Hawthorne Media Club: 1619 & D3 Glory Days


As we continue working from home, we have been looking for ways to stay connected and bring our team together. That’s why we have decided to start a Quarantine Media Review series on our social platforms and blog! We would love for you to check out these posts and let us know what you think about Hawthorne’s favorite books, podcasts and shows.


This week, HSG team members Marisa and Madison have been raving about these two picks for #HawthornesQuarantineMediaClub. Check out what they have to say below!


Marisa’s thoughts on 1619:


What type of media is it?


Podcast


How did you discover it and why did you start it?


The podcast had popped up frequently while I was searching for other podcasts and, recently, I saw a lot of recommendations for the podcast on Instagram, so I decided to start the series. I had been looking for educational podcasts in the area of Black history and anti-racism resources so this was a fitting choice.


Where can others find this media?


You can find this on Apple podcasts or you can listen here on the New York Times.


What is it about?


On the 400th anniversary of slavery last year, New York Times correspondent and Pulitzer Prize winner, Nikole Hannah Jones, dove into the impact that slavery had on almost every facet of our lives and society in the podcast 1619. The podcast keeps listeners engaged by coupling expert interviews with relatable anecdotes from Nikole’s perspective of growing up Black in America. This is a short series consisting of 5 episodes.


What was the most impactful takeaway?


From the world’s financial systems to music, Black people and Black culture has truly been a driver of the world we live in today.


Has this media changed your perspective on society/current events? How?


If anything, I think this podcast and the way that Nikole relates history to her own story helped put things into context for me about where we are today. It’s so important to have an understanding of how Black history and the history of slavery in America has shaped the current state that we are in and the oppressive systems that we have been bound to for centuries. On a personal note, I really appreciated Nikole’s stories that she shared. Listening to her stories actually made me aware of microaggressions that I experienced growing up biracial in a predominately white school and community that definitely impacted insecurities that I had when I was young. All in all, this is a very quick podcast to finish and I think this is worth a listen for anyone interested in learning and expanding their perspectives on American history.


Madison's Thoughts on D3 Glory Days:


What type of media is it?


Podcast


How did you discover it and why did you start it?


The hosts of this podcast went to my alma mater, DePauw, and ran cross country/track like me!


Where can others find this media?


The podcast is on Spotify and Apple podcasts.


What is it about?


The podcast is released on a bi-weekly basis and interviews current or former D3 running all-stars. The hosts, Noah and Stu, run through the person’s entire running career, why D3, and outside activities that led them to success.


What was the most impactful takeaway?


Consistency, confidence and drive are the main characteristics I observed in these runners – which feels extremely applicable to all other aspects of life.


Has this media changed your perspective on society/current events? How?


What is really interesting about this podcast is that these incredible runners started out very humbly. A common trend across D3 is that the athletes were under-trained in high school, but just absolutely loved the sport, so continued in college. Most people associate D3 with mediocre athletes who couldn’t go D1, but the division produces all-Americans who can beat out or run with the best D1 competitors, run professionally after college, or even go to the Olympics. Currently, this podcast is what I listen to on my morning runs. During quarantine, we all are experiencing something new. Whether it be more free time, a difficult living situation, etc., and running is always accessible. Some of the athletes on the podcast started off as some of the worst runners in their high school program or didn’t even run until college yet ended up accomplishing incredible things. If you’re looking for inspiration, some sports, or a nudge to get out the door and run, I highly recommend this podcast!


If you have already or are interested in listening to either of these podcasts, and you want to keep the conversation going, reach out to us with your thoughts in the comments below!