For Your Ears Only is a new podcast series that takes some deep dives into podcasting. Across eight episodes, hosts Martin Spinelli and Lance Dann will talk to the producers of the world’s most successful podcasts (Welcome to Night Vale, Radiolab, Serial, We're Alive, The Heart, The Truth, Love + Radio, My Dad Wrote A Porno, and many more). Through interviews, discussions, and sonic compositions, the series explores what makes podcasting special.
Welcome to the For Your Ears Only podcast series
Podcasting is arguably today’s most intimate medium. We listen through earbuds, discussion of topics like sex and psychological play are widespread, and podcasters regularly create empathy through imaginative engagement. In Continue ReadingIntimacy→
Our cultural obsession with well-crafted audio stories has been steadily increasing since the birth of podcasting. Will we ever lose the thrill of a good narrative or tire of familiar Continue ReadingNarrative→
Today’s podcasters have transformed the passivity of listening into the engagement of fandom. With live events, social media chatter, T-shirt sales, and fan art, there is now an active exchange Continue ReadingAudience→
Perhaps the most significant distinctive characteristic of many of our most successful podcasts is their “authentic” feel and sound. Typically, podcasts are “independent,” produced without the initial support of institutions Continue ReadingAuthenticity→
In a world without gatekeepers or broadcast regulators, podcasters enjoy incredible scope to pursue their own visions. In the Wild West of podcasting, old standards are thrown off and rules are broken. But what are the consequences? In this episode we’ll look at how podcasters are building new ethical principles and hear thoughts from Miranda Sawyer, Camilla Byk, Jad Abumrad and Serial's Dana Chivvis.
Written & presented by Martin Spinelli and co-presented by Ella Gray Thomas
Produced by Ella Gray Thomas & Jack F Jewers
Sound by Andrew Duff
Additional music by Kevin MacLeod, licensed under creative commons.
Voice acting by Rachael Sparkes & Eoin McKenna
Executive produced by Martin Spinelli
Interview contributors: Miranda Sawyer, Alan Hall, Kaitlin Prest, Camilla Byk, Dana Chivvis and Jad Abumrad
Clips featured: Serial (‘The Breakup’ and ‘What We Know’)
For Your Ears Only was produced with the support of Arts Council England, Bloomsbury Academic, the University of Sussex, Brighton University, and the British Academy.
A must for radio and podcast students
Loved listening to this podcast series - Lance and Martin do a brilliant job of explaining key themes of podcasts, with excellent work from the production team too. Top guest contributions too. I hope to hear more like this soon :)
For Your Ears Only really gets behind the big ideas and concepts of the most successful podcasts. It's got original interview material with some of the leading lights in podcasting and lots of useful examples from benchmark shows... with some fun and creative sketches and pieces that help make things clear. The back-and-forth between the hosts makes it a good listen.
Really good for anyone who ‘Podcast Binges’. Gives an incredibile in depth analysis of how podcasts can and should be listened to.
Keep them coming!!