Scenic Roots, a new program of local public radio affiliate WUTC (88.1), will feature a podcast on Baylor's organic garden on Friday, May 31 at 3:00 p.m. The podcast was created by rising senior Anika Iqbal and faculty member Mike Kelly.
Hosted by Ray Bassett, Scenic Roots is designed to go "behind and beyond" headlines and bring voices from across the spectrum to "conversations that matter in the heart of Chattanooga and the Tennessee Valley." Bassett recently joined the staff of WUTC-FM, and brings more than 20 years of experience as a producer and editor in New York City, including work with famed broadcaster Charles Osgood on The Osgood File.
The story will run as part of a segment on the show called 'podcast partners,' according to Kelly, a Baylor School instructor in the humanities and digital support librarian. Kelly will be teaching two new electives in 2019-2020, an introduction to digital narratives and a course in film production. This spring, wanting to pilot the kind of audio storytelling that he had in mind for the course in digital narratives, Kelly approached Iqbal with the idea of collaborating on a story about the farm. "I wanted to profile the organic farm because I value the service it provides the community, and I figured we would find some good stories down there, which we did," said Kelly. "Anika was a natural choice for a student reporter. She has a reputation as an intellectually curious student who loves learning for the sake of it, and I knew she had some prior experience working on the farm and would, therefore, know the right questions to ask." The story centers on the impact of the gardening program and its founder and coordinator, Dr. Robin Fazio. Fazio also serves as a Spanish teacher in the Upper School and is a 1992 graduate of Baylor.
While Fazio and his students were the first to be profiled for the new digital narratives course, Kelly promises there is more to come. "I'm looking forward to working with students to uncover more stories on Baylor's campus, and I'm excited about cooperating with WUTC as a new 'podcast partner' in order to share those stories with both the Baylor community and, more broadly, the city of Chattanooga," he said.
To listen to a live stream of Scenic Roots on Friday at 3:00 P.M., click here. If you miss the live stream, the station will be posting the back episode in the coming weeks.
To read more about Iqbal's experience in creating the podcast, read her recent article in The Baylor Notes.