Sunday, December 27, 2015

TPD 72 - Year in Review / 2015 TPD Award Show!

For the first time in just about a full year, I'm back with a solo episode!  This week I review 2015 as the first full year of TPD, give you some behind the scenes stories about how it all comes together and then tie it all up with the first ever TPD Awards!

Happy Holidays!

Sunday, December 20, 2015

TPD 71 - Dinner Party Download

Rico Gagliano and Brendan Francis Newnam from Dinner Party Download joined me this week to go behind the scenes of the most entertaining shows around! "The arts and leisure of section of public radio", DPD brings excellent guest interviews, drink recipes, one liner jokes, etiquette tips and so, so much more! Beginning as a podcast and now also broadcast as a radio show on over 120 public radio stations, Rico and Brendan talk to me how it all started and where it's all going!

Dinner Party Download (Website) (Twitter)
Rico Gagliano (Twitter)
Brendan Francis Newnam (Twitter)
Dinner Party Download LIVE, 1/28/16 in L.A. (Website)
Want more DPD? Listen to Ep. 300 when they talk about the history of the show:
Ep. 300
A day in the life of making DPD? Read more here.

Sunday, December 13, 2015

TPD 70 - Dave Maier from Chronicles Unwritten

Dave Maier is a prolific independent podcaster. In about a year and a half, he has been a part of no less than 5 shows, and recently launched his own creative storytelling show, Chronicles Unwritten.  It's been almost a year since Dave's first appearance on TPD, so we get back together to discuss all that has happened with him, his shows and what the experience has been like.  It's a great chat when one of my favorite guests!  Enjoy!

Dave Maier (Twitter)
Chronicles Unwritten (Twitter)
Podcast without Borders (Twitter)
Diamond Minds (Twitter)
Aaron Corbett (Twitter)
Paul Maier (Twitter)

Sunday, December 6, 2015

TPD 69 - The Real Brian from Profitcast

The Real Brian from Profitcast joined me this week!  Profitcast is one of my favorite "podcasts about podcasting". There are many of these shows out there, but I think Profitcast is unique for a bunch of reasons!  I recommended Brian's show way back on Episode 4 of TPD, and now he's here to talk about it himself!  Brian is a great guy with tons to share on his background in podcasting and radio!  And get the "real" story behind why he goes by "The Real Brian"! Enjoy!

Brian (Twitter)
Profitcast (Twitter) (Website) (Twitter) (Website)
Arrow Squad (Twitter) (Website)
Podcaster's Paradise (Website)

Sunday, November 29, 2015

TPD 68 - The Mo Show

Mocean Melvin and Minnie Goode from The Mo Show Podcast joined me this week to talk about their amazing show, the all star roster of voice over talent that contribute to each episode, their background and what it it's like to make one of the most underrated shows in all of iTunes! I'm a huge fan of The Mo Show and I really hope each and every one of you take a minute to check out the links below to support these awesome folks!

The Mo Show Podcast (Website) (Twitter) (Instagram)
Mocean Melvin (Twitter) (Website)
Minnie Goode (Twitter) (Website)
Unsingle The Series (Twitter) (Website)

Sunday, November 22, 2015

TPD 67 - Dana Gerber-Margie from The Audio Signal

Dana Gerber-Margie from The Audio Signal joined me this week to talk about her excellent weekly news letter, her day job as an audio archivist and, of course, to help recommend 4 great new podcasts for your listening pleasure!
Follow Dana on Twitter and subscribe to her newsletter... then check all of these great shows!
Dana Gerber White (Twitter) (Instagram) (About)
The Audio Signal (Website) (Patreon)
Archive Resources (Pop Up Archives) (Digital Public Library of America)
(Library of Congress) (Internet Archive) (Levels of Digital Preservation)

Reveal (Website) (Kickstarter)
Host: Al Letson (Twitter)

Tiny Spark (Website)
Host: Amy Costello (Twitter)

