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Welcome to Inside Podcasting! Join Skye Pillsbury as she interviews podcast hosts about their craft.
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Welcome to a bonus episode of Inside Podcasting! Today we are featuring an episode from the Podcast Brunch Club podcast, in which founder Adela Mizrachi interviews Gregory Warner, host of NPR’s Rough Translation. This show explores “how things we're talking about in the United States are being talked about in some other part of the world.”  Podcast Brunch Club is more than just a podcast. Every month Adela and her team put out a themed listening list. Members listen on their own time and then gather in real-life or virtually to discuss the playlist.  Find out more: Podcast Brunch Club website  Podcast Brunch Club on Twitter Get in touch: Host Skye Pillsbury on Twitter @SkyePillsbury                          Podcast Brunch Club founder Adela Mizrachi on Twitter @AdelaMiz Rough Translation Host Gregory Warner on Twitter @RadioGrego Producer Evo Terra on Twitter @EvoTerra Inside Podcasting is produced and hosted by Skye Pillsbury. Evo Terra of Simpler Media Productions is Skye’s co-producer for season two. Thanks to Jason Calacanis for greenlighting this project and Skye’s family for their unwavering support. Last but not least, thanks to all of YOU, the wonderful people who listen to this show. Please tell a friend about this podcast, post about it on social media, or consider subscribing to Inside Podcasting, a newsletter about everything podcasting at inside.com/podcasting.
Independent podcast critic and creator Wil Williams joins host Skye Pillsbury to share what sparked her love for podcasts. Get in touch: Host Skye Pillsbury on Twitter @SkyePillsbury                          Guest Wil Williams on Twitter @WilW_writes Inside Podcasting producer Evo Terra on Twitter @EvoTerra Inside Podcasting is produced and hosted by Skye Pillsbury. Evo Terra of Simpler Media Productions is Skye’s co-producer for season two. Thanks also to Jason Calacanis for greenlighting this project, Skye’s family, and all of YOU, the fantastic people who listen to this show. Please tell a friend about this podcast, post about it on social media, or consider subscribing to Inside Podcasting, a free newsletter about everything podcasting at inside.com/podcasting.
Host Skye Pillsbury kicks off the season two finale with She Podcasts founders Elsie Escobar and Jessica Kupferman. The trio discuss last week’s interview with 1619 Podcast producers Adizah Eghan and Annie Brown, how listening to podcasts is an “embodied” experience, and why we shouldn’t worry too much about saying something stupid. Then Skye and her husband Don reflect back on the season, break down why she’s leaving Inside.com, and discuss what’s next. Get in touch: Host Skye Pillsbury on Twitter @SkyePillsbury                          Guest Elsie Escobar on Twitter @TheElsieEscobar Guest Jessica Kupferman on Twitter @JessKupferman Inside Podcasting producer Evo Terra on Twitter @EvoTerra This season of Inside Podcasting was produced and hosted by Skye Pillsbury. Evo Terra of Simpler Media Productions was Skye’s co-producer for season two. Thanks to sound engineer Charles Quilley and researcher Rachel Loden (who doubles as Skye’s Mom). Thanks to Jason Calacanis for greenlighting this project, to Skye’s family for their unwavering support, and to all of YOU, the fabulous people who listen to this show.
Adizah Eghan and Annie Brown join host Skye Pillsbury to discuss the making of The New York Times’ acclaimed 1619 Podcast. The trio discuss: How the team began re-imagining the 1619 Project as an audio experience; What inspired the show’s theme song and sound design; How the team decided which stories to pursue for the audio version; Why the narratives within the series embraced moments of laughter and joy as well as grief and gravitas; How Adizah and Annie found the emotional heart of the series’ final two episodes. Additional reading:  The 1619 Project The 1619 Project School Curriculum Get in touch: Host Skye Pillsbury on Twitter @SkyePillsbury                          Guest Adizah Eghan on Twitter @Adizah_E  Guest Annie Brown on Twitter @nniebrown  Inside Podcasting producer Evo Terra on Twitter @EvoTerra Inside Podcasting is produced and hosted by Skye Pillsbury. Evo Terra of Simpler Media Productions is Skye’s co-producer for season two. Charles Quilley is Skye’s sound engineer and Rachel Loden is our researcher. Thanks to Jason Calacanis for greenlighting this project, to Skye’s family for their unwavering support, and to all of YOU, the fabulous people who listen to this show. Please tell a friend about this podcast, post about it on social media, or consider subscribing to Inside Podcasting, a free newsletter about everything podcasting at inside.com/podcasting.
