This episode of WordShop explores different understandings of the word “pride.” 

Photo courtesy of Sasha Kargaltsev from Flickr Creative Commons.

Photo courtesy of Sasha Kargaltsev from Flickr Creative Commons.

First up we have a story about Michael. Michael was born a female but identifies as a bisexual male. He shares his struggles and how he has grown to love himself and be proud of who he is.

The second feature is about a man who is HIV positive. He shares his story and talks about the moment he went public about having HIV and how he has moved from being ashamed to being proud and accepting.

This episode ends with Hoosier pride – give some love to your school.

This episode of WordShop was hosted and produced by Brittney Jackson.

Music Credit:
“Born This Way” by Lady Gaga
“Waterfalls” by TLC
“This is Indiana” by Brice Fox & Daniel Weber

Family, Revisited

You might see them around campus performing and making people laugh.

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But the backstory behind this community is actually really beautiful. ASR reporter Hillary Simon followed 3 comedy groups through their journey to the biggest IU comedy festival, IUCCF.

This little family of IU students is brought together by their shared interest in improv and comedy.

Family, Revisited: Comedy from Americanstudentradio on Vimeo.

This episode of WordShop revisits our previous episode on family, originally posted March 28, 2013. The video was reported and produced by Hillary Simon

Chaz Mottinger | ASR

Photo by Chaz Mottinger | ASR

This episode of Wordshop brings you three stories about FAMILY. Evie Salomon explores the “Secrets of a Blood Red Scorpio,” Eddie Suarez finds a very cool way to get get to know the grandfather he never met, “Don Fidel,” and Chaz Mottinger brings us a party of friends making their own holiday family at college.  FAMILY was hosted and produced by Allyssa Pollard.

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“Brothers” by The War on Drugs
“Gumption” by Hans Zimmer
“Five Minutes at the Rainforest Café” by Macaw
“Tires Squealing” by Rutger Muller
“Cantina Rag” by Jackson F. Smith
“Second Flute” by Zbigniew Preisner
“Sister” by Sufjan Stevens


GamesThis episode of WordShop explores the word FRAME. For our purposes, think of the picture inside of the frame, not the frame itself. We focus on how people frame ideas and other people in their minds, and how those ideas can be so different to somebody else.

The episode of WordShop was hosted and produced by Maggie Batsford.

Music Credits:

“Ho Hey” by the Lumineers, covered by Lennon and Maisy

Help, Revisited



Helping For Change

Barney Fry has a dark past, and a painful past. This episode of WordShop revisits our word HELP because Barney’s past makes him uniquely suited to help a unique part of our population – people sentenced to serve time. ASR’s Theresa Graham brings us his story – from past to present – and it starts with a yard sale, raising money for the cause… 

In our previous look at HELP, ASR’s Lacy Scarmana produced a full WordShop episode with three great stories about HELP from our team – from service, to black hair to moms. Check it out —————->  

In this episode of WordShop, we ask you…

First – How would you feel if you spent hours planning an event and nobody came? What if you worked, ceasingly, for 40,000 people who didn’t know what you were doing? And what if many of these people ALSO thought you were elitist and out of touch? ASR’s Anu Kumar did ALL this last year. And she loved it. This is Service.

Second – Hair Help

Let’s face it. Hair is important, we all want some help from time to time, and if you have black hair, and you just moved to a new town… It’s not easy. ASR’s Brittney Jackson brings us this story.

HELP pictureThird – Helping Mom

Finally, Jackie Veling recruited her mom to help with her story on moving. Jackie couldn’t be there to help her mom pack up and move from Kentucky to Texas, so she gave her a microphone to record the process herself.

This episode was hosted and produced by Lacy Scarmana. A special thank you to ASR’s Maggie Batsford for editing and production help on one of the segments.


Music Credits:

The Beatles, “Help!”
J’odie, “African Woman”
Qu’ality, “NA-TU-RAL”
The Drifters, “Save the Last Dance for Me”

Move, Revisited

Photo from Rocky Mountain Repertory Theatre

Photo from Rocky Mountain Repertory Theatre

College seniors constantly get asked what they’re doing after graduation – where are you moving, what are you moving into, what are your plans to move on?

Many of us have no clue, and some of us have known since we were young.

Meet Julian Ramos. He dreams about dancing on Broadway.

This story was reported, filmed and produced by Lauren Linder.

Move, Revisited: Moving in Multiple Ways from Americanstudentradio on Vimeo.

Courtesy of Giff Reed

Put your work boots on and limber up, because today, we’re MOVING. In this episode of Wordshop, ASR’s Tyler Wright explores questions of identity; we’ll hear from Giff Reed, an elite weightlifter who MOVED himself across the country–and had a life-changing experience that made him move right back. Then, ASR’s Matt Randall takes a lens to moments when sports fans get crazy about their favorite teams, and he’ll tell us why he thinks we care so much that our players MOVE towards victory. Finally, we’ll take the stage with ASR’s Alex Kimbrell and 19-year-old comic Rob Sherrell. What makes for a good joke? Get some insights from Sherrell on his jokes and how he pursues to MOVE our points of view.

This episode of WordShop was originally published on May 31, 2013. It was hosted and produced by Tyler Wright. ASR reporters for this episode are Tyler Wright, Matt Randall, and Alex Kimbrell.


“Night Section” by Data Romance
“Epilogue” by Brooke Fraser
“In Motion” by Trent Reznor & Atticus Ross
“Intro” by The XX
“Night Owl” by Broke for Free


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The word blush can be used to describe an emotion or feeling, makeup, a color, or even wine.

blushOn this episode of WordShop, we’ll explore different interpretations of this word.

