Society and Culture

Making Making Gay History

Making Making Gay History

If a podcast could will itself into existence, this would be how

Eric Marcus and Sara Burningham first met over the garden fence of their abutting backyards in the Manhattan neighborhood of Chelsea in 2010. As their friendship grew, Burningham discovered that Marcus was sitting on a bumper crop of content, and […]

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, […]

How to Pitch a Podcast to Radiotopia (with examples)

How to Pitch a Podcast to Radiotopia (with examples)

How Helen Zaltzman became one of podcasting's most beloved mentors and built the hit show The Allusionist

How do you  pitch a podcast? People on the web Have Answers. A Google search tells me I need to “know the right person” (1,000-word essay), “listen to the shows” (lo-fi YouTube vid), or “if you’re doing good work, the […]

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, […]

Metrics Schmetrics!

Metrics Schmetrics!

Dylan Marron found a new way to measure success that keeps him motivated

Dylan Marron has created two praise-worthy podcasts, but he—intentionally—does not know how many listeners he has. Conversations with People Who Hate Me features Marron facilitating loving conversations with online feuders who are encouraged to get to know the human on […]

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