From quarantining in dorms to staring on the display screen in on-line courses — it was a wild yr to be a university scholar. And, it seems, it was a superb yr for us to welcome faculty college students for the primary time to the NPR Scholar Podcast Problem.
Right this moment we're asserting our favorites! From podcasts submitted from faculty college students throughout the nation, we have narrowed the checklist right down to 10 finalists. You possibly can learn and hearken to the complete checklist right here.
From this checklist, our judges will choose the grand-prize winners. We'll announce these winners subsequent week, together with our honorable mentions. Then, over the approaching weeks we'll speak to the winners and inform their tales on NPR's Morning Version and All Issues Thought-about.
Our checklist of finalists covers a full spectrum of faculty life. We clearly heard so much about COVID-19, however we additionally heard nice podcasts about id and music. About public transportation and friendship and racism in artwork. We even acquired some colourful excursions by means of meals and tradition. Following the pandemic, our second hottest subject was household: tons of multi-generational tales with household histories, traditions and wealthy storytelling.
Here's a fast rundown of our 10 finalists:
Anya Steinberg from Colorado School, explored what it felt prefer to be taught that her organic father — a sperm donor she had at all times been instructed was a health care provider — was the truth is a jazz musician. Hearken to "23 Chromosomes" right here. (A warning for listeners — this podcast comprises some language that might not be appropriate for kids.)
Do you want crawfish? Brian Le at Emory College began his podcast with that query, and from there, "A Story of Two Crawfish" takes us on the journey of two fictional crustaceans, Cajun and Viet, as an example the Vietnamese American expertise. Alongside the best way, we study a bit of identified department of cajun delicacies.
From Princeton College, Andrew Zacks despatched us a podcast that talks about meals in a really completely different manner. "Males, Properly Finished" defined the gendered advertising and marketing and historical past of grilling. And whereas Andrew whips up a scorching sizzling burger, he has a mini heart-to-heart with us as a result of, he explains, whenever you're behind the grill that is what you do!
Lennon Sherburne, who attends Simmons College in Boston, actually went deep in exploring their emotions. They describe how, for them, the pandemic expertise was completely different than most on account of one huge purpose: no laptop screens. Hearken to the "Let's Do The Time Warp" right here.
That sense of isolation amid the pandemic got here up time and again. Elijah McKee from Skidmore School put that feeling into sound in a postcard to his bed room. Via sound design, and poetic writing, McKee actually took us inside his head for his podcast, "A Postcard."
Different podcasts zoomed out for a wider image. Savannah Kelley from Northwestern College investigated one Iowa highschool's response to proposed state laws that may permit trangender college students to make use of the toilet of their selection. You possibly can hear her reporting right here.
Miriam Colvin from Penn State College additionally did some digging. "Competitors with the Greatest" reveals the story of a younger Muhammad Ali and a fateful boxing match that occurred a number of years earlier than he turned "The Best."
After residing by means of a summer time of protests centered round monuments to Accomplice leaders in Richmond, Va., Gabriela Santana, Joshua Gordon and Hassan Fields examined the distinction between vandalism and artwork. The scholars at Virginia Commonwealth College took a crucial eye to the statues that encompass their campus in "When Time Slows Down."
On the College of Chicago, the coed podcasters behind "PWI-ing Whereas Black" talked about a few of the points college students of coloration face on their campus, and took a satirical have a look at the standard admissions brochure. Lena Diasti, Hope Houston, Chase Leito, Daisy Okoye, Dinah Clottey and Jonathan Brooks all contributed to the piece.
And final, however actually not least, have you ever ever heard music within the subway? Not somebody busking or buzzing subsequent to you, however music within the subway trains themselves? Bennett Cook dinner from Buffalo State School does, and he positively satisfied us in his finalist entry "Subway Symphony."
Our congratulations to all of the finalists! Coming subsequent month, we'll be asserting the finalists in our Scholar Podcast Problem for center and highschool college students.