So, as it turns out Kenyon students are pretty weird. The Thrill has decided to showcase the endearing oddities of our student body with a new features entitled “Kenyon Side Projects.” In this new feature, we will spotlight a Kenyon student with a side project that we find particularly intriguing. This time we’re pleased to feature Kip Clark ‘16 and Hector Marrero ‘15. Kip and Hector host a podcast called “Stride and Saunter” and are changing the way we converse at Kenyon College.
How did the concept for Stride and Saunter come about?
Hector: We met last year and didn’t really talk that much. But, we were interested in one another for our common energies and personalities. And then, the real way this started was I called Kip up in the middle of the summer, and we spoke for a while. We ended up calling each other a few times, just talking about life and whatever was happening with each other. Then I brought up the idea of doing a radio show, because I’ve really wanted to do a radio show. But honestly I didn’t really have time to go through the WKCO intern process. We both wanted to have some ideas or content out there.
Kip: Yeah, he approached me with the idea, and it was very interesting to me. I’ve said before in other circumstances that it was definitely not like a dream of time, but something that was brought up. After I thought about it more and more, it seemed to resonate very strongly with me, who I am, and sort of how I enjoy communicating.
Hector: Overall, it’s been very much a “Do It Yourself” type deal–which has been the most exciting part of it. Basically making a radio show from scratch, and putting it up there.
So how has the response been to your podcast?
Kip: We haven’t gotten a ton of digital feedback, and at the end of every episode we ask people to tweet at us, post comments, or email us with what they want to hear or what they thought of an episode. So, we’re looking to broaden our audience, but the people that have listened to it said that they find it interesting, thus far.
Hector: The whole point of it really is to start conversations about things that aren’t spoken about that often, in normal everyday conversation. We’re trying to bring these topics into consciousness and hopefully have a large enough audience who listens to it so then a conversation can be generated out of it.
Kip: Something beyond the two of us, which is definitely why we want people to respond.
Why do you value audience participation and interaction?
Hector: In a microcosmic point of view, we’re still at Kenyon College, and I personally think that there is a lot of disconnect between the student body. There are students who consider themselves one thing, and you know don’t really reach out to other parts of the community. We’re hoping that this is just one thread that reaches out to everyone.
Hopefully people can reach out from all different parts of the campus connecting the community and connect together. That’s just one microcosmic point of view though. Ideally it’s just generating conversation to more people from different viewpoints.
Kip: I completely agree. I would also say that one of the reasons that it’s a conversational podcast, because I think there’s a shared value between us or belief that conversation is a good way to learn. It’s conversation through which we learn about other people and often our own points of view become more polished.
I think as opposed to us writing independently, it’s more beneficial for us to discuss with one another and see a point of view that perhaps the other didn’t have. I think that only increases mathematically with more and more people in the conversation. We want it to be something from which we can learn and perhaps our listeners can learn as well. We’re hoping it’s not just an echo chamber between the two of us.
What are a couple of things a listener could do while listening to your podcast?
Kip: A friend of mine says that she listens to our podcasts while falling asleep; she says she’s comforted by the sounds of our voices. Apparently it’s helped them sort of ease into a dormant state.
Hector: I’d say look at the leaves falling–just an aesthetic choice.
Kip: It can definitely be something pensive. People are definitely busy, which is totally legitimate. But, if people can find time in their day to just pause, and really consider what we’re saying. Some of it is stuff that we believe very passionately about, or at least are intrigued by if it’s not something we fully understand.
Now this one is just for kicks: if you were a vending machine what would you vend?
Kip: I’d like to offer coffee because it makes people lively.
Hector: You could only use it once, but it would be a little rock that you could put somewhere on you. And then you have a lucid dream and control everything in your dream. You could only do it once.
Listen to Hector and Kip’s podcast at strideandsaunter.com They are earnest and hilarious, and most importantly their podcasts are not to be missed.
A final note to all of our readers: Anyone who is interested in hearing more about Kip and Hector’s project, they strongly encourage you to approach and ask them your questions. They are eager to promote any form of discussion and would be happy to talk to you. Additionally, if you have any ideas about what they should talk about on their podcast, comment below. They genuinely value your input.