Barnard has a long tradition of nurturing narrative artists in fields such as writing and dance — and now, podcasting. An increasingly popular form of storytelling, podcasts allow us to experience a sense of intimate human connection — regardless of where we are. As producers for popular shows like “The Daily” from The New York Times and “Freakonomics,” four Barnard alumnae — Maggie Penman ’12, Theo Balcomb ’09, Rebecca Lee Douglas ’10, and Jessica Alpert ‘03 — are shaping the podcasting industry.
“I think that audio is such an incredible medium. When you hear someone’s voice, and you hear the emotion in their voice, you just connect to them in a way you won’t necessarily on the page,” says Maggie Penman ’12, now the executive producer of Post Reports, The Washington Post’s daily news and analysis podcast.
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Pictured in order above: Maggie Penman ’12, Thea Balcomb ’09, Rebecca Lee Douglas ’10, and Jessica Alpert ‘03