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Inside Podcasting

Author: Skye Pillsbury

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Welcome to Inside Podcasting! Join Skye Pillsbury as she interviews podcast hosts about their craft.
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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!  
This is an Inside Podcasting "mini-episode," in which Skye and Inside.com managing editor Kim Lyons discuss what it was like to interview entrepreneur, investor and podcaster Jason Calacanis. If you haven't heard that interview yet, go back and listen to it first, then come back and press play on this installment.  This is also our final episode of season one! See you next season!    
In this episode, Skye interviews entrepreneur and angel investor Jason Calacanis. Jason, who is Skye's boss, also hosts two podcasts, This Week in Startups and Angel. Before this interview was recorded, Jason told Skye she could ask him anything — and she took him up on that. The pair discuss:  Jason's rollercoaster childhood; What drove him to get out of Brooklyn; The wild ups and downs of his entrepreneurial career; How he got into podcasting; Why a network TV show featuring Jason was axed; Why Skye thinks Jason is just a teensy bit Trumpian; His favorite podasts. Watch Jason practice Taekwondo as a wee young man here.  And get in touch: Host Skye Pillsbury on Twitter @skyepillsbury Guest Jason Calacanis on Twitter @Jason Subscribe to the Inside Podcasting newsletter here (it's free!) and discover Inside.com's network of newsletters here. 
Skye and Inside.com managing editor Kim Lyons discuss what it was like to interview Madeleine Baran, the host of In the Dark.
Skye speaks with Madeleine Baran, the host of APM Reports’ award-winning podcast In the Dark. Madeleine reveals: What drew her to investigative journalism; How she and her team write and structure the show; Whether she practices her “narration voice”; How she felt when authorities admitted that their investigation into Jacob Wetterling's disappearance had failed;  What it was like to be at the Supreme Court in June; Her thoughts on the judicial branch's power — or lack of power — in regards Curtis Flowers' fate; What she feels is still missing in podcasting. Meanwhile, Skye does her best Terry Gross impression. Get in touch: Host Skye Pillsbury on Twitter @skyepillsbury Guest Madeleine Baran on Twitter @madeleinebaran Subscribe to the Inside Podcasting newsletter here (it's free!) and discover Inside.com's network of newsletters here. 
Skye and Inside.com managing editor Kim Lyons discuss what it was like to interview Martine Powers, the host of Post Reports.
Skye speaks with Martine Powers, the host of The Washington Post's daily news podcast Post Reports. Martine reveals: Why she thought she had missed her chance to work in audio; How she felt the night before (and the day after) her highly-anticipated show launched; How the team decided on the show's structure; Whether she coaches the Washington Post journalists who come on the show; How she feels when people bring up The Daily. PLUS: Martine makes a shocking discovery about her host. Get in touch: Host Skye Pillsbury on Twitter @skyepillsbury Guest Martine Powers on Twitter @martinepowers Subscribe to the Inside Podcasting newsletter here (it's free!) and discover Inside.com's network of newsletters here.   
Skye and Inside.com managing editor Kim Lyons discuss what is was like to interview Leon Neyfakh, the co-creator of Slow Burn and Fiasco. 
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