The Substack Podcast

12 EpisodesProduced by Substack

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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#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, author of the Sinocism China newsletter, is special to us. He was the very first publisher on Substack and his immediate success with …

#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 20th, 2018


A popular Government, without popular information, or the means of acquiring it, is but a Prologue to a Farce or Tragedy; or, perhaps both.

— James …

#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 was her dream job. Until one day… she quit.

In 2013, she launched her …

#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 ideas:

#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


#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 Call Your Girlfriend, a podcast she co-hosts with Aminatou Sow.

#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.

#000 - Introduction (start here)

July 28th, 2018

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