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Jan 25, 2019 at 10:00 am – Jan 27, 2019 at 5:00 pm

The Podcast School

With Chiquita Paschal, Stephanie Foo, Alex Laughlin, Keisha TK Dutes, Rachel Ward, Mark Bramhill and Cher Vincent.

An exceptional group of professional podcasters, radio writers, producers and entrepreneurs help you develop your audio practice and podcasting vision.

Today, anyone can become a broadcaster, but hosting a successful listener-supported podcast is a professional engagement. A successful podcaster has a great dose of imagination and a strong entrepreneurial initiative along with many technical skills, from audio engineering and radio journalism to sound storytelling and online marketing.

This seminar will offer mid-level to advanced producers tools and skill sets for navigating through the podcasting revolution and finding their own path in this emergent medium.

Over the course of 3 days, 15 participants will learn from a team of seasoned practitioners from the radio and podcast industry— public radio reporters, sound engineers, radio auteurs and editors, successful podcasters and media entrepreneurs. Through guest presentations, listening sessions, discussions, group and individual exercises, case studies and  work-in-progress critiques, they will explore the creative and production processes behind podcasting: audio storytelling, interviewing, script writing, editing, voice performance, mixing, sound design to audience engagement, distribution, advertising and more

This workshop is three days; please only enroll if you can commit to the entire schedule. Everyone will be invited to present his/her/their podcast project to lead instructor James T. Green and to the group (during students’ presentations). In preparation of this short presentation, an audio (or written) work sample will be requested prior to the workshop (early January).

This workshop program was first initiated by Mathilde Walker-Billaud in collaboration with Benjamen Walker


We are looking for audio producers and podcasters from all aspects of the media industry and beyond with demonstrable skills in storytelling, sound editing and mixing. Participants are accepted on a first-come, first-serve basis. Give us an idea of who you are and why you are coming. When you register you will be asked for a short statement of interest that should briefly describe your experience in audio production and a podcast idea (It would be great if you have one. If not, you might come up with one during the workshop), plus a bio. There’s a spot for a link to a work sample (and CV, which would also be nice, but is not required).

Please note: Participants *will not* be producing an audio piece during the week. Focus is on discussing and listening. The goal is also to develop your podcast/audio project conceptually.

The fee for the intensive follows the schedule below. A non-refundable deposit of $350 is due upon application to the program. The balance payable two weeks in advance of the intensive

August Session:

$350 – Early Registration. Deposit received by January 11th at 5:00 PM.

$400 – Regular Registration

Participants coming from outside NYC are responsible for their own transportation and room and board during the intensive. UnionDocs can provide assistance in locating housing and guidance for getting around town for those not native to New York.

The deposit is non-refundable. Should you need to cancel, you’ll receive half of your registration fee back until January 11th. After January 11th, the fee is non-refundable.

In order to keep costs down, this workshop is a BYOL, i.e. bring your own laptop. Students must be fully proficient using and operating their computers.


Friday, January 25 – 10:00a - 5:00p

AM:  James T. Green

PM: Chiquita Paschal

Saturday, January 26 – 10:00a - 5:00p

AM: Stephanie Foo

PM: Alex Laughlin and Keisha TK Dutes

Sunday, January 27 – 10:00a - 5:00p

AM: Rachel Ward

PM: Mark Bramhill and Cher Vincent

Each day follows this general structure, with some minor variations and substitutions:


Warm up, review of the previous day, work-in-progress feedback






Lunch (on your own – lunch will be provided on Friday)






Workshop Presentations




James T. Green is an experimental artist. He let Gmail autocomplete his bio. His website is more interesting: jamestgreen.com

Chiquita Paschal is freelance producer/editor and podcast consultant. Previously she worked on Gimlet Media’s Peabody Award-winning show Uncivil. Before that, she was a member of BuzzFeed’s Pod Squad where she helped produce Another Round. She is currently the editor of Panoply’s Bad With Money with Gaby Dunn, Democracy in Color with Aimee Allison, Essence Magazine’s celebrity pop-culture podcast Yes Girl and Crooked Media’s forthcoming feminist talkshow Hysteria. Before podcasting, Chiquita worked at public radio stations in New Mexico and Boston, as well as NPR, PRX and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.

