Hosting the New Books in French Studies (NBFS) podcast has enriched her professional life in other ways as well. It has given Panchasi an enjoyable way to network with other French historians without relying solely on the conference circuit. She finds the podcast is both an exciting way to engage her field and an enjoyable, creative way to work. The podcast has also prompted her to read more broadly in her field and broaden the horizons of possibility in her own projects.
As Panchasi notes, listening to podcasts on NBFS can provide quick exposure to scholarly works for busy academics. Fans of the podcast have shared their enthusiasm with Panchasi, who explains, “we don’t get to read everything we want to,” so NBFS interviews can give a “glimpse of the book you might not have time to read” and is “a quick way to get the answer – do you need or want to read this book? Teach this book?”
On a wider scale, the podcast is a creative contribution to the field that both showcases authors’ perspectives on their own work while giving listeners an intimate glimpse into new scholarship in French Studies. Panchasi’s personal experience is an inspiring example of how experimenting beyond the boundaries of the traditional mediums of academia can prove both personally and professionally rewarding.