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American Public Media and Putney Student Travel offer first-ever summer podcast immersion for high school students

PRESS RELEASE — January 9, 2018 · Updated January 21, 2018

St Paul MI, USA - American Public Media (APM) and Putney Student Travel are launching The Summer Podcast Institute, an immersive two-week learning experience for high school students interested in podcast and audio production. Taking place across two sessions in June and July 2018, the podcasting school – the first of its kind – will be based at the Macalester College campus and feature visits to the nearby Kling Public Media Center, headquarters of Minnesota Public Radio and APM, where students will have access to APM’s studios and resources.

The Summer Podcast Institute will teach students skills in the development, production and execution of podcasts and audio-rich storytelling. APM producers, hosts, and experienced instructors will mentor students as they produce original work.

Award-winning APM producers, editors and hosts serving as mentors for this summer’s sessions include The Hilarious World of Depression host John Moe, Terrible, Thanks for Asking host Nora McInerny, Brains On host Molly Bloom, and Stephen Smith, executive editor of APM Reports, home of the Peabody Award-winning In The Dark podcast.

“Podcasts offer some of the most exciting creative and career opportunities in all of media, but there are so few ways for young people to get started in this field,” said Nathan Tobey, director, On Demand and National Cultural Programming at American Public Media. “We’re thrilled to partner with Putney Student Travel to help change that, training the next generation of podcast makers.”

Nearly 40 percent of the U.S. adult population has tuned in to a podcast, with 42 million listening to at least one podcast each week. The Summer Podcast Institute will help develop and expand the voice of young storytellers interested in creating podcasts of their own. Participating students will be able to pursue a particular area of interest from a list of seven tracks – ranging from Personal Narrative & History to Music & The Arts – and will experience using APM’s studios, recording equipment and other resources as they work to tell their stories.

“As a leader in innovative programming and podcasting production, APM is an ideal partner with whom to launch the country’s first podcasting school of its kind for high school students,” said Alexandra Bodel, director, Putney Student Travel. “We look forward to combining our experience in educational program development with APM’s expertise to create the Summer Podcast Institute.”

Each session will culminate with a final presentation of student work to fellow participants and a panel of APM producers. APM staff will curate a selection of student work to later be shared at the Fitzgerald Theater in a listening party open to parents and friends.

Prior radio or podcast experience is not a prerequisite for applicants. More information on The Summer Podcast Institute can be found by visiting Applications for the 2018 summer sessions are available at

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