2 April. Podcast Analysis Exercise & The Beltline

Podcast Analysis

Today we are going to listen to the trailer for USA Today’s Podcast series called The City. After we listen to the podcast, please respond to the following questions in groups:
  • 1. Audience: Why does the podcast hold my attention and keep me listening? Does the podcast cover a topic I am especially interested in and in a way that other news outlets or sources do not or cannot? Is the podcast something that my friends and I listen to? Does the podcast you chose provide a model for how to appeal to an audience?
  • 2. Structure: What is the overall structure of the podcast. What sorts of segments make up the overall podcast? How are those segments arranged? Do the hosts announce the transition from one segment to the next? Why is the overall structure effective? Does the podcast provide a structural model?
  • 3. Audio: what audio cues are used in the podcast? Are the cues consistent throughout? Is the volume consistent across the whole podcast? Does the podcast provide a model for the types of audio cues? 
  • 4. Conclusion: How does the podcast concludes? Do hosts announce what to expect on the podcast to follow? Is there outgoing audio cues or music? Does the podcast provide a model for how to conclude?

Beltline Discussion

  • 1. After the class leads write their discussion questions on the board, choose a question, and take few minutes to respond to the question you chose
  • 2. How can the visions of the future that developer have, be detrimental to people in the present?

Script/Storyboard Overview

  • The following is a model storyboard that I put together. Your script should be more detailed. For instance, name the sound cues; include some description/analysis of the scenes you discuss; include questions for “guests” and even guest ‘bio’s’; and any other segment/analysis outline or details you’ll need when you record.
  • Remember it takes approx. 1 minute to say/read 130 words
  • Also the format below is just a model. You’ll need to decide, as a group, what sort of organization works best for your topic and format.


Segment Content
Introduction Opening sound cue/audio; title; introduce hosts; and let audience know what to expect in terms of content and format. Can use the introduction to introduce your main claim(s) and how you plan to develop them in the introduction. May want to designate two or three group members as hosts and other members as guests. Example Topic: Walking Dead, Season One and Ideal Eats!
Segment One Example Segment: Top Five ‘Best Eats!!’. [signal with sound cue–some gross zombie eating guts noises, perhaps] At its heart Walking Dead is a show about eating–who eats and who gets eaten. In today’s top five best eats, and really throughout the podcast, we’ll show how life after nature is possible in the Walking Dead because it is a world filled with ideal consumers. Top five list: Dinner with Dwaine, Morgan, and Rick, ATL zombies eat Ricks horse, foraging for mushrooms with Lori, zombies eat Daryl’s deer, and fishing with Andrea and her sister. 
Analysis Transition [Signal with sound cue] What do you all think of this week’s rankings? Discussion of each scene in comparison to the others and the defintion of our podcast topic/key term–(Ideal Eats) Really use sequence analysis terms here. May also want to discuss what scenes didn’t make the cut. Ex: Why not include getting drunk at the CDC?
Segment Two [Signal with sound cue] now I am going to interview one or two expert ‘guests.’ Determine what specialties your team members have and how you can those specialities may make them good podcasts guests. For instance, knowledge of the show or of, in the case of this podcast, sustainable agriculture & raw food diets
Analysis/Transition [Signal with a sound cue] Now all five of us will tie the first two segments back into the overall goal of the podcast–Ideal Eating and life after nature. Then transition into the last segment.
Segment Three [Signal with sound cue] Our final segment is a recipes of the week! This week’s recipe is Macaroni Milanese: bring pot of salted water to a boil, cook 1 lb. macaroni according to package, in a separate pan fry tongue, set aside and add lemon juice and white wine, reduce, add cream (3-4 mins), add truffles or mushrooms, add butter until sauce thickens, salt and pepper to taste. Remove from heat and add gruyere. Pour sauce over cooked pasted in 9′ x 11′ baking dish. Bake 35 mins at 350.   
Analysis/Transition [Signal with sound cue] tie recpie into overall goal of the show and then transition into conclusion
Conclusion [Signal with sound cue] thank guests and provide an overview if you think audiences need one.

Podcast Script

  • Get into your Podcast groups and chat about some of the following: what’s the topic of your podcast and what sort of argument do you plan to make about that topic? How do you plan to organize the podcast? What roles do want each member of your group to take on?

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Group 1: Sidd, Ashley, Le, Anna, and Matthew S. Group 7: Michael W., Craig, Mael-Sahn, Alhana Group 12: Dylan
Group 2: Matthew Audrey, Roni, Tori, and Jackson Group 8: Asha, Nicholas, and Mohan Group 13: Parth, Justin, Anu, Achal
Group 3: Anish, Thiago, George, Omar, Jeanette Group 9: Azhar, Nikolay, and Jeffrey Group 14: Uti, Lama, Ali
Group 4: Nicolas, Gabriel, Thomas, Luke, and Darren Group 10: Josh, Matt M., Hasha, and Andrew T. Group 15: Jami, Morgan, Kelsey, Kyle, and Lilly
Group 5: Valerie and Dalila Group 11: Danielle, Ricky, Andrew B., Felipe Group 16: Jessica, Jennifer, Sachi, Kia, and Brian
Group 6: Isabelle, Catherine, and Morgan Group 17: Marc, Nikhil, Andrew, and Cory
Group 18: Michael, Sidd, and Damian

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