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Archives to Earbuds: Podcast as Cultural Artifact

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When an archival institution makes a podcast, it is not just highlighting historical artifacts from its collection, but it is also creating a new artifact. And in some cases the assemblage of existing audio recordings – snippets of decades-old broadcasts or excerpts from local oral histories – can transform a podcast itself into a chronicle of previously uncollected or inaccessible documentations that preserve and contextualize historical events and cultural moments.

Ben Nadaff-Hafrey (The Last Archive, Revisionist History) moderates a panel including Bill Healy (Somebody, You Didn’t See Nothin), Mary Kidd (NYPL and Preserve This Podcast), Natalia Petrzela (Welcome To Your Fantasy, Past Present) and Renate Evers (LBI, Exile), who will discuss how collecting organizations and scholars and podcast creators can utilize and make sense of the proliferation of-digital media and safeguard podcasts against digital obsolescence.

Presented by: LBI (Leo Baeck Institute) 

Hosted online by: AIR (Association of Independents in Radio)

Note: This is an online event.


Moderator: Ben Nadaff-Hafrey

Ben Nadaff-Hafrey
Ben Nadaff-Hafrey

Our moderator for Archives to Earbuds: Podcast As Artifact is Ben Nadaff-Hafrey. Ben writes and hosts The Last Archive (Pushkin Industries), a podcast he created with historian Jill Lepore to examine “the history of truth, and the historical context for our current fake news, post-truth moment.” Each episode is driven by a historian’s detective-like evaluation of evidence in the historical record. Ben writes about history, technology, music, and films. Previously, he was the founding music editor at Mic and a video producer and sometimes music writer at NPR. Ben graduated from Harvard with a degree in History & Literature and a secondary in Mind/Brain/Behavior. He’s also a musician, and has written scores for BBC radio, a Pushkin Industries audiobook, and documentary film.

Panelist: Bill Healy

Bill Healy

Bill Healy is a journalist in Chicago. He produced You Didn’t See Nothin (Invisible Institute/USG Audio), winner of the 2023 Award for Best Serialized Story from the Third Coast Audio Festival, and Somebody (Invisible Institute/iHeart), an investigative podcast that was a finalist for the 2021 Pulitzer Prize in Audio Reporting. Bill is currently working on two upcoming podcasts: One about parole, and another building on the work of his hero, Studs Terkel. He teaches documentary radio at Northwestern University.

Panelist: Mary Kidd

Mary Kidd
Mary Kidd

Mary Kidd is the Systems and Operations Manager at the New York Public Library's Preservation and Collections Processing Department. Previously, she led the Andrew W. Mellon-funded project Preserve This Podcast (2018-2022), collaborating with a team of archivists to raise awareness about the challenges affecting the long-term preservation of web- and digital-born audio content. She also held the role of National Digital Stewardship Resident at the New York Public Radio Archives.

Panelist: Natalia Petrzela

Natalia Petrzela
Natalia Petrzela

Natalia Petrzela is a historian of contemporary American politics and culture. She is the author of Classroom Wars: Language, Sex, and the Making of Modern Political Culture (Oxford University Press, 2015), and Fit Nation: The Gains and Pains of America’s Exercise Obsession (University of Chicago Press, 2023). She is co-producer and host of the acclaimed podcast Welcome To Your Fantasy, from Pineapple Street Studios/Gimlet and the co-host of Past Present podcast. She is a columnist for MSNBC Opinion, a frequent media guest expert, public speaker, and contributor to outlets including the New York Times, the Washington Post, CNN, and the Atlantic.

Natalia is Associate Professor of History at The New School, co-founder of the wellness education program Healthclass 2.0, and a Premiere Leader of the mind-body practice intenSati. Her work has been supported by the Spencer, Whiting, Rockefeller, and Mellon Foundations. She holds a B.A. from Columbia and a Ph.D. from Stanford and lives with her husband and two children in New York City.

Panelist: Renate Evers

Renate Evers, Director of Collections at Leo Baeck Institute
Renate Evers

Renate Evers has been serving as the Bruno and Suzanne Scheidt Director of Collections at Leo Baeck Institute New York (LBI) since 2016, coordinating the work of LBI's three collections departments - Archives, Art, and Library. She holds an MLS and MIS from German universities, an MCIS from Rutgers University, and an MA in Jewish Studies from Columbia University. She has worked in various capacities in special collections, archives, and university libraries, building and preserving physical and digital collections.