The Quinnipiac University Podcast Studio is operated by the School of Communications to tell the stories of those who share our corner of Connecticut. Along with the support of David DesRoches, the director of community programming, the podcasts are conceived and produced by faculty members, community members and students as part of their academic and professional development for the careers of the 21st century. The podcasts feature interviews with people making a difference in their world, as well as important stories that reflect our shared values. 

Our Podcasts

Interested in hosting your own podcast?

UnCOMMon Grounds

In a world that's shifting under our feet faster than any other era in a lifetime, information and media access are critical. So Quinnipiac University's School of Communications put together this podcast to introduce some of our students so they can talk about what they're learning, and how it's even more relevant now.

Listen to the school's dean, Chris Roush, interview different students about why they chose the school, how they got interested in their major, and their plans for the future.


uncommon grounds logo

Hunger in Hamden

Hunger in Hamden is an ongoing podcast series produced by Ben Bogardus, assistant professor of journalism at Quinnipiac. The first season consists of three episodes, and focuses on food insecurity in Hamden and the efforts by community organizations and individuals to connect families-in-need to resources. Episode Two of the first season, “The Keefe Center" and "Dinner for a Dollar,” won an Award of Excellence in the Broadcast Education Association’s Festival of Media Arts competition in the Radio Documentary category. Professor Bogardus plans to produce a second season of this award-winning series in the coming months.

Do you have a story to share about hunger or food insecurity? Email us.
Stay connected.
Follow us on Twitter and Instagram @QUpodcasts


Professor Ben Bogardus works with students taking his Art of the Podcast course.

Experiential Learning

Professor Ben Bogardus works with students taking his Art of the Podcast course.

“My students are excited about podcasting because of all the creative possibilities it offers. Their shows do not have to be traditional radio interview programs or news broadcasts. Instead, they can experiment with audio narrative storytelling — stories that combine words with music and sound effects to create an immersive audio experience.”
Ben Bogardus, Assistant Professor of Journalism

Upcoming Podcasts

Upcoming Podcasts

The Quinnipiac University Podcast Studio will be rolling out three more podcasts in the coming weeks.

The Polling Perspective

“The Polling Perspective,” hosted by Doug Schwartz, associate vice president and director of the Quinnipiac University Poll, will be providing an inside look at polling and the 2020 presidential election.


“TOLD” (To Learn and Develop), hosted by Lisa Coplit, associate dean for faculty development and associate professor of medicine, will explore new research in the medical field and be a resource for medical students and professionals.

Behind Rage

Podcast studio director, David DesRoches, will be producing a documentary-style podcast called “Behind Rage,” which explores the making of the original play, “RAGE,” which the Quinnipiac theater department recently produced. The play, written and directed by Elizabeth Dinkova, is an adaptation of Stephen King’s first novel, which is about a school shooting. King removed the novel from circulation after school shooters cited his novel after their massacres as inspiration. The play focuses on the internal struggle artists face when their work is used to justify a horrendous act.

Contact us

We’d love to hear from you

The schedule of upcoming podcasts is currently in development. The studio plans to be fully operational in the spring of 2020. It is conveniently located in the Center for Communications & Engineering on Quinnipiac University’s Mount Carmel Campus.

If you are interested in producing a podcast or learning more about the studio, please contact David DesRoches, the director of community programming, at david.desroches@qu.edu.

Director of Community Programming

David DesRoches

Director of Community Programming

David DesRoches joins us from WNPR Connecticut Public Radio. He won five 2018 Connecticut SPJ awards, a 2019 national Public Radio News Directors Incorporated (PRNDI), and was named to Connecticut Magazine’s “40 under 40” list. Working at the Darien Times, he earned a “Reporter of the Year” award from the New England Newspaper and Press Association in both 2013 and 2014. He also co-founded a nonprofit media company in Ethiopia called Project Image Ethiopia.