In this post-show episode, host Skye Pillsbury and a special guest break down last week’s interview with podcast critic and creator Wil Williams. This is the podcaster Skye reached out to about being on an episode of this show, after a colleague begged her to consider it (literally, he begged).  Get in touch: Host Skye Pillsbury on Twitter @SkyePillsbury     Guest Arielle Nissenblatt on Twitter @arithisandthat                     Guest Wil Williams on Twitter @WilW_writes Inside Podcasting producer Evo Terra on Twitter @EvoTerra Inside Podcasting is produced and hosted by Skye Pillsbury. Evo Terra of Simpler Media Productions is Skye’s co-producer for season two. Special thanks to Paul Kondo, who helped edit last week’s interview with Wil Williams, and researcher Rachel Loden, who doubles as Skye’s Mom. Thanks also to Jason Calacanis for greenlighting this project, Skye’s family, and all of YOU, the fantastic people who listen to this show. Please tell a friend about this podcast, post about it on social media, or consider subscribing to Inside Podcasting, a free newsletter about everything podcasting at inside.com/podcasting.
Independent podcast critic and creator Wil Williams joins host Skye Pillsbury to share why she decided to make the kind of work she critiques and what the experience has been like so far. Wil reveals: What it felt like when she decided to create a podcast;  How writing some of the characters in Valence helped her untangle things in her own life; Why launching her show felt “unsatisfying” right after it happened — and how she feels now; Her favorite non-fiction podcasts. Additional reading: Sara Holdren’s piece for Vulture, “I Make Plays. I Write Criticism. I’m Not My Own Enemy.” Get in touch: Host Skye Pillsbury on Twitter @SkyePillsbury                          Guest Wil Williams on Twitter @WilW_writes Inside Podcasting producer Evo Terra on Twitter @EvoTerra Inside Podcasting is produced and hosted by Skye Pillsbury. Evo Terra of Simpler Media Productions is Skye’s co-producer for season two. Special thanks to Paul Kondo, who helped edit this episode, and researcher Rachel Loden, who doubles as Skye’s Mom. Thanks also to Jason Calacanis for greenlighting this project, Skye’s family, and all of YOU, the fantastic people who listen to this show. Please tell a friend about this podcast, post about it on social media, or consider subscribing to Inside Podcasting, a free newsletter about everything podcasting at inside.com/podcasting.
In this post-show episode, host Skye Pillsbury sits down with two special guests to discuss last week’s interview with Dolly Parton’s America producer Shima Oliaee, her nine-year old obsession with Dolly Parton, and whether she feels like she’s part of Dolly Parton’s America. If you enjoy this episode, check out Erik Jones’ print interview with Jad Abumrad for Bello Collective  Get in touch: Host Skye Pillsbury on Twitter @SkyePillsbury                          Last week’s guest Shima Oliaee on Twitter @ShimaOliaee  Inside Podcasting producer Evo Terra on Twitter @EvoTerra Inside Podcasting is produced and hosted by Skye Pillsbury. Evo Terra of Simpler Media Productions is Skye’s co-producer for season two. Charles Quilley is Skye’s sound engineer and Rachel Loden is our researcher. Thanks to Jason Calacanis for greenlighting this project, to Skye’s family for their unwavering support, and to all of YOU, the fantastic people who listen to this show. Please tell a friend about this podcast, post about it on social media, or consider subscribing to Inside Podcasting, a free newsletter about everything podcasting at inside.com/podcasting.
