Sunday, May 22, 2016

TPD 92 - Amy Westervelt and Julia Ritchey from Range

Amy Westervelt and Julia Ritchey from Range are my guest this week!  We get into their first season, how they determine topics to cover, and the injection of personality into every episode of their show!  Range is about the American West, but the stories will appeal to everyone!  Amy and Julia are great hosts and an excellent interview!  I truly had a blast talking with them!
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Range (Website) (Twitter) (Instagram)
Amy Westervelt (Twitter)
Julia Ritchey (Twitter)

Sunday, May 15, 2016

TPD 91 - Jim Dalrymple from The Loop

Technology journalist Jim Dalrymple is my guest this week! Jim discusses his early career at MacCentral and MacWorld as well as his podcasts like Amplified and The Dalrymple Report.  We touch on advertising, co-hosts, WWDC and of course, Heineken! Jim's podcasts and writing are some of the best out there and it was great to talk to him about all of it!
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Jim Dalrymple (Twitter)
The Loop (Website) (Twitter)
The Dalrymple Report (Website)
Amplified (Website)

Sunday, May 8, 2016

TPD 90 - Bill Barol from HOME: Stories from L.A.

Bill Barol from HOME: Stories from L.A. is my guest this week! Bill tells the story of his previous career from print to television and to his current project with HOME! Now a part of the Boing Boing podcast network, HOME is a show we can all relate to, regardless of where or what you call Home! Bill is just getting started and this is a show you should subscribe to now to see what great things are coming next!
If you like this show, please consider supporting TPD on Patreon!
Thank you to Dave Jackson (Twitter) (School of Podcasting) for supporting TPD!
Bill Barol (Twitter) (Website)
Home: Stories from L.A. (Twitter) (Website)

Sunday, May 1, 2016

TPD 89 - Jonathan Mitchell from The Truth

Jonathan Mitchell from The Truth joins me to talk about his history in music, audio production and story telling!  Hear how Jonathan's experience came together to create one of the most uniquely crafted, expertly produced and completely enthralling productions of the Radiotopia family of shows!  Jonathan and I also dig into what might be my very favorite episode of any show!
If you enjoyed this episode, please consider supporting TPD on Patreon!
The Truth (Website) (Twitter)
Songonauts (Website) (Twitter)
Radiotopia (Website) (Twitter)
Jonathan's articles of (Using Music) (Modern Radio Dramas)

Sunday, April 24, 2016

TPD 88 - Dan Franks from Podcast Movement

Dan Franks, one of the co-founders of Podcast Movement is my guest this week!  We talk about the 'origin story' of the biggest, national podcaster convention in the U.S.! I ask Dan about how putting together the first year was, and the evolution of the conference over the last 3 years! Since the recording of this episode, I've finalized my plans to attend PM16 this year and hope that everyone considers joining me!
If you enjoyed this episode, please considering supporting TPD on Patreon!

Dan Franks (Website) (Twitter)
Podcast Movement (Website) (Twitter)
Midroll Media (Website) (Twitter)
Men Without Tomahawks (Website) (Twitter)

Sunday, April 17, 2016

TPD 87 - Jonathan Mann from Songonauts and Song A Day

Jonathan Mann has written, recorded and released a new song to the Internet everyday since January 1, 2009!  Jonathan's work as been featured on CNN, MSNBC, The Huffington Post, Time and more! And now he joins me on TPD! We talk about the origins of Song A Day before launching into an exciting new podcast series Jonathan has co-created with Jonathan Mitchell and the team from The Truth. The first episode is out now, and Jonathan and I talk about the how this idea got started, the production process and how this is a different experience than Song A Day.  Make sure you check out all of Jonathan's work at the links below.
If you loved this episode, please considering supporting TPD on Patreon.
Jonathan Mann (Website) (Twitter)
Jonathan's 2014 XOXO Talk (YouTube)
Song A Day Navigator (Website)
Songonauts (Website) (Twitter)
The Truth (Website) (Twitter)
Jonathan's other podcasts (Always Making, The Manns)
Support Jonathan on Patreon!

Sunday, April 10, 2016

TPD 86 - Jakob Lewis from Neighbors and The Heard

Jakob Lewis from Neighbors and The Heard joins me to talk about his podcasting journey! From cabinet making to storytelling workshops to public radio, Jakob gives us a great 'behind the scenes' look at how he has taken his idea for a show to a member of Nashville Public Radio and a founding member of the audio collective, The Heard.  Neighbors is an excellent show, and it comes with my highest recommendation!
If you liked this episode, please consider supporting me on Patreon!

Neighbors (Website) (Twitter)
The Heard (Website) (Twitter)
Nashville Public Radio - WPLN (Website) (Twitter)

Sunday, April 3, 2016

TPD 85 - Talkin' Pods with Ray Loflin from Couple Things Podcast

Ray Loflin from Couple Things Podcast joined me this week for a long overdue podcast recommendations episode!  Ray and I tell you about two of our favorite shows each that you should be listening to!  But first, during our discussion topic, we dive into the world of NPR and podcasting and how we feel iTunes could handle both types of shows better!
If you like the show, please consider supporting TPD on Patreon!
Ray Loflin (Twitter) Couple Things Podcast (Twitter) (Website)
NPR Ombudsmen, Elizabeth Jensen, writes about NPR and podcast promotion (Website)


The Memory Palace (Website) (Twitter)

Skepticrat (Website) (Twitter)

I Was There Too (Website) (Twitter)  Matt Gourley (Twitter)

Story and Star Wars (Website)   Alastair Stephes (Twitter)

Sunday, March 27, 2016

TPD 84 - Scott Holden from Thatman on Fatman

Scott Holden from Thatman on Fatman joined me this week to talk about how he became a Kevin Smith super fan, got into podcasting, what it was like to interview Kevin and how he's taking this all to the next level with the filming and production of his first ever documentary - on podcasting! Scott is a blast to talk to and inspiration for all independent podcasters looking to follow their dreams!  Seriously, you're going to love this conversation! (especially if you love Kevin Smith, Clerks or Mallrats!)
Also, thanks to the recent $5+/month Patreon supporters! Ray Lofflin from Couple Things Podcast (Twitter, Website), and Jules Wang from Pocketnow Weekly (Twitter, Website)! If you want to support TPD - click here!

