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Q&A with Ellen Lee Scanlon, host of How To Do The Pot
A Q&A with Ellen Lee Scanlon, host of the How To Do The Pot podcast, which aims to demystify cannabis for women.
Creating a Podcast Focused on Civics: What I Learned
In these last four years of producing Future Hindsight, I’ve gotten a PhD in what’s possible. I’ve learned that everyday citizens can inﬂuence politics & demand better governance.
Q&A with Lee Mengistu, producer on Revisionist History
Lee Mengistu is an audio producer at Pushkin Industries, where she helps make Revisionist History and other projects, like Malcolm Gladwell’s forthcoming audiobook on Paul Simon’s career. Her work has been published by NPR and the New York Times, as well as independently as the former producer of Mad Chat, a podcast about mental health depictions in pop culture.
Q&A with James Edwards, host of Un(re)solved
A Q&A with James Edwards about the Un(re)solved podcast. The show explores the US Department of Justice’s investigation into over 150 unsolved civil rights-era killings. What does justice look like for the families of the victims? Reporter James Edwards seeks answers to these questions, reflecting on his own family’s experiences along the way.
September 11th: Bonus podcast playlist
Between 8:46 am and 10:03 am ET on September 11, 2001, four commercial airliners hit four separate targets in a coordinated terrorist attack on the United States. On that day, 2,977 innocent people perished, tens of thousands were injured, two skyscrapers collapsed, firefighters, police, and regular people became heroes, and the world mourned. We are […]
10 Podcasts to Advance Your Career
Career development is a multi-faceted and tricky business. Here’s a list of podcasts that will help you develop and advance your career.
#TransAwarenessWeek: Bonus podcast playlist
Trans Awareness Week (TAW) is November 13-19. During the week, people and organizations raise the visibility of transgender people and address issues members of the community face. TAW always precedes Transgender Day of Remembrance (TDOR), which is on November 20. TDOR honors the memory of the transgender people whose lives were lost in acts of anti-transgender violence that year. This playlist offers an opportunity to hear about the wide range of experiences transgender people have.
Q&A with hosts of Forgotten: Women of Juárez
Forgotten: Women of Juárez, hosted by Oz Woloshyn and Mónica Ortiz Uribe, investigates the mysterious disappearance of women in Juárez, Mexico over the course of decades. Finding justice for these women proves to be incredibly difficult given a weak judicial system laden with corruption, a contentious border relationship with the US, and American consumerism.
Long Shots shines a light on political outsiders and underdogs
A Q&A with Conor Powell, the host of the Long Shots podcast, which explores eight presidential candidates who lost the race for the White House but permanently changed America’s political landscape – in ways that are still being felt today.
Q & A with Alexis Ohanian, co-founder of Reddit and host of Business Dad
A Q & A with Alexis Ohanian, co-founder of Reddit and host of Business Dad. Business Dad is Alexis’ new podcast that serves as an avenue for asking dads at the top of their game professionally, “how do you balance it all?”
On What a Day, Akilah Hughes brings a different voice to the news
There are no shortage of daily news podcasts out there, but Crooked Media’s What a Day offers a slightly different take on the days headlines, thanks in part to host Akilah Hughes. Every weekday, Hughes and reporter Gideon Resnick break down the day’s biggest stories and look at things that might have slipped through the cracks — all with a slightly irreverant perspective.
Quick hit podcast review: Dropping In
The Omega Institute’s new podcast, Dropping In, allows the listener to “drop in” on the classes offered at the institute, which are usually only available to a select few. Julie Magruder, PBC member in NYC, weighs in with her thoughts.
Weeknight Kitchen Encourages Listeners to Ditch Takeout for Home Cooking
Melissa Clark, a longtime food writer and cookbook author, reminds all of us that cooking at home isn’t so bad in her new podcast, Weeknight Kitchen.
Bleeped Examines Censorship — And The People Who Fight Back Against It
Bleeped, a new podcast from journalist Matthew Billy, examines the ways that businesses, the government, and others prevent people from saying, thinking, or doing what they want. He tells the stories of people who have been censored and how they fought back against the controlling forces.
The Clearing is a True Crime Podcast Told from the Perspective of a Serial Killer’s Daughter
The Clearing is a true crime podcast tells the story of the infamous serial killer, Ed Edwards, through the eyes of the man’s very own daughter. The series takes listeners on an unfolding story of a murderer, but through the eyes of his daughter as she works to solve her own mystery of the man she thought she knew.
