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Hosts Rumaan Alam, Isaac Butler, and June Thomas interview creative people about how they write, compose, paint, and more.

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Hosts Rumaan Alam, Isaac Butler, and June Thomas interview creative people about how they write, compose, paint, and more.

    The Immersive Sounds of Audio Drama

    The Immersive Sounds of Audio Drama

    This week, host June Thomas talks about her deep love of audio fiction with longtime radio and podcast writer-producer John Scott Dryden. First, they discuss the U.K. origins of the genre and the growing appetite for audio fiction in the U.S. Then they dig into John’s production process and discuss how he creates immersive stories using sounds and voices from all over the world. 
    After the interview, June and co-host Rumaan Alam answer a question from a listener. 
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    • 46 min
    Adrian Tomine’s Drawings Tell Rich, Complex Stories

    Adrian Tomine’s Drawings Tell Rich, Complex Stories

    This week, host Rumaan Alam talks to cartoonist and New Yorker cover artist Adrian Tomine, who just released a graphic memoir called The Loneliness of the Long-Distance Cartoonist. In the interview, Adrian talks about what it was like for his childhood hobby to become a full-time job, and how his art has evolved over the years. 
    After the interview, co-host June Thomas interviews Slate writers Dahlia Lithwick and Molly Olmstead about a massive piece of journalism they’ve put together about the women in Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s class at Harvard Law School. To hear the audio version of the piece, subscribe to Slate’s Amicus podcast. 
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    • 59 min
    Why Anything Is Possible on HBO’s Los Espookys

    Why Anything Is Possible on HBO’s Los Espookys

    This week, host June Thomas talks to Julio Torres, Ana Fabrega, and Fred Armisen, creators of the HBO show Los Espookys. The three comedians talk about what it was like to craft a bilingual TV show with dialogue in both English and Spanish and why the show isn’t set in a particular country. They also discuss the show’s supernatural elements, which intentionally lack specific rules and logic. 
    After the interview, June and co-host Isaac Butler help a listener who’s feeling unproductive in her new workplace. 
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    • 46 min
    How to Interview Celebrities, With Taffy Brodesser-Akner

    How to Interview Celebrities, With Taffy Brodesser-Akner

    This week, host Isaac Butler talks to novelist and celebrity profile writer Taffy Brodesser-Akner. In the interview, Taffy shares how she’s able to land interviews with celebrities and how she structures her pieces. She also explains why she’s a “champion advice-taker” and tells the story of how her bestselling novel, Fleishman Is in Trouble, started as a failed magazine pitch. Don’t miss her New York Times Magazine profiles of Gwyneth Paltrow and Val Kilmer.
    After the interview, Isaac and co-host June Thomas discuss a couple of Taffy’s most ingenious pieces of wisdom. Check out Isaac’s profile of Nathan Lane.
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    • 50 min
    How Editor Tracy Sherrod is Amplifying Black Authors

    How Editor Tracy Sherrod is Amplifying Black Authors

    Host Rumaan Alam talks about elevating Black voices in the book publishing industry with Tracy Sherrod, editorial director of the Harper Collins imprint Amistad Press. In the interview, Tracy explains how the predominantly white publishing industry has created barriers for Black authors over the years. She also digs into the details of her work, including the process of negotiating book deals with new authors. 
    After the interview, Rumaan and co-host Isaac Butler answer an ethical question from a listener. 
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    • 54 min
    Jasmine Guillory’s Romance Novels Show Realistic Characters Falling in Love

    Jasmine Guillory’s Romance Novels Show Realistic Characters Falling in Love

    This week, host June Thomas digs into the romance genre with bestselling author Jasmine Guillory, who started her career as a lawyer and then went on to release five novels including Party of Two, which was released on June 23. In the interview, Jasmine talks through her writing process and shares how she was able to publish five novels in such a short period of time. She also explains why her characters don’t fit into the usual tropes of the romance genre. 
    After the interview June and co-host Rumaan Alam talk about the comforting nature of genre fiction. 
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    • 44 min

Customer Reviews

4.3 out of 5
343 Ratings

343 Ratings

Justhatched ,

Change of scope is a bummer

This podcast used to interview individual people working at an organization and go into depth about their working day. With a change in host, it seems to be another Hollywood entertainment podcast. I love host June but I subscribed because I wanted the in depth about working jobs in a variety of fields.

ElimiNathan ,

A good way to learn about how some people live thier lives

We all live our lives through the lenses of our own experiences. Working allows us to see how some people work and how different or similar that can be. I like that people are interviewed about their jobs.

Tallest of them All ,

Not a fan of the new format

I used to regularly listen to this podcast and listen to all the episodes. Unfortunately, they recently switched the format and I am unsubscribing. The new format spends too much time, in my opinion, having the hosts interact with themselves instead of the guest. Additionally, the charm of this podcast was in seeing the passion the guests had for their usually quirky jobs. Now it feels like the guests are too busy getting into the technical aspects of being creative and plugging their latest work.

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