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A series about what it's really like to start a business.

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Gimlet 1: How Not to Pitch a Billionaire

April 6th, 2014


This is a series about what happens when someone who knows nothing about business starts one. It's called StartUp.  In episode one, Alex Blumberg botches his pitch to Silicon Valley billionaire Chris Sacca.

Gimlet 3: How To Divide An Imaginary Pie

September 17th, 2014


How much of your company should you give up when you bring on a partner?

Gimlet 4: Startups are a Risky Business

September 24th, 2014


StartUps are a risky business, but there's lots of reasons to write a check. 

Gimlet 5: How To Name Your Company

October 13th, 2014


Choosing a favorite is only the beginning. 

Gimlet 7: How Listeners Become Owners

November 9th, 2014


Are you ready to invest in Gimlet Media?

Gimlet 9: We Made A Mistake

December 7th, 2014


Gimlet Media addresses a company mistake.

Gimlet 10: Mixing Art And Business

December 22nd, 2014


Lessons on outgrowing your business plan 

Gimlet 11: Know Your Customer

January 5th, 2015


Lessons on building an audience 

While working on this episode, we realized we want to know more about our audience. So, we created a survey. It takes about two minutes to complete, and you can find it at …

Gimlet 12: Burnout

January 19th, 2015


Recovering from a breaking point

Thanks to everyone who took our listener survey last week. To see the results, visit:

Gimlet 13: Fake It Til You Make It

February 1st, 2015


Episode 13 addresses a question that has been dogging us since the company’s beginnings: Are we a technology company or a content company?

This …

Dating Ring 1: Origin Story

April 23rd, 2015


First comes love...then comes equity 

StartUp is a podcast series about what it’s really like to get a business off the ground. In Season 1, Alex …

Dating Ring 2: Grow Big Or Go Home

April 30th, 2015


Inside the Startup School Y Combinator 

Dating Ring 4: Save The Date

May 13th, 2015


Save The Date (S2 Ep4) by Gimlet

Dating Ring 5: Playing With Matches

May 20th, 2015


Inside Dating Ring's Matchmaking System

Dating Ring 6: Profiled

June 2nd, 2015


In online dating, love is not blind

Dating Ring 7: Survival's a Pitch

June 10th, 2015


A golden opportunity sows seeds of doubt

Dating Ring 8: Til Debt Do Us Part

June 18th, 2015


Lauren and Emma visit the CEO Whisperer

Dating Ring 9: Dating Ring Of Fire

June 25th, 2015


Under pressure, the Dating Ring founders make a big decision

Dating Ring 10: 116 Men and a Baby

July 2nd, 2015


Lessons learned in business and love 

BONUS: But Wait, There's More!

July 17th, 2015


A Gimlet update and a special announcement

Gimlet 15: Married To Your Business

October 22nd, 2015


We return to the offices of Gimlet for the start of a new mini-season. It's been a year since the company launched and things are changing... fast. In this episode, Alex and his wife, Nazanin, wrestle with a huge …

Gimlet 16: The Secret Formula

November 4th, 2015


Gimlet is making a big, expensive bet. The kind of bet that could make or break the company. And it’s a bet that comes down to one factor: What is …

Gimlet 17: Words About Words From Our Sponsors

November 20th, 2015


Gimlet is starting a new line of business, and it’s a complicated one: Branded content. Branded content is a piece of media (a video, a story, a …

Gimlet 18: Pitch Perfect 2

December 3rd, 2015


Gimlet is growing fast. We have four shows on the air, and several others in pre-production. If we want to grow faster, though, we could use some …

Gimlet 19: Diversity Report

December 18th, 2015


If you were to walk into Gimlet HQ, there are a few things you’d probably notice right off the bat. First, it’s crowded - like a grungy dorm room. Second, the lighting… it’s not great. Not many windows. Third, it’s …

Gimlet 20: Disorg Chart

January 8th, 2016


As we wrap up this mini-season, Lisa Chow comes back from maternity leave and notices some big changes at Gimlet. And these changes... they aren't all for the better. Lisa talks to Gimlet employees about concerns over …

Introducing Season 3

April 8th, 2016


Season 3 launches Thursday, April 14th

Twitch 1: Almost Famous

April 15th, 2016


Welcome to the first episode of Season 3! 

