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Freelance Pod

47 EpisodesProduced by Suchandrika ChakrabartiWebsite

Stories of news, creativity and the internet, told to Suchandrika Chakrabarti | Shortlisted: Best Host at The Lovie Awards (the European Webby Awards) 2019 | Heard on BBC Radio 4 | Newsletter: | Instagram: @freelancepod | Twitter: @freelance_pod_

47 Episodes | 2018 - 2020

From the Egyptian revolution to pandemic lockdown, with Kim Fox of The American University in Cairo

July 10th, 2020


In 2011, two years after American radio producer and reporter Kim Fox had moved to Cairo to take up a teaching role at The American University of …

"Dialling down the feminism" with writer and comedian Alex Bertulis-Fernandes

June 30th, 2020


Alex Bertulis-Fernandes is a comedian and writer. She's been doing stand-up for the past year, and she is writing a memoir while being mentored on …

"Grief is an incredibly creative experience" - Author Flora Baker on self-publishing The Adult Orphan Club

June 19th, 2020


Freelance writer and author Flora Baker has combined memoir and a self-help guide in her first book, The Adult Orphan Club.

Flora lost her mother at …

MEL Magazine deputy editor Alana Levinson on what The Great Solicited Dick Pic Experiment reveals about digital journalism

June 12th, 2020


MEL Magazine's deputy editor Alana Levinson joins me remotely from Los Angeles on this episode, to talk about how necessary editing is for good writing - but it's been devalued in a digital world where any of us can …

From Anonymous Animals to Animal Crossing: Marie Foulston's lockdown party in a spreadsheet

May 29th, 2020


When I saw Marie Foulston's tweet about the lockdown houseparty that she threw in a spreadsheet, I knew that I had to invite her onto the podcast to …

"Content is one of the beautiful things about the internet" - Book editor Parul Bavishi on writing in a pandemic

May 15th, 2020


Joining The Writers' Hour every morning for one week early on in lockdown helped me break through the cobwebs and write the outline of the book that I've been working on for the past year, in fits and starts. I used the …

Imposter syndrome, social media and getting through a pandemic lockdown

April 30th, 2020


We're tackling some big subjects on this episode of Freelance Pod: imposter syndrome, how social media leads to 'compare and despair' and how living under a pandemic lockdown affects our sense of self.

Joining me for …

Live show with Smoke & Mirrors author Gemma Milne at The Boulevard Theatre Soho

March 23rd, 2020


Freelance Pod is back after a little break! It's now a monthly podcast, but everything else stays the same. Of course, until the Coronavirus Lockdown is over, it's going to be remote record all the way... 

So this …

Grieving our mothers online, with author Rachel Vorona Cote

November 14th, 2019


Author Rachel Vorona Cote joins Suchandrika Chakrabarti on Freelance Pod's first birthday episode, to talk about grieving in a digital age.

We first …

The Telegraph's head of social, Beth Ashton, on news in a multi-platform age

September 2nd, 2019


Beth Ashton, The Telegraph's head of social media, kindly invited me over to their offices to tell me about how they do... social media. …

BBC Radio 4 Extra's Amanda Litherland on her Podcast Radio Hour, comedy and interviewing

August 25th, 2019


BBC Radio 4 Extra's Podcast Radio Hour has become another way to discover great podcasts, as well as an opportunity for some lucky podcasters to get heard on the radio.

Host and producer Amanda Litherland came up with …

Guide to the London Podcast Festival 2019 with programmer Zoe Jeyes

August 20th, 2019


Here it is, the Freelance Pod guide to the London Podcast Festival 2019, with programmer Zoë Jeyes

Zoë is Deputy MD and Comedy Programmer at Kings Place, and has been working there since it opened 11 years ago. A …

Former Sunday Times Style editor Jackie Annesley on swapping newspapers for tech

August 11th, 2019


"I loved being a journalist," writes Jackie Annesley in a frank essay about losing her last job in journalism, as editor of The Sunday Times Style supplement, where, among many other things, she commissioned the …

Matt Cooke of Google News Labs still buys his local newspaper

July 22nd, 2019


Matt Cooke is Head of Partnerships & Training, Google News Lab, part of the Google News Initiative.

