The Substack Podcast

14 EpisodesProduced by Substack Team

Conversations with writers who have earned their independence. Created by Substack—the simplest way for a writer to start a paid newsletter.

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#012 – Media critic Jesse Brown on the secrets behind Canadaland's crowdfunded success

February 28th, 2019


Canadian journalist and media critic Jesse Brown is well known in his home country for big media scoops and uncompromising commentary. These days, he’s creating a name for himself as a media entrepreneur, too. With his …

Introducing Substack for audio

February 7th, 2019


Today, we’re moving into paid podcasts with the launch of a tool for audio publishing. The first Substack publisher to use the tool is Anthony …

#011 – How Bill Bishop cut a path from the Tiananmen Square Massacre to the inboxes of America's power brokers

October 19th, 2018


Bill Bishop is the author of the Sinocism China newsletter, and our very first publisher on Substack. In this interview, we discuss his secrets to building a great newsletter business and his fascinating career, from …

#010 - How Luke Timmerman created the top paid newsletter in biotech

October 12th, 2018


Luke Timmerman is a veteran biotechnology journalist that decided to launch his own subscription-based publication (The Timmerman Report) because he …

#009 – Emma Beals on life as an independent war reporter in the age of ISIS

September 28th, 2018


First as an investigative journalist, and now as an analyst, Emma Beals has been covering the rise of ISIS and the wars in Syria and Iraq since 2012. During that time, reporting on the conflicts has become so dangerous …

#008 - Judd Legum wants to save democracy with Popular Information

September 21st, 2018


Judd Legum founded Think Progress nearly 15 years ago and grew it into a publication read by tens of millions of people. But earlier this summer, he …

#007 – Jessica Lessin, founder of The Information, shares how she built a thriving news business against the odds

September 13th, 2018


Jessica Lessin was a star reporter at the Wall Street Journal who had built her reputation covering companies like Google, Apple, and Facebook. It …

#006 - Mara Wilson, author and former child star, on how to write about your life

September 6th, 2018


Mara Wilson knows good storytelling. As a child, she starred in Matilda, Mrs. Doubtfire, and Miracle on 34th St. Today she writes about what it was like to grow up as a child star, decide to leave acting, and figure out …

#005 - Walt Hickey of Numlock (previously FiveThirtyEight) on why you should write every day, deliver via email, and charge readers directly.

August 30th, 2018


It’s hard to get 20,000 people to sign up for your email list, but Walt Hickey has done it with his daily newsletter Numlock, which tells the news by numbers. When I asked him how, he kept coming back to three big …

#004 – Rolling Stone’s Matt Taibbi discusses the state of the media, his serial Substack novel, and the furor that almost brought him down

August 23rd, 2018


This week, I spoke to Matt Taibbi, contributing editor to Rolling Stone, journalistic heir to Hunter S. Thompson, and author of serial novel The …

#003 - Nick Quah tells the story of Hot Pod, the podcast industry's biggest newsletter

August 16th, 2018


Will there ever be a "Netflix for Podcasts?" How is the podcast advertising business evolving? And how do you build a focused newsletter into a …

#002 - How Ann Friedman built a career as an independent journalist

August 9th, 2018


Ann Friedman has crafted a journalism career on her own terms, combining freelance writing for major national outlets with a weekly newsletter and …

#001 - How Tim Urban grew "Wait But Why" to over 30 million readers

August 2nd, 2018


Tim Urban explains how he grew Wait But Why into one of the most popular blogs on the internet.

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#000 - Introduction (start here)

July 28th, 2018


A preview of what's to come.

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