Episode Links
Scott Holden (Facebook)
Thatman on Fatman (Twitter) (Facebook) (Website) (Instagram) (YouTube)

Sunday, March 20, 2016

TPD 83 - The Kitchen Sisters from Fugitive Waves and Radiotopia

The Kitchen Sisters (Davia Nelson and Nikki Silva) joined me this week to talk about their amazing careers in radio and podcasting! Davia and Nikki tell me about how it all started, how things have changed and some great 'behind-the-scenes' stories about what it takes to put together some of the amazing stories and series that they have produced!  An eye-opening discussion that you're sure to enjoy!
If you enjoyed this episode, consider supporting TPD on Patreon!
The Kitchen Sisters (Website) (Twitter)
Fugitive Waves (Website)
Radiotopia (Website) (Twitter)

Monday, March 14, 2016

Patreon News!

As you've probably heard by now, I've decided to launch a Patreon campaign to take The Podcast Digest to the next level!  I'm super excited about the prospects and sincerely hope, if you really enjoy the show and you get some level of entertainment from it, you'll consider supporting it, even one dollar a month is a big, big deal to me!  Please read all about it here.

But I wanted to let everyone know about an 'unadvertised' benefit that I've decided to add in for ALL of my Patreon supporters, at all support levels.  Historically, I've always kept my upcoming episodes somewhat a secret.  Who my guest is, their show, any podcast recommendations featured... you've always had to wait 'till Sunday morning around 10AM EST to find out who my next guest is!  I'm not quite sure why I've done that, other than I love the element of surprise.  Well, what I've decided to do moving forward, is to 'pre-announce' to all of my patrons exactly who will be featured on an upcoming episode! Additionally, it will also give me a 'new' group and community whom I plan on sharing some of my 'pre-release' excitement with!  Can't tell you how many times I've finished an awesome interview and just wanted to tell the world, but held back to maintain the surprise!  So, I've decided I will start to let patron's 'behind the scenes' of TPD! (Since, you know, the whole 'behind the scenes' thingy is kinda my bag!).  It's just a little something extra I thought I might include for those folks who are so kind as to help this little show out! And I have just posted on Patreon who my guest will be on Episode 83, scheduled for release on March 20!  And it's a big one!  I promise!

But, if Patreon is not your thing, that's ok too!  I still love the fact your listening, that you've read this post, and that you continue to share the show with your friends and family, and review the show in iTunes. (Click here to leave a review, if you haven't done that yet!)  I'd be very appreciative if you would!

Sunday, March 13, 2016

TPD 82 - Whit Missildine from This is Actually Happening

Whit Missildine is the host and creator of This is Actually Happening, a show that I promise you will truly blow your mind! Whit talks about his road to creating his show, his work in documentary filmmaking, his production process, working with Snap Judgment and some of his experiences in interviewing these astonishing guests! This is Actually Happening is a show that I have quickly fallen in love with and I cannot recommend enough!
If you enjoy TPD, please consider becoming a patron! (Patreon)
This is Actually Happening / Permatemp (Twitter) (Website)

Sunday, March 6, 2016

TPD 81 - Al Letson from Reveal

Al Letson from Reveal and The Center for Investigative Reporting joins me this week to talk about his amazing experiences in public radio, podcasting and storytelling. Al talks about everything from his days as a flight attendant to slam poetry to State of the ReUnion, working with The Moth, his own show "Errthang", his career in theatre and of course, Reveal! We covered a lot of ground in a short amount of time!  Enjoy and share with a friend!
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Al Letson (Twitter) (Facebook)
State of the ReUnion (Twitter) (Facebook) (Al's 'goodbye post')
Errthang (Twitter) (Facebook)
Al's manifesto on
Al's story on The Moth, "Love Song for Malawi"

Sunday, February 28, 2016

TPD 80 - Mickey Papillon from The Cell Phone Junkie

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After 80 episodes, the host of my very first podcast recommendation, The Cell Phone Junkie joins me this week on TPD! Mickey Papillon is the creator and host of the show, running now for over 500 weekly episodes! Combined with other shows, Mickey has hosted more than 650 shows!  Wow!  We talk about the world of technology, the origins of TCPJ, working with his co-host Joey, and what the feedback from listeners has been like. This one gets a little nerdy and I loved it!

The Cell Phone Junkie (Website) (Twitter)
Mickey Papillon (Twitter)

Sunday, February 21, 2016

TPD 79 - Hillary Frank from The Longest Shortest Time

Hillary Frank from The Longest Shortest Time joined me to talk about her road in public radio and podcasting.  From This American Life to WNYC to Earworlf, Hillary Frank is one of the accomplished public radio and podcast producers around today! She tells me about how she got started, the truly amazing and important effect The Longest Shortest Time has had on her audience, and what it has been like to be a part of Earwolf!  If you are a mother, father or a child inn a family (basically, everyone!), you should subscribe to The Longest Shortest Time! It will quickly become on of your 'must listens'.


Hillary Frank (Website)
The Longest Shortest Time (Twitter) (Facebook)
Read about the show's origin (Website)
Earwolf (Twitter) (Website)