Question of the Day (Website)
Hosts: Stephen Dubner (Twitter) James Altucher (Twitter)

History of the World in 100 Objects (Website)

Sunday, November 15, 2015

TPD 66 - Dan Lizette from The Podcast Digest

Yep!  You read that title correctly!  The guest this week is none other than the host of The Podcast Digest, Dan Lizette! Weird, huh?  Well, thanks to Harry Duran, host of Podcast Junkies who conducted an excellent interview, you'll learn so much more about Dan, his background, and some interesting perspectives on all things podcasting!
Also, make sure you jump over to Podcast Junkies to hear Dan interview Harry on his show this week, too! (And a big thanks to Harry for this excellent "switcheroo" idea!)

Podcast Junkies (Website) (Twitter)

Sunday, November 8, 2015

TPD 65 - Alex Kapelman from Pitch

Alex Kapelman is a huge name in podcasting.  He co-hosts/produces Pitch, assists in editing Millennial, and so many other things!  Recently elected to the Board of Directors of Association of Independents in Radio (AIR), Alex and I dive deep on podcasting, money and diversity in the public radio.  If you are a fan of great audio work, you'll enjoy this excellent conversation!
Alex Kapelman (Website) (Twitter)
Pitch (Website) (Twitter)
Millennial (Website) (Twitter)
Association of Independents in Radio (AIR) (Website) (Twitter)

Sunday, November 1, 2015

TPD 64 - Joe Richman from Radio Diaries

Joe Richman, Founder and Executive Producer of Radio Diaries, joined me to talk about his long history in audio journalism, the beginnings of the podcast, and what the production process is like.  We breakdown several episodes and Joe shares some behind the scenes stories about how these episodes came together.
Radio Diaries (Twitter) (Website)

Sunday, October 25, 2015

TPD 63 - Wailin Wong from The Distance

Wailin Wong from The Distance, a production of Basecamp, joined me this week to talk about how this show was born from an idea of a written production to a podcast, having autonomy in episode topics, and how the show has evolved throughout this year.  Go behind the scenes of one of the up and coming podcasts that should be in your subscription list!
Wailin Wong (Twitter)
The Distance (Twitter) (Website)
Basecamp (Twitter) (Website)

Sunday, October 18, 2015

TPD 62 - The Pollsters

Margie Omero and Kristen Soltis Anderson, veteran pollsters from opposite ends of the political spectrum, joined me to discuss their excellent show, The Pollsters.  From politics to pop culture, Margie and Kristen cover a whole range of issues that matter to all of us, and they do so in an entertaining, educational and engaging way!  If you are into politics or just love numbers and the data driven stories behind what people are thinking, this is the show for you!
The Pollsters (Website) (Twitter) (Facebook)
Margie Omero (Twitter)
Kristen Soltis Anderson (Twitter) (The Selfie Vote)

Sunday, October 11, 2015

TPD 61 - Casey Liss from ATP, Analog(ue)

Casey Liss, co-host of Accidental Tech Podcast and Analog(ue) joined me to talk about the origin story of both of his excellent podcasts, how he deals with some of the worst people on the internet, what the first year of Relay FM has been like, and his thoughts on his writing and website.  I've been a huge fan of both of Casey's shows and Casey himself and I had a blast talking to him!  And of course, I couldn't let him go without a little bit of Apple talk at the end! Enjoy!
Casey Liss (Twitter) (Liss is More)
Accidental Tech Podcast (Twitter) (Website)
Analog(ue) (Twitter) (Website)

Sunday, October 4, 2015

TPD 60 - Another 4 Great Shows! With Rob McGinley Myers

I'm back with another recommendations episode, this time joined by an excellent co-host, Rob McGinley Myers (Twitter) from Anxious Machine (Website) and The Heard (Website).
We open the show with the "Discussion" segment focusing on the future of public radio considering the success of podcasting.  Central to this discussion was a debate from John Sutton and Adam Davidson (Current.Org Article).  It's a really thought provoking read and I'd recommend anyone into podcasting to take a look at their points (and read through some of the comments, too!)

