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Written by: Hannah Litz
Date: November 26, 2019

It’s a Pod World

The popularity of podcasts is growing by the day. Over half of all Americans have listened to at least one podcast and a research firm has found over 750,000 podcast shows and more than 30 million episodes to choose from! What’s exciting about podcasting is that it is relatively easy and inexpensive to produce your own show. Another great thing about podcasts is that you can subscribe to them, so you automatically get notified (via your favorite podcast app) when new episodes drop.

In response to the popularity of podcasts in entertainment as well as in education, WOSU Classroom has developed a podcasting class for educators as well as a unique podcasting experience for students!

Podcasting in the Classroom
Date: 5/06/2020
Time: 9am – 2:30pm
Podcasting has become an increasingly popular form of storytelling and communication in today’s digital age. In this course, we will look at the benefits of podcasting and then we will help develop a plan for a podcast from script-writing to audio tools for recording. Finally, we will share resources of different platforms for publishing your podcast. Visit our course catalog to register.

Student Podcasting Experience
Date: 3/11/20
Times: 9:00–10:00am, 11:00am–12:00pm, or 1:00–2:00pm
Bring your students to the WOSU Public Media station for an introduction to podcasting. Learn the industry secrets and get firsthand information from WOSU reporters, producers and engineers. This event is open to students in grades 5–12. Space is limited. Please call 614-688-1109 to register.


Join the NPR Student Podcast Challenge

For the 2nd year running, NPR is sponsoring a podcast challenge for students in grades 5–12.

Here’s how it works: Your class or extracurricular group puts together a podcast that is between 3–12 minutes long. Teachers submit entries to NPR and the winning podcast submissions will be featured in segments on Morning Edition or All Things Considered. Sure, this is a competition, but it’s also about learning new skills in a fun way! Submissions will be accepted through March 31, 2020.

You can find rules, submission guidelines and resources on the NPR site.


WOSU Original Podcasts

Rivet podcast logoWOSU Public Media is excited to be creating content that allows audiences to tap into our local programming on their time and allows our producers to stretch their talents beyond the usual broadcast model. We have a few podcasts that are perfect for educators and students alike.

How do you turn what you love into a career? On Rivet, hear firsthand from students translating their interests into jobs … without traditional college. Listen to this American Graduate project as we highlight the next generation of workers in Ohio’s top industries such as agriculture, insurance and health care.

Listen to Rivet Tuesdays during Morning Edition on 89.7 NPR News, or find it on your favorite podcast app. Learn more about career readiness resources in Columbus at


StoryCorps COLUMBUS brings you interviews from Central Ohioans discussing some of the most important moments of their lives.StoryCorps COLUMBUS graphic

StoryCorps’ mission is to preserve and share humanity’s stories in order to build connections between people and create a more just and compassionate world. In the summer of 2019, StoryCorps partnered with WOSU Public Media to record dozens of stories in Columbus.

Now, StoryCorps COLUMBUS delivers a collection of those stories through a podcast and 89.7 NPR News.