44 episodes

Introducing Ad Block, a new Ad Age podcast. Hosted by Ad Age’s own I-Hsien Sherwood and Alfred Maskeroni, Ad Block features personal, casual chats with big names in the industry. We’ve got one rule on this show: no guests can talk about their company or their clients. Get to know the people behind the ads you love—as they talk about anything but.

Ad Age Ad Block I-Hsien Sherwood and Alfred Maskeroni

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Introducing Ad Block, a new Ad Age podcast. Hosted by Ad Age’s own I-Hsien Sherwood and Alfred Maskeroni, Ad Block features personal, casual chats with big names in the industry. We’ve got one rule on this show: no guests can talk about their company or their clients. Get to know the people behind the ads you love—as they talk about anything but.

    Jeff Sweat on leaving Mormonism

    Jeff Sweat on leaving Mormonism

    Jeff Sweat, founder of Sweat & Co., the public relations and consulting firm previously known as Mister Sweat, talks about growing up Mormon and leaving the religion with his wife and family as an adult. He also talks about his disappointment at being sent to Iowa for mission work, his proclivity for climbing tall objects and his thoughts after seeing Broadway musical “The Book of Mormon.”

    • 48 min
    Mother's Joe Staples on growing up with undiagnosed dyslexia

    Mother's Joe Staples on growing up with undiagnosed dyslexia

    Joe Staples, executive creative director at Mother Los Angeles, talks about growing up with undiagnosed dyslexia and dealing with a school system that didn’t understand him. He also weighs in on the similarities between advertising and Brazilian jiu-jitsu, the joys of driving in Los Angeles traffic and shepherding his young son through his own diagnosis of dyslexia.

    • 42 min
    Ad Block Encore: OKCupid CMO Melissa Hobley on in vitro fertilization

    Ad Block Encore: OKCupid CMO Melissa Hobley on in vitro fertilization

    Melissa Hobley, CMO at OKCupid, describes the obstacles facing people who are undergoing in vitro fertilization. She is currently pregnant with her second child conceived using the technique. The process is stressful, time-consuming, painful and expensive, and it involves plenty of uncertainty. “It’s one of those things that so few people talk about, for obvious reasons.” She also weighs in on the best and worst couples, the allure of live TV and mixing politics and family.

    • 54 min
    Ad Block Encore: Wieden & Kennedy NY's Neal Arthur on teaching 8th grade sex ed

    Ad Block Encore: Wieden & Kennedy NY's Neal Arthur on teaching 8th grade sex ed

    Neal Arthur, managing director of Wieden & Kennedy New York, shares stories of his time as a sex ed teacher at a Catholic school. “There’s a weird sort of faux confidence in 8th grade that you have to have to make it,” he says. “You walk around acting like you’ve got it all figured out, yet you know nothing.” He also weighs in on his love of Nike’s “Mars Blackmon” ads and admits that he doesn’t like The Beatles or one particular Golden Girl.

    • 44 min
    Ad Block Encore: Joan CCO Jaime Robinson on knitting

    Ad Block Encore: Joan CCO Jaime Robinson on knitting

    Joan Creative CCO Jaime Robinson keeps both a spinning wheel and a loom in her closet so she can spin yarn and knit blankets and sweaters, “like the lady in Rumpelstiltskin.” She also reveals her favorite Joan and goes deep on the allure of “Russian Doll” and her childhood memories of the Sears Wish Book.

    • 35 min
    The Ms. Foundation's Teresa Younger on a lifetime as a Girl Scout

    The Ms. Foundation's Teresa Younger on a lifetime as a Girl Scout

    Teresa Younger, president and CEO of the Ms. Foundation for Women, is a lifelong Girl Scout who earned every possible merit badge. She also talks about the appeal of local talk radio and weighs in on the very best flavor of Girl Scout cookie.

    • 49 min

Customer Reviews

Jenny12321 ,

Love it.

Such a great window on the human experience. I love that there’s no telling what the next topic will be. It’s always interesting. Plus, the perfect mix of funny and informative. So glad this show exists!

KitKatMak ,

i dug it!

very much enjoyed! nice convo that's different than the typical ad topics. Loved the "you down with OTT" segment.

etrade monkey ,

fresh

the premise of this show is a refreshing departure from the echo chamber that is the advertising industry. it's cool to attach personality to the industry podcasts—a nice change from the same talking points and stories we hear ad nauseam.

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