Show Recommendations

Dinner Party Download (Website) (Twitter)

Limetown (Website) (Twitter)

The Mo Show (Website) (Twitter)

Home: Stories from L.A. (Website) (Twitter)

Sunday, September 27, 2015

TPD 59 - Tally Abecassis from First Day Back

My guest this week is the wonderful Tally Abecassis from First Day Back.  A podcast for parents returning to the working world after having kids. A documentary style show that will leave you riveted, but with an appeal to everyone - if you're a parent, a child or you work, this will hit home for you. Tally is between her first and second seasons of her hit show and sat down with me to talk about the experience of making First Day Back, its impact on listeners, and some ideas for the future!  An absolute 'must-subscribe' as far as I'm concerned!

First Day Back (Twitter) (Facebook) (Website)

Sunday, September 20, 2015

TPD 58 - Erica Heilman from Rumble Strip Vermont

Erica Heilman from Rumble Strip Vermont joins me to talk about her background, her excellent show, her production process and thoughts on podcast overload!  It's a great conversation and hopefully you'll check out her show and keep it in your subscription list! You won't be disappointed!

Rumble Strip Vermont (Website) (Twitter) (Facebook)

Sunday, September 13, 2015

TPD 57 - Megan Tan from Millennial

Megan Tan, host and producer of Millennial joins me to talk about her 'documentary-style' podcast, why she chose to start it, what it's like putting some very personal thoughts out in public, carrying a recorder everywhere and the future of the show! One of my most interesting and honest conversations with a host that I truly feel will make you want to follow Megan in whatever she does!

Millennial (Website) (Twitter)

Sunday, September 6, 2015

TPD 56 - Aaron Mahnke from Lore

Aaron Mahnke from Lore joins me to talk about the journey to beginning Lore, his 5by5 show Home Work, the novels he's written, becoming a full time podcast producer, upcoming live shows, and the amazing listener reception to Lore!  Lore has been a smash hit on the Itunes and Stitcher charts for much of 2015, and Aaron shares his thoughts on the crazy, wonderful ride that has been his prodcast!  A true podcast success story!

Aaron Mahnke (Twitter)
Lore (Website) (Twitter) (Facebook)
Home Work (Website) (Twitter)
Support Lore! (Patreon)

Sunday, August 30, 2015

TPD 55 - Stephen Hackett from Relay FM

Stephen Hackett from Relay FM joins me for the 1 Year Anniversary Episode! Appropriately, Stephen and Relay FM just hit their 1 Year mark as a network as well and Stephen discusses what that first year has been like, leaving his full time job, his excellent site, new shows and growth, and even a little Apple talk!  Stephen is one of my favorite podcast hosts and it was a tremendous honor to have him join me on this very special episode!


Stephen Hackett ( (Twitter)
Relay FM (Website) (Twitter)

Sunday, August 23, 2015

TPD 54 - Dopple Ave Hurt Season 2

Kyle Appleyard from Sharkdropper Studios joins me this week to talk about the upcoming release of Dopple Ave Hurt Season 2!  Kyle dives into what this season's production process was like, his colleague at Sharkdropper that make this all come together, crowd funding, and the other great shows he and his colleagues have released and planned!


Sharkdropper Studios (Website) (Twitter) (Facebook)
Support Sharkdropper! (Patreon)

Sunday, August 16, 2015

TPD 53 - Manoush Zomorodi from Note to Self, WNYC

Manoush Zomorodi from Note to Self joined me this week for a great chat about her show, the production process, topic selection, listener feedback and what it's like working at WNYC!  An awesome conversation about an awesome show!