PBC Member Spotlight: Motolani Ogunsanya creates The More Sibyl Podcast
Meet Motolani Ogunsanya, leader of PBC’s Oklahoma City chapter and creator of The More Sibyl Podcast. Name: Motolani Ogunsanya PBC Participation: Leader of PBC’s Oklahoma City Chapter Project: The More Sibyl Podcast Connect with Motolani: Twitter | Instagram | Facebook | LinkedIn During the day, Motalani (who goes by Mo) is an Assistant Professor of Pharmacy at a public research […]
Survivor Contestant, Stephen Fishbach on Podcasts, Literature, and Reality TV
Stephen Fishbach, a former Survivor contestant, recently launched a podcast about fiction writing called Paraphrase where he interviews authors about their creative processes and the choices they make when crafting their stories.
PBC Member Spotlight: Heather from Wellington, New Zealand goes off-grid with her podcast
Meet Heather Welch, leader of PBC’s Wellington, New Zealand chapter and creator of the Sunshine & PowerCuts podcast – a podcast that goes off the grid.
About Time Podcast Explores our Complicated Relationship with Time
About Time is a new five-episode podcast from time tracking app Timely that explores our complex relationship with time through interviews with psychologists, linguists, and more. Check out this interview with producer and host, Emily Hunt.
Power Corrupts Examines the Dark Side of Our World
Power Corrupts is a podcast about the hidden, and often nefarious forces that shape our world. Some of the topics the show covers include election rigging, money laundering, and the spread of disinformation. In this interview, we talk to Brian Klaas, the creator behind Power Corrupts, to find out more about the show.
PBC Member-Creator Spotlight: Tamara Ford creates the Shelf Addiction Podcast
Meet Tamara Ford, co-leader of PBC’s Detroit Metro Chapter and creator of the Shelf Addiction Podcast.
Invisible Lives Covers History’s Forgotten Figures
Created by veteran radio and TV producer Simon Shaw, Invisible Lives presents short vignettes on some of the figures that you probably did not hear about in history class.
The Nocturnists Podcast is Using Storytelling to Humanize Healthcare
The Nocturnists is a live storytelling show and podcast where doctors share personal stories about their life in medicine. The podcast is beautifully produced and flips the doctor-patient relationship on its head a little by allowing us to hear what our doctors are experiencing. In this interview, Emily Silverman, the creator and host of the podcast and an academic hospitalist at the Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital, shares the story behind The Nocturnists.
You, Me, Empathy Provides Space for Vulnerability and Connection
Created by Non Wels, You, Me, Empathy explores the struggles we face in our day to day lives. He describes it as a place for vulnerability and kindness and a safe space for guests to share stories about mental health and embrace empathy together. Read this interview with Non.
Field Work Gives Farmers a Voice on 21st Century Farming and Sustainable Agriculture
Mitchell Hora and Zach Johnson hope to provide farmers around the country with information about how to solve the challenges they face and stay on top of trends in sustainable agriculture in a new podcast called Field Work.
PBC Member-Creator Spotlight: Jenna Spinelle creates the Democracy Works podcast
Jenna is the co-leader of PBC’s virtual chapter and is the host and producer of the Democracy Works podcast, which aims to rise above partisan politics and the daily news grind to take a broader look at issues impacting democracy. Each week Jenna and her co-hosts examine a different aspect of what it means to live in a democracy — from gerrymandering to criminal justice to the free press.
More Banana Podcast Network Amplifies Women’s Voices
More Banana Productions launched in 2018 and already has 10 podcasts on its roster hosted and produced by 18 women. Shows range from Let’s Get Civical, a humorous look at the things you might have missed in history class, to Scamwow, which examines some of history’s most infamous cons.
‘Reckonings’ Wrestles with Change and Self-Reflection
In a world filled with filter bubbles and echo chambers, is it still possible for someone to change their mind and reverse their thinking? Stephanie Lepp thinks so, and she’s telling those stories on her podcast, Reckonings.
‘The Double Shift’ Shines a Light on Working Moms
As jobs become more demanding and the cost of daycare continues to rise, working moms face bigger challenges today than at perhaps any other time in modern history. However, that does not mean they need to sit back and let the pressure of work and motherhood overcome them. Instead, some are taking it all in stride and figuring out how to rewrite the definition of working mom on their terms. Journalist Katherine Goldstein started The Double Shift to tell those stories and shine a light on the experience of being a working mother in 2019.
