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Episode 38: Podcasting as Public Intellectualism

April 5th, 2017

In the thirty-eighth episode of The Pop Culture Lens podcast, Christopher Olson and CarrieLynn Reinhard present an academic panel from the 2017 Central States Communication Association Conference. On this panel, CarrieLynn is joined by Melody Hoffmann of the podcast Femnist Killjoys, PhD and Molly Turner of the podcast Swipe Right on Molly & Thomas. W. Joe Watson chaired the panel, and Tasha Dunn responded to the panelists' presentations.

In this episode, the panelists discussed their experiences podcasting as academics, and how they see their podcasts as some way producing public intellectualism, public scholarship and/or public engagement. Their conversation touched on issues of the labor involved in producing podcasts, the political implications for their podcasts, and the reasons they were willing to engage in such unpaid work. All panelists agreed that podcasting takes a lot of work, and sometimes it comes with risks, but it does offer the reward of allowing them to engage a public that they would otherwise not be able to reach with their scholarship.

The panel discussion has been edited to remove the audience's questions. The end song is sampled from Euphoria Sound's "Homer Simpson - I Am So Smart [Techno remix]".

As always, you are encouraged to become a part of this conversation by visiting any of the podcast's social media sites. You can also talk with Christopher Olson on Twitter (@chrstphrolson) and at his academic blog And you can talk to CarrieLynn Reinhard on Twitter (@mediaoracle) and at her website