The Fourteenth

Guest List

Maureen McMurray: an executive producer for New Hampshire Public Radio and the editorial director for Civic 101, a podcast which provides explanations about various topics within the large sphere of civics: “institutions, mechanisms, and concepts that make up the United States,” according to an article on Local News Lab. The article includes Ms. McMurray’s explanation for the premise of the podcast, which was launched on Inauguration Day of this year and often uses listener questions to present compelling and relevant information about civic-related issues.

Josh Stearns: a partner in launching Local News Lab, an online project of Democracy Fund designed to share stories and tools for local news practitioners and communities. The Lab was originally launched by the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation and was later relaunched by Democracy Fund. The concept for Local News Lab is for it to function as a “testing ground for the future of local journalism.”

Teresa Gorman: a partner in launching Local News Lab, an online project of Democracy Fund designed to share stories and tools for local news practitioners and communities. The Lab was originally launched by the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation and was later relaunched by Democracy Fund. The concept for Local News Lab is for it to function as a “testing ground for the future of local journalism.”

Brandon Stanton: the founder and photographer of Humans of New York (HONY), which began as a photography project to document thousands of New Yorkers but evolved into a blog when Mr. Stanton began to interview his subjects. The words of his subjects accompany their portraits, adding a heightened sense of humanity. His recent photographs from the Met Gala offer a refreshing look into the lives of high-profile people, according to My Modern Met article.

Dr. Jack Tseng: a paleontologist at the American Museum of Natural History who studies dog evolution. He discusses the evolutionary phenomenon of dogs in a recent Great Big Story video.

Dr. Lyn Slater: a 63-year-old fashion blogger and model. The Fordham University professor became an “accidental icon” when journalists mistook her for a fashion icon outside of the Lincoln Center during New York Fashion Week. She started a blog titled Accidental Icon because it was difficult for her to find fashion blogs or magazines geared towards women who were and are not famous or celebrities but who were and are still “smart, creative, fashion forward, fit, thoughtful, engaged, related and most importantly clear and comfortable with who they are,” Dr. Slater states on the blog.

Synopsis

Our first three guests, Ms. McMurray, Mr. Stearns, and Ms. Gorman clearly have similar roles as members of the media. As primary players in redefining and facilitating the media, we believe they would find immense value in hearing the stories of the other guests. After all, the media often functions as a large-scale community for story-telling. Additionally, we are all members and consumers of the media. Additionally, the guests listed above are, obviously, subjects of the media. They can add significantly to the discussion about its future.

Would Mr. Stanton wish to photograph the other guests? He is known to engage his subjects in brief conversations about life, to accompany their portraits with brief statements or stories about them. What would the other guests say to him? What would be revealed? Would it lead to deeper discussions? We imagine it would.

We are curious as to how Dr. Tseng would interact with the other guests. First of all, nearly everyone loves dogs. With his knowledge of the evolution of dogs, what would the conversation be like? Would he inquire about the pets of the other guests? Would he talk about the evolution of breeds owned by them? Would he broaden the discussion from dogs and present intriguing information about another paleontological topics?

Dr. Slater would certainly have a distinct role as a guest. Would she connect with guests in regards to fashion or would we learn more about her career outside of fashion? Would she discuss her studies and work in criminal justice, social work, and social welfare? Would we learn about an entirely different topic? Would there be a particular guest with whom she would be particularly engaged in discussion? Who would it be and why?

Theme

The theme for this week is “Breaking Barriers While Breaking Bread.” Each of the guests on HDP breaks some type of barrier, sometimes unknowingly or within their personal lives. Does the act of sharing a meal facilitate valuable exchanges that cause us to reflect on and even alter our perspectives? How can we break barriers in our everyday lives through the social experiences of story-telling and meal-sharing?

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