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Stories of news, creativity and the internet, told to Suchandrika Chakrabarti | Shortlisted: Best Host at The Lovie Awards (the European Webby Awards) 2019 | Heard on BBC Radio 4 | Newsletter: suchandrika.substack.com | Instagram: @freelancepod | Twitter: @freelance_pod_

Freelance Pod Suchandrika Chakrabarti

    • Personal Journals

Stories of news, creativity and the internet, told to Suchandrika Chakrabarti | Shortlisted: Best Host at The Lovie Awards (the European Webby Awards) 2019 | Heard on BBC Radio 4 | Newsletter: suchandrika.substack.com | Instagram: @freelancepod | Twitter: @freelance_pod_

    Grieving our mothers online, with author Rachel Vorona Cote

    Grieving our mothers online, with author Rachel Vorona Cote

    Author Rachel Vorona Cote joins Suchandrika Chakrabarti on Freelance Pod's first birthday episode, to talk about grieving in a digital age. We first spoke after I read Rachel's Longreads piece, The Fraught Culture of Online Mourning, earlier this year. Rachel had lost her mother 18 months before writing the essay. As someone who lost their parents in an analogue age, I'm fascinated by how the internet has enabled greater visibility for the bereaved.

    • 35 min
    "A box of neon sex delights" - Standard Issue meets Freelance Pod at the Boulevard Theatre, Soho

    "A box of neon sex delights" - Standard Issue meets Freelance Pod at the Boulevard Theatre, Soho

    It's a Standard Issue x Freelance Pod crossover episode! I met up with Jen Offord, Mickey Noonan and Hannah Dunleavy at the Boulevard Theatre, Soho, to talk about our upcoming live shows there, how the internet has changed journalism, feminism and what their live recording has in store for the audience.
    You'll also hear a little bit from writer Gemma Milne, who's guesting on Freelance Pod's live show at the Boulevard on Sunday 17th November.

    • 58 min
    "During war, all relationships are temporary" - London Podcast Festival live show with Syrian refugee, Abdulwahab Tahhan

    "During war, all relationships are temporary" - London Podcast Festival live show with Syrian refugee, Abdulwahab Tahhan

    This very special episode of Freelance Pod was recorded in front of a live audience at the London Podcast Festival in September 2019! 

    Pod fave Abdulwahab Tahhan returns for this 90-minute episode, in conversation on-stage at Kings Place with host Suchandrika Chakrabarti. Syrian refugee, stand-up comedian, journalist, lecturer, a person who's now clear on what the word 'loo' means... Abdul takes us on a journey from his childhood in Aleppo, half a world away, to London. Is he British yet?

    • 1 hr 31 min
    The Telegraph's head of social, Beth Ashton, on news in a multi-platform age

    The Telegraph's head of social, Beth Ashton, on news in a multi-platform age

    Beth Ashton, The Telegraph's head of social media, kindly invited me over to their offices to tell me about how they do... social media. Traditionally, The Tele's newspaper readers have been amongst the oldest in the UK, which should present a challenge to converting them into online readers. They've also got a metered paywall and Premium content that stops quick and easy reads or sharing. Nevertheless, as Beth tells us, The Tele is one of the few news websites to make Snapchat work.

    • 1 hr 10 min
    BBC Radio 4 Extra's Amanda Litherland on her Podcast Radio Hour, comedy and interviewing

    BBC Radio 4 Extra's Amanda Litherland on her Podcast Radio Hour, comedy and interviewing

    BBC Radio 4 Extra's Podcast Radio Happy Hour has become another way to discover great podcasts, as well as an opportunity for some lucky podcasters to get heard on the radio.
    Host and producer Amanda Litherland came up with the idea a few years ago, and found herself thrown in front of the microphone. Luckily, her comedy background has helped her presenting.
    Amanda loves podcast recommendations, so do give her tweet @amandalitherland.

    • 36 min
    Guide to the London Podcast Festival 2019 with programmer Zoe Jeyes

    Guide to the London Podcast Festival 2019 with programmer Zoe Jeyes

    Here it is, the Freelance Pod guide to the London Podcast Festival 2019, with programmer Zoë Jeyes! 

    Zoë is Deputy MD and Comedy Programmer at Kings Place, and has been working there since it opened 11 years ago. A longtime podcast fan, she first floated the idea of a festival in 2014, with the first one going ahead in 2016.

    Freelance Pod's live show is at 2pm on Saturday 7th September. Tweet me @freelance_pod, or message me at @freelancepod on Insta to let me know if you're going to the festival!

    • 45 min

Customer Reviews

Anna Behrmann ,

Engaging and clever interviews

I really enjoy this podcast - it's lovely to hear what all the incredibly creative freelancers are up to. I like the interview style as well - warm and perceptive, like all the best conversations

Natalie2621 ,

Easy listening and plenty to takeaway

I've enjoyed this Podcast from the beginning, it gives me inpsiration for my career and I find it reassuring to hear other peoples journeys when freelancing starts to feel a bit isolating.

MerkyMerkerson ,

Creative guests are cool

Nice insights into creative careers. Have subscribed, and looking forward to more.

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