Panel Discussion

Archives to Earbuds:
Podcast as Cultural Artifact

Ben Naddaff-Hafrey (The Last Archive, Revisionist History) moderates a panel including Bill Healy (Somebody, You Didn’t See Nothin), 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.

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Ben Naddaff-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.”

Natalia Petrzela

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.

Dana Germer Margie

Dana Gerber-Margie was the co-founder of Bello Collective, a podcast newsletter, and co-editor until 2020. Collaborating with a team of archivists, she co-led the Andrew W. Mellon-funded project Preserve This Podcast from 2018-2020. The project aimed to educate and provide resources for independent podcasters for the long-term preservation of their content. 

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. 

Renate Evers

Renate Evers has been working as Leo Baeck Institute Bruno and Suzanne Scheidt Director of Collections since 2016 in order to coordinate the efforts of the three collection departments at the Leo Baeck Institute – archives, art, and library. Prior to this appointment, she worked as LBI's Head Librarian for almost 14 years and as an archivist at LBI for 3 years. 

Jeremy Helton

Jeremy Helton is a former audio producer who now consults on a range of marketing, engagement, and business development 
projects related to podcasting. His clients include America’s Test Kitchen, KEXP, Leo Baeck Institute, Meredith Corporation, 
NBCUniversal, Sony Music, and Turner Classic Movies.

Jeremy is also a 2011 AIR New Voices Scholar, a Transom Donor Fund Award Winner, and served as Vice President, Marketing and Communications at Audioboom before launching his consultancy in 2018.

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