Note to Self (Website) (Twitter)
Manoush Zomorodi (Website) (Twitter)
WNYC (Website) (Twitter)

Sunday, August 9, 2015

TPD 52 - A 'Couple Things' You Should Hear with Molly Mendenhall

Molly Mendenhall, 1/4 of Couple Things Podcast (Website, Twitter) joins me a recommendations show!  In our discussion segment we discuss guests: being one, recruiting them, adding them to your show, and in-person vs. Skype.  And then we get to FOUR excellent show recommendations!
Science Vs.
Host: Wendy Zukerman (Twitter)

Mystery Show
(Website, Twitter)
Host: Starlee Kine (Twitter)

The Distance
(Website, Twitter)
Host: Wailin Wong (Twitter)

First Day Back
Host: Tally Abecassis (Twitter)

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

New shirts are here to celebrate 1 year!

Hey folks!

As I've mentioned the one year anniversary of TPD is fast approaching (9/1/15) and to celebrate I've decided to offer another round of TPD apparel! Except this time, I'm taking the lessons I've learned on my first round and applying them!

* Better quality material than the 'base' model of last time.
* Multiple colors from the TPD logo
* A women's option! (boy, did my mom let me hear about that one last time!)
* And a fun long sleeve and hoodie option, because hey, why not?  And cooler weather will be here soon!

And for anyone wondering, this is not a money play!  If you've ever used Teespring, you'll recognize that unless you want to complete gouge folks, you not going to get rich.  I'm offering these to basically provide a better quality item than last time and in honor of 1 full year of episodes!

If you are considering ordering, thank you so much!  It really does mean the world time!

Here's the link:  Click here and hit the drop down and selection boxes on the right to change styles and colors!

Sunday, August 2, 2015

TPD 51 - Karina Longworth from You Must Remember This

Karina Longworth from 'You Must Remember This' joined me to discuss her excellent show, her experience as a writer, her fascination with Holloywood, her production process and the future!  If you are a fan of the entertainment industry, this is a show that you will immediately fall in love with!

Karina Longworth (Website) (Twitter)
You Must Remember This (Website) (Twitter)

Sunday, July 26, 2015

TPD 50 - Devon Taylor from The Timbre

Devon Taylor co-founder of, a website dedicated to podcast reviews, commentary and discovery is my very special guest for my 50th episode!  What a great conversation!  Devon and I talk about the how the site came to be, how they determine their favorite shows each week, how the site has grown, how they choose what they feature and review, what it's like interracting with podcast creators, and so much more!
And stick around to the end where Devon and I do what we do best!  Recommend great shows! SIX shows are featured!
I couldn't have asked for a more engaging and interesting guest for my 50th show! If you are listening to The Podcast Digest, you need to bookmark and frequently check in with The Timbre! You'll be glad you did!

The Timbre (Website) (Twitter) (Facebook)
Buzzworthy Studios (Website)
Show Recommendations
Home of the Brave (Website)
Analogue (Website)
Millennial (Website)
Slack Variety Pack (Website)
Rumble Strip Vermont (Website)
Radio Diaries (Website)

Sunday, July 19, 2015

TPD 49 - Rob McGinley Myers from Anxious Machine

Rob McGinley Myers from Anxious Machine is my guest this week. Rob talks about his journey to starting the show, how it's evolving over time, his thoughts on the importance of music, and what it's like to be a part of a brand new podcast collective, The Heard.  Rob is doing phenomenal work with Anxious Machine and it absolutely needs to be the next addition to your subscription list!

Rob McGinley Myers (Twitter)
Anxious Machine (Website) (Twitter) (Patreon)
The Heard (Website) (Twitter)

Sunday, July 12, 2015

TPD 48 - Mike Boudet from Sword and Scale

Mike Boudet is the host of the true crime podcast, Sword and Scale.  Recommended to me a few months back by another podcast, Project Archivist (Website), I immediately became completely hooked. With a production value that is through the roof, and stories that will leave you completely shocked, Mike Boudet has produced one of the most original and impactful shows in the podcasting genre.  As of today, Sword and Scale regularly appears in the Itunes Top 200 and has more than 4.2 million downloads!  Take a listen today and see why this show is one that I gurantee that you'll be talking about tomorrow!

