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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.

Welcome to the Podcast Studio

By the numbers

23 Podcasts Brands

The podcast studio has been responsible for the production of 23 individual podcasts brands.

287 Episodes

Combined total of episodes

30K Downloads

Number of downloads

*Statistics from March 1, 2020 – June 24, 2021

Our Podcasts

The Polling Perspective

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The Way Forward

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Special Ed Files

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Living Well While Living Online

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Behind the White Coat

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UnCOMMon Grounds

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The Virtual Quadcast

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TOLD ME

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University Podcasts

Reece D'Angelo spent the last 10 years absorbing stories of monumental growth and exploring questions like: What makes someone resilient? Why are some people more likely than others to persist through profound challenge, and how do they do it? In this podcast, Reece talks with everyday people who overcome great challenges. Give it a listen to learn from their experiences, and improve your mindset along the way.

 

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.

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Isolated Together explores every conceivable angle related to the COVID-19 pandemic and its aftermath – that includes the serious stuff, and the stuff we can laugh at. One day we might talk to health care workers and people who have recovered from the virus and their families, and look at the health care system and its struggles. The next day, we might dig up tips and tricks for being creative in a world without toilet paper or mayonnaise.

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Many of us are now living the majority of our lives online. It is where we work, our social communication and connection, it is our entertainment and play. All of this screen time comes at a cost, which manifests differently for each of us.

In this podcast we will look at different ways that people are being resilient in their everyday lives in their pursuit to show up for themselves on a daily basis. It is our hope that you will find a few tricks and tools to add to your own survival kit while recognizing that the struggle is REAL... for all of us.

So put aside your ideals of perfection, control and normalcy and spend some time on this roller-coaster with us as we try to find some balance, and live well while living online.

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QKast is a weekly podcast hosted by David DesRoches and produced by students, Tom Conley-Wilson, Elise Velez, Ben Labadia and Nia Braccidiferro. QKast focuses on interesting and fun stories from within the university's campus and beyond.

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Doug Schwartz of the renowned Quinnipiac University Poll gives you a behind-the-scenes look at public opinion polling and what’s going on in politics today through a series of informal conversations between experts in the field. Each episode, Doug will spark conversations with fellow pollsters, journalists and others, with the goal of untangling the current political polling landscape for listeners.

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The Virtual Quadcast provides listeners a chance to hear virtual events held by the Quinnipiac University community. The episodes include conversations about planting a spring garden, the importance of keeping a journal, and more.

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The Way Forward is a presidential speaker series to connect members of the university community with leaders, visionaries and established professionals from across the country. The Way Forward will offer a virtual forum to showcase and share innovative ideas and critical thinking about some of the most current and pressing challenges facing society. It is hosted by Quinnipiac University president, Judy Olian.

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The TOLD ME (To Learn & Develop for Medical Educators) Podcast is for busy medical school faculty who want to expand their knowledge of teaching skills. This podcast is part of the faculty development program at the Frank H. Netter MD School of Medicine at Quinnipiac University and is produced in partnership with the Quinnipiac Podcast Studio. Each episode is approximately 30 minutes long and will be released every 2 weeks.

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.

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Do you ever wonder why journalists do the things they do? Why do they focus on one thing and ignore another? Why do they pretend to be unbiased? And why do they care so much about awards? Baffled with David DesRoches just might have some answers. You might not agree with them, and that's the point -- to start a dialogue about this important industry. Hosted by an award-winning journalist (see that?), this podcast explores those moments when we consume media and say to ourselves, “Huh?” The goal is to offer thoughts on improving journalism and the media industry, and to also help non-journalists better understand the reporting process. In an era when distrust is as common as a cold, the need for podcasts like this cannot be overstated. So go and start one yourself!

Fluid Truth with attorney Shirley Skyers-Thomas is a collection of stories and conversations that attempt to answer the question: Is there equity in the justice system?

Guests share their encounters with the justice system, and in hearing these stories, we are given a glimpse into another person’s truth, for just a moment.

We all have our own truth. It’s not absolute – it’s fluid.

 

Student Podcasts

Behind the White Coat is a podcast where we learn about the stories of people underrepresented in medicine through a series of conversations. My conversations range anywhere from talking with doctors to first year medical students. Regardless if you are already a med student, doctor, or have never even thought about going into medicine you will be able to connect with these stories and gain some insight on the people who make up the medical field.

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CenterStage is a podcast for those interested in how the mind of an artist works. We sit down with actors, directors, writers, and artists of all kinds to figure out just what gets their creative juices flowing. Hosted and produced by Sergio De La Espriella, CenterStage is intended for artists to speak freely about whatever comes to mind. We explore different creative techniques, how personal experiences affect art, and even tackles some heavier topics, such as race and gender equality within the theatre.