Google News has been a major factor in completely changing how news is indexed, distributed, discovered and …

"Being a refugee is a dream come true" - preview of London Podcast Festival live recording with Syrian comic Abdulwahab Tahhan

July 14th, 2019


Did you know that there's a Freelance Pod live event at the London Podcast Festival in September? Yup, alongside big hitters like The Guilty Feminist, Have You Heard George's Podcast and The Allusionist, Freelance Pod …

Why Jenny Stallard is launching Freelance Feels on National Freelancers Day

June 20th, 2019


Journalist, author and founder of the soon-to-be-launched Freelance Feels, Jenny Stallard joins me on the podcast to talk about her career moving from print to digital, her freelancing journey and why freelancers need …

Delia Cai's Deez Links is a Snapchat streak that grew up to be a newsletter

June 7th, 2019


Deez Links is "a dailyish link to cool shit happening in & around the media industry." Each day, Delia Cai - also Growth & Trends Editor at …

Charlie Brooker and Annabel Jones on Black Mirror Season 5

May 31st, 2019


We've got a new season of Black Mirror on Netflix, so here are Charlie Brooker and Annabel Jones to talk us through Rachel, Jack and Ashley Too, Smithereens and Striking Vipers. They also take the piss out of each other …

Mental Health Awareness Week and The Colour of Madness, with Dr Samara Linton

May 19th, 2019


This episode for Mental Health Awareness Week in the UK features Dr Samara Linton, and will be out later today. She tells me about putting together

When news met the internet, with Twitter's Director of Curation, Joanna Geary - Part Two

May 12th, 2019


It's part two of my interview with Twitter's Director of Curation, Joanna Geary. She takes us through her career from working at The Guardian to starting out at Twitter in 2013, with loads of great insight on how the …

When news met the internet, with Twitter's Director of Curation, Joanna Geary - Part One

May 7th, 2019


Joanna Geary started out as a print journalist in 2004 - as a business reporter on the Birmingham Post - and ended up in charge of Twitter's Curation team in 2017. That's a job and a company that didn't exist when she …

What journalists should know about content marketing, with Contently's Deanna Cioppa

April 22nd, 2019


Every freelancer I've interviewed for this podcast - or just met in the past 11.5 months of freelancing - has worn multiple work hats. It's just the …

Podcasts and newsletters go together, with Caroline Crampton

April 15th, 2019


If you're a keen podcast listener, you might recognise Caroline's name from the Hot Pod newsletter, or, since yesterday, from The Browser's daily …

Freelance Pod on BBC Radio 4's Podcast Radio Hour

April 8th, 2019


Bonus mini-episode!

Freelance Pod was featured on BBC Radio 4 Extra's Podcast Radio Hour! Host Amanda Litherland and guest Renay Richardson listened to a clip from the third episode of the podcast, Music sounds better …

Less journalistic objectivity, more activism, with Lewis Raven Wallace

April 1st, 2019


Two years ago, audio producer Lewis Raven Wallace was fired from his job at Marketplace, a radio programme made by American Public Media.

He had refused to take down a blogpost he had written in response to Donald …

Always Be Learning, with The Writing Coach Podcast's Rebecca L. Weber

March 24th, 2019


This episode's guest is writer, coach and podcaster Rebecca L. Weber.

Born and raised in Boston, Rebecca takes us along on her journey from the US to South Africa, and from teaching to journalism to teaching writers to …

How social media changes the world, with journalist and trainer Sue Llewellyn

March 17th, 2019


This episode's guest is ex-BBC journalist turned social media trainer and content strategist Sue Llewellyn of Ultra Social

You heard a bit from her on the International Women's Day compilation episode, but here she is …

International Women's Day 2019 compilation

March 7th, 2019


It's International Women's Day 2019, and so I decided to celebrate all the amazing female guests who've been on the pod, plus tease you with a few voices from upcoming episodes.



