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Benjamin Ahr Harrison and Adam Pranica were introduced by a mutual friend who told them they’d probably get along because they were basically the same person. A couple of guys about the same age, they both had small video production companies, both had a pretty similar sense of humor, and, as it turned out, they’re both obsessed with Star Trek and podcasts. At first as a joke, and then less and less as a...
Flash yourself back to the Fall of 2014. Try to remember the visceral reaction you had to the first time you heard Serial, the podcast from journalist Sarah Koenig, Ira Glass, and the rest of the team behind NPR's This American Life. A week-by-week mystery, the podcast gained steam each week; by the time it ended, it was a sensation, being spoofed by the likes of SNL, and becoming the most successful and popular podcast of all time. Serial, in a way, was the start of...
For all intents and purposes, Missing Richard Simmons, the new hit podcast by Dan Taberski, is investigative journalism. But Taberski isn’t investigating corporate corruption or political malpractice; he’s invading someone’s private life, a celebrity who left the public eye over two years ago for reasons that Taberski, and his burgeoning audience, are desperate to find out. Within this investigative setup, there’s a strange lack of empathy in the show, which devotes time to explaining how...
Every episode of My Brother, My Brother, and Me begins with the same disclaimer: “The McElroy brothers are not experts, and their advice should never be followed.” The podcast’s hundreds of thousands of fans listen to everything the McElroy brothers say—except that. A few months ago, a member of the “My Brother, My Brother and Me Appreciation Group” on Facebook asked, “I have a question for my fellow MBMBaMbinos. What piece or pieces of McElroy...

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