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In 2015, President Obama visited a comedian’s garage; the sole purpose of his visit was to appear on a podcast. Google “how to start a podcast” and you'll get 162 million results. Most major cultural media outlets have them and those who don’t are scrambling to catch up. Newsletters such as Hot Pod dedicate themselves to the industry, which includes lucrative networks that are disrupting traditional radio. The sentiment "everyone has a podcast now" has never felt...
In the fall of 2011, I was a mess. A combination of calamity and poor decision-making, coupled with several sea changes in my life, left me feeling raw and skinned. It was one of those times where song lyrics suddenly have intensely personal meaning, when the impossibility of seeing your future feels like the cruelest feature of human existence. I lost friends and alienated people, drank too much, took everything too seriously. I earnestly...