Saturday, November 20: 3:00 pm - 4:15 pm

Beyond Ear Candy—Making Podcasts That Matter

with Chioke I'Anson, Waubgeshig Rice, and Claire Tacon.


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A great podcast can memorialize, mobilize, and inspire.

Join Chioke I’Anson, Waubgeshig Rice, and Claire Tacon as they discuss the opportunities that podcasting presents for anyone looking to share essential stories. They will discuss how they use podcasts in education, writing, and community-building. Plus: hear their hot tips on getting started (even if you’re not an audio producer).

  • Chioke I’Anson is one of the voices of NPR’s sponsorship messages. Since 2016, he has tracked and delivered underwriting copy for newscasts and digital downloads. He is also a professor of African American Studies at Virginia Commonwealth University and is the Director of Community Media at VPM + ICA Community Media Center, which provides free workshops and training to anyone who wants to get into podcasts. I’Anson was the producer of an audiobook, I’m From Nowhere by Lindsay Lerman, which features the voice of NPR’s Cara Stevens. He is also occasionally a guest scorekeeper filling in for Bill Kurtis on Wait Wait…Don’t Tell Me! I’Anson received a bachelor’s degree in philosophy and religion from FAMU and a Ph.D. in philosophy from the University of South Florida.

  • Waubgeshig Rice is an author and journalist from Wasauksing First Nation. He has written three fiction titles, and his short stories and essays have been published in numerous anthologies. His most recent novel, Moon of the Crusted Snow, was published in 2018 and became a national bestseller. He graduated from the journalism program at the university formerly known as Ryerson in 2002, and spent most of his journalism career with the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation as a video journalist and radio host. He left CBC in 2020 to focus on his literary career. He lives in Sudbury, Ontario with his wife and two sons.

  • Claire Tacon is the author of In Search of the Perfect Singing Flamingo (Wolsak & Wynn), which was the 2019 Hamilton Reads selection. Her first novel In the Field (Biblioasis), was the winner of the 2010 Metcalf-Rooke Award and her short fiction has been shortlisted for the Bronwen Wallace Award, the CBC Literary Prize and has appeared in various journals and anthologies. She has an MFA from the University of British Columbia and has been a lecturer at St. Jerome’s University since 2011.