This season, we’re doing something new. Instead of following one company over many episodes, we’ll be …

Twitch 2: Gaming the System

April 22nd, 2016


We pick up where we left off in the last episode, and hear how Justin, Emmett, Michael, and Kyle try to extend the life of their video-streaming company by making some risky but important decisions. In the process, …

Pirate Needs Pirate

April 29th, 2016


Mike is on a mission to bring his customers something they desperately want. Every week, he embarks on a long and unpredictable journey across international borders and smuggles back some highly sought-after goods. And …

Dear Music Fans...

May 13th, 2016


When a group of college kids in Florida set out to change the music industry, they did not anticipate quite how disruptive they would be. Their …

The Runway

May 20th, 2016


It’s not uncommon for shoppers to walk out of Mary Going’s store feeling on top of the world. Mary runs Saint Harridan, a company that makes custom suits for the gender non-conforming. With her store, Mary has created a …

Kitchen Confidential

May 27th, 2016


Two men decide to start a company. Everything is going well... until it’s not. That’s the moment they decide to start recording their …

ConBody 1: Happy Ending

June 10th, 2016


Coss Marte is getting ready to pitch his company to a panel of prominent entrepreneurs and an audience of hundreds. He’s competing against five other startups for a chance at $100,000. With this money, Coss hopes to …

ConBody 2: From the Cell to the Sell

June 17th, 2016


Coss Marte went from running a multi-million dollar drug operation to sitting in solitary confinement. And it’s here, alone in his cell, where he …

Up in Flames

June 24th, 2016


Edgar Diaz has dedicated his life to dairy. He sees an incredible beauty in milk and the things that can come from it: soft cheese, rich dulce de …

2680 Madison Road

July 1st, 2016


Something is amiss at 2680 Madison Road. In the thriving Cincinnati neighborhood of Hyde Park, the property is sandwiched between several decades-old …

Introducing Season 4

October 4th, 2016


Season 4 of StartUp is almost here. Here's a sneak peek of the fourth season, which kicks off with some episodes about the company that makes this podcast: Gimlet Media.

Since we last checked in on Gimlet HQ, the company …

Gimlet 21: Diversification of Worry

October 7th, 2016


StartUp is back! And we’re kicking Season 4 off with an update on what’s happening here at Gimlet Media. 

Since the start of the year, Gimlet has more than doubled in size. And while growth is often the goal for a …

Gimlet 22: You Can't Wear a Suit Here

October 14th, 2016


Growth. It can be exciting, it can be motivating, and it can be really stressful. In this week’s episode, we take a look at the tensions that …

Gimlet 23: Shadowed Qualities

October 21st, 2016


This week, Alex receives feedback about his job performance from his co-workers, friends, and family. Some of it is good, some less so. But there is something else that comes up during the review process that shocks him.

Dov Charney 1: Labels

November 4th, 2016


Season 4 of StartUp continues with the story of a well-known entrepreneur who built a widely recognized business, lost it all, and is now starting over—from scratch.

Over the next several episodes, we’ll hear as this …

Dov Charney 2: Workers

November 11th, 2016


Dov Charney is trying to rebuild a multi-million dollar apparel company from the ground up. But he can’t do it alone. In this episode, we’ll hear …

Dov Charney 3: Photos

November 18th, 2016


In this episode, we trace American Apparel’s rise from the early wholesale days in South Carolina to the booming retail behemoth that the company …

Dov Charney 4: Boundaries

December 2nd, 2016


While Dov Charney was running American Apparel, he didn’t shy away from unconventionality. And for many entrepreneurs, breaking convention is an essential part of growing an innovative company. But pushing boundaries is …

Dov Charney 5: Suits

December 9th, 2016


In 2007, Dov Charney took American Apparel public, placing the company under heightened scrutiny. This meant Charney lost the privacy and autonomy he’d grown accustomed to.  And, as more stories emerged from inside the …

Dov Charney 6: Anger

December 16th, 2016


In the spring of 2014, the American Apparel board offered Dov Charney two options: forfeit your position as CEO and stay on as a creative consultant …

Dov Charney 7: MAGIC

December 22nd, 2016


Following his ousting from American Apparel, Dov Charney has been eager to restart and launch his new venture—Los Angeles Apparel. He has assembled …

