The Spectator


James Kuhns and Nick Alutto spend their final podcast as LFA seniors returning to interview Head of School José De Jesús, as he reflects on both the challenges of the past year, as well as the progress he’s excited for the school to take on going forth. Listen as they discuss the differences between the medial triumph of first semester versus that exhaustion of second semester, the incoming Deans and how they’ll be restructuring the curriculum, addressing the needs of the community at large after last summer’s murder of George Floyd, and the excitement of De Jesús finishing up his private pilot’s license.
Past Podcasts

James Kuhns, Nick Alutto, and Rohan Miglani interview the faculty sponsor of LFA's eSports club, Joe Ward, as well as player and coach, Garrison Sloan. Listen as they discuss how they got this innovative new way to compete going at LFA.


James Kuhns, Nick Alutto, and Rohan Miglani interview LFA’s Head of School José De Jesús for this latest podcast of The Spectator. Listen as De Jesús discusses the difficult decisions that have gone into leading LFA since the onset of the pandemic. Hear him reflect on the weight of his decision-making, and dealing with the hardest moments of determining how best to keep the community safe. Join James, Nick and Rohan as they get to know our Head of School more intimately, and in honor of the holidays, hear about one of his favorite things--music.


The Spectator staff wanted a format to allow for telling more in-depth stories about the students and teachers that make up LFA's community, and in The Spectator's third podcast, James Kuhns, Nick Alutto, and Rohan Miglani interview Director of Health Services Anna Kliner. Listen as Kliner discusses the substantial buy-in that the LFA community has given to Covid precautions, and how it allowed the in-person semester to actually happen. Join James, Nick and Rohan as they get to know this new, vital faculty member whom we depend on to help keep us safe.


James Kuhns, Nick Alutto, and Rohan Miglani interview Ramya Herman for this second podcast of The Spectator. Listen as Ramya discusses what it's like to be a published author, with her book of poetry, Headspace of a Headcase, now available at Barnes and Noble. Learn about her process, the journey to publishing her work, and as she and the hosts try at a little pick-up poetry competition.
(Recorded 9/17/20)


James Kuhns, Nick Alutto, and Rohan Miglani interview Frank Gu for the first first podcast of The Spectator. Listen as Frank discusses what it was like to be quarantined in China, observe some cultural differences in lock-down, and manage school and AP testing from his home abroad. (Recorded 5/12/20)
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