent Visitors”

Episode One Liner:  “Are you from New York even ?”  “Permanent Visitors” takes a look at the recent upsurge of  NYC residents who have only just moved to the “Big Apple”, and whether it threatens or enriches the city’s culture?

Podcast One Liner:   In a time where everything in our society has become so intensely bilateral, “Tell Me More with Shmyah Hoppie” offers is a safe space for some very uncomfortable conversations and perspectives.

Interview Questions:

  • What attracted you to NYC?
  • What been your experience in NYC
  • Do you think the pandemic caused the upsurge
  • What are the five boroughs? Have you been to all ?
  • Do you think the NYC transplant is the cause of Gentrification ?
  • Do you think that Locals and Transplants share the
  • Does the rising non native population threaten true NYC culture
  • How long would you say you have to live here to be considered a New Yorker?
  • Does the nyc native push back contradict the NYC “ Motto” of inclusion, diversity and safe spaces, considering its home of so many immigrants and built communities


“Tell Me More with Shmyah Hoppie ” is a podcast that discusses the unpopular, controversial, and opposing opinions of today’s society . The “Permanent Visitors” episode is for New Yorkers who are experiencing the city through a hybrid community of both natives and non natives. New York City has always been attractive to newcomers.  But in recent years the non native population has become a dominating force in NYC culture, creating tension between the groups despite them residing amongst each other.  Unlike social media discourse on the Transplant crave,  our podcast takes a look into the culture and experiences of the two residents and their claim to New York.
Episode:  My motive for the episode is to examine the new transplant culture of NYC and how it has impacted the experiences and dynamics of being a “New Yorkers”. I hope to educate non natives on their ubiquitous influence and urge natives to be more open. Maybe ? In general, I would like the episode to be a diffuser to the heated divide. My primary audience would be NYC residents. Regardless of origins, I think that anyone who currently lives in New York City should engage with the topic of the episode because it is something that interacts with all of our experiences within the city. I think that there is a cultural divide between native and non native New Yorkers , therefore everyone would benefit from at least hearing the other side . Also, there might be some new yorkers who aren’t even aware that this is currently happening in their city, therefore it could educate many New Yorkers. My secondary audience would be the non- native residents in other urban areas. This isn’t just an NYC issue. Many other urban and metropolitan areas have seen an increase in residents of other states relocating to those communities. Surely, there is some level of  disconnect for the natives and newcomers. They would be a target audience for the episode. My main interviewee for the episode would be my friend Stella Mboma, who is from Texas by way of Minnesota. She moved to NYC for Undergrad at NYU and has been in the city for a little over a year now. Another possible interviewee could be a New York native. It would be good to offer the perspective of the trend, who has known and grown up in Nyc. Some sound design that I can use is the sound of the MTA trains ,the sounds of the busy city streets, and news sound bites about the NYC population and economy.

Velasco Blueprint

Blueprint: Unlacing Our Shoes is a podcast focused on answering a question that humanizes athletes, challenging the audience and interviewees to think beyond the surface level. The focus will be on a specific broad question that jumps head first into a rabbit hole pertaining to each individual athlete’s answers.

Title: Unlacing Our Shoes

One Liner for Episode: Holden Velasco and Queens College men’s basketball player, Jayden Seraphin, explore how losing their mother in youth affected their approach to athletics.

One Liner for Podcast: Challenging the audience and interviewees to think about the psychological aspect of athletics, not just the entertaining end result.

Interview Questions:

  1. How was your relationship with your mother?
  2. When did you lose her and how did you feel in the following months?
  3. In the immediate games after, did you think about her on the court at all?
  4. In the immediate practices after, were you able to focus like you did before?
  5. Did her passing affect your mindset in any way?
  6. Did that enact a change in your training regime?
  7. Do you do anything to honor her in your athletics in any way?
  8. What about in every day life?
  9. Do you think about her on the court at all today? Why do you think that is or isn’t the case?
  10. If you could speak to an athlete who lost their mother today, what would you say to them?

Blueprint: A Little Bit of Everything and Anything with G (Grazelle-2/21)

Title: A Little Bit of Everything and Anything with G

Blueprint Background: A Little Bit of Everything and Anything with G is a podcast that targets the idea of life in general. This includes people of all ages and generations. This is a deep dive into what we can learn from each other at any time and place. The world is constantly evolving, and this podcast is the root to keep an open mind for everything and anything. 

Target/Audience: All ages(gen x-gen z, maybe even generation alphas) 

Setting/Sound/Background: This interview would take place at a comfortable area,perhaps sitting on the table and drinking coffee, or sitting at a couch. 

Music Background: Soft Jazz music or instrumental piece for the intro

“Episode One Liner” for the Episode: For this episode, Grazelle(G) will be discussing the career and life choices that made them become the person they are today.  

