Media for Movement Building: Making podcasts about urban planning in east boston


Prerequisites: Preference for audio recording experience but open to all.

Load: 3 P.M. - 8 P.M. on Jan. 9 - 13, 17 - 19 (Eight 5-hour sessions over two weeks

Time Outside Class: 5-10 hours total


Over the course of 2 weeks, students will engage in a hands-on audio production workshop exploring urban planning issues in East Boston through multiple lenses. East Boston is a fascinating neighborhood for those interested in urban planning because of its unique geography, history, and shifting demographics. Long a neighborhood of immigrants trying to find their footing in America, the neighborhood’s seafront has recently attracted significant real estate investment that is leading to gentrification and displacement. Students will have an opportunity to explore and learn about the neighborhood firsthand as they journey to listen to the stories of interviewees, embark on walking tours, and engage in sound collection as a method of place-based inquiry. Workshop sessions will be focused on a range of topics relevant for producing a long-form interview for podcast, including understanding story structure, creating audio narratives, and editing. The course will be co-facilitated by the MIT Community Innovators Lab (CoLab) and Radio Producer, Marie Choi, of Making Contact, a social justice radio program based in the Bay Area.