Rethinking Radio: Storytelling as Civic Activism
This thesis is in support of "Stories from Gary," a project wherein the coauthors recorded events, interviews and conversations with community members of Gary, IN, between July 2013 and April 2014. The project's objectives were to create an oral history collection for the city's archives and continued use, and to collect material for a podcast, to be edited and produced by the co-authors and distributed online during the summer of 2014. The broader project goals were (a) to explore the factors and variables present in crafting an episodic series of audio stories with digital tools and audio sharing websites, (b) to contribute to community development efforts in the City of Gary as members of the student formed non-profit organization, Creative Initiatives for the Public Space (CIPS), and (c) to investigate the role that storytelling plays in the political and community identity of a place. The thesis reviews theories of sound, listening, narrative and community development that informed the methodology over the course of the project. It also addresses the current project timeline, and compares outcomes to initial predictions and intentions.