About Us

Project Information

What is the Queens Podcast Lab?

The Queens Podcast Lab (formerly, Sociocast) is a scholarly collaboration between university professors and students who are interested in digital content creation, with a special focus on podcasting.  We collaborate in making podcasts, running this web site, mentoring young people, conducting research, running professional development programming, and other things that academics do as part of their work.  

Podcast Scholarship

Our project includes researchers who conduct original research projects and interview experts from other institutions on topics related to podcasting and the broader field of digital content creation.  If you have been contacted to be part of a research study, please visit this page.

Educational Programming

We create original content to train students and interested members of the public about the skills, practices, and operational concerns facing digital content creators and content creation entrepreneurs.

Our Lab offers an internship program, which offers students for-credit and paid internship opportunities to get hands-on experience in media entrepreneurship, interact with industry professionals who can share their experience, and be part of a community that wants to create. 

This fall, our lab will be launching a Friday lunchtime Zoom series that features discussions on a range of topics of interest to content creation entrepreneurs.  Members of the public who are interested in watching and chatting with our session can join us via our YouTube Live page.

The success of the QC Pod’s first season and our ongoing collaboration with the Knight News has laid the groundwork for the resurrection of Queens College’s radio station, WQMC, as a digital content creation club.  As part of this initiative, we plan on opening a new content creation facility for the QC community this fall.  Come visit us in the basement of the Student Union when campus fully opens up again.

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Creating Scholarly Podcasts

We create, curate, and promote non-commercial, freely-distributed scholarly-themed podcasts. 

This fall, our group will start its fifth year of our flagship social science podcast, The Annex Sociology Podcast, which had charted as a top 20 social science podcast in the United States in 2019, and won the Public Sociology Award from the American Sociological Association’s Section on Computing, Information Technology and Media Studies.

We will also be continuing the second year of  The QC Pod, an experiment in campus-based, community-focused podcasting at Queens College in the City University of New York

Finally, this year we will be releasing more content on our  Pod Scholarship series in conjunction with our Educational Programming and our interactions with research colleagues and findings from the field.


Most frequent questions and answers

The Queens Podcast Lab is a scholarship and pedagogical project developed and directed by Professor Joseph Nathan Cohen as part of his scholarly and creative work as an Associate Professor of Sociology at the City University of New York, Queens College.  All content authored or otherwise produced by Professor Joseph Cohen is done in has capacity as an employee of the City University of New York.  The maintenance of the web infrastructure that allows participating scholars to distribute their work is donated as charitable public service donated by Joseph Nathan Cohen LLC of New Jersey, who provides this site to scholars as an interactive computer service that allows them to publish their own content, does not act as a publisher of their materials.  

This is a non-profit project.  All donations to this project are remitted to a Queens College Foundation account that is adminsitered by Queens College’s Development Office, and are only used to fulfill our organizational mandate.  The disbursement of these funds are overseen by Queens College in the City University of New York, New York City’s public university system. 

Our project is publicly-funded and draws on both public domain and Creative Commons materials.  All of our original content is released with Creative Commons (BY-NC-SA) licenses