Dolly Parton’s America producer Shima Oliaee joins host Skye Pillsbury to reveal what it was like to create a show about iconic singer/songwriter/actress/businesswoman Dolly Parton. The pair discuss: The moment Shima and Radiolab’s Jad Abumrad realized they had a series on their hands; How Jad tried to keep the idea “under wraps”; How much Dolly understood about what she was getting into; How Shima and Jad got beyond the iconic persona and discovered something deeper; Whether Dolly has heard the series yet. Additional reading:  Sarah Smarsh’s book She Come By It Natural: Dolly Parton and the Women Who Lived Her Songs Aisha Harris’s piece for Slate on Dolly Parton’s Dixie Stampede, Springtime for the Confederacy; A New York Times article about Dr. Lynn Sacco’s “Dolly Parton’s America” class. Get in touch: Host Skye Pillsbury on Twitter @SkyePillsbury                          Guest Shima Oliaee on Twitter @ShimaOliaee  Inside Podcasting producer Evo Terra on Twitter @EvoTerra Inside Podcasting is produced and hosted by Skye Pillsbury. Evo Terra of Simpler Media Productions is Skye’s co-producer for season two. Charles Quilley is Skye’s sound engineer and Rachel Loden is our researcher. Thanks to Jason Calacanis for greenlighting this project, to Skye’s family for their unwavering support, and to all of YOU, the fabulous people who listen to this show. Please tell a friend about this podcast, post about it on social media, or consider subscribing to Inside Podcasting, a free newsletter about everything podcasting at inside.com/podcasting.
In this post-show episode, host Skye Pillsbury and a special guest discuss what it was like to interview Moonface creator James Kim.  Get in touch: Host Skye Pillsbury on Twitter @SkyePillsbury     Guest Elena Fernández Collins on Twitter @ShoMarq            Moonface creator James Kim on Twitter @TooManyJames_s Producer Evo Terra on Twitter @EvoTerra Inside Podcasting is produced and hosted by Skye Pillsbury. Evo Terra of Simpler Media Productions is Skye’s co-producer for season two. Thanks to Jason Calacanis for greenlighting this project, and thanks to YOU for listening. Please tell a friend about this podcast, post about it on social media, or consider subscribing to Inside Podcasting, a free newsletter about everything podcasting at inside.com/podcasting.
Host Skye Pillsbury talks with James Kim, the creator of fiction podcast Moonface. James reveals: Why it felt important to tell a personal “slice of life” story — and why he created it as fiction; What inspired the show’s sound design; The reasons his parents haven’t listened to the show (yet); Whether he named his lead character “Paul” after another fiction podcast creator. Watch the video trailer for Moonface. Listen to James’ award-winning nonfiction piece First Language Attrition.  Get in touch: Host Skye Pillsbury on Twitter @SkyePillsbury                          Moonface creator James Kim on Twitter @TooManyJames_s Producer Evo Terra on Twitter @EvoTerra Inside Podcasting is produced and hosted by Skye Pillsbury. Evo Terra of Simpler Media Productions is Skye’s co-producer for season two. Charles Quilley is our sound engineer and Rachel Loden is our researcher. Thanks to Jason Calacanis for greenlighting this project, Skye’s family for their unwavering support, Meggan Ellingboe for helping arrange this interview, and to all of YOU, the wonderful people who listen to this show. Please tell a friend about this podcast, post about it on social media, or consider subscribing to Inside Podcasting, a free newsletter about everything podcasting at inside.com/podcasting.
In this post-show episode, host Skye Pillsbury and a special guest discuss what it was like to interview Ear Hustle co-creators Nigel Poor and Earlonne Woods.  Get in touch: Host Skye Pillsbury on Twitter @SkyePillsbury                          Guest Paul Kondo on Twitter @PaulKondo Producer Evo Terra on Twitter @EvoTerra Inside Podcasting is produced and hosted by Skye Pillsbury. Evo Terra of Simpler Media Productions is Skye’s co-producer for season two. Charles Quilley is Skye’s sound engineer and Rachel Loden is our researcher. Thanks to Jason Calacanis for greenlighting this project, to Skye’s family for their unwavering support, and to all of YOU, the wonderful people who listen to this show. Please tell a friend about this podcast, post about it on social media, or consider subscribing to Inside Podcasting, a free newsletter about everything podcasting at inside.com/podcasting.
#PodcastBlackout

#PodcastBlackout

2020-06-0301:25

We are holding off on releasing a regular episode today to give ourselves and our audience more time to process what’s happening around the world, to grieve and to honor Black Lives. We are joined by many fellow podcasters in this effort, which has been named with the Twitter hashtag #PodcastBlackout. We are also devoting this week’s issue of our newsletter, to ways we can all help support the #BlackLivesMatter effort.   Inside Podcasting is produced and hosted by Skye Pillsbury. Evo Terra of Simpler Media Productions is Skye’s co-producer for season two. Charles Quilley is Skye’s sound engineer and Rachel Loden is our researcher. Thanks to Jason Calacanis for greenlighting this project, to Skye’s family for their unwavering support, and to all of YOU, the wonderful people who listen to this show.
