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IDA x Wondery: Podcast Day

Cross Campus DTLA, 800 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles CA 90017

A Daylong Exploration of Documentary Podcasting and Audio Documentaries

In co-presented with Wondery, Join us for our inaugural Podcast Day featuring a live performance, panel discussions with podcasting professionals, audio clips, and peer-to-peer networking, attendees will learn about the latest opportunities in documentary podcast storytelling, business models, and pitching.  

Confirmed Panelists Include:

Fernando Arruda

John Asante
(Neon Hum Media, Play It Back)

Misha Euceph
(Tell Them, I Am, The Big One: Your Survival Guide)

Sam Greenspan
(99% Invisible, Bellwether)

James Kim
(Development Producer at Gimlet.)

George Lavender
(Vice President of Content at Wondery)

Kristen Lepore
(Managing Producer at KCRW's Independent Producer Project)

Marshall Lewy
(Chief Content Officer at Wondery)

Paola Mardo
(Long Distance)

Mukta Mohan
(Development Producer at Crooked Media)

Arielle Nissenblatt
(EarBuds Podcast Collective)

Willa Seidenberg
(Professor of Professional Practice, USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism)

Abbie Fentress Swanson
(Executive Producer for Podcasts & Audio of Los Angeles Times)

David Weinberg
(Host & Producer at KCRW)



08:30 - 09:15 am

Registration/ Checkin

09:15 – 09:30 am

Morning Introductions

09:30 – 10:00 am

David Weinberg Live Performance from KCRW series “Welcome to LA”

10:15 – 11:45 am

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Storytelling with Sound

This expert panel will discuss techniques and show examples of how podcasts and audio documentaries use sound to build immersive and compelling stories.

Panelists: Fernando Arruda, Misha Euceph, David Weinberg; Moderator: George Lavender


12:00 – 01:30 pm

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Getting Started

So you want to make a podcast? Panelists will offer advice and tips about how to get started making a non-fiction narrative podcast. 

Panelists: John Asante, Misha Euceph, Sam Greenspan; Moderator: Willa Seindberg


01:30 – 02:15 pm

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Lunch Break

Catered lunch will be provided for all attendees. 


02:15 – 03:45 pm

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Industry/Pitching/Adaptation/Intellectual Property

How do you get your story made? On this panel, experts will talk about where and how to pitch your project.

Panelists: Kristen Lepore, Marshall Lewy, Abbie Swanson; Moderator: Arielle Nissenblatt


04:00 – 05:30 pm

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Women and Podcasters of Color

A panel highlighting women and POC who are making an impact in the documentary podcasting space. The panel will also discuss the state of inclusion in documentary podcasting, why who gets to tell whose story matters, and how everyone can participate in building mechanisms of support for a more inclusive community.

Panelists: John Asante, James Kim, Mukta Mohan; Moderator: Paola Mardo


05:30 – 06:30 pm

Networking Mixer