Sword and Scale (Website) (Twitter) (Facebook)

Sunday, July 5, 2015

TPD 47 - Jason Parsons and Grant Markham from 7 Days a Geek, Podcasting 101 and The Stranger Conversations

Jason Parsons (7 Days a Geek, Podcasting 101) and Grant Markham (7 Days a Geek, The Stranger Conversations) have combined forces for many years to create great shows! For this episode they come together again and join me on this mega-episode! We talk about how they met, their podcasting history together and independently, the future for all of their shows and so much more!  What a great conversation! Enjoy!

Jason Parsons (Twitter)
Grant Markham (Twitter)
7 Days a Geek (Twitter) (Website)
Podcasting 101 (Twitter) (Website)
The Stranger Conversations (Twitter) (Website) (Instagram)
Monkey Poo Studios (Website)

Sunday, June 28, 2015

TPD 46 - Taylor Martin from Untethered / MOD

Taylor Martin, host of the Untethered Podcast, and creator of MOD joins me to talk about working in Technology, his drive to start his own company, receiving feedback from some of the craziest people on the internet and his future plans for MOD!  In the first ever in person interview on The Podcast Digest, Taylor's story is one that will likely motivate you to follow your dreams!

Taylor Martin (Twitter)
Untethered Podcast (Twitter)(Website)
Todoist Blog (Website)
MOD at Home (Twitter)
MOD in a Box (Twitter)(YouTube)
One Word Review (YouTube)

Sunday, June 21, 2015

TPD 45 - Brian Koppelman from The Moment

Brian Koppelman, host of "The Moment" from Slate joined for a great discussion about his excellent podcast! We cover his interview preparation, his favorite episodes, the key "moments" in Brian's career and what it's like to talk to those people you motivate and inspire you!
Brian has a long and impressive resume in the music, television and film industries including co-writing movies like Rounders and Ocean's 13 and directing an Emmy-winning 30 for 30 documentary for ESPN.  And that's only the beginning!  What an honor for him to carve out some time for me while working on his new show for Showtime (due out in 2016), called "Billions".

Brian Koppelman (Twitter) (IMDB)
The Moment (Website)
Brian's podcast appearance on WTF with Marc Maron (Website) and his appearance on the Art of Manliness podcast (Website)
Marc Maron's appearance on "The Moment" (Website)

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Current Status

Time for another update!

It's been a great last few weeks here at TPD!  I've been able to feature the 'casts' of some of absolute favorite indy podcasts - like Couple Things, Moving the Needle and Dark Angels and Pretty Freaks!  And the most recent episode with DAPF pod features the first ever appearance of my wife, Sheila, on the podcast!  She was pretty scared and worried that she'd come off sounding dumb, but Neil and Annaleis (the hosts of DAPF) really made her feel at ease and I think it came out great!

In the next several weeks, I've got some more excellent shows for you!  First, will be this Sunday's episode (Ep. 45) featuring the "biggest" name guest I've had yet!  Like, seriously guys!  I just recorded this conversation last night, and I don't want to spill the beans quite yet, but believe me when I say this was a huge thing for me and the show and I was humbled that this individual took the time to speak to me!  I really hope you enjoy!

Episode 46 has also already been recorded!  Scheduled for release on 6/28, this was the very first time I've had a guest 'in studio' (which means they came to my house!).  If you've watched the Twitter feed closely, you already know this is Taylor Martin (@caspertek) and he was awesome!  A podcast host / tech journalist / entrepreneur and so much more! It was a great conversation and we cover a host of topics that I really think you'll enjoy!

A couple of quick notes in closing - I'm looking for your ideas on the 1 year anniversary show!  September 1, 2014 the very first episode of TPD was released and I'm hoping to come up with something for the 1 year anniversary!  Really not sure what I'll do yet, or if I'll just put out another regular episode, but I'd love to hear from you!  You can comment on this blog entry if you like (or shoot me an email - and let me know your thoughts!  And lastly, several have asked, and YES, I will be offering TPD shirts again soon!  I'm going to do a few different things than last time (a better brand/material and a women's style) and I'm looking forward to launching that sometime this summer!

