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A radio show about people who make radio, hosted by Mooj Zadie and Mickey Capper.
42: Avery Trufelman
Oct 18 • 55 min
Avery Trufelman is a producer of 99% Invisible and the host of Articles of Interest. “The literal battleground of interior and exterior forces in your world is what you’re wearing.”
41: Ira Glass
Oct 3 • 50 min
Ira Glass is the host and executive producer of This American Life. “It’s not an accident I made a radio show where I am having intimate conversations with people on tape. … Like the only person who would go to the trouble to invent something like that is…
40: Julie Snyder
Sep 26 • 56 min
Julie Snyder is the co-creator of Serial and S-Town. Prior to that, she was the senior producer of This American Life. “So the original conceit [of This American Life] was using the tools of journalism to [tell stories from] everyday life but then I felt…
39: Robert Smith
Nov 8, 2017 • 91 min
Robert Smith is a correspondent for NPR’s Planet Money. “I’ve done [radio] for 30 years. I don’t want to come in and do the same story every time. Like I want things to be challenging. … And it’s solely for myself. It’s solely so I don’t sound like a lot…
38: Alex Blumberg
May 10, 2017 • 92 min
Alex Blumberg is the co-founder of Gimlet Media. Prior to that he was a producer for This American Life. “A big lesson for me is that there aren’t really rules. If [the radio story] is really fun, and you really love it, it’s probably going to work. … And…
37: Lu Olkowski
Feb 21, 2017 • 39 min
Lu Olkowski, an independent radio producer, is the host of CBC’s Love Me. “You spend so much time with people and I just think it’s so shitty to suddenly — the story airs and you — disappear. … I think that’s terrible. And I just don’t want to do that.”
36: Lewis Wallace
Feb 7, 2017 • 60 min
Lewis Wallace was a reporter for Marketplace. “I think our listeners and audiences are strong enough to hold that I can have a credible voice in reporting a story, and a truthful voice in reporting a story, and also have a perspective.”
35: Julia Barton
Jan 23, 2017 • 62 min
Julia Barton is a freelance editor who edits for Revisionist History, The World, and Studio 360. She reports for Radiolab, Marketplace, 99% Invisible, and more. “If people think they might want to be an editor the first step is to pitch to places that…
34: Mike Pesca
Jun 27, 2016 • 54 min
Mike Pesca is the host of Slate’s The Gist. “There was a time when the most intelligent guy in your town was just the guy who knew the most — he knew the family genealogy, he knew facts. We’ve gotten away from that. The facts are there on a computer. So I…
33: Sruthi Pinnamaneni
Jun 21, 2016 • 53 min
Sruthi Pinnamaneni is a producer at Reply All. “It’s almost like me and the other person were learning about each other. And I don’t ever think about it like oh this is what makes this person weird or this is a weird moment. It’s just like moments where a…
32: Jonathan Menjivar
May 24, 2016 • 59 min
Jonathan Menjivar is a producer at This American Life. “When I started in radio I imagined myself on the radio more. But I’ve come to a place where it doesn’t matter to me. I just want to make stuff.”
31: Emily Botein
Apr 14, 2016 • 38 min
Emily Botein is the Vice President for On-Demand Content of WNYC. “I feel like as a producer, the whole goal is to have someone become more human, reveal something more personal, say something surprising. So it’s your job to make an unrealistically good…
30: Jessica Abel
Mar 1, 2016 • 30 min
Jessica Abel is the author of Out on the Wire. “The group edit format, while emotionally difficult, actually is an incredibly efficient tool. In an hour, two hours, you can get the intellectual work done on a piece that could take weeks without it.”
29: Tim Howard
Jan 26, 2016 • 60 min
Tim Howard is the senior producer of Reply All. “You can do radio stories without stakes they just have to be really fun.”