First: Find out what happened on stage to University of Evansville Sophomore Khadija Evans. Reported by ASR’s Leah Johnson, this story is sure to make you blush.

Second: Is falling in love different when one of you has a terminal disease? ASR’s Anicka Slatcha brings us this fantastic, non-narrated love story – meet Mike Harnish and Katie Waltman.

Last but not least: Jackson Stanton and his dog Rosie. And we’re not going to say any more about this sweet piece – we don’t want to give away the ending.

This WordShop episode was hosted and produced by Brittney Jackson.

Survival, Revisited

When you make it through something tragic, at the very least you can say, “I survived.” But what do you say when the same thing happens again and again and again and again? One inspirational woman is telling this story and hopes it will help others. Please press play and watch.

This story was reported, filmed and produced by Hillary Simon.

Survival, Revisited: Rachel’s Story from Americanstudentradio on Vimeo.

Photo by Rabi Abonour | ASR

This podcast brings you three survival stories. It starts with “the beast that does not breath.” Seriously. And then music beats cancer. And last, but not least, a little girl escapes across a river, at night, with her mother and a stranger to see Donald Duck. These are amazing stories. We’re thrilled to bring them to you.

The WordShop SURVIVAL podcast was published October 29, 2012. It is hosted and produced by Latonya Yarbro. ASR reporters for this podcast are Ansa Woo, Jatika Exposé and Lauren Glapa.

Do you have a story of survival to tell? Let us know at with the subject “Survival” or tell us on facebook!

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Music credits:
DJ Harrison, “Days Past”
C-Doc, “Milk O Magnesia”


The word play can mean a lot of different things to different people.

Depending on what you enjoy doing, the word play might bring to mind playing music, children playing, or whatever else it is you love to do.

On this episode of Wordshop, we’ll stop, look, and listen to the word PLAY.

First, Antonio Winn takes us into the huddle with the IU Men’s Rugby Team as they play their undefeated 2013 season and come out Big Ten Men’s champions.

Then, we’ll play some music with ASR reporter Chris Mosson and Weird Al Yankovic. His crazy, weird fans, life, and music have made him famous in his 30-plus year career.


Photo by Hayley Grossman

Our last experience comes from our very own Wordshop host Liz Wadas, who introduces us to her eight-year-old friend Zoe who has Cystic Fibrosis. We see how Zoe uses her playtime to relieve herself of the pain her disease causes.

This episode of WordShop was hosted and produced by Liz Wadas and Maggie Batsford.



Music Credits:

“Applause” by Lady GaGa
“Play That Funky Music” by Wild Cherry
“Work Hard Play Hard” by Wiz Khalifa
“CGI Snake” by Chris Zabriskie, 
“White and Nerdy” & “Dare To Be Stupid” by “Weird Al” Yankovic
“The Purple People Eater” by Sheb Wooley
“Watch The Battle Hymn Of The Republic” by U.S. Army Chorus


In this episode of WordShop, we look at the word POWER.

Shield-Nano-Blue-Brown-RGB-HiResWhat is in the power of writing? Tyler Wright takes us to an elementary classroom to find out what happens when students devote a whole month to writing novels.

Next, ASR Reporter Jackson Stanton asks us the question if we could have the choice of two superpowers beyond human capacity, would we rather have the ability to fly or disappear completely at a moment’s notice?

And after that, we’re taken to the life of Don Fidel through the lens of Eddie Suarez, as he takes us on a tour of who his grandfather was. Who was the man behind the powerful personality?

This episode of Wordshop was hosted by Leah Johnson and Tyler Wright; and produced by Tyler Wright.

Music Credits:
Kanye West, “Power” 
Marina and the Diamonds, “Power and Control” 
Explosions in the Sky, “First Breath After A Coma” 
Superman Theme, “John Williams” 
Kid Ink, “Money and the Power” 
Tech N9ne, “Absolute Power”


Photo courtesy of CNN Money

Photo courtesy of CNN Money

Thanksgiving is a time of family, friends, and food. Each family has their own traditions and legacies passed down generation to generation, year to year. Some of these Thanksgiving legacies become culture-wide: the traditional Thanksgiving food (or for some, the legacy lies in eating something other than a traditional Thanksgiving meal – like Chinese food), going around the table for everyone to say what they’re thankful for before eating, finishing off the holiday meal with navigating the madness that is Black Friday shopping.

In this episode of Wordshop, we’re going to look at the family tradition and legacy in cooking. There can be a lot of legacy there, what with recipes passed down from one generation to the next and certain little tricks and secrets in the kitchen that your mother teaches you (and her mother taught her, and her mother taught her, and… you get the point). Then we’ll head in a slightly less sentimental direction and explore the legacy of fandom in popular culture – the obsession, the history.  And then, we’ll hear from a few people who decided  against the legacy their parents had laid out before them.

Your hosts for Wordshop are Leah Johnson and Tyler Wright, and this episode was produced by Leah Johnson. The first story was reported by Lexia Banks and produced by Lexia Banks and Leah Johnson; the second was reported and produced by Leah Johnson; and the third was reported by Lyndi Hollis and produced by Lyndi Hollis and Leah Johnson.

Music Credits:
The National, “Don’t Swallow the Cup” 
Justin Bieber, “Baby 
Corinne Bailey Rae, “Paris Nights/New York Mornings”  
Kenny G, “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas” 
Hanson, “Mmbop” 
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