That'll do it for now! If you love what I'm doing, please let me know in the form of an Itunes review (click button on top right of page)!  It truly makes my day when I see new one of those come through!


Sunday, June 14, 2015

TPD 44 - Dark Angels and Pretty Freaks

Neil and Annaleis from Dark Angels and Pretty Freaks (Twitter, Website) joined me for over an hour of hilarity and inappropriateness! Find out how they met, what starting the show was like, their thoughts on the podcast community and how Annaleis (@wiretechgirl) keeps Neil (@AngelsFreak7) under control in public!  What a blast we had!
And...  listen for the very first appearance on ANY podcast of my wife, Sheila!
An episode NOT to be missed!

Thursday, June 11, 2015

TPD 43 - Moving The Needle

Sean, Roy and Henno from Moving the Needle join me for a great chat about their evolving show, booking guests, their excellent host roster, listener feedback, and the independent podcast community!  Moving the Needle is one of the most dynamic, evolving, interesting and all around entertaining pop culture podcasts I have found to date!  Check them out today and leave them a super nice review!

Moving the Needle: (Website) (Twitter) (Facebook)
Hosts: Sean, Roy @roymac75 and Henno @idahenno

Sunday, June 7, 2015

TPD 42 - Couple Things

Molly, Michelle, Ray and Ben from Couple Things Podcast joined me to tell them about launching their show, how they chose the name, what their roles are on their show and what it's like to podcast from a car!  And so much more!  Two couples get together and the results are one of the most entertaining shows you'll hear!  Check out their show at the links below and make sure you subscribe and review them today!

Couple Things Podcast (Website) (Twitter) (Facebook)

Sunday, May 31, 2015

TPD 41 - MacCast with Adam Christianson

Adam Christianson, host of the MacCast has produced 100’s of episodes and been podcasting for over 10 years! Hear about his start in podcasting, his production process, thoughts on ‘enhanced podcasts, episode release schedules, being a full-time podcaster,  podcast advertising, interacting with his community and even some great talk about Apple! Every fan of Apple, tech and podcasting will love this episode!

MacCast: (Website) (Twitter)
The IOS Show: (Website)
The Mac Show: (Website)

Sunday, May 24, 2015

TPD 40 - Jonathan Hirsch from Arrvls

Arrvls, a story-telling podcast has some of the most amazing content you'll hear! In between their first and second season, host and creator Jonathan Hirsch and I sit down to discuss the history of his podcast, the production process, future plans and how his unique signature closing came to be!  It's a great listen from an intriguing host!
Arrvls (Website) (Twitter)

Check out the previous episodes for more great interviews and show recommendations! And read blog entries and see my guest appearance list at

Sunday, May 17, 2015

TPD 39 - Mortified with Dave Nadelberg

Dave Nadelberg, co-host of Mortified from Radiotopia, has a tale for you!  Learn about his idea from 13 years ago and how it grew from a one off stage show, to grow to create an international pheonmenon including books, a tv series, a Netflix documentary and eventually the hit podcast, Mortified!  It's a behind the scenes look at one of the most unique, outrageous and entertaining shows you'll find!

If you liked this episode or any other, a quick review and rating on Itunes and Stitcher would be greatly appreciated!

Sunday, May 10, 2015

TPD 38 - Rec It! with Ryan Steiner

Ryan Steiner of "Ryan's Podcast Reviews" ( co-hosts another great recommendations epsiode of The Podcast Digest!  But before telling you about FOUR great shows, we have a very intersting conversation on Diversity in Podcasting.  Make sure to follow Ryan on Twitter and check out his great written reviews of all things podcasts!
Shows recommended in this episode:
She Does

Couple Things

Monster Talk

Aaron Mahnke on Twitter