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How I Made It: Transcripts

Thursday, December 3, 2020
4:00 pm - 5:30 pm EST

Transcripts is a new podcast that uses audio from the Tretter Transgender Oral History Project to tell stories of the unsung trans activists who are fighting for justice around the United States. One important goal of the show is to disrupt the "visibility" thesis: the idea that because trans people have more media coverage in mainstream outlets, life is getting better for trans people. Instead, as the voices on Transcripts argue, increased media coverage has actually made things worse for a lot of trans people, especially trans people of color.

So how do you go about making a piece of media about a community that is, in part, about how media coverage can hurt members of that community? What strategies and techniques-- in editing your tape, in building your production workflow, in marketing your show, and more-- can mitigate the potential harms of making media about / with / for groups that are vulnerable to disinformation and discrimination? And, whether you're trans or not, what can you learn from the experience of making trans media that attempts to speak specifically to trans listeners?

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Headshot of Dr. Cassius Adair

Cassius Adair

Independent Audio Producer and Professor
Cassius Adair is the lead producer of the Transcripts podcast and a Visiting Assistant Professor at NYU's Department of Media, Culture, and Communication. His published writing about trans representation and media ethics has appeared in both scholarly journals and the popular press, and, with Tuck Woodstock of Gender Reveal, he's the co-founder of Sylveon Consulting. You can find more of his writing and audio work on He's a Virginian and a Taurus.


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