Alex Laughlin is an audio producer who likes to make weird things for the Internet. Previously, she was on the BuzzFeed NewsPodSquad and before that, she was a social media editor at The Washington Post, where she also created Other: Mixed Race in America, a narrative podcast about multiracial identity.

She is an adjunct lecturer at the Craig Newmark Graduate School of Journalism. Side projects include Wake Me Up Gently, a mindfulness alarm clock for smart speakers, and Self Evident, an independent narrative podcast in development about the Asian-American experience. She’s a staff producer at Transmitter Media.

Keisha Dutes is a graduate of CUNY Brooklyn College with a degree in TV/Radio. Throughout her college career, she found her niche in college radio stations and began honing her personality as an energetic, opinionated, funny programmer and thorough interviewer.

At Ballibay Camp for the Fine and Performing Arts, Dutes taught a successful 10 week radio program for children 7-16 years old which included producing and broadcasting live radio. After her teaching experience, she went on to train with outgoing producers of Rise Up Radio on WBAI in New York City.

During her 7 year tenure at WBAI 99.5 FM in New York, Keisha fully embraced the TastyKeish moniker and became a leader within the ever changing group of hosts on Rise Up Radio. Touching on police brutality, race, independent music, and artists from all over the world- Rise Up Radio was the only  youth produced program on “free speech radio’s” 50+ year old Pacifica Network station WBAI.

Simultaneously, she served as video correspondent, traveling with Society HAE, a website focused on art, fashion, and culture in the African diaspora.

Upon TastyKeish’s departure from WBAI, she embarked on the next leg of her radio journey. She partnered with producer, Coole High and a group of creatives to start Bondfire Radio, a full service radio station with live programming to combat the zombification of commercial radio, in 2013. TastyKeish is happiest on the air live every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday 10 AM EST on her morning show TK in the AM. Co-hosted and music supervised by long time collaborator Conscious, together they engage listeners live on air via social media and their chatroom. TastyKeish also continues the legacy of teaching by providing mentorship to interns daily.

Among her production duties at Bondfire Radio, TastyKeish is also Program Director. She finds joy in keeping her ears open for potential new programming, working with talent, and scheduling programs and special audio events.

Rachel Ward is the executive producer of special projects at Gimlet Creative, the branded studio inside of Gimlet Media.  That means her job is to anticipate problems and solve them before they happen, think on her feet, get good assets, make something beautiful, and hit the deadline. She’s obsessed with building good process and extracting lessons for future projects, to make them faster, cheaper and more fun.  Rachel is also the host and executive producer of Chompers, Gimlet’s morning and night tooth brushing show for kids, where she’s written hits like “Fruit Has Seeds” and “NASA Calling Opportunity.”  Please don’t tell the estate of David Bowie. Before Rachel worked for Gimlet Creative she hosted and produced Surprisingly Awesome at Gimlet, and before that, she worked the overnight shift producing the broadcast of Morning Edition at NPR.  She has a website.

Cher Vincent is a graduate of the University of Illinois at Chicago and a former science teacher turned podcast producer and reporter in Chicago, currently for the nonprofit news outlet One Illinois. She has worked with Gimlet, Spotify, MTV News, and BuzzFeed. She is often told she is “delightful”.

Mark Bramhill is an independent radio producer and creator of the podcast Welcome to Macintosh, a show about Apple, its history, and the community around it. His work has aired on podcasts including 99% Invisible, 20 Thousand Hertz, and UnFictional. He helped create and teach the Intro to Podcasting course for Rice University’s English Department. He’s a former intern of NPR’s Planet Money and an alum of the Transom Story Workshop. He is also the creator of the yoga emoji 🧘🧘‍♂️

Stephanie Foo is an Emmy-winning radio producer at This American Life. Before that, she helped create Snap Judgment. Her work has been featured in California Sunday Magazine, 99% Invisible and Reply All.

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