This is Wheel Talk.

From the Emory Wheel, this is Wheel Talk — a podcast focusing on news surrounding Emory University. Tune in to hear about the most pertinent stories on campus, broken down by Wheel journalists.

 

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A new way to consume news.

We’re launching Wheel Talk to bring you the Emory stories that matter, in audio format. We want to share the viewpoints of students, faculty, and staff to keep you updated on what’s happening on campus. And during the pandemic, we’ll bring you stories from across the globe as students continue their college experience remotely.

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Episodes

Episode 10: Play Ball: Emory’s Return to Sports

The advent of the COVID-19 pandemic has brought damage to many areas of our life, and sports are no exception. Stories of empty stadiums and athletes in quarantine painted an alarming image of the losses the sports world faced. Within our own Emory community, these losses have been felt with the cancellation of the 2020 spring and fall seasons. However, the story doesn’t end here. In December 2020, the University announced that practices would be resumed, bringing some hope for the return of sports as we once knew them. Sports Editor Michael Mariam discusses about the changes in Emory athletics over the past year, the recent outbreak and the future of sports normalcy. Coaches and athletes tell us about the hardships that last semester brought and what it means to be back playing.

Episode 9: The Atlanta Spa Shootings: A Tragedy Close to Home

On March 16, a 21-year-old white gunman killed eight people at three spas in the Atlanta area. Six of the victims were East Asian women, and at least four of those killed were of Korean descent. We speak to Emory community members about this tragedy and its heartbreaking impact. Racially motivated attacks on the Asian community in the U.S., such as this one, have long been a part of this country’s history. Executive Editor Anjali Huynh (22C) discusses the events of the past few weeks, and how harmful narratives about Asian Americans perpetuate these instances of violence and discrimination. In light of the shooting in Boulder, Colorado on March 22, Chief of Digital Operations Cailen Chinn (22C) grapples with her identity as an Asian American woman from Boulder living in Atlanta, reflecting on massacres in two places she calls home.

Episode 8: Emory’s Pandemic Year

Just over a year ago, the world of higher education was completely upended after the spread of a novel virus quickly turned into a pandemic. Whether on a remote island in the Bahamas, a Miami Heat game, or in your hometown the news was shocking. Editor-in-Chief Isaiah Poritz tells us the stories of Professor Anthony Martin, Dean of Emory College Michael Elliot and students Juanmartin Abreu-Melon (19Ox, 22C) and Sareena Sethi (20Ox, 22C) about where they were and what the email meant for them.

Episode 7: 1963 Emory’s Ongoing Desegregation

Emory College admitted its first Black student 58 years ago, but its integration continues today. On Feb. 10, the Wheel published “1963,” an investigative project led by the Wheel’s Opinion section, exploring desegregation as an ongoing project and emphasizing the inequities that remain at Emory and the Wheel. We speak with Opinion Editors Brammhi Balarajan and Ben Thomas about the project and how the Wheel’s coverage played a role in desegregation. Opinion writer Alice Zheng discusses the legacy of Asian American activism at Emory and Editorial Board member Rachel Broun speaks about the history of Black student demands at Emory.

Episode 6: When Will I Get the Vaccine?

Most students are wondering when they will be eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. In this podcast, we break down the University’s emails, town halls and interviews to explain the vaccine rollout process and timeline. We speak with staff writer Madison Hopkins (23C) and Emory Life Editor Angela Tang (22C) and field questions from our listeners.

Episode 5: A Historic Week

In this episode, we talk with news reporter Caelan Bailey and Asst. News Editor Matthew Chupack about a historic week in America. We listen to Virginia Brown’s (23C) experience in the Senate chamber when insurgents stormed the Capitol and Professor of Political Science Alan Abramowitz’s breakdown of how Georgia elected its first Black and Jewish Senators.

Episode 4: The Most Influential Art of 2020

In this episode, we talk with Arts & Entertainment Editor Saru Garg and writers Jeffrey Rosen and Zimra Chickering about the most influential pieces of art from 2020. Listen for a breakdown of the best movies, TV shows, music and Emory art of this year.

Episode 3: All Eyes on Georgia

In this episode, we talk with News Editor Anjali Huynh about the presidential election, the future of the country with a Biden-Harris presidency and Georgia’s role in controlling the Senate. This podcast features interviews with Emory students, renowned political scientist Dr. Alan Abramowitz, sociologist Dr. Tracy Scott and political scientist Dr. Bernard Fraga.

Episode 2: The Spring Conundrum

In this episode we talk with news reporter Matthew Somekh about Emory’s spring plan, administrators’ reaction to student concerns and the detrimental mental health impacts of another semester without academic breaks.

Episode 1: Emory’s First-Time Voters

 In this episode we talk with Emory Wheel News Editor Ninad Kulkarni about first-time voters, the significance of voting in Georgia and student reactions to the thwarted University-wide Election Day holiday.

Meet the Producers

Gabriella Lewis

Gabriella Lewis

Digital Operations & Podcast Editor

Gabriella Lewis (23C) is from San Francisco, California, majoring in political science and women, gender, and sexuality studies. Outside the Wheel, she is involved with the Residence Life and voting rights at Emory. She also enjoys national parks, eating ramen and telling people she’s from California.

Contact Lewis at [email protected].

Isaiah Poritz

Isaiah Poritz

Editor-in-Chief

Isaiah Poritz (22C) is from Salt Lake City, Utah, majoring in political science. Outside of the Wheel, Poritz is a reporter for the Georgia News Lab, an investigative journalism collaborative. He previously interned at CBS News and the Salt Lake City Weekly. He is a die-hard Utah Jazz fan and he loves coffee.

Contact Poritz at [email protected]

Cailen Chinn

Cailen Chinn

Chief of Digital Operations

Cailen Chinn (22C) is from Boulder, Colorado, majoring in French and film & media studies with a management concentration. She is a member of Emory’s varsity swim team. She prides herself in her coffee addiction (which she documents on her Instagram account, @cailendrinkscoffee).

Contact Chinn at [email protected]

Ninad Kulkarni

Ninad Kulkarni

Senior News Editor

Ninad Kulkarni (22C) is from Hyderabad, India, majoring in economics and mathematics. Outside of the Wheel, he is involved in undergraduate research and is a teaching assistant. You can catch him cheering for Bayern Munich and making poor attempts at playing sports.

Contact Kulkarni at [email protected]

Catherine Aniezue

Catherine Aniezue

Assistant Producer

Catherine Aniezue (23C) is originally from Lagos, Nigeria, but now lives in Evans, Georgia. She is majoring in psychology with a potential minor in Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies. She is a self-proclaimed chocolate and coffee lover, and always enjoys a good series. Aniezue hopes to become a child clinical psychologist in the future and maybe get a chance to publish her own novel. 

Contact Aniezue at [email protected]

Eythen Anthony

Eythen Anthony

Assistant Producer and Senior Critic

Eythen Anthony (23C) is from Cross Lanes, West Virginia, double majoring in psychology and creative writing. Some of his hobbies include reading, listening to comedy podcasts and watching movies. He’s particularly a fan of horror, but watches all genres and enjoys receiving recommendations.

Contact Anthony at [email protected].

Carly Colen

Carly Colen

Assistant Producer

Carly Colen (23C) is from Arlington Heights, Illinois, majoring in political science and minoring in ethics. Outside of the Wheel, she is involved in Theater at Emory, Fair Fight, Hillel and plays on the Ultimate Frisbee Team.

Contact Colen at [email protected]