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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.

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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.

    Where We Are Now, Again

    Where We Are Now, Again

    Servant of Pod is coming to an end, and since this is the final episode, we figured we’d close out the show the same way we began: in a pandemic. (Kidding, but not really.) To send off the podcast, Nick is joined by The Verge’s Ashley Carman to build a (very) brief picture of where the podcast world is at the outset of 2021.
    This program is made possible in part by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, a private corporation funded by the American people.

    • 31 min
    Sarah Marshall of You’re Wrong About and Why are Dads?

    Sarah Marshall of You’re Wrong About and Why are Dads?

    Writer, podcaster, and cultural critic Sarah Marshall has a distinct expertise: diving deep into the messy backstories of widely known subjects that are often overlooked in their elemental details. This week, Nick speaks with Marshall about the way she approaches her topics, her various projects, and the larger enterprise of sitting, listening, and forging an emotional connection with larger than life figures. 
    This program is made possible in part by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, a private corporation funded by the American people.

    • 29 min
    The “Spectacle” of Reality Television

    The “Spectacle” of Reality Television

    Some call it “guilty pleasure,” some call it trash, but whatever description you use, you can’t deny that reality television is now firmly baked into the firmament of American reality. The relationship between the genre and podcasting is also increasingly felt, as more reality stars are starting their own shows — and more podcasts are affecting what’s happening on the screen. This week, Nick speaks with Mariah Smith, a reality TV expert and the host of Spectacle, a new series about the history of reality television and what it all means.
    This program is made possible in part by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, a private corporation funded by the American people.

    • 23 min
    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

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Quah is King

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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.

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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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