The Wolf Den focuses on starting and growing a new business and interviews others who are influencing the business of new media. Part of the fun is hearing about the behind the scenes building of Earwolf.
162. Mignon Fogarty, Grammar Girl / Quick and Dirty Tips Network
Mignon “Grammar Girl” Fogarty joins Lex on the Wolf Den. The two talk about Mignon’s staggering 13 years in podcasting, and how she grew one show into the thriving Quick and Dirty Tips network. They also nerd out on language.
161. Renay Richardson, Broccoli Content
Renay Richardson chats with Lex from across the pond, detailing her experiences working for several audio production companies (but not the BBC!) — and how it led her to found Broccoli Content. With a goal of tackling the lack of opportunities for minority talent both in front and behind the mic, Renay shares insights on how the entire industry can better embrace diversity. Then, the two talk about company consolidation and whether mergers and acquisitions in the podcast world are ultimately good or bad for podcasters.
This episode is brought to you by On Deck Capital (www.ondeck.com/WOLFDEN).
160. Danielle Kramer, Exactly Right Network
Danielle Kramer, Senior Producer of Exactly Right Network joins Lex on The Wolf Den. The two discuss the network’s formation, and which aspects of My Favorite Murder its original shows hope to maintain. Danielle also discusses what led her to the podcasting, including time at NerdMelt and JASH. Plus, what exactly makes a good podcast translate to television?
159. Jody Avirgan, ESPN's 30 For 30 Podcasts
Lex speaks with ESPN'S Jody Avirgan, but he has a little help: He's joined by Harrison Goldberg and Brody Pontarelli from Grace Church High School. The three ask Jody about the process of turning popular documentary series 30 for 30 into an audio format. Lex and Jody also give Harrison and Brody pointers on launching their own sports podcast, With Further Review.
158. The 12 Shows of Late December The Wolf Den Holiday “Special Shows We’re Jealous Of Spectacular”: Stitcher New York Edition 2018
It's time for a holiday extravaganza! In this very special Wolf Den, Lex is joined by twelve guests from Stitcher’s New York office to talk about the Shows We're Jealous Of. Featuring Jenny Barish, Andy Slater, David Murray, Will Carey, Jared O’Connell, Harry Huggins, Abigail Keel, Kelsey Butterworth, Julie Booth, The Reverend John DeLore, Christy Mirabal, Bill Irwin and Harry Nelson. And, in a Christmas miracle, a brand new jingle by Casey Holford and the Stitcher Choir.
157. Martina Castro - CEO, Adonde Media
Martina Castro, CEO of globally-minded podcast production company Adonde Media, joins Lex on the Wolf Den. Martina tells Lex about the formation of Adonde Media, and its recent projects like El Chapo and Duolingo. Martina and Lex discuss the many opportunities available for non-English-language podcasting Finally, the two give recommendations for podcasts parents and kids can listen to and enjoy together.
This episode is brought to you by Warby Parker (www.warbyparker.com/wolfden).
Just stopped long enough to listen and an hooked. Thanks for the intelligence.
Could be great but Lex talks too fast.
I want to love this podcast but Lex is talking a mile a minute. The first time I listened I thought I had my playback speed settings too high. Sounds a bit crazy but after a few minutes it actually became stressful to listen.
Slow down, relax, and this would be awesome!
I have listened to about 90% of The Wolf Den archive, all the way from the early days of Jeff's single minded, no-BS, let's talk about the dollars approach through Adam's first forays through his email contacts and then segwaying to Earwolf hosts, and now to Chris and Lexi's easy going walk through the underpinnings of an evolving industry. Frankly, I think Jeff was incredible. The determination to make it a business was just amazing. I took a lot from that, just as an attitude. Adam brought out some good stuff when he was fully engaged. Chris and Lexi I respect a ton, both are super smart and super quick, and they know what they are doing all the way across the board. But frankly, I think the interviews are strongest when one of them is on vacation. The light hearted banter is mostly lost on me. When it is one on one with the guest, the conversation usually goes deeper. I mean that for either host. To each their own, of course. I wouldn't mind if the show these days ran 10 minutes longer, most times. There are usually some potential questions that don't get addressed. My two takeaways are: 1) Basically Gimlet's StartUp took the idea of The Wolf Den and packaged it much better, which is a totally key realization to make about their relative success and 2) Something must be going on with voice filters, because no one's voice on the show seems to match up with the pictures that you see on the web of these same people. Men's voices seem extra deep, women's voices higher. Also, 3) It is amazing how small of a twitter audience some of these major podcast players have. A big time podcast wizard is pulling in like a thousand twitter followers. That almost defies belief, but it is a noticeable pattern. I have learned a ton from this show and I appreciate it as a valuable resource. Thank you.