A radio show about people who make radio, hosted by Mooj Zadie and Mickey Capper.
46: Sayre Quevedo
Sayre Quevedo is a producer at VICE. “I'm not like a cinephile at all but in a movie nobody says, ‘And then he revealed to me a deep, dark secret.' You discover the deep, dark secret as the main character is learning it. And I just feel like there's something so much more engaging for me as a listener to feel like I'm discovering at the same time as the person who's doing the reporting than feeling like you're just describing the process of discovery. I just need things to feel like they did in real life. I don't want to recreate things."
45: Bianca Giaever
Bianca Giaever is the host of Constellation Prize and a producer at The Daily.
"My favorite radio stories are ones that were passion projects to begin with, that would be un-pitchable from the start because the idea sounds so mundane. .... Boy talks about anxiety as I feel anxiety would have been the logline for the Scared is scared. Holy Cow Lisa would've be like I want to make a movie about my heartbreak, like every other f*****g person on planet earth? ... Terrible pitch! But the person I was talking to happened to be a great talker, an amazing character. ... So I've never really been afraid of the un-pitchable story. And it's actually the type of story that intrigues me the most."
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44: Wendy Zukerman
Wendy Zukerman is the host and executive producer of Science Vs.
"There is an expectation that if you have a platform you have an agenda. And whereas — for better or worse — me, personally, I don't have particularly strong opinions about things that I don't know about. It's what makes the show possible. I'm terrible at other things in life, but when it comes to issues, I'm pretty good at knowing, oh, I actually don't know anything about that. I shouldn't be having an opinion. And I just want to know the facts."
43: Nadia Sirota
Nadia Sirota is the host and co-creator of Meet the Composer and an acclaimed violist.
“I actually feel like somebody being joyful about something in their life is wonderful. ... There's this temptation when you're in college, and definitely when you're in conservatory, to try to find the right constellation of things to hate. That will make other people think you're smart. And it's really tempting, and it's really easy, in some levels, to sort of fall into that kind of negative world. In classical music, God knows there's so much tearing down of people and of technique and of whatever. ... It's so boring, and it's fascinating to listen to people talk about stuff they love because it requires a little bit of vulnerability. And also that's the kind of excitement that brings you to love something yourself.”
42: Avery Trufelman
Avery Trufelman is a producer of 99% Invisible and the host of Articles of Interest.
“The literal battleground of interior and exterior forces in your world is what you’re wearing.”
41: Ira Glass
Ira Glass is the host and executive producer of This American Life.
“It’s not an accident I made a radio show where I am having intimate conversations with people on tape. ... Like the only person who would go to the trouble to invent something like that is somebody who has difficulty with intimacy, you know what I mean? And I think that I totally was inventing a thing to do in conversations with people on tape that I was having so much trouble doing in real life.”
Beautiful, Candid, & Personal
Mooj is the type of rare interviewer that initiates intimacy with his guests in a way that is a true pleasure for the listener. He asks questions that lead to unexpected places and emotion for all participants. He takes risks and in the most respectful way - there are holds barred! A wonderful listen AND excellent for learning or refining skills and passion for this craft.
Great because it goes into so much detail -- very helpful for those of us who are learning this craft.
I'm disappointed to BE disappointed
Hi guys. I want to say that when I found your show I was so excited.
Radio is my passion. I listen, I produce. And here you are, youngins in the field (like me!) interviewing the Greats one-on-one.
Your show has a recipe for success. Great subjects, sound quality, tight production. You clearly do your research, which I respect.
But often your interviews make me feel uncomfortable. Your questions are all over the place- too brainy, maybe. Maybe you assume too much going in. Or you get star struck. Or something... because I'm hearing that your subject has to put in too much work to respond to your questions. You struggle to make a connection. And when you're talking to professional talkers, that signals a problem.
Maybe you can work on your style. Loosen up a little. Or just interview everyone in your life till you get more natural. After all, there's no substitute for practice. Try deep listening (a la Pauline Oliveros), or an oral history approach (ask easy questions!)
My review here is intended as constructive criticism. Because I really, really want your show to be as great as it could be.