Owen Podcasters Share Culture, Explore College

Owen Podcasters Share Culture, Explore College
Posted on 12/15/2021
A forward-thinking podcast collaboration is providing Charles D. Owen High English Language Learner (ELL) students with a means to share their experiences while getting a taste of college and media careers.From the BCS Communications Department:

A forward-thinking podcast collaboration is providing Charles D. Owen High English Language Learner (ELL) students with a means to share their experiences while getting a taste of college and media careers.

Ms. Emily Carter’s students teamed up with Professor Christine Swoap’s Advanced Spanish Class at Warren Wilson College for the semester-long storytelling project. The two classes read the book “I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter” by Erika Sánchez and discussed personal stories and themes of culture, food, travel, diversity, and inclusion. They studied the technical and artistic sides of podcasting, and over the past couple weeks, they recorded conversations with family, community members, and each other using a portable audio lab from Warren Wilson. Last week Ms. Carter’s class visited the college’s professional sound lab, where Professor Swoap’s students are arranging and mastering the podcasts.

“This project exposed the students to the concept of podcasting and a lot of media careers,” Ms. Carter said. “They also learned about college life, how to collaborate with people in different age groups and with different interests, more ways to tell a story, how to use technology, and more.”

Casey Orellana, a junior, swapped family stories and traditions with a Warren Wilson student for their podcast. She said she had a lot of fun talking to her family members about the past.

“It was kind of hard to come up with questions and settle on what topics to keep, but it was really interesting,” she said. “You don’t know what you don’t know about a person until you talk to them.”

Alonso Morales, a freshman, had a similar experience when he interviewed a current and former Owen student about their experiences with race and culture at the school.

“I wanted to do something serious that would change people’s minds about how minorities feel,” he said. “And I really like to find out about other people’s experiences. They have a lot of stories to tell.”