You Have to Invent Something

April 14th, 2017


In 1983 a guy named Stuart Anders invented a toy that would become a huge hit -- one of the biggest fad toys of a generation. But the toy world can …

Friendster 1: The Rise

April 21st, 2017


In 2003, Jonathan Abrams was sitting atop one of the hottest new companies in Silicon Valley. He and his website were at the forefront of an industry …

Friendster 2: The Fall

April 28th, 2017


After a turbulent start and the firing of its founder, Friendster looked like it was back on track. It was still the biggest social network around …

Running a Family and a Business

May 12th, 2017


This week on StartUp we’re listening in as executive coach Jerry Colonna sits down with Diana Lovett, the founder of a socially responsible chocolate …

Bootstrapping a Better Vaccine

May 19th, 2017


Jake Glanville and his small biotech startup are trying to beat big pharmaceutical companies and major research institutions to a potentially game-changing medical breakthrough: the universal flu vaccine. 

Bug Business

May 26th, 2017


Researchers who think about the thorny problem of feeding our growing global population have started to point at one possible solution: bugs. They’re …

Dating Ring 3: Another Side Of The Story (REBROADCAST)

June 9th, 2017


Hello, there! This week we’re rebroadcasting an episode from way back in Season 2 when we were following Dating Ring, a company that was different …

Life After Startup

June 16th, 2017


Jason from Bento started a business that prepared and delivered pan-Asian meals on demand. Lauren and Emma from Dating Ring wanted to reinvent online …

How To Invent A New Sport

June 23rd, 2017


Mason Gordon’s dream is to create a new global team sport, something that hasn’t happened since basketball came on the scene in the 1890s. But Mason is determined. He invented Slamball—an amped up combination of …

Gimlet 24: Ask Alex

June 30th, 2017


You called with your questions. Alex Blumberg has your answers—about growth, diversity at Gimlet and, oh yeah, that ABC sitcom that’s currently being made about the first season of StartUp.

Building The Perfect Cup of Coffee

July 7th, 2017


Mokhtar Alkhanshali is trying to produce the perfect cup of coffee. And he’s trying to do it with beans grown in the midst of an active war zone in Yemen. Despite those challenges, his company’s first batch earned rave …

Introducing Season 6

August 28th, 2017


StartUp returns September 1st with a brand new season. Here's a preview of what's coming up in Season 6.

And are you looking for more Gimlet in your life? Then click here to view our guide to other Gimlet shows returning …

Domains 1: The .com King

September 1st, 2017


StartUp is back for a brand new season, and we're kicking things off with a story about the competitive world of domains.

Reporter Amy Standen brings us the story of Rick Schwartz, who earned the title “Domain King” by …

Domains 2: Sex Dot Con

September 8th, 2017


Gary Kremen owned one of the most valuable domain names in the history of the internet. And then one day, he lost it in the most unusual way. For years, Gary fought to win back his domain “sex dot com." The legal battle …

Sell the Apartment, Keep the Startup

September 15th, 2017


Jasen Yang gave up the security of a high-paying Wall Street job to launch his company, Polly Portfolio. It’s been three years since then, and Jasen …

BONUS: An Announcement From StartUp and Introducing The Nod

September 22nd, 2017


Lisa Chow and Alex Blumberg sit down together to talk about the future of StartUp.

And, we introduce you to Gimlet Media's newest podcast The Nod. Co-hosted by Brittany Luse and Eric Eddings, The Nod celebrates and …

Make China Cool Again

September 29th, 2017


China is on a mission to upgrade its international reputation. The government doesn’t want people to see the country as just the world’s factory for socks and toys and cell phones. It wants people around the globe to …

Just Hit Record

October 6th, 2017


Earlier this year, we asked listeners to call us with questions for Gimlet Founder Alex Blumberg. Alex answered a bunch of them in an episode last season. But one caller’s question was so big, it needed its own episode. …

New Money

October 13th, 2017


Kik, a chat app popular with teenagers, launched in 2010. Users flocked to it, and within a few years it was valued at a billion dollars. Then a new …

Driverless Cars 1: The Grand Challenge

October 27th, 2017


In 2004, the U.S. government held a race unlike anything that had come before it. It was called the DARPA Grand Challenge, and it followed a 150-mile …

Driverless Cars 2: The Race for a Self-Driving Future

November 3rd, 2017


On the last episode of StartUp, we followed the government-sponsored desert race that launched the self-driving car industry. This week, we see what …

Dear Music Fans… (REBROADCAST)

November 10th, 2017


When a group of college kids in Florida set out to change the music industry, they did not anticipate how disruptive they would be. Their mission was …

Introducing StartupBus

December 7th, 2017


This past summer, 20 strangers got on a charter bus headed from New York to New Orleans. For three days they had one goal: Build and launch companies from inside the bus. And then? Compete against each other.

