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Here in the twilight of podcasting’s punk-rock/underground/DIY/Kumbaya-we’re-all-in-this-together phase, there are a lot of amazing podcasters who are still eager to share their trade secrets rather than hoard them. This moment won’t last forever, so if you want to be great at podcasting, listen to these shows while they still exist. (Photo by Laura Fong.)

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  • 32:38

    Pondering public media and podcasting

    In Conversation: Jenna Weiss-Berman and Laura Walker - Transom Podcast

    Jenna Weiss-Berman is a public radio vet who has gone on to dominate the for-profit podcasting world, starting Buzzfeed’s Another Round and, more recently, her own production company called Pineapple Street Media. In this episode of’s Transom Podcast, she interviews arguably the most important executive in the world of public radio podcasting, WNYC CEO Laura Walker.

  • 52:03

    On positioning Buzzfeed as an audio publisher

    Press Publish 14: Jenna Weiss-Berman on BuzzFeed’s podcast strategy and moves into audio news

    Because I can’t get enough of Jenna Weiss-Berman, here she is in an older conversation with Nieman Journalism Lab director Joshua Benton on his show “Press Publish,” talking about her transition from public radio to for-profit podcasting.

  • 54:24

    Intelligence as connections

    34: Mike Pesca

    When Mike Pesca left NPR to start his own daily podcast at Slate called The Gist, it was like King Kong had broken out of his cage. His enormous, pent-up creative and intellectual energy spilled into what I think is still the best daily podcast around. Here he appears on Mooj Zadie and Mickey Capper’s fantastic podcasting/radio-shop-talk show Tape.

  • 1:21:50

    Talking craft with Terry

    Episode 226: Terry Gross

    Terry Gross’s Fresh Air sounded like a podcast decades before podcasting existed, so it’s not surprising that her successful NPR radio show is also a successful podcast. Here she talks about her craft with Max Linsky on his show The Longform Podcast. Linsky is co-founder of Pineapple Street Media with Jenna Weiss-Berman.

  • 14:19

    Scoring stories with original music

    Composing Music For Stories On This American Life - HowSound

    This American Life producer Jonathan Menjivar is probably the preeminent thinker on how to use music as scoring for podcasts/radio. Here he is talking specifically about how to work with original music on Rob Rosenthal’s incredibly helpful show HowSound, a guide to audio storytelling from PRX and

  • 30:00

    Growth from inside Gimlet

    #20 Disorg Chart

    Gimlet Media is perhaps the highest-profile for-profit podcasting company because of “StartUp,” their podcast about the process of starting up Gimlet Media. Since the end of its first season,”StartUp” has branched off into telling stories about other start-up businesses, but it occasionally returns to telling the Gimlet story, as it does in this episode in which Lisa Chow steals the mic from her boss, Alex Blumberg, and takes a critical look at the company’s organizational challenges.

  • 1:06:11

    Mastering audio for great results

    The Mastering Show #16 - Podcasts (Mastering, recording & mixing)

    British mastering engineer Ian Shepherd makes an entire show about the audio production step that is most tragically neglected by podcast producers: mastering! In this episode of “The Mastering Show,” Shepherd does a whole show on how to master podcasts.

  • 1:11:58

    A new height of meta-ness

    A live show about how to do live shows

    I record lots of episode of my show before a live audience, and here is one such show in which the sole topic is how to record shows before a live audience. My guests are Andrea Silenzi, host of Panoply’s “Why Oh Why” and founder producer of Slate’s “The Gist,” and Tyler Greene, events producer for WBEZ, where he has helped produced live recordings of “Wait Wait…Don’t Tell Me” and “The Moth.”

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