28: Jacob Goldstein
Dec 9, 2015 • 45 min
Jacob Goldstein is a reporter for NPR’s Planet Money. “I’ve never been that interested in the classic investigative story — here’s this victim and here’s this villain, and implicitly, I, the reporter, am the hero. … They were never the kind of stories I…
27: Audie Cornish
Oct 14, 2015 • 32 min
Audie Cornish is the host of All Things Considered. “I ran a gauntlet of people who underestimated me. Every subject is like, “Are you the intern?” Every lawmaker is like, “I don’t understand who you are?” People don’t see me so when they finally meet me…
26: Sean Rameswaram
Sep 21, 2015 • 46 min
Sean Rameswaram is the host of sideshow. “On the outside, which I was on the outside for a long time, I thought public radio takes itself too seriously. My favorite moments in public radio are when Scott Simon interviews Ke$ha. We don’t need to be…
25: Kaitlin Prest
Jul 9, 2015 • 43 min
Note: This episode is explicit. Kaitlin Prest is the host and creative director of The Heart. “My whole thing about making stuff is I want it to *feel* like the thing. If you’re making a show about love, I want to feel like I’m falling in love when I…
24: Anshuman Iddamsetty
May 27, 2015 • 49 min
Anshuman Iddamsetty is Hazlitt’s art director and audio/visual producer.* “I stare at waveforms constantly. So like I’m staring at the layout of the waveforms more than anything. There is a sort of visual component to how the show finally comes together,…
23: David Weinberg
May 19, 2015 • 52 min
David Weinberg, a former Marketplace producer, is part of KCRW’s Independent Producer Project and the creator of Random Tape. “I felt so trapped before I found and decided that radio is what I wanted to do. I placed a lot on this as being the thing that…
22: Nate DiMeo
May 5, 2015 • 52 min
Nate DiMeo is the host of The Memory Palace. “I struggled a lot when I first got into journalism because I knew every Q&A I edited … something would get cut. And that the person interviewed would not be entirely represented the way they wanted to be. … So…
21: Scott Carrier
Apr 29, 2015 • 57 min
Scott Carrier is an independent producer and the host of Home of the Brave. “It’s what makes us human, is our storytelling ability. Animals can’t do that. They can communicate. They can talk to each other. They understand, they know what’s going on, and…
20: Dana Chivvis
Apr 16, 2015 • 32 min
Dana Chivvis is a producer at Serial. “I thought it was important to be really devoted to your medium. … I thought I have to love video. And what I realized is that it didn’t matter to me what medium I was working in. It mattered what story I was telling,…
19: Lulu Miller
Apr 1, 2015 • 34 min
Lulu Miller, a former producer at Radiolab, is the co-host of NPR’s Invisibilia. “I think there’s this thing that goes hand in hand with journalism, or with radio, which is that professionally, you’re an amateur, so you have to ask, and with not knowing,…
18: Alix Spiegel
Feb 26, 2015 • 45 min
Alix Spiegel, a former producer at This American Life, is the co-host of NPR’s Invisibilia. “I always want to understand like why? What do you know that I don’t know? What is your life? And how do you see the world? And that’s it.”
17: Andrea Silenzi
Jan 22, 2015 • 44 min
Andrea Silenzi is the creator and host of Why Oh Why?. She’s also the Senior Producer of Slate’s The Gist.* “I listen to a lot of radio and there’s so much of ‘This person wrote a book.’ ‘This person has a project.’ ‘This person has been working on this…
16: Hillary Frank
Dec 30, 2014 • 52 min
Hillary Frank is the host and creator of The Longest Shortest Time. “I hate small talk, and it makes me very uncomfortable. I don’t know how to do it well. I want to have a real conversation with a person.”