Reporter …

StartupBus 1: Monday

December 11th, 2017


This summer, 20 strangers got on a bus headed from New York to New Orleans. For five days, they had one goal: to build and launch companies while on …

StartupBus 2: Tuesday

December 12th, 2017


Every day this week we’re following StartupBus, a hackathon on wheels, where a bunch of strangers come together to launch companies in one week, all …

StartupBus 3: Wednesday

December 13th, 2017


Every day this week we’re following StartupBus, a hackathon on wheels, where a bunch of strangers come together to launch companies in one week, all …

StartupBus 4: Thursday

December 14th, 2017


Every day this week we’re following StartupBus, a hackathon on wheels, where a bunch of strangers come together to launch companies in one week, all …

StartupBus 5: Friday

December 15th, 2017


All this week we’ve been following StartupBus, a hackathon on wheels, where a bunch of strangers come together to launch companies in one week, all …

Alex, Inc. 1: Sacca Plays Sacca

March 23rd, 2018


In honor of the release of the TV show Alex, Inc., we’re binge dropping episodes of StartUp—the podcast that started it all—along with brand-new after shows. These are the best episodes about Gimlet, as chosen by our …

Alex, Inc. 2: Alex Talks Equity

March 23rd, 2018


In honor of the release of the TV show Alex, Inc., we’re binge dropping episodes of StartUp—the podcast that started it all—along with brand-new after shows. These are the best episodes about Gimlet, as chosen by our …

Alex, Inc. 3: The Name Game

March 23rd, 2018


In honor of the release of the TV show Alex, Inc., we’re binge dropping episodes of StartUp—the podcast that started it all—along with brand-new after shows. These are the best episodes about Gimlet, as chosen by our …

Alex, Inc. 4: Training Day

March 23rd, 2018


In honor of the release of the TV show Alex, Inc., we’re binge dropping episodes of StartUp—the podcast that started it all—along with brand-new after shows. These are the best episodes about Gimlet, as chosen by our …

Alex, Inc. 5: Alex And Matt, Inc.

March 23rd, 2018


In honor of the release of the TV show Alex, Inc., we’re binge dropping episodes of StartUp—the podcast that started it all—along with brand-new after shows. These are the best episodes about Gimlet, as chosen by our …

Alex, Inc. 6: Alex and Matt Pop Quiz

April 6th, 2018


Gimlet co-founders Alex Blumberg and Matt Lieber are pretty much on the same page… right? 

This week, we put their relationship to the test. Producer Luke Malone got Matt and Alex into separate studios and asked them the …

Introducing Season 7

April 11th, 2018


Season 7 of StartUp is almost here! On April 27th, we’re taking you into the world of venture capital with Silicon Valley’s most unlikely power broker: Arlan Hamilton. 

Here’s a sneak peek of our story.

And are you …

Alex, Inc. 7: Alex Talks To Zach Braff

April 13th, 2018


What's it like having Zach Braff play you on TV? Alex gets to ponder that question with the man himself on stage at NYC Podfest. They also talk about Chris Sacca, swearing on podcasts, and crying at work in a …

Arlan Hamilton 1: Silicon Valley, By Invite Only

April 27th, 2018


Silicon Valley is leaving money on the table, and Arlan Hamilton will go to extremes to prove it. She's a venture capitalist like no other — black, female, gay — and she's out to prove that investors in the Valley are …

Arlan Hamilton 2: The Hustle

May 4th, 2018


In this week’s episode we dive into what Silicon Valley considers “hustle” and how it may need to update its definition. We also find out how Arlan first got into venture capital—after months of sleeping on the floor at …

Arlan Hamilton 3: Picking Winners

May 11th, 2018


Like most venture capitalists, Arlan Hamilton plans to find the next billion dollar company by pattern matching—that's when VCs look to entrepreneurs …

