Episode 33 – “Lost in Transcription” by Steven Rodriguez et. al

Co-winner in the Graduate Category of the 2022 Excellence in Podcasting Competition

In an increasingly digital world, where Zoom meetings are now commonplace, the importance of transcripts–as a written record of audio and for accessibility–cannot be understated. In this episode, Steven Rodriguez, along with his cohosts discusses how transcripts have shaped the humanities and what can often be lost in the process.

“Overall with academic-type of communication, I feel like the key is always to anecdotalize; to talk about moments, to talk about cases, to tell stories that you can then build your academic ideas around”

– Jad Abumrad

This episode features half of the full episode produced by Steven. To listen to the full episode, click here.

What was your process for structuring this episode?

“The episode came together over the course of a week as part of the National Humanities Center’s “Podcasting the Humanities Workshop.” My co-producers and I brainstormed episode topics together and quickly decided that transcription would be a fruitful topic to explore.”

What was it like to collaborate with other producers on this episode?

“It was really rewarding to work with scholars from so many different fields. I felt that I was able to benefit from the different disciplinary perspectives.”

How long did it take for you to produce this episode?

“One week.”

What advice would you have for graduate students that are interested in producing something similar?

“Make sure you spend enough time on audio. Obviously, the content needs to be really high quality, but you can risk turning off listeners if you don’t give enough attention to making something that sounds professional, or close to it.”

You can read more about Steven’s work here:
Podcasting the Humanities