Each episode, Ryan Coope will sit down with a new guest to interview them about their "story" in the world of sports. Guests range from athletes to coaches and even some super fans at the high school, college and even professional level. After getting to know his guest, Ryan will then ask them about the hottest topics and debates in all of sports. Tune in for some fun, entertaining, sports talk.

This podcast is about me, Kaye Paddyfote, and what it’s like living through a pandemic but still juggling your everyday things like school, work, friends, and more. I’ll talk about issues that I think are really important but also will get into more light-hearted conversations as well. This podcast will have guests as well, depending on the topic. ALL opinions I talk about are my own viewpoints unless I cite a source. If you’re interested and curious about what life is like for a graduating senior in college this is definitely the podcast to listen to.

Hidden Helpful History is an easy-to-access gateway to history around the world, revealing obscure and interesting history topics rarely found in today’s historical circles. From Caesar's child with Cleopatra to obscure aircraft carrier submarines, the end of gladiators to Henry VIII's wives, all manner of obscure facts are brought into the light in order to expand our knowledge and enlighten our lives.

Bonssa Tufa, a longtime NASCAR fan, chats with various people in the New England Racing Community. Guests can range from drivers, to owners, to track promoters, officials, and more. Bonssa tries to bring different perspectives in racing to understand where each person comes from. Because everyone has a different story. Follow Bonssa on Twitter and Instagram at Bonssa_

Science is a Girl’s Best Friend podcast promotes the power and positivity of females in the sciences, hosted by Nicole Brissette. Nicole is studying physical therapy at Quinnipiac University. She hopes to enter the field to directly improve other people's lives and wishes to share the joy in doing so. Nicole's mantra is "life is good" and hopes others can adopt that ideology and apply it every day. Together we uncover some of the challenges faced in and out of the classroom. We focus on our drive to be better and challenge ourselves every day. We share our passions and hope to inform others on the possibilities that come along with studying science. This podcast is targeted to other females in these fields and prospective girls wondering where they can best use their talents. Each guest has value in their individual stories, so this podcast gives them the opportunity to share that worth. Follow Nicole on Instagram at Scienceisagirlsbestfriend and on Facebook at Nicole Brissette.

Hello and welcome to Storytelling RX! In this podcast, I’ll take you on an adventure through the World of storytelling. We will look at different genres, topics, and ideas in stories and also tell stories written by myself and others.

Have you ever thought about how fascinating human cultures around the world are? Past AND Present? Or wondered about how we evolved, look so different, or even what skeletons can tell us about peoples’ lives and our history? Or how we humans interact with our environment or obtain our food? Well, we do! We are anthropology students at Quinnipiac University and want to explore all things human through the field of anthropology. Join us as we discuss human cultures, biology, archaeology, language – and all the things humans do and have done throughout history.

The Roar is a weekly podcast hosted by students Dan Bahl and Matt McAuliffe. Formerly known as the Quinnipiac Athletics Podcast, The Roar features interviews and segments with Quinnipiac University student-athletes, coaches and administrators that will give you a behind-the-scenes look at what it means to be a Bobcat.

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How many times have you walked by someone on campus and had no idea who they were or their incredible story? Skylar Haines and Nicole McIsaac, journalism majors and avid storytellers, have set out to interview Quinnipiac students so that their exceptional initiatives and visions don't go ignored.

This podcast is told from the perspective of a New Jersey fan. Unleash the Dawgs will dive into the recruiting classes of the University of Georgia for the past, present, and future, while discussing comparisons with other college football teams. To my fellow Georgia football fans, or even just regular college football fans, this is for you!

Community Podcasts

This is a podcast about people with different abilities and how they are shaped by their experiences. Hosted by Alena Galan, an alum of Quinnipiac University, the podcast hopes to change a common perception: that people with disabilities are somehow unable to follow their dreams. The podcast is a production of the Quinnipiac University Podcast Studio in partnership with Ability Media, and is produced by David DesRoches, director of community programming.

If you're touched in any way by the life of a child with a disability, this podcast is for you. Each week, hosts Julie Swanson and Jennifer Laviano pull back the curtain on what really happens in special education. The Special Ed Files will explore real-world examples in special education, explain where mistakes were made, explain where the law was violated, and help listeners avoid making these mistakes. The podcast hopes to demystify the federal law that governs special education, and change the lives of children with disabilities by empowering the adults who work with them.

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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.

About our Director

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.

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