Linguistics unveils new podcast, 'The Podling,' now on Spotify

Western’s Department of Linguistics is proud to announce a new student-produced podcast, The Podling! This podcast delves into the question "What is linguistics?" through interviews with professors in the department. Episodes will explore the academic and career paths linguists take, as well as the history and current vibe of the field.

Produced and hosted by Jess Costanza, a linguistics major from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, The Podling is available now on Spotify.

“The idea was originally borne out of a plan to interview professors and provide students in the linguistics major and related studies a fuller picture of the work being done by the people they might connect with while at Western,” Costanza said.

“Naturally, my own questions have seeped into the project's design — I love learning about something by hearing from the people deeply involved in a field, trade, or discipline and understanding why they're driven to do the things they do. I think those stories translate well to a podcast format, and they have conversational entry points for folks both very familiar and totally new to the subject at hand.”

Costanza will be graduating this spring and is looking for continuing students who may be interested in taking over on the project next fall. Students interested should reach out to the Linguistics Department Manager Sara Helms (

Listen to The Podling’s trailer and first episode on Spotify.

For more information, go to the Department of Linguistics website.

Tuesday, April 20, 2021 - 9:35am

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