In our second episode of season two, host Skye Pillsbury interviews Nigel Poor and Earlonne Woods, the creators and hosts of Ear Hustle. Ear Hustle, which was named a finalist for the first Pulitzer Prize for audio reporting this year, tells stories about daily life in San Quentin Prison. During this interview Nigel and Earlonne reveal: How they knew they had nailed their pitch to podcast network Radiotopia; What anxieties the team faced after Earlonne was released from prison; Why the team has begun telling stories that are “harder to process"; The unique challenges of making a podcast inside a prison. Get in touch: Host Skye Pillsbury on Twitter @SkyePillsbury                          Ear Hustle podcast on Twitter @EarHustlesq Guest Earlonne Woods on Twitter @EarlonneWoods Producer Evo Terra on Twitter @EvoTerra Inside Podcasting is produced and hosted by Skye Pillsbury. Evo Terra of Simpler Media Productions is Skye’s co-producer for season two. Charles Quilley is Skye’s sound engineer and Rachel Loden is our researcher. Thanks to Jason Calacanis for greenlighting this project, to Skye’s family for their unwavering support, and to all of YOU, the wonderful people who listen to this show. Please tell a friend about this podcast, post about it on social media, or consider subscribing to Inside Podcasting, a free newsletter about everything podcasting at inside.com/podcasting.
In this post-show episode, host Skye Pillsbury sits down with a special guest to break down what it was like to interview New York Times columnist, Recode founder, and podcast entrepreneur Kara Swisher.  If you haven’t listened to Skye’s original interview with Kara, you can find it here. Get in touch: Host Skye Pillsbury on Twitter @skyepillsbury Guest Kara Swisher on Twitter @karaswisher Producer Evo Terra on Twitter @evoterra Inside Podcasting is produced and hosted by Skye Pillsbury. Evo Terra of Simpler Media Productions is Skye’s co-producer for season two. Charles Quilley is Skye’s sound engineer and Rachel Loden is our researcher. Thanks to Jason Calacanis for greenlighting this project, to Skye’s husband for agreeing to let her tape the phone call at the top of last week’s show and to all of YOU, the wonderful people who listen to this show. Please tell a friend about this podcast, post about it on social media, or consider subscribing to Inside Podcasting, a free newsletter about everything podcasting at inside.com/podcasting.
In our season two premiere, host Skye Pillsbury sits down with New York Times opinion columnist and Recode founder Kara Swisher to discuss her approach to podcasting. Kara, who hosts Recode’s Decode and Pivot podcasts and will soon produce and host a New York Times opinion podcast, reveals: Why she understood life’s ephemerality at a young age and how that drives her today; How interviewing people like Kathy Griffin, Kim Kardashian and Taffy Brodesser-Akner fits in perfectly with her sensibility as a business and tech journalist;  What she said to President Obama right before interviewing him (he wasn’t pleased); How she prepares before interrogating her guests; An upcoming project related to her 2011 stroke. Get in touch: Host Skye Pillsbury on Twitter @skyepillsbury Guest Kara Swisher on Twitter @karaswisher Producer Evo Terra on Twitter @evoterra Guest editor Paul Kondo on Twitter @paulkondo Inside Podcasting is produced and hosted by Skye Pillsbury. Evo Terra of Simpler Media Productions is Skye’s co-producer for season two. Charles Quilley is Skye’s sound engineer and Rachel Loden is our researcher. We are grateful to Paul Kondo, who helped edit this episode. Thanks to Jason Calacanis for greenlighting this project, to Skye’s husband for agreeing to let her tape the phone call at the top of the show and to all of YOU, the wonderful people who listen to this show. Please tell a friend about this podcast, post about it on social media, or consider subscribing to Inside Podcasting, a free newsletter about everything podcasting at inside.com/podcasting.
