41 episodes

In the world of podcasts, anyone can tell their story. From major media institutions to mom and pop shops starting from scratch. Let Nick Quah guide you through this ever-changing world, as he speaks with the producers, hosts, and executives that are shaping the culture of podcasting.

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In the world of podcasts, anyone can tell their story. From major media institutions to mom and pop shops starting from scratch. Let Nick Quah guide you through this ever-changing world, as he speaks with the producers, hosts, and executives that are shaping the culture of podcasting.

    True Crime and Through the Cracks

    True Crime and Through the Cracks

    True crime podcasts are some of the most popular and profitable shows being made, despite (or perhaps because of) its occasional ethical queasiness. This week: a roundtable discussion with Crime Writers On…’s Rebecca Lavoie and WAMU’s Jonquilyn Hill about the appeal, pitfalls, and opportunities of the genre. They also talk about Hill’s new project, Through the Cracks, which both draws from — and challenges — the fundamental true crime mechanics.

    This program is made possible in part by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, a private corporation funded by the American people.

    • 30 min
    What does a Podcast Producer do?

    What does a Podcast Producer do?

    The Podcast Producer: by and large, it is the atomic unit of labor in the podcast business, and it’s a role that means and involves many, many things depending on the specific situation. This week: a roundtable discussion with Chiquita Channel Paschal and Emmanuel Dzotsi about what it means to be a producer, the path to becoming a full-time producer these days, and the changes they’d make if they ruled the industry.

    This program is made possible in part by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, a private corporation funded by the American people.

    • 29 min
    Travis McElroy

    Travis McElroy

    The Brothers McElroy — Travis, Justin, Griffin — are among the most prolific creators you’ll find in this community. Since launching the wildly popular My Brother, My Brother, and Me in 2010, the brothers have gone on to create an entire universe of McElroy-affiliated podcasts: The Adventure Zone, Schmanners, ‘Til Death Do Us Blart, and Sawbones, among them. This week, Nick talks to just one of them, Travis, about the nature of their popularity, what it’s like to do business as brothers, and their new book, “Everybody Has a Podcast (Except You).”

    This program is made possible in part by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, a private corporation funded by the American people.

    • 26 min
    It’s Been a Minute with Sam Sanders

    It’s Been a Minute with Sam Sanders

    It’s Been a Minute with Sam Sanders always feels as much of a surprise as it does a gift. Originally developed as a replacement for the time slot previously occupied by Car Talk, the podcast has emerged to become an endlessly interesting take on the generalist news magazine show, seamlessly tying together a blend of news, interviews, and cultural analysis that are routed through Sanders’ own universe of interests. This week, Nick talks to Sanders about his path to the mic, how he thinks about the show and his relationship to his listeners, and the whiteness of public radio. 

    This program is made possible in part by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, a private corporation funded by the American people.

    • 24 min
    Revisiting the Legacy of Serial

    Revisiting the Legacy of Serial

    It’s been a little more than six years since Serial made its debut and became one of the most successful and influential podcasts in the history of the medium. Since then, so much has been said and written about that first season, which continues to carry a deep legacy not just for the nature of its phenomenon, but for how many people in podcasting feel about that phenomenon. This week, Nick is joined by the New Yorker’s Sarah Larson to unpack the long tail of Serial, and how it continues to shape podcasting today.

    This program is made possible in part by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, a private corporation funded by the American people.

    • 27 min
    Anything For Selena

    Anything For Selena

    Selena Quintanilla is a cultural icon for many, but for Maria Garcia, she's much more than that. For Maria, who was raised in El Paso, Texas, and lived and worked on the border for years, Selena was a figure that helped her — and many other young girls and women like her — find a place in a world where they didn't feel like they belonged. This week, Nick speaks with Maria about Anything for Selena, her new series from WBUR and Futuro Studios, which revisits the legacy of Selena, with an ear to trying to unpack how, exactly, she changed culture.

    This program is made possible in part by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, a private corporation funded by the American people.

    • 28 min

Customer Reviews

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90 Ratings

90 Ratings

Jack Sommer ,

Quah is King

Who better to host a show like this? (hint: no one)

Shvarts149 ,

Great insight on the industry

I have listened to most of the episodes so far and really enjoy them. Nick is a thoughtful interviewer and gets great guests. A must listen for podcast people but also interesting convos for anyone to join.

shannoncason ,

Great New Show

I’ve always said I wished Nick Quah was on a podcast. Well...here it is. Thanks for listening to my internal thoughts. Great show! Great guests and informative. I’ll be listening.

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