Podcasting Across the Humanities at UC Davis

Podcast University: Sounding Stories from the Across the Humanities

Podcast University is an article series highlighting podcast projects by UC Davis faculty and graduate students.

Reflections on the NHC Podcasting the Humanities Institute 2022 - In our first installment of Podcast University, Emily Rich, PhD candidate in English, reflects on her experiences at the National Humanities Center Podcasting the Humanities Institute.

Podcast University Profile: Ben Ruilin Fong - Ben Ruilin Fong is a PhD student in Comparative Literature and one of nine graduate students who received a DHI grant to attend the National Humanities Center Podcasting the Humanities Institute. In this article, Ben reflects on his time at the Institute and his future podcasting plans.

Podcast University Profile: Ali Maas - In this installment of Podcast University, we hear from Ali Maas, PhD candidate in English and host of California’s Eroding Coastline, an interdisciplinary podcast exploring coastal erosion in California.

Podcast University Profile: Of Forests and Floods with Anuj Vaidya - Anuj Vaidya is an artist, educator, media curator, and PhD candidate in Performance Studies at UC Davis whose work addresses issues of gender, sexuality, and ecology. He is also the creator of Of Forests and Floods, a podcast that explores the Aarey forest in Mumbai, India. 

Podcast University Profile: Aggies Near and FarAggies Near and Far is a student-created podcast focusing on global education and study abroad experiences. We talked to PhD candidate Marina Mautner about the podcast as well as the importance of ethics in podcasting and her advice for aspiring podcasters.

Featured Podcasts

Below is a list of podcasts created by UC Davis faculty, students, and staff.

Anthropology Image Lab: Through monthly conversations between anthropologists, curators, artists, and media scholars, the series examines how images come into being, dwell, and generate difference at the frontiers between the social sciences and the humanities.

The Backdrop: a UC Davis Podcast: The Backdrop podcast is a monthly interview program featuring conversations with UC Davis scholars and researchers working in the social sciences, humanities, arts and culture. Hosted by public radio veteran Soterios Johnson, the conversations feature new work and expertise on a trending topic in the news.

The Dirt: A podcast that brings stories from archaeology and anthropology straight to your ears. Join Dr. Anna Goldfield, a researcher in the UC Davis Anthropology Lab, and co-host Amber Zambelli as they geek out about all things ancient. Each week, Anna and Amber tackle one topic, ranging from Homo floresiensis to hoaxes to honey to handaxes—everything awe-inspiring, weird, wonderful, mysterious, and groundbreaking that the study of our shared human past has to offer, from all over the world.

EM Pulse: A podcast that delves into current topics in Emergency Medicine through fascinating cases, interviews with authors of groundbreaking research, and discussion with clinical experts in adult and pediatric EM.

Hart Hall Podcast: The Hart Hall Podcast sets out to highlight the faculty, staff, and guests of the University of California Davis's Ethnic and Gender/Sexuality Studies Departments housed in Hart Hall Interdisciplinary Programs. The show is hosted by HIP's Daniel Cordova.

Unfold: A UC Davis Podcast. Unfold is a podcast that breaks down complicated problems and unfolds curiosity-driven research. Each season, the podcast takes a deep dive into a different topic, including food, climate change, health and curiosity-driven innovation and discovery at UC Davis. Episodes of Unfold offer sound-rich scenes, reporting from the field and interviews with leading researchers, scientists and scholars. Hosted by public radio veteran Amy Quinton and co-host Kat Kerlin.

Podcasting Events and Workshops

PhD Unlimited: Podcasting the Humanities Workshop: This hands-on workshop for aspiring graduate student podcasters featured Amy Quinton, News and Media Relations Specialist and co-host of the UC Davis podcast Unfold. Quinton shared the backstory of Unfold and gave participants advice on how to get started on a research-based podcast.

PhD Unlimited: Podcasting the Humanities 2022: The UC Davis graduate student recipients of the National Humanities Center's Podcasting the Humanities Workshop award led their own workshop on podcasting in the humanities. Fellows Emily Rich (English), Ben Ruilin Fong (Comparative Literature), Daniel Castaneda (History), Angel Trazo (Cultural Studies), and Beshara Kedhi (Cultural Studies) shared what they learned on the basics of podcasting and offered practical tips for getting started.

PhD Unlimited: Podcasting the Humanities 2021: UC Davis graduate students Cinthya Ammerman (Native American Studies), Beshara Kehdi (Cultural Studies) and Ashley Teodorson-Taggart (Performance Studies), as led participants through the basics of podcasting in the humanities. The three facilitators shared back what they learned as participants in the National Humanities Council's Podcasting the Humanities Workshop and offered practical tips for getting started.

Podcasting Fellowships and Opportunities

Podcasting the Humanities: Creating Digital Stories for the Public

Other Resources

It’s Time for Academe to Take Podcasting Seriously, a September 28, 2021 article in Inside Higher Ed, discusses how podcasting offers new ways to learn, create, and disseminate research. 

Contact Us

Are you a UC Davis faculty member, student, or staff person who hosts a podcast related to your work? If so, we’d love to hear from you! Please reach out to Emily Rich (eerich@ucdavis.edu) with information about your podcasting project.