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The Substack Podcast

28 EpisodesProduced by NadiaWebsite

Conversations with writers, bloggers, and creative thinkers about how they got here. Produced by Substack, a place for independent writing.

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Substack Podcast #022: Pandemic economics with Nathan Tankus

August 13th, 2020


We spoke with Nathan Tankus of Notes on the Crises, who writes about the pandemic-induced global depression and how policymakers should respond to …

Substack Podcast #021: Cookbooks with Paula Forbes

August 7th, 2020


We spoke with Paula Forbes of Stained Page News, a newsletter about cookbooks. For her, it’s a place to geek out about cookbooks - where she can …

Substack Podcast #020: Gen Z with Terry Nguyen

July 23rd, 2020


We spoke with Terry Nguyen of gen yeet, a newsletter about Gen Z culture, memes, and trends.

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Substack Podcast #019: Mental Health with Fiza Pirani

July 16th, 2020


We spoke with Fiza Pirani of Foreign Bodies, a newsletter that destigmatizes mental illness, centered on immigrant and refugee experiences.

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Substack Podcast #018: Corporate governance with Francine McKenna 

July 9th, 2020


We spoke with Francine McKenna of The Dig, a newsletter about accounting and corporate governance issues. Francine analyzes the most widely-held and widely-shorted companies in the world.

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Substack Podcast #017: Psychedelics with Zach Haigney

July 2nd, 2020


We spoke with Zach Haigney of The Trip Report, a newsletter covering the business, policy, and impact of psychedelics.

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Substack Podcast #016: Finance with Kevin Muir

June 25th, 2020


We spoke with Kevin Muir of The MacroTourist, a newsletter about trading and investing that aims to make finance fun.

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Substack Podcast #015: International news with Erin Cook

June 19th, 2020


We spoke with Erin Cook of Dari Mulut ke Mulut, a publication covering news across Southeast Asia.

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Substack Podcast #014: Healthcare with Nikhil Krishnan

June 11th, 2020


We spoke with Nikhil Krishnan of Out of Pocket, a newsletter that’s tackling healthcare with an entertaining and approachable voice.

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Substack Podcast #013: Local news with Tony Mecia of The Charlotte Ledger

May 29th, 2020


We chatted with Tony Mecia of The Charlotte Ledger, a publication focused on local business news in Charlotte, North Carolina in the United States.

How Delia Cai grew Deez Links from zero to 2,000+ signups

March 4th, 2020


We invited Delia Cai, author of Deez Links, to speak to an audience of Substack writers in New York about how she grew her newsletter to 2,700 signups. Delia started her daily media newsletter as an intern at Atlantic …

How Emily Atkin turned her climate change newsletter into a six-figure income

March 4th, 2020


We invited Emily Atkin, author of Heated, to talk to an audience of Substack writers in New York about how she successfully launched paid …

How Walt Hickey of Numlock News expanded to multiple newsletters

March 4th, 2020


We invited Walt Hickey, author of Numlock News, to share with an audience of Substack writers in New York how he thinks about spinning off multiple …

A growth masterclass with Judd Legum of Popular Information

June 21st, 2019


Of all the writers who use Substack, no one is as good at promoting their newsletter as Judd Legum, publisher of Popular Information. Judd was …

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

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

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#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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