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How to Host a Podcast With Your Partner That Doesn’t Suck

How to Host a Podcast With Your Partner That Doesn’t Suck

The real life couples who host Couples Therapy and Sawbones tell us how they bring their chemistry to the mic

“Can I just throw this out there? We actually love each other.” Andy Beckerman, writer, performer, and podcast veteran, is speaking to me, along with his fiancée—writer, performer, and standup comedian Naomi Ekperigin—about Couples Therapy, the popular comedy podcast the […]

Shannon Cason Gets Honest

Shannon Cason Gets Honest

You'll hang on his every word when you start your guaranteed binge listen

For new listeners to Shannon Cason’s Homemade Stories, it might be worth going as far back as 2014’s “Bath House” episode. In that story Cason, a straight man, explains why he went to a bathhouse with a gay friend: he […]

Why It Pays to Be Nice in Podcasting

Why It Pays to Be Nice in Podcasting

How quirky British audio sitcom Wooden Overcoats built a global fan base

This was supposed to be Wooden Overcoats’ year. The team behind this British independent audio sitcom had successfully crowdfunded their fourth and final season and planned to launch it on September 24, 2020, the show’s fifth anniversary. There were going […]

Behind the Scenes of Hysteria

Behind the Scenes of Hysteria

A conversation with Erin Ryan about the show's creation and ongoing production

Erin Ryan is among the quickest, funniest people I know. We once worked one desk over from each other at the blog sweatshop that was early 2010s Gawker Media, her at Jezebel and me at Gizmodo. She moved on to […]

Preparing the Perfect Pandemic Pod

Preparing the Perfect Pandemic Pod

Stay F. Homekins, Round Springfield, and more play the right chord for These Times TM

“This is episode 24. We did not expect to still be doing this!” This line from Paul F. Tompkins opens a recent episode of the Stay F. Homekins podcast, in which Tompkins and his wife Janie Haddad Tompkins discuss, well, […]

What Mic Does Matt Gourley Use?

What Mic Does Matt Gourley Use?

How Matt Gourley went from goofing off on a podcast no one listened to to cracking wise with Conan O'Brien

Matt Gourley says he might have been the first analog podcaster,  which makes perfect sense if you’ve ever heard Conan O’Brien roasting him for his love of vintage items—like, say, his beloved phone that was once owned by Dwight D. […]

Lina Misitzis. Featured.

Lina Misitzis. Featured.

This one time Lina won a Pulitzer with the same Ira Glass
who had not hired her a few years before

The night of the 2020 Pulitzer Prize ceremony, Lina Misitzis and her colleagues at This American Life were together only as squares on a video call, sheltering in place around the country as the COVID-19 pandemic raged on. Their episode, […]

Off Broadway

Off Broadway

Patrick Hinds and Gillian Pensavalle bonded over a love of the big stage. Their show, True Crime Obsessed, shows how friendship and fandom sells.

Prefer to listen instead? We add new stories regularly to the podcast Timber—Stories for Podcasters. Patrick Hinds has been into podcasts for a long time. Back in 2009, the Broadway obsessive was spending an hour commuting to work from his […]

In the Adventure Zone

In the Adventure Zone

How one RPG podcast went from paternity leave filler to its own blockbuster franchise

Prefer to listen instead? We add new stories regularly to the podcast Timber—Stories for Podcasters. To the average podcast listener, the process of finding a role-playing game (RPG) podcast is not like landing on whatever the new Serial is. For […]

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