Ben Asare recording Spotlight podcast

Spotlight: The Gonzaga Law Podcast

Exploring legal, financial, and social science issues with Gonzaga University students and faculty

Spotlight is independently recorded and produced by Ben Asare ('18) and iZag Radio. Opinions and comments are not necessarily reflective of Gonzaga University or Gonzaga University School of Law. 

Ben Asare recording Spotlight podcast with a fellow student

Season One

Episode 1: Pilot

Gonzaga University students Eloisa Serrano and Josh Budig and Gonzaga University School of Law students Mollyanne Wincek and Zachary Wiedman discuss issues they want a spotlight placed on.

Music:

  • Higher ground by Fourplay
  • Snatch Back and Hold it by Junior Wells
  • Karaoke by Drake
  • Full Up by Manu Dibango

Episode 2: Electoral College

Gonzaga University School of Law professor Stephen Sepinuck discusses the history and use of the Electoral College.

Music:

  • Green Onions by Booker T and the MG’s
  • The Sunshine of Your Love by Jimi Hendrix
  • Us and Them by Easy Star All-Stars
  • Dust My Broom by Luther Allison

Episode 3: Purchasing Property

Gonzaga University School of Law student Phillip Silcher discusses the process of searching for and purchasing homes with the intention of renting the homes to future tenants.

Music:

  • Green Onions by Booker T and the MG’s
  • Castle Rock by Frank Sinatra
  • Coming in Hot by Peter Tosh

Episode 4: Getting Stopped by Police (Driver’s Perspective)

Gonzaga University School of Law professor Mary Pat Treuthart discusses what drivers should know when they are pulled over by the police and how to stay within the confines of the law without incriminating yourself. This episode is part one of our police series.

Music:

  • Green Onions by Booker T and the MG’s
  • Let me Get Down by Notorious BIG
  • Get up Stand Up by Bob Marley and the Wailers

Episode 5: A History of U.S. Internment Policy

Gonzaga University School of Law professor Kim Pearson discusses the history of internment policies in the U.S. and how internment policies have taken different forms throughout our nation’s history.

Music:

  • Green Onions by Booker T and the MG’s
  • One Fine Day by Hiroshima
  • Tokyo Blue by Najee

Episode 6 : Gender Inequality in Our World

Gonzaga University Doctoral Candidate Rosemary Muriungi and third-year law student Olivia Wotman discuss gender inequality in our world and how policies and legislation can address this issue.

Music:

  • Green Onions by Booker T and the MG’s
  • Feeling U, Feeling Me (Interlude) by Alicia Keys
  • What’s Going On by Marvin Gaye  

Episode 7: Book Review: Slavery and Freedom in Texas: Stories from the Courtroom, 1821–1871

Gonzaga University School of Law professor Jason Gillmer discusses in-depth his upcoming novel on slavery in Texas, and the history of slavery in Texas. 

Music: 

  • Green Onions by Booker T and the MG’s
  • America’s My Home Part 1 by James Brown
  • Star in Your Eyes by Herbie Hancock

Episode 8: Should judges be elected positions?

David Dewolf, Gonzaga University School of Law professor emeritus and former candidate for the Washington State Supreme Court, discusses the process of electing judges and whether the practice is beneficial or not in our political system.

Music:

  • Green Onions by Booker T and the MG’s
  • Freedom Dub by Wackie's Rhythm Force
  • Punk Jazz by Jaco Pastorius

Episode 9 : Getting Stopped by Police (Police Officer’s Perspective) 

Anthony Bandiero, Gonzaga University School of Law student and former Sergeant in the Las Vegas Police Department, discusses what police officers are looking for when they pull over a driver. This episode is part two of our police series.

Music:

  • Green Onions by Booker T and the MG’s
  • Pound Cake by Drake featuring Jay-Z
  • The Sky is Crying by Luther Allison

Episode 10: The Johnson Amendment

Gonzaga University School of Law professor Ann Murphy discusses the Johnson Amendment – what the Johnson Amendment is, its history, and its sustainability. 

Music:

  • Green Onions by Booker T and the MG’s
  • Star in Your Eyes by Herbie Hancock
  • Saving All My Love for You by Whitney Houston

Episode 11: Travelling to Understand Yourself and Others

Gonzaga University School of Law students Lindsey Wheat and Devin Curda discuss how their travelling experience has shaped their world view and increased their awareness and knowledge of life in other countries.

i. Music:

  • Green Onions by Booker T and the MG’s
  • One Fine Day by Hiroshima
  • You are my Number 1 by Oheneba Kissi

Season 2

Episode 1: Spotlight Reflection

Gonzaga University student Jackson Scallen and Gonzaga University School of Law students Mollyanne Wincek and Hannah Mandel-Senft discuss Spotlight Season 1 and future issues they would like discussed.

Music:

  • Freestyle by Jacob Dizon
  • Money come first by Tommy Asabre
  • 305 to my city by Drake
  • Freestyle by Jacob Dizon

Ben Asare in the iZag radio booth 

About Spotlight

by Ben Asare 

The podcast Spotlight came about through a series of events. As a child, my parents frequently listened to Capital Public Radio in the car. In these moments, I was inclined to change the radio station to the local hip-hop station. Sometimes my parents would let that action slide, other times, not so much. I am very grateful for the latter.

In law school, Professor Stephen Sepinuck asked me if I had ever considered doing radio, upon which I said yes, but only as a daydream. Sure enough, iZAG radio, the Gonzaga University Internet campus radio station, posted an announcement that the radio station was seeking students to host radio shows.

I prayed about this, mentioned the idea to my sister and parents, and they all said I should go for it. I am thankful to Jesus for this blessing and to my family for their support.

I am so grateful to the faculty and staff here at Gonzaga University School of Law for encouraging me throughout the production of this show. This show would not have been made possible without the guests of: Professor Stephen Sepinuck; Professor Mary Pat Treuthart; Professor Kim Pearson; Professor Jason Gillmer; Professor Emeritus David DeWolf; and Professor Ann Murphy.

I am also grateful to the Gonzaga student body—undergraduate and graduate students—for sharing their ideas and lending their voices as guests on the show: Eloisa Serrano; Josh Budig; Mollyanne Wincek; Zachary Wiedman; Phil Silcher; Rosemary Muriungi; Olivia Wotman; Anthony Bandiero; Lindsey Wheat; Devin Curda; Jackson Scallen; and Hannah Mandel-Senft.

And a huge thank you to the radio station team at iZAG of Ms. Colleen Vandenboom, Robert Perry, Samantha Takizawa, Frances Minigan, and Will Hurtado for their support and efforts in making Spotlight a reality.