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Every now and then we get topics that are so massive and so intricate that there simply isn’t enough time to cover them on air. This is the case for the Syrian crisis a few months back, so we decided to do a podcast of sorts so we could really get into it. As we started discussing it, we thought it would be cool to get some students in on the discussion to get their point of view, so Will set out to find and interview students with ties to the region for this piece (including our own Jordan Lewis). Since we were interviewing students, we thought “why not get a professor?” and we managed to snag Professor McGuinn, an expert (to say the least) on the subject. Admittedly, this piece is late; about 2-3 months late. Aside from production hurdles, coordination of interviewees’ schedules, and other first-time problems, we finished it at an awkward time: the news had shifted away from the topic to the Ukraine situation and more domestic affairs. However, with the ISIS situation in Iraq, we thought it would be appropriate to release it now. So without further adieu, here is WVUM News’ first Counterpoint Podcast! Enjoy!
Special thanks to Will Ng, who nursed the project from the start and kept it going through all the rough patches, Hyan Freitas, who oversaw and green-lit the idea, and Meg McGee and Jordan Lewis, who were able to reach out and get students to come on.