15: Lynn Levy
Dec 3, 2014 • 46 min
Lynn Levy is a producer at Radiolab. “Sometimes if you’re interviewing an author they’ve already worked out the best way to tell the story. They’ve been through all the options in their head, they figured out what to omit and what to get rid of. And often…
14: Pejk Malinovski
Nov 3, 2014 • 49 min
Pejk Malinovski is a poet and a radio producer. “I feel like when I make structure it’s not a traditional Hollywood storyline where there’s a beginning and a middle and an end and a conflict and resolution I think it’s more about tension and release. I…
13: Michael May
Sep 29, 2014 • 55 min
Michael May, a Third Coast Gold Award winner, is a freelance radio and print journalist. He teaches radio documentary at the Salt Institute. “I’m not interested in doing stories where I just label somebody some clinical label — a misogynist, sociopath.…
12: Stephanie Foo
Sep 11, 2014 • 49 min
Stephanie Foo, a former producer at Snap Judgment, is a producer at This American Life. “I think everybody has a story that is worth telling, but I think most people don’t know what their best story is. At all. They’ll think that it’s their most life or…
11: Alex Goldman + PJ Vogt
Aug 25, 2014 • 59 min
Alex Goldman and PJ Vogt are the creators of TLDR. “The internet can feel like the same thing over and over again, and sometimes that’s because the internet is the same thing over and over again. But sometimes it’s because you’ve hemmed yourself to a…
10: Tamara Keith
Aug 8, 2014 • 50 min
Tamara Keith is NPR’s White House Correspondent. She also co-founded B-Side Radio. “There’s drama in the human experience, and if people are willing to share that, there’s a way to make it into a good story… says the person who only does stories about the…
9: Ann Heppermann
Jul 16, 2014 • 38 min
Ann Heppermann, a Peabody Award winner, produces Slate’s Culture Gabfest. She teaches radio writing and radio drama at Sarah Lawrence College. “I don’t think you want all crappy tape, but there’s something about texture of crappy tape and Skype tape. If…
8: Jeff Emtman
Jul 1, 2014 • 40 min
Jeff Emtman is the creator and host of Here Be Monsters. “You can think of your memory as a box full of photographs, like the ones your parents have in your basement. Just like old glossy prints. … And unfortunately, when you pick up an old photo print,…
7: Zoe Chace
Jun 17, 2014 • 53 min
Zoe Chace is a reporter for NPR’s Planet Money. “A lot of times people don’t pay enough attention to their voicing at all. They don’t realize that their story doesn’t exist, unless people are grabbed by their voice. The story literally — like practically…
6: Ellen Horne
Jun 3, 2014 • 60 min
Ellen Horne is the Executive Producer of Radiolab. “When you’re trying to create something new, that kind of risk-taking has to happen in a low-stakes environment.”
5: Eric Mennel
May 19, 2014 • 51 min
Eric Mennel is a producer for WUNC and Criminal. “People pooh-pooh the idea of logging like it’s the worst thing in the world. Some of the best techniques I’ve learned, in terms of interviewing, was from logging good interviewer’s tape. … Listening to…
4: Sean Cole
May 5, 2014 • 53 min
Sean Cole, a producer at This American Life, has also reported for Radiolab, Marketplace, and 99% Invisible. “Journalism is a translation of madness, and poetry is a transcription of madness.”
3: Stan Alcorn
Apr 23, 2014 • 45 min
Stan Alcorn, a freelance multimedia journalist, is a contributor to WNYC and NPR. “I love stories but I’m very interested in how they pertain to some larger truth that you’re not going to know without quantifying it.”
2: Jennifer Brandel
Apr 10, 2014 • 60 min
Jennifer Brandel is the Senior Producer of Curious City. “I don’t think that soft or fluffy news should be given such a bad rap. When you have a question that ignites someone’s curiosity and gets them interested in thinking about the world in a different…
1: Ben Calhoun
Mar 30, 2014 • 48 min
Ben Calhoun is a producer at This American Life. “The nature of covering politics is one where often people don’t want to say to you the things that they are feeling or thinking. … You can create the diorama of that action in a way that you couldn’t if…