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The book is just the beginning. Our podcast follows Wildcats having engrossing conversations, on campus and beyond, about this year’s One Book, Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson. Brought to you by The Medill School of Journalism, Media, Integrated Marketing Communications, and One Book One Northwestern, the podcast can be found on iTunes or SoundCloud. This will allow you to access new episodes automatically. We will also have all the podcasts posted on the website.

Special thanks to Medill Professor Ava Thompson Greenwell who serves on the One Book steering committee and as the editorial adviser for the podcast.

Podcast Episodes


Episode 3

One Book, One Northwestern: The Podcast · Xavier McElrath-Bey: The Fearless Youth Justice Advocate You Should Know

The transcript for this episode can be found here.


Episode 2

The transcript for this episode can be found here.


Episode 1

The transcript for this episode can be found here.


One Book One Northwestern Just Mercy Podcast Teaser

The transcript for this episode can be found here.



Sophia Lo

My name is Sophia Lo, and I'm a junior from Pennington, New Jersey. I'm majoring in journalism, with minors in Asian American studies and environmental policy and culture. On-campus, I am an editor at the student publication North by Northwestern, where I also co-host the podcast Second GenerAsian. I'm looking forward to discussing Just Mercy and engaging with the Northwestern community through the One Book podcast!

Baylor Spears


Hello, my name is Baylor Spears. I'm a Medill junior from Knoxville, TN majoring in journalism and political science with a key interest in audio storytelling. I'm also a reporter for the Daily Northwestern where I cover local news about Evanston and Northwestern. I'm also involved with ResilientNU, a group dedicated to increasing mental wellness on campus, as a facilitator and board member. You may remember me since I worked on the One Book Podcast last year - exploring themes of the novel Hidden Figures. I'm very excited to continue working on the project this year by learning and exploring local and national topics connected to this year's book, Just Mercy.


 Camille Williams

Hello, I am a junior in Medill majoring in journalism and history and minoring in dance. I am from Cincinnati, Ohio but recently moved to West New York, New Jersey. On-campus, I am Editor-in-Chief of Online for BlackBoard Magazine, Chapter Relations VP for the National Association of Black Journalists, and a member of Supplies for Dreams, an education nonprofit that partners with CPS elementary schools. I assisted with podcast production for Prof. Ava Thompson-Greenwell’s forthcoming book, Leading Ladies: Black Women Television News Managers, and have anchored and reported for WNUR News. I have also worked as an editorial intern at In These Times and the Cincinnati Herald.