Podcasts: Short Stories to Go
Humans have been telling stories and folk tales to each other for millennia. From the edge of the campfire to the paperback book, stories have forged our identity as social creatures. Now in the 21st century, with less spare time and advancing technology, storytelling has expanded to the digital arena through podcasting. A podcast might best be described as Internet radio on-demand—users download audio files to a smartphone, iPod, tablet, or computer to listen to stories on the go. From true crime investigations to serialized short stories, interviews to modern folk tales, podcasts are not beholden to one genre. In this course, sample podcasts from The New Yorker, Fresh Air (NPR), and The Guardian, as well as weird tales from Welcome to Night Vale, modern folk stories from The Moth, and episodes from The New York Times’ Modern Love and Selected Shorts. Discuss what happens when a story transforms into an audible experience, and explore the many advantages of this emerging format. The first session will include a guided orientation into what a podcast is and the simplest way of downloading and playing these audio files on your device.
You'll Walk Away with
- A broad knowledge of spoken word storytelling and where to find it
- Tools to create your own digital bookshelf
- Those with an interest in the practice and interpretation of narrative short-form literature
- Fiction readers, writers, and broadcasters