The Substack Podcast

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

Substack Podcast #021: Cookbooks with Paula Forbes
Aug 7 • 44 min
We spoke with Paula Forbes of Stained Page News, a newsletter about cookbooks. For her, it’s a place to geek out about cookbooks - where she can write about news, recipes, and upcoming releases. Paula has a multifaceted view of the culinary world. She…
Substack Podcast #020: Gen Z with Terry Nguyen
Jul 23 • 42 min
We spoke with Terry Nguyen of gen yeet, a newsletter about Gen Z culture, memes, and trends. Her honest and thoughtful writing covers youth culture on the Internet, technology and consumer trends, and generational commentary – all with the goal of…
Substack Podcast #019: Mental Health with Fiza Pirani
Jul 16 • 53 min
We spoke with Fiza Pirani of Foreign Bodies, a newsletter that destigmatizes mental illness, centered on immigrant and refugee experiences. Fiza’s created a community of people who resonate with her vulnerability and mission to give a voice to populations…
Substack Podcast #018: Corporate governance with Francine McKenna
Jul 9 • 55 min
We spoke with Francine McKenna of The Dig, a newsletter about accounting, audit and corporate governance issues at public and pre-IPO companies. Through her newsletter, Francine analyzes the most widely-held and widely-shorted companies in the world.After…
Substack Podcast #017: Psychedelics with Zach Haigney
Jul 2 • 57 min
We spoke with Zach Haigney of The Trip Report, a newsletter covering the business, policy, and impact of psychedelics.With a background in clinical research and acupuncture, Zach has closely followed the psychedelics industry for years. As the topic…
Substack Podcast #016: Finance with Kevin Muir
Jun 25 • 50 min
We spoke with Kevin Muir of The MacroTourist, a newsletter about trading and investing that aims to make finance fun.Formerly a proprietary trader, Kevin quit his job at a bank in the early 2000s to start working for himself, and he still trades his own…
Substack Podcast #015: International news with Erin Cook
Jun 19 • 44 min
We spoke with Erin Cook of Dari Mulut ke Mulut, a publication covering news across Southeast Asia.Erin started her newsletter early in her career while working for a daily newspaper in Jakarta, Indonesia. After she found that broader regional news was…
Substack Podcast #014: Healthcare with Nikhil Krishnan
Jun 11 • 52 min
We spoke with Nikhil Krishnan of Out of Pocket, a newsletter that’s tackling healthcare with an entertaining and approachable voice.While working on the healthcare research team at CB Insights, Nikhil started an industry newsletter that grew to 90,000…
Substack Podcast #013: Local news with Tony Mecia of The Charlotte Ledger
May 29 • 48 min
For our inaugural Season 2 episode of the Substack Podcast, we’re pleased to chat with Tony Mecia of The Charlotte Ledger, a publication focused on local business news in Charlotte, North Carolina in the United States.Tony started as a regular journalist…
How Delia Cai grew Deez Links from zero to 2,000+ signups
Mar 4 • 16 min
We invited Delia Cai, author of Deez Links, to speak to an audience of Substack writers in New York about how she grew her newsletter to 2,700 signups. Delia started her daily media newsletter as an intern at Atlantic Media.This transcript has been…
How Emily Atkin turned her climate change newsletter into a six-figure income
Mar 4 • 22 min
We invited Emily Atkin, author of Heated, to talk to an audience of Substack writers in New York about how she successfully launched paid subscriptions. Emily left her job at The New Republic to start Heated, which offers original reporting and analysis…
How Walt Hickey of Numlock News expanded to multiple newsletters
Mar 4 • 15 min
We invited Walt Hickey, author of Numlock News, to share with an audience of Substack writers in New York how he thinks about spinning off multiple newsletters for fun and profit. Walt started off with Numlock News – where he writes about the numbers…
A growth masterclass with Judd Legum of Popular Information
Jun 21, 2019 • 40 min
Of all the writers who use Substack, no one is as good at promoting their newsletter as Judd Legum, publisher of Popular Information. Judd was previously the editor-in-chief of ThinkProgress and has also been a political campaign researcher and lawyer. I…
#012 – Media critic Jesse Brown on the secrets behind Canadaland’s crowdfunded success
Feb 28, 2019 • 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, Canadaland, the…
Introducing Substack for audio
Feb 7, 2019 • 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 paying subscribers.…
#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 on the email list…
#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 on the email list 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 Substack).I started…
#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 on the email list 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 on the email list at
#000 - Introduction (start here)
Jul 28, 2018 • 1 min
A preview of what’s to come. Get on the email list at