Season Two Trailer

Season Two Trailer

2020-05-0601:311

Inside Podcasting, the show in which creators discuss their craft, returns on May 13. This season host Skye Pillsbury interviews: The New York Times’ 1619 producers Adizah Eghan and Annie Brown (you may also recognize their names from the credits of The Daily); Ear Hustle creators Nigel Poor and Earlonne Woods; Dolly Parton’s America producer Shima Oliaee; Moonface creator James Kim; This Week in Tech founder Leo Laporte; Recode Decode host and New York Times columnist Kara Swisher; Podcast critic and Scoring Magic creator Wil Williams. The season will also feature a series of mini-episodes, in which Skye and a special guest will discuss behind-the-scenes stories from the making of this show.  Inside Podcasting is produced and hosted by Skye Pillsbury. Evo Terra of Simpler Media Productions is Skye’s season two co-producer. Charles Quilley is Skye’s sound engineer. Thanks to Jason Calacanis for greenlighting this project and to all of YOU, the wonderful people who listen to this show. Please consider subscribing to Inside Podcasting, a free newsletter about everything podcasting at inside.com/podcasting.
This bonus episode of Inside Podcasting contains more great stuff from Skye’s original interview with former Fortune writer Jessi Hempel. After Jessi jumped from traditional print journalism to LinkedIn, she took on the role of host of the social platform’s podcast Hello Monday. In this installment, Hempel shares her early aspirations to be a poet, the time she interviewed “a very young Mark Zuckerberg,” and why she decided to pursue new challenges at LinkedIn. If you haven’t listened to Skye’s original interview with Jessi, you can find that here. Inside Podcasting is produced and hosted by Skye Pillsbury. Evo Terra of Simpler Media Productions is Skye’s co-producer for season two of the podcast and is also helping Skye put together these bonus episodes. Charles Quilley is Skye’s sound engineer. Thanks to Jason Calacanis for greenlighting this project and to all of YOU, the wonderful people who listen to this show. Please consider subscribing to Inside Podcasting, a free newsletter about everything podcasting at inside.com/podcasting.
In this bonus episode of Inside Podcasting we hear from Martine Powers, the host of The Washington Post’s daily news podcast Post Reports. When Skye interviewed Martine in season one, the pair discussed what it’s been like to host her newspaper’s podcast. In this installment, Martine reveals her fantasy to “live on a beach with turtles,” what it was like to spend time reporting from her mother’s home country of Trinidad, how covering school shootings prompted her interest in finding a specific “beat,” and why the Transom Story Workshop is “like Disneyworld for people who love podcasts.”  If you haven’t listened to Skye’s original interview with Martine, you can find that here: https://insidepodcasting.libsyn.com/post-reports-podcast-martine-powers Inside Podcasting is produced and hosted by Skye Pillsbury. Evo Terra of Simpler Media Productions is Skye’s co-producer for season two of the podcast and is also helping Skye put together these bonus episodes (more to come!). Charles Quilley is Skye’s sound engineer. Thanks to Jason Calacanis for greenlighting this project and to all of YOU, the wonderful people who listen to this show. Please consider subscribing to Inside Podcasting, a free newsletter about everything podcasting at inside.com/podcasting.
This bonus episode of Inside Podcasting is all the good stuff from Skye’s interview with Everything is Alive (everythingisalive.com) creator Ian Chillag that didn’t make it into the full episode from last August. The episode is divided into two parts: the first illuminates a bit more about Ian’s background — and contains some juicy bits about what he learned about interviewing from Fresh Air’s Terry Gross —  and the second reveals a few more behind-the-scenes details regarding how Ian makes his show. Enjoy! If you haven’t listened to Skye’s original interview with Ian, you can find that here: http://insidepodcasting.libsyn.com/everything-is-alive-podcast-ian-chillag ----- Inside Podcasting is produced and hosted by Skye Pillsbury. Evo Terra of Simpler Media Productions is Skye’s co-producer for season two of the podcast and is also helping Skye put together these bonus episodes (more to come!). Charles Quilley is Skye’s sound engineer. Thanks to Jason Calacanis for greenlighting this project.
Hello and welcome to a bonus episode of Inside Podcasting! Today we are featuring an episode from the Podcast Brunch Club podcast, in which PBC founder Adela Mizrachi interviews Alie Ward, host of the Ologies pod. Ologies is a show where Ward, who is a humorist and science correspondent, "asks smart people stupid questions and the answers might change your life."  Podcast Brunch Club is more than just a podcast. Every month Adela and her team put out a themed listening list. People listen on their own time and then members gather in real life to discuss the playlist (there is also a virtual chapter). Find out more: Podcast Brunch Club website Podcast Brunch Club podcast Podcast Brunch Club Twitter Subscribe to the Inside Podcasting newsletter here. Reach out to Skye on Twitter here. Keep on listening and we'll see you in a bit!  
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