The Substack Podcast

The Substack Podcast
Conversations with writers who have earned their independence.

#012 – Media critic Jesse Brown on the secrets behind Canadaland’s crowdfunded success
Feb 28 • 53 min
Canadian journalist and media critic Jesse Brown is well known in his home country for big media scoops and uncompromising commentary. These days, he’s creating a name for himself as a media entrepreneur, too. With his latest venture, Cana… Read More Get…
Introducing Substack for audio
Feb 7 • 6 min
Today, we’re moving into paid podcasts with the launch of a tool for audio publishing. The first Substack publisher to use the tool is Anthony Pompliano, who is launching a daily podcast for Off the Chain that will be available to his payi… Read More Get…
#011 – How Bill Bishop cut a path from the Tiananmen Square Massacre to the inboxes of America’s power brokers
Oct 19, 2018 • 47 min
Bill Bishop is the author of the Sinocism China newsletter, and our very first publisher on Substack. In this interview, we discuss his secrets to building a great newsletter business and his fascinating career, from running video tape for news stations…
#010 - How Luke Timmerman created the top paid newsletter in biotech
Oct 12, 2018 • 54 min
Luke Timmerman is a veteran biotechnology journalist that decided to launch his own subscription-based publication (The Timmerman Report) because he wanted to create a better incentive structure for himself than advertising allows. Get full access to…
#009 – Emma Beals on life as an independent war reporter in the age of ISIS
Sep 28, 2018 • 42 min
First as an investigative journalist, and now as an analyst, Emma Beals has been covering the rise of ISIS and the wars in Syria and Iraq since 2012. During that time, reporting on the conflicts has become so dangerous that the nature of war reporting…
#008 - Judd Legum wants to save democracy with Popular Information
Sep 20, 2018 • 52 min
Judd Legum founded Think Progress nearly 15 years ago and grew it into a publication read by tens of millions of people. But earlier this summer, he decided to step down from his role as Editor-in-Chief, where he oversaw 40 staffers, so he could start…
#007 – Jessica Lessin, founder of The Information, shares how she built a thriving news business against the odds
Sep 13, 2018 • 47 min
Jessica Lessin was a star reporter at the Wall Street Journal who had built her reputation covering companies like Google, Apple, and Facebook. It was her dream job. Until one day… she quit. Get full access to Substack Blog at
#006 - Mara Wilson, author and former child star, on how to write about your life
Sep 6, 2018 • 61 min
Mara Wilson knows good storytelling. As a child, she starred in Matilda, Mrs. Doubtfire, and Miracle on 34th St. Today she writes about what it was like to grow up as a child star, decide to leave acting, and figure out what she wanted to do with life.…
#005 - Walt Hickey of Numlock (previously FiveThirtyEight) on why you should write every day, deliver via email, and charge readers directly.
Aug 30, 2018 • 50 min
It’s hard to get 20,000 people to sign up for your email list, but Walt Hickey has done it with his daily newsletter Numlock, which tells the news by numbers. When I asked him how, he kept coming back to three big ideas: write every day, deliver via…
#004 – Rolling Stone’s Matt Taibbi discusses the state of the media, his serial Substack novel, and the furor that almost brought him down
Aug 23, 2018 • 75 min
This week, I spoke to Matt Taibbi, contributing editor to Rolling Stone, journalistic heir to Hunter S. Thompson, and author of serial novel The Business Secrets of Drug Dealing: Adventures of the Unidentified Black Male (published on Subs… Read More Get…
#003 - Nick Quah tells the story of Hot Pod, the podcast industry’s biggest newsletter
Aug 16, 2018 • 47 min
Will there ever be a “Netflix for Podcasts?” How is the podcast advertising business evolving? And how do you build a focused newsletter into a full-time job, while staying sane? This week’s episode of The Substack Podcast answers these questions and…
#002 - How Ann Friedman built a career as an independent journalist
Aug 9, 2018 • 62 min
Ann Friedman has crafted a journalism career on her own terms, combining freelance writing for major national outlets with a weekly newsletter and Call Your Girlfriend, a podcast she co-hosts with Aminatou Sow. Get full access to Substack Blog at…
#001 - How Tim Urban grew “Wait But Why” to over 30 million readers
Aug 2, 2018 • 42 min
Tim Urban explains how he grew Wait But Why into one of the most popular blogs on the internet. Get full access to Substack Blog at
#000 - Introduction (start here)
Jul 28, 2018 • 1 min
A preview of what’s to come. Get full access to Substack Blog at