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Lane DeGregory podcast: Episode 88 - Tara and Taylor

Imagine creating a database by breaking down about 100 Taylor Swift songs. [Illustration by Delphine Lee]
Published Aug. 21
Updated Aug. 27

What if, Tara McCarty asked herself, she analyzed Taylor Swift’s songs and broke down the parts. That mission turned into a project that ran last year in the Tampa Bay Times.

In this episode, McCarty, director of design for the printed paper, talks about what she did, how she did it and why it was important to her. You also can check out the project introduction and project video.

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Listen to the podcast below:


  1. Tom Jones of the Poynter Institute talks about his favorite journalism movies. Martha Asencio-Rhine
  2. In the Tampa Bay Times newsroom, we capture each other's quotes on a wall of fame. Martha Asencio-Rhine
  3. Jan Winburn encourages reporters to put themselves into their stories when they have a unique perspective to add. Martha Asencio-Rhine
  4. Lincoln DeLuna and his family feed ducks on an August afternoon. JOHN PENDYGRAFT   |  Times
  5. Monica Herndon was a regular presence at football and baseball games in Tampa Bay. Julio Aguilar
  6. Victor Becerra, a U.S. citizen born in Mexico, holds a picture of his family drawn by his son. "JOHN PENDYGRAFT   |   TIMES"  |  Tampa Bay Times
  7. Esmeralda Bermudez of the Los Angeles Times talks to high school students. The Pearl Post
  8. Chip Scanlan is a St. Petersburg-based writing coach. Handout
  9. Randy Mink, then mayor of Bowling Green, reacts to the Army Corps of Engineers decision to remove the generator powering City Hall. Times (2004)
  10. Andy Mills of The New York Times, seen here at a conference in Norway, works on "The Daily" podcast. CHRISTINE FAGERBAKKE  |  Christine Fagerbakke