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Servant of Pod with Nick Quah

28 EpisodesProduced by LAist StudiosWebsite

In the world of podcasts, anyone can tell their story. From major media institutions to mom and pop shops starting from scratch. Let Nick Quah guide you through this ever-changing world, as he speaks with the producers, hosts, and executives that are shaping the culture of podcasting.

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Las Raras

December 2nd, 2020

25:21

It's been a year of protest, not just in America but around the world. In Chile, citizens have spent well over the past twelve months — before the pandemic, and through it — demonstrating to demand change to their …

Home Cooking

November 25th, 2020

27:20

At the start of the pandemic lockdown, Samin Nosrat and Hrishikesh Hirway decided to collaborate on a four-episode podcast project to help people …

Lauren Shippen: The Bright Sessions

November 18th, 2020

27:25

In 2014, Lauren Shippen was an aspiring actor in Los Angeles: taking classes, booking intermittent gigs, waiting tables, the like. Four years later, she ended up becoming one of the busiest people in podcasting, all on …

True Crime Pioneer Marc Smerling

November 11th, 2020

25:12

If you’ve spent any time thinking about the sprawling history of crime and politics in Providence, Rhode Island in recent years, it’s probably …

Vann Newkirk II: Floodlines

November 4th, 2020

29:27

What is Hurricane Katrina's long, complicated legacy? Nick speaks with Vann Newkirk II, the host and one of the creators of The Atlantic's Floodlines, which reflects on the Katrina crisis 15 years later. What do the …

Halloween Special

October 28th, 2020

30:15

What makes a story…scary? You can cut this question a few different ways: through story structure, through sound design, through narrative mechanisms. In this week’s episode, Nick talks to Jeffrey Cranor, the co-creator …

Hanif Abdurraqib

October 21st, 2020

26:05

The latest season of Lost Notes, KCRW’s anthology podcast unearthing great stories from the music world that are generally lost to time, is distinct …

Kara Swisher

October 14th, 2020

25:15

Kara Swisher is a journalism powerhouse known for cutting through the nonsense talking points and asking the tough questions to some of the most …

Roman Mars

October 7th, 2020

28:29

Last month marked ten whole years of 99% Invisible, Roman Mars’ podcast about design, architecture, and things that quietly shape our world. That’s a …

Podcast Picks

September 30th, 2020

5:16

Nick offers a pair of podcast picks this week. You’re Wrong About and The Ringer’s The Cam Chronicles.

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Forever35’s Self-Care Revolution

September 23rd, 2020

27:48

In these really rough times — and things sure do seem to get rougher by the day — it’s important to take care of yourself. However, the concept of “self-care” has become an increasingly complicated one in recent years, …

How Happy is Gretchen Rubin?

September 16th, 2020

22:52

Gretchen Rubin’s been keeping it positive, despite the circumstances. Then again, that’s probably what you’d expect from one of the most prominent voices on the subject of happiness. Rubin is the best-selling author …

Chenjerai Kumanyika

September 9th, 2020

22:29

Chenjerai Kumanyika is a man of many roles: academic, artist, organizer, journalist. He’s also a maker of podcasts, most notable for his work as the …

Paul Bae

September 2nd, 2020

23:42

Paul Bae is one of the more prominent creators of fiction podcasts. Since 2015, he co-created The Black Tapes (with Terry Miles), created the …

Richard’s Famous Food Podcast

August 26th, 2020

27:26

Richard’s Famous Food Podcast is pretty hard to describe. It’s technically a podcast that deals in food documentaries, but it’s also a cartoonish …

ESPN Daily: Sports Coverage Without the Sports

August 19th, 2020

29:19

College football and Major League Baseball are hanging by a thread. A Floridian bubble is home to multiple sports leagues, all playing out …

A Brief Peek at Audio Erotica

August 12th, 2020

28:52

Here’s something a little different. There’s this somewhat parodic but also very real assertion that pornography tends to be at the forefront of new …

What Does a Podcast Editor Do?

August 5th, 2020

29:31

The job of a podcast editor can be hard to efficiently explain, because they do many little things in the service of one big thing: to make the show better for more people. They think about structure, emphasize tension, …

Jody Avirgan: The Ghosts of the 2016 Elections

July 29th, 2020

29:33

The 2016 presidential election cycle left a deep mark on the podcast world. Few know this better than Jody Avirgan, who produced the popular

Josh Levin: Slow Burn

July 22nd, 2020

32:16

Slate's Slow Burn is one of the best podcast documentary series around, with each season driven forward by a simple framework: what was it like to live through a prominent historical event? For its fourth season, the …

Kid’s Podcasts: A True Alternative to Screen Time?

July 15th, 2020

36:30

The numbers for kid’s podcasts have risen noticeably during lockdown. Nick talks to Molly Bloom, of American Public Media’s Brains On and its …

Hank Green on Big Money in Podcasting

July 8th, 2020

33:29

As a veteran YouTuber, Hank Green is familiar with what happens when a quirky community starts seeing serious money, and grows up to become something else. This week, Nick talks to Green, who also makes podcasts, about …

Stitcher Sold

July 7th, 2020

13:50

Last night, we learned that Stitcher is being sold to SiriusXM in what is now the largest podcast deal to date. Hot Pod’s UK writer Caroline Crampton

Making Music for Podcasts

July 1st, 2020

42:23

Composers Ramtin Arablouei of NPR and Gimlet’s Haley Shaw join Nick to talk about scoring podcasts, their favorite podcast music, and how they got where they are in this relatively new field. And to go over the week’s …

Avery Trufelman: Articles Of Interest

June 24th, 2020

39:00

Avery Trufelman’s Articles of Interest is a show that explores fundamental ideas about fashion: What is its significance? Why do we give it value? How does it materially impact the world? In this episode, Nick talks …

John Moe: The Hilarious World of Depression

June 17th, 2020

34:46

The Hilarious World of Depression, hosted by public radio veteran John Moe, was built around a kind of provocation: is depression funny? It takes the question to some of the most talented comedians, musicians, and …

Where We Are Now

June 17th, 2020

43:47

Welcome to Servant of Pod. To kick things off, Nick tries to build a (very) brief picture of where the podcast world is right now with the help of Team Coco’s Adam Sachs and Earios co-founder Priyanka Mattoo. He also …

Welcome to Servant of Pod

May 29th, 2020

1:57

Introducing a new podcast from LAist Studios hosted by Nick Quah, your guide through the ever-changing culture of podcasting.

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