Arlan Hamilton 4: Hacks

May 25th, 2018


Arlan has only a few months left before her cash runs out out when a seemingly perfect opportunity comes along. Is it too good to be true? Also, we take a look at Arlan's past as an entrepreneur, before she became a …

Arlan Hamilton 5: Control

June 1st, 2018


In this week’s episode, Arlan tries to maintain control as investments fall through, she butts heads with a prominent investing platform, and we meet …

Arlan Hamilton 6: Going Rogue

June 8th, 2018


In our final episode of the series, Arlan is on a roll. She’s making new investments, raising her profile in the VC world, and bringing new people …

BONUS: Behind The Scenes With Arlan & Amy

June 22nd, 2018


For seven months, Arlan Hamilton agreed to let StartUp reporter Amy Standen follow her around with a microphone and ask her all kinds of questions — …

Introducing Church Planters

June 29th, 2018


For the last six months at StartUp, we have been following a group of pastors and their families who’ve shown us what it’s really like to start a …

Church Planting 1: The Movement

July 6th, 2018


Every year, there’s a movement of thousands of pastors starting new churches — they call them church plants. It’s a world remarkably parallel to the tech industry, with incubators, growth metrics and, well, angel …

Church Planting 2: The Pastor

July 13th, 2018


It takes more than just a calling to start a church. You need a following. You need money. And to get that money, pastors often have to pass a kind …

Church Planting 3: The Paradox

July 20th, 2018


In the world of church planting, every Sunday counts… but there are a couple Sundays each year that can truly change the fate of a church. One of …

Church Planting 4: The Conversation

August 3rd, 2018


Hell, homosexuality, and the role of women in church — these are some of the most sensitive topics in Christian theology today. And the implications …

Church Planting 5: The Retreat

August 10th, 2018


This is our fifth and final episode following pastor AJ Smith, who has been trying to grow a new church in Philadelphia. It’s a process that has come …

Church Planting 6: The Woman At The Pulpit

September 7th, 2018


The Story:

In the evangelical world, there are very few female church planters. In 2012 only three percent of all conservative churches had women as …

Twitch 1: Almost Famous

September 21st, 2018


The Story:

A group of friends moves across the country to launch an unlikely website that they think could replace television. The media loves them. …

Twitch 2: Gaming The System

September 28th, 2018


The Story:

At the end of the last episode, co-founders Justin, Emmett, Michael, and Kyle had a big problem on their hands. Streaming Justin's life 24/7—the very idea their company was founded on—turned out to be kind of …

Making a TV Series 1: A Complete Moonshot

October 19th, 2018


Two years ago, Gimlet released its first fiction podcast: Homecoming. Now, this November, a television series based on the hit podcast and starring …

Making a TV Series 2: Santa's Hollywood Workshop

October 26th, 2018


Micah and Eli get to work, writing the scripts for the Homecoming TV show. But taking something meant only for the ear, and turning it into something for the eye... proves to be deceptively challenging. Plus, Alex …

Making a TV Series 3: The Bird That Launched 1000 Ships

November 2nd, 2018


Being in charge of a big-budget TV production means having to make decisions. It's a new kind of power for Micah and Eli, and one that's sometimes uncomfortable to exercise. The words they write have real-world, …

Making a TV Series 4: The Stars of Homecoming

November 2nd, 2018


Alex Blumberg sits down with the stars of the Homecoming  TV show-- Julia Roberts and Stephan James, and director Sam Esmail-- to talk about how they …

Success Academy 1: The Problem

November 9th, 2018


The Story:

Eva Moskowitz wants to fix a really big problem. There are over a million kids in New York City’s public schools. Most can’t read or do …

Success Academy 2: The Founder

November 17th, 2018


Eva Moskowitz is the founder and CEO of Success Academy, the highest performing and most controversial charter school network in New York City, and …

Success Academy 3: The Test

November 30th, 2018


Success Academy’s state test results are truly remarkable — their students score in the top one percent in New York State, often beating out kids …

Success Academy 4: Growth

December 7th, 2018


Success Academy has grown quickly — in just 12 years, the network has gone from one school in Harlem to 47 schools across New York City. In order to …

Success Academy 5: Expectations

December 14th, 2018


It’s no mystery that Success Academy has high expectations — not just for its teachers, but also for its parents and students. Having a high bar is …

Success Academy 6: The Fights

December 21st, 2018


Over the years, Success Academy has faced many existential threats. Eva has had to battle the most powerful man in New York City to fight for space …

Success Academy 7: The High School

December 28th, 2018


Eva Moskowitz calls Success Academy's high school the startup within the startup. And, as at any startup, there’s been a lot of chaos in its first …

Alex Talks to Sam Esmail

February 15th, 2019


Gimlet has a new show called Without Fail where Alex talks to all kinds of people — including entrepreneurs and business people — about their successes and their failures and what they’ve learned from both.