How has your industry moved …

Why Anna Codrea-Rado wrote the Fair Pay For Freelancers open letter

March 2nd, 2019


Freelance journalist, author and campaigner Anna Codrea-Rado is this episode's guest. I was lucky to meet Anna (Twitter: @annacod) at a journalism event about a week or so after my redundancy last May, because she is so …

You own the narrative of your career, with LinkedIn's Isabelle Roughol

February 23rd, 2019


Isabelle Roughol is senior editor-at-large at LinkedIn. She joined the company in 2012 and built a global news team working in seven languages across …

Journalism should be fun - investigating burnout with John Crowley

February 16th, 2019


"Just over 50% of journalists said they were 'overwhelmed' by information during their working day and wanted to 'explore solutions' to make it more …

Graffiti was analogue internet, with Creative Rebels podcast co-host David Speed

February 9th, 2019


Well, this episode has got me nostalgic for London trains, tubes, bridges and underpasses that were covered in graffiti in the 90s. 

As one of the graffiti writers says in the incredible 1983 documentary Style Wars, …

From The Guardian to Vogue, via freelancing - with Laura Oliver

February 3rd, 2019


Digital strategist & journalist Laura Oliver ( is currently acting Head of Audience Growth at Vogue International, and was Head of Social and Community at The Guardian, until she went …

Woman's Hour on BBC Radio 4 - behind the scenes with producer Leona Fensome

January 29th, 2019


Producer Leona Fensome guests on the podcast to tell us about working on BBC Radio 4's Woman's Hour.

After working in written journalism in her native Australia, Leona tried out some audio and liked it. Two years ago, …

Whatsapp has transformed foreign reporting, says Jennifer O'Mahony

January 21st, 2019


British freelance journalist Jennifer O'Mahony (Twitter: is now based in West Africa - mostly in Dakar, Senegal - and …

Bandersnatch interview with Black Mirror's Charlie Brooker

January 12th, 2019


I sat down with Charlie Brooker this week to profile him for New Statesman, here's the link to the piece: 

Black Mirror Bandersnatch, mental health and technology, with Dr Bishakha Chowdhury

December 29th, 2018


Sure, none of us have finished Bandersnatch yet, because none of us ever will. We're just going to have to live with that.

One thing we'll all have noticed is that the themes of mental illness, therapy and medication …

Inside Black Mirror interview with Charlie Brooker

December 27th, 2018


Netflix has finally released the trailer for Black Mirror: Bandersnatch. What's a Black Mirror Event? Nobody knows, but looks like we'll be finding out at about 8am GMT tomorrow... that trailer looks pretty darn …

Celebrating 30 years of the internet with the love lives of gay men and filmmaker Oli Mason

December 24th, 2018


I've known this episode's guest a long time, since we were both undergraduates at Oxford back in the Noughties. Oli Mason (

Chaos with Ed Miliband's podcast! Featuring producer Emma Corsham

December 21st, 2018


It was a simple and inescapable choice back in spring 2015, wasn't it? Stability and strong government with incumbent Prime Minister David Cameron, or chaos with Ed Miliband. We, the British people, did not choose chaos …

Movies are the memories of our lifetime, with film critic Ryan Gilbey

December 9th, 2018


This week's guest is film critic Ryan Gilbey, who's a self-confessed "creature of print," as he started out on The Independent's film desk 24 years ago, after winning a competition. He now writes for The Guardian, The …

Music sounds better with you, feat. BBC 6 Music producer Shola Aleje

December 2nd, 2018


This episode's guest is radio and podcast producer Shola Aleje.

Shola works on Lauren Laverne's BBC 6 Music show, as well as producing podcasts for …

Divided by a common language, with Mother Jones' Jordan Gass-Poore'

November 25th, 2018


This week's guest is Jordan Gass-Poore' (, who's currently working for US liberal magazine Mother Jones in New York. 

Jordan grew up in Texas, and has worked as a journalist in her …

Podcasts are kind of a big deal, with audio expert Christina H. Moore

November 18th, 2018


Welcome to the first episode of Freelance Pod!

The first guest is audio expert Christina H. Moore. Christina has worked on podcasts for the BBC and for Apple Podcasts, and she now works on podcasts with musicians. 

Freelance Pod Trailer

November 10th, 2018


Here's the trailer for Freelance Pod, a new podcast about how the internet has revolutionised the way we work. 

Hear some of the guests who will join …

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