Future Hindsight: An Interview with Mila Atmos
Like a lot of people, Mila Atmos felt discouraged after the 2016 U.S. presidential election. She saw political discourse falling to a new low and devolving from civil disagreements into people shouting at each other on cable news. She also saw a lack of civic engagement on all sides of the political spectrum. She started her podcast Future Hindsight as a way to bring more people to the table for civic engagement and civil discourse.
Love & Dating: A Community-Curated Podcast Listening List
A year ago, Podcast Brunch Club members worldwide met to discuss the Looking for Love podcast playlist. Well, it’s February again and while we’re not covering the topic of love for our regularly monthly theme, I thought it would be fun to do a community-curated podcast list on the theme of love and dating. Thanks to everyone who weighed in on the PBC Facebook Group.
Other Men Need Help: An interview with Mark Pagán
Other Men Need Help is a podcast about the emblems, habits, and struts in the male performance. In each episode, Mark Pagán dissects the ways OTHER men avoid accountability, cling to power, mask insecurities, and quietly scream for connection. Other Men Need Help shares these personal tales using a playful format of documentary, essay, and archive-based storytelling. Mark was kind enough to answer a few questions about Other Men Need Help (OMNH).
Win Kelly Charles uses her podcast, Ask Win, to teach people about cerebral palsy
This month (January 2019) our podcast playlist theme is “Community Responses to Disability.” So, Podcast Brunch Club chapters all over the world are meeting to discuss the topic and will be thinking through their own responses to disability. I am lucky enough to know Win Kelly Charles, a woman with cerebral palsy (CP), who hosts the show Ask Win. I met Win via twitter when she asked me to be a guest on her podcast. Because Podcast Brunch Club podcast playlists are short and not usually curated by me, we weren’t able to feature her podcast on the official playlist, but I am happy to give our members a chance to get to know Win through this interview with her.
The Neon Noir: An interview with the show creator, Jack Delaney
The audio drama genre is in a renaissance period. Science fiction, fantasy, and horror seem to be the most popular types of audio drama, but recently we’ve been seeing an explosion of audio fiction that steps well outside of the ordinary. The Neon Noir is one such project. It’s a podcast that uses a rich soundscape and first-person perspective to tell original noir stories. I sat down with Jack Delaney, the creator of The Neon Noir, to find out more.
An Arm and a Leg: An interview with the show creator, Dan Weissmann
Health insurance and the cost of healthcare in the US is complicated, to say the least. Coverage, co-pays, in-network, out-of-network, HSAs, deductibles, and universal codes: it seems like you need a PhD just to figure out how much you’ll be charged to get a checkup (let alone get treatment for a life-threatening illness). Dan Weissmann knows this first-hand. He quit his insurance-providing job to do his own thing and in the process he has found himself navigating the healthcare minefield. He’s documenting this journey, talking to experts, and telling patient stories on his new podcast, An Arm and a Leg. Dan was kind enough to give me some of his time to tell me more about his podcast.
My Survival Story is an independent podcast about living with (not dying from) cancer
An interview with the show co-creator, Katarina Hagstedt Katarina Hagstedt and her husband, Martin, started a podcast to highlight empowering and inspiring stories coming from cancer patients around the world. As a cancer patient himself, the podcast was born out of pure necessity–Martin craved positive stories from people like him. My Survival Story podcast was born out […]
Women and Power podcast explores the fight for women’s voting rights in the UK
Earlier this year, the National Trust launched Women and Power, a five part podcast series which delves into the rarely-told stories of women’s voting rights in the UK. The story of female votes in the UK tends to centre on the actions of the militant suffragettes in the UKs capital city, but this is just a fraction of the story. The full story of the Suffrage movement involved women and men from all classes, and from across the British Isles, playing their part in the fight for equality in a multitude of ways.
Panoply Launches “Empire on Blood”
Panoply, a PBC partner, is launching a new podcast called “Empire on Blood” today! I was lucky enough to get advance access and couldn’t stop listening. It’s a true crime tale set in the Bronx in the early 90s. The story focuses on two young drug dealers who turn against each other. One ends up in prison for a double homicide he says he didn’t commit. Award-winning journalist Steve Fishman deftly guides the listener through a complex story of power, revenge, and justice. All seven episodes are being released at once, allowing listeners to download and binge!