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Why We Write

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Why We Write is an interview-style podcast that takes a look at our diverse and award-winning community of writers — from alumni and professors to visiting authors. Each episode takes a deep dive into the work, habits, inspiration and motivation of our guests, who write for the page, the stage, and every age. Join us as we take a look at what it really means to be a published author in the 21st century.

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The Classroom Bookshelf

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Coming soon!

The Classroom Bookshelf podcast features conversations about diverse children’s and young adult books for K-8 educators.

In each episode, our hosts select a theme and discuss diverse books on that theme, as well as ways to make literacy learning meaningful, memorable, and joyful.

 

Podcast playlists

More podcasts featuring the Lesley community

Here is a selection of recent shows to give you a taste of the fascinating topics our professors and graduates are working on.

Trailblazers with Walter Isaacson: Working Out While Staying In
Associate Professor Donna Halper shares the history of exercise on the radio and television, from an audio fad that caught on in the 1920s to Jane Fonda's workouts.

Strategic Service Work and Accreditation
Lisa Ijiri, our vice provost for academic affairs, talks about pink meetings and her experience working with accreditation on The View from Venus podcast.
 

The Future of Design Education with Heather Shaw
It’s not a secret that technology is moving so fast it’s hard to keep up, especially design education. In the last few decades the way we think about design has dramatically changed so how are students keeping up? AIGA Boston's The Boston Designcast talks to Associate Professor Heather Shaw about design education, where it's been and where it's headed.

The Artsy Podcast: What Happens When Art Meets Craigslist
On a number of occasions, College of Art and Design faculty Sophie Barbasch has used Craigslist to ask strangers personal questions. On this podcast, she talks about turning those answers into artwork and the moral complications.

Weekend Edition: Author Explores a Dark History Through a Magical Story in ‘Rise of the Jumbies’
Bestselling author and MFA in Creative Writing professor Tracy Baptiste talks with NPR’s Lulu Garcia-Navarro about her Caribbean folk tale-inspired novels for middle grade readers.

SoundOff Podcast: Donna Halper on Radio, Religion and Rush
Veteran journalist and Associate Professor Donna Halper speaks about her discovery of the band Rush during her disc jockey days, as well as her religion and long career in radio.

Fresh Air: As Marriage Standards Change, A Therapist Recommends 'Rethinking Infidelity'
NPR’s Terry Gross interviews couples therapist and Lesley alumna Esther Perel ’82, whose book “The State of Affairs” looks at marriage and infidelity. Perel also has a popular podcast “Where Should We Begin.”

Teaching Matters
Alumna Sydney Chaffee ’07 has traveled the globe in recent months as the National Teacher of the Year. On this broadcast, she discusses her teaching “epiphany,” social justice, and her experiences in the classroom.

Jason Reynolds
Award-winning young adult author Jason Reynolds talks about being part of the Marvel universe, discusses James Baldwin’s “The Fire Next Time” on Book Riot’s Recommended, discusses poetry in his page-turner “Long Way Down” on the Barnes and Noble Podcast, and speaks about becoming a reader with Gayle King on CBS.

Want to be included in the next Lesley podcast/broadcast roundup? Email us at news@lesley.edu.