Abby West, Director of Multicultural Programming at Audible, and Rebecca Carroll, host of Billie Was a Black Woman and author of Surviving the White Gaze, broke down how simple conversations can be structured into dazzling narrative oral storytelling experiences audiences can’t help but listen to. Collectively, Abby and Rebecca have interviewed artists and authors such as Common, Andra Day, Angie Thomas, Ava Duvernay, Gabrielle Union, and so many more. Participants engaged with two prompts centered on strengthening their interview skills, as well as an extensive Q&A with Abby and Rebecca where they asked all their burning questions about podcasting, cultural criticism and more!
Write down all the differences and/or similarities you can think of between an interview and a conversation.
Think of someone you know well. How would you go about helping them shape their narrative through the questions you ask, while still leaving room to elicit something new? Write down the person, the questions you would ask them, and why.
Abby West is an established journalist and publishing exec with a long history at prominent national magazines. Currently, she is the Director of Multicultural Programming at Audible. Prior, she was the Executive Editor of ESSENCE, the preeminent African-American women’s magazine. Abby is a true pop culture junkie, whose decades as a journalist have given her a love of stories that explore and celebrate underrepresented communities and memoirs that go way beyond surface deep.
Rebecca Carroll is a writer, creative consultant, editor-at-large and host of the podcast Come Through with Rebecca Carroll: 15 essential conversations about race in a pivotal year for America (WNYC Studios). Most recently, she was a cultural critic at WNYC, where she also developed a broad array of multi-platform content and a critic-at-large for the Los Angeles Times. Her latest book, Surviving the White Gaze: A Memoir, was published in February and has been optioned by MGM Studios and Killer Films with Rebecca attached to adapt and executive produce for TV. Her new podcast project, an Audible original called Billie Was a Black Woman, which Rebecca created, wrote and hosts was released in April 2021.