Audio Fiction as a Diverse Gateway into Podcasting: A Companion Piece

On September 30th, I was honored to be offerd a slot to give a talk on International Podcast Day.  I gave a talk on audio fiction as a diverse gateway into podcasting, where I talked about why audio fiction is a haven for various oppressed and marginalized groups and why we should consider fiction as a potential gateway to acquire new listeners to podcasts as a whole.

You can find the talk here.

I am also providing a PDF of my talk, which contains a transcription of about 80% of what I say out loud. If you need slides to follow along for any reason, you can access them here.

I believe in fairly rigorous academic referencing for anything of this nature, so below you can find a complete list of the works I cited, the people and networks I mentioned, links to all the podcasts I talked about, and part of an extra reading list so you can get an idea of what I was looking at as I built this talk.

Reference List

Works Cited

Bobolz, S. & Yam, K. (2017). Why On-Screen Representation Actually Matters. Huffington Post. Retrieved from

Stewart, D-L. (2017). Language of Appeasement. Inside Higher Ed. Retrieved from

Edgar, J. (2018, February 9). Isn’t it time disabled actors and directors were allowed to make their own films? The Guardian. Retrieved from

Edison Research. (2018). The Infinite Dial. Retrieved from

Fernández-Collins, E. & Williams, W. (2018). Press Play on a Podcast Press Kit. The Bello Collective. Retrieved from

Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (Rep.). (2018). 2018 GLAAD Studio Responsibility Index. Retrieved from

Hoyes, M. (2016) Infographic: The true picture for black actors in the UK film industry. British Film Institute. British Film Institute. Retrieved from

Martins, N., & Harrison, K. (2011). Racial and Gender Differences in the Relationship between Children’s Television Use and Self-Esteem. Communication Research, 39(3).

McLoughlin, A. (2018). The Podcaster’s Guide to Transcribing Audio. The Bello Collective. Retrieved from

Muller, M. G. (2018, February 27). Women and People of Color Still Vastly Underrepresented in Hollywood According to UCLA Study. W Magazine. Retrieved from

Robb, A. E., Due, C., & Venning, A. (2016). Exploring Psychological Wellbeing in a Sample of Australian Actors. Australian Psychologist.

Smith, S. L., Choueiti, M., & Pieper, K. (2016). Inequality in 800 Popular Films: Examining Portrayals of Gender, Race/Ethnicity, LGBT, and Disability from 2007-2015. USC Annenberg Inclusion Initiative. Retrieved from  This study was cited in the talk, but there is a more up to date study released in July of 2018, linked in the Extra Reading section. It still supports conclusions that Hollywood is not making large leaps in diversity initiatives.

Woodburn D. & Kopić, K. (2016). The Ruderman White Paper: On Employment of Actors with Disabilities in Television. Ruderman Family Foundation. Retrieved from

Webster, T. (2018). Where Does Podcasting Go Next? Retrieved from

Podcasts Cited

People and Networks Referenced

  1. Wil Williams
  2. Alex Hensley
  3. @AccessthePod
  4. Lucille Valentine
  5. Multitude Productions
  6. Night Vale Presents

Extra Reading and Resources

Crucchiola, J. (2017). People of Color Directed Fewer Than 10 Percent of the Last Decade’s Top-Grossing Films, Report Shows. Vulture. Retrieved from

Feature Film Inclusion Report (Rep.). (2018, June 21). Directors Guild of America. Retrieved

Shawl, N. & Ward, C. (2005). Writing the Other: A Practical Approach. Available at

Smith et al. (2018).  Inequality in 1,100 Popular Films: Examining Portrayals of Gender, Race/Ethnicity, LGBT & Disability from 2007 to 2017. USC Annenberg Inclusion Initiative. Retrieved from

Powell, R. (n.d.). What Hollywood Gets Wrong About Disabilities. Huffington Post. Retrieved March 7, 2017, from

UCLA College of Social Science (Rep.). (2018). Hollywood Diversity Report 2018. Retrieved from