We think …

Alex Talks to the Family Behind A Radio Revolution

February 22nd, 2019


Before 1970, the most popular radio stations in the U.S were run by white people. But that all changed when Percy Sutton helped to form Inner City …

Alex Talks to a Turnaround Specialist

March 1st, 2019


For many businesses, it’s all about looking forward. New trends, new brands, new verticals. But Sharon Price John sees a different path: one that …

Business Wars & The Rap Game’s Biggest Battle

March 7th, 2019


Business Wars brings you the unauthorized, real story of what drives these companies and their leaders, inventors, investors and executives to new heights — or to ruin. Now playing: Death Row Records vs. Bad Boy …

Alex Talks to a Wall Street Outcast

March 15th, 2019


During the dot-com bubble, Henry Blodget was making millions of dollars as a top analyst on Wall Street. But when that bubble burst, his fortunes …

Alex Talks to an HR Maverick

March 22nd, 2019


In 1998, Patty McCord joined a new company called Netflix. Her title was chief talent officer. And over the next ten years as Netflix grew (and grew), she and CEO Reed Hastings built a new kind of workplace. They threw …

Alex Talks to a Cold Case Investigator

March 29th, 2019


Paul Holes was starting out in the field of criminology when, one day in 1994, he spotted a filing cabinet in the library of the crime lab where he …

Alex Talks to a Tragedy Expert

April 12th, 2019


In the days after September 11, 2001, Kenneth Feinberg took on an unenviable task. Congress had created the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund, …

Alex Talks to Actress Anna Chlumsky

April 19th, 2019


Anna Chlumsky became famous virtually overnight at the age of 10, when she starred in the 1991 hit My Girl opposite Macaulay Culkin. And then, a few …

Alex Talks to an Early Facebook Insider

April 26th, 2019


Dave Morin’s love for the internet began when he was a geeky kid in Montana. By his early 20s, it had led him to Apple and then to Facebook, where he became employee number 29. He helped the company innovate, pursuing a …

Alex Talks to Award-Winning Chef Edouardo Jordan

May 10th, 2019


When Edouardo Jordan’s Seattle restaurant JuneBaby won the James Beard Award for Best New Restaurant last year, it was the first time that an African …

Alex Talks to a Podcasting Pioneer

May 17th, 2019


Jeff Ullrich was a struggling business manager with a drinking problem and a waning sense of professional direction when, in 2010, he saw an opportunity: podcasting. It was a brand new medium, and no one had really …

Alex Talks to Pose Co-Creator Steven Canals

June 7th, 2019


Steven Canals was a virtual unknown when he co-created the award-winning TV series Pose. Set in the 1980s ballroom scene of New York, the show is unlike any prime time television drama that had come before it — and that …

Alex Talks to Gretchen Carlson

June 14th, 2019


Gretchen Carlson, the long-time co-host of Fox & Friends, set off shockwaves in 2016 when she filed a lawsuit alleging sexual harassment against Fox News chairman Roger Ailes. Just two weeks later, he was ousted …

The Nod's Eric Eddings Talks to Erika Alexander

June 21st, 2019


Actor Erika Alexander came of age at a moment when there were lots of Black TV shows airing in primetime. She got her break in the early ‘90s with a …

Alex Talks to CEO Whisperer Jerry Colonna

July 12th, 2019


Jerry Colonna was a high-flying venture capitalist in New York City at the height of the dot-com boom. He looked like the picture of success—but as …

Alex Talks to Elaine Welteroth

July 19th, 2019


When Elaine Welteroth was appointed editor in chief of Teen Vogue in 2015, she was the youngest and first black editor in the publication’s history. She set out to transform Teen Vogue into something more than just a …

Alex Talks to Former Senator Heidi Heitkamp

July 26th, 2019


As a Democrat from a red state, Senator Heidi Heitkamp built a reputation for her willingness to buck party pressure and reach across the aisle. But when Brett Kavanaugh was nominated to the Supreme Court, she found …

Alex Talks to Missouri Star Quilt Company Co-Founder Jenny Doan

August 23rd, 2019


Jenny Doan and her husband, Ron, lost most of their savings in the 2008 financial crisis. Retirement was just around the corner, and they didn’t know …

Introducing The Journal.

