Why aren’t people talking about college towns? We talk so much in this country about the importance of a college education, but there’s comparably little talk about the places where that education takes place. We talk as if learning is (or can be) divorced from the place where it occurs. We might be able to do that in the future, but from our historical experience, the two are intimately related—what we learn and where we live matters.

Earlier this year I was talking with Chris Buchignani and Kevin Horne, two friends in State College, Pennsylvania, and we decided to start having conversations about college communities in a way that we could share them publicly. In the spirit of our time, this means a podcast. College Towns was born.

Our pilot episode is available now. I’m aiming to have us release one conversational episode each week, with the first dozen or so focusing on specific aspects/themes of college towns that make the places so distinctive. We’re not obsessing over the production quality of these initial episodes. These are raw and informal; so if you’re an audio snob, beware.

Listen to the pilot and consider subscribing to the show. You can also receive each episode by email when visiting the site.