More Information: 

For this interview, I’ll be interviewing a soon-to-be graduate, Paula, who will be graduating as an Early Childhood Education/Special Education teacher. I thought that this first episode should start about educators/teachers since they are,after-all, what influences most of our childhood in school.  Paula is also currently working as a teacher to young kids and is pursuing her interest towards that goal. For this interview, we will discuss the benefits, the struggles and why teaching became a career choice for her. 

“One Liner” for the Series: A little bit of everything and anything with G offers various topics for all listeners to enjoy and learn about one another. I want this podcast to be a place where all listeners can relate to. A podcast where each episode is a new topic, a new genre and a new set of ideas. 


  • Did you always want to become a teacher? 
  • What sparked your interest in becoming an educator/teacher? 
  • Were there times when you regret teaching and hoped for a different career instead?
  • Be honest, do you really love kids or did you choose that career for the ‘benefits’?
  • What was your “First Day Of Teaching” like? Was it how you expected? Or Worse?
  • I know working with kids is not easy, especially their attention span, so how do you manage to have them listen to you or keep their attention only to you? 
  • As a teacher, do you believe in standardized tests? Why or why not?

Feedback for Workshop Groups

Your feedback on your workshop group’s blueprint posts is due today. Consider the following as you read and comment don their posts:

  • Would you listen to an episode like this? What would draw you in? Is there anything the creator can do to capture your attention more immediately? 
  • Is the episode concept focused? Would narrowing it make it more effective?
  • Will some of the interview questions elicit stories from guests? 
  • How might the one-liners be sharpened or made more lively? 

Of course, you may have other ideas for feedback. This is just a guide.

Blueprint (Carlos)

Title: The Aftermath

Episode One Liner: In this episode Queens College senior Carlos Montoya discusses the aftermath the pandemic and it’s affect on Queens College’s students.

One Liner for the series: QC senior investigates how the pandemic affected Queens College students in the year after the college reopened.

More info: I’m interested in investigating how the pandemic has affected students and staff at Queens College. To do so, I’m going to interview a counselor for the Queens College counseling center to learn more the trends in how students seek counseling at the college.


How many years have you been a counselor at Queens College?

How many students do you see on a daily basis?

How many students did you see after the college reopened.

(If the number of students seeking counselor increased, what do you think led to an increase in the students seeking services?)

How did counseling services operate during the pandemic?

Were students seeking counseling during the pandemic?

How did Queens College response to meeting student needs after the pandemic?

What services should students know about that are available to them now if anyone needs support?

How did CUNY respond to the pandemic?

How can students feel less apprehensive about seeking counseling services?

Why do you think some students are apprehensive about seeking mental health services?

BluePrint : Thoughts of your local ‘Gym-Rat’ with Edwin

Title : Thoughts of your local ‘Gym-Rat”

Blueprint: Jim Time is a podcast dedicated to the world of going to the gym. It provides a natural feel to the art of lifting and reveals a first hand experience of time in the gym. Unlike other gym related podcast, Jim Time takes place in the gym and hopes to motivate other gym-goers, and those considering of joining.

One liner: Jim Time speaks on all things ‘gym’ and opens up the world of the gym to all of its listeners.

Episode One Liner : Let’s get this Work In! An interview with Alfred Lim

Questions: What was your first thoughts about going to the gym? What are you feelings before, during and after a workout? What got you into the gym in the first place? Where are you headed in regards to your physique? Do you think many people should workout? Any tips and pointers for those starting? What kind of music you listen to while working out? And what are your thoughts on th gym community today in social media?

My goal for this podcast is to liberate any lingering confusing feelings about people who go to the gym. In this episode I would interview a local gym goer that I have got in touch with at my local gym. This interview would take place in real time at the gym and real dive deep into the energy one has while their workout has begun and really expose listeners to the reality of ‘Gym -rats.” This episode would also hope to motivate other regular gym-goers who will feel the same way.

Kate Chen Interview Podcast

– Motives: The podcast would be a casual hangout type. Just two friends getting together at the end of the day to discuss whatever happened that day or recently. It’s like recording our conversation for a podcast, but with a theme which it usually doesn’t have but we’ll make it work. For this interview episode, we’ll be getting to know my co-host. We’ve recorded a past podcast for a different class of hers before and it went pretty well, so I’m going to use that as a pre-interview.
– Blueprint: Melo is Not in Style is a casual chitchat/daily recap podcast that just wants to have a chill rewind time, to feel like being in our living room with us. It’s for people that want some sort of background noise, or an escape from a tired day. Unlike actual news, we’ll talk about how annoying our students have been lately and just have a casual laugh.
– I think the one liners for every episode can have the format of “what’d _____ do today?” and the over one-liner can just be “whatchu you do today?”