The Ten-Twenty: New Podcast From IR Student

Graduate International Relations student, Kathryn (Katy) Witkowski (class of ‘17) gave us an exclusive interview on the newest podcast to hit the airwaves straight from Webster Vienna Private University. Make sure to tune in!

Q: What is the name of the Podcast
A: The Podcast is called ‘The Ten-Twenty’. Dr. Franco Algieri (Head of the International Relations department), Joachim Honeck (IR Academic Advisor and Department Coordinator) and I wanted to make a relatively short interview-style show that will keep the listener’s attention. Our goal is to make every podcast between 10-20 minutes so that you can listen to it on the subway or the tram, or when you have a short break in your day.

Q: What made you want to start this podcast?
A: Well, I volunteered at college radio stations since I was in high school. I have always loved radio, because a station creates a kind of community and also brings a diverse group of people together who have the same passion. Being a part of an audio production, no matter how small, was really important to me for such a long time. I was reflecting on my time here thus far and I realized that I was missing this. I was talking to Dr. Elina Brutschin one day about potential projects to pursue while I’m still studying, and about my love of podcasts and radio, and she urged me to try and start something here. I approached Dr. Algieri and Joachim, and they were supportive from the beginning. Now, the department can showcase its expertise in a public way, and students can gain experience in journalism by doing research and forming questions and in audio production through the editing process. It's a win-win situation.

Q: What kind of topics will you be covering in your podcast?
We’ll cover a wide variety of topics. I have been interviewing all of the research faculty in the International Relations department and we have been focusing on their areas of expertise. They spend their days researching the energy sector, EU- Asian politics and relations, European integration and European politics, terrorism, and political philosophy. In the future, we hope to feature interviews with experts in the field and expand to other departments as well.

Q: Tell us more about the first episode and what we can expect to hear
A: The first episode features Dr. Johannes Pollak, our current interim director. You should expect to hear some of his opinions and insight from his research on democracy and European integration. He will talk about the recent rise of populism, what makes the European Union legitimate, and other relevant topics.

Q: Will there be any opportunities for the audience to interact, ask questions or comment?
A: We are publishing every episode on SoundCloud, Stitcher (a podcasting app for Android phones) and iTunes. On SoundCloud, listeners can comment on and “like” what they hear.

Q: Are there any opportunities to get involved?
A: Yes, of course! If other students want to get involved in audio production or journalism, we'd love to bring more people on board. If someone wants to begin a different podcast, we can talk about the process, and maybe get a podcasting group together. Everybody who wants to participate, please email me at and we will get something going.

Q: Last but not least, when and where can we tune in?
A: You can hear the podcast on SoundCloud and the podcast will be published on iTunes and Stitcher soon. Simply search for the show, “The Ten-Twenty.”