September 13th, 2019


Alex introduces an episode of The Journal. about companies monitoring their workers. It's common, it's legal. And it can lead to employers having surprisingly personal information about the people who work for them.

Introducing StartUp: The Final Chapter

September 27th, 2019


Five years ago, StartUp began chronicling the life of a fledgling Brooklyn-based podcasting company called Gimlet Media. This year, the streaming giant Spotify bought that company. In the final season of StartUp, what …

Our Company Has Problems

October 4th, 2019


It's the spring of 2018, four years after Alex and Matt launched Gimlet, and things are not going well. Audiences are flat, ad sales are flagging, and the company is burning through cash at an alarming rate. And with …

Thanksgiving in Stockholm

October 11th, 2019


Just days before Thanksgiving, Alex and Matt board a red-eye to Stockholm for a conversation that could change everything.


October 18th, 2019


As acquisition talks with Spotify continue, Alex and Matt face their hopes and fears about what might lie ahead.

Alex Talks to Fashion Icon Dapper Dan

October 25th, 2019


Dapper Dan made a name for himself as one of Harlem’s premier fashion designers in the 1980s, creating unique leather designs covered in counterfeit logos from brands like Gucci and Louis Vuitton. But when the fashion …

Alex Talks to Hollywood Hitmaker Nina Jacobson

November 1st, 2019


Nina Jacobson is a force in Hollywood. She’s behind some of the biggest movies of the last 20 years: The Sixth Sense, Pirates of the Caribbean, The …

Alex Talks to Ira Glass

November 8th, 2019


In November 1995, Ira Glass quietly launched the first episode of This American Life. The rest, as they say, is history. Today his show is a colossal …

Introducing How’s Work? with Esther Perel

November 15th, 2019


This week, we’re sharing the first episode of Esther Perel’s new show How’s Work? In it, the couples therapist behind the beloved show Where Should …

Alex Talks to Nick Kroll

November 22nd, 2019


Comedian Nick Kroll became a star by playing a cast of over-the-top characters like Bobby Bottleservice and Gil Faizon. But for years he was careful …

Alex Talks to Billion-Dollar Business CEO Janice Bryant Howroyd

November 29th, 2019


Janice Bryant Howroyd’s company started in the front of a rug shop with just a phone, a fax machine, and a lot of hustle. 40 years later, that …

Alex Talks to Rom-Com Revolutionary Aline Brosh McKenna

December 6th, 2019


Aline Brosh McKenna got her big break as the screenwriter of The Devil Wears Prada. But even after successful box office hits and many years in …

Alex Talks to Country Songwriter Shane McAnally

December 13th, 2019


Ever since he was young, Shane McAnally knew he wanted to be a country music star. But as a gay man, he didn’t fit the Nashville mold, and so he hid …

Alex Talks to Cycling Whistleblower Jonathan Vaughters

December 20th, 2019


Jonathan Vaughters was a member of the famed USPS pro cycling team when his teammate Lance Armstrong won the first of a record-breaking seven straight Tours de France. While fans were awed and inspired by the victories, …

Alex Talks to Voting Rights Activist Desmond Meade

December 27th, 2019


When Desmond Meade got out of prison after serving time for a nonviolent felony, he was homeless and wrestling with addiction. A decade later, he …

Alex Talks to Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley

January 3rd, 2020


Normally, being the mayor of Dayton, Ohio, means paying attention to everyday issues, from garbage pickups to municipal budgets. But in the early morning hours of August 4, 2019, a gunman opened fire at a downtown bar …

Introducing Motherhacker

February 14th, 2020


We’re sharing the first episode of Motherhacker. It’s a fiction podcast about a mother who gets involved in an identity theft ring in order to …

Introducing How to Save a Planet

August 21st, 2020


Does climate change freak you out? Want to know what we, collectively, can do about it? Us too. How to Save a Planet is a podcast that asks the big …

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