Ever since I’ve written posts here on Open Culture, I’ve hosted and produced Notebook on Cities and Culture, a podcast dedicated to in-depth, long-form interviews with cultural creators, internationalists, and observers of the urban scene.[...]
Now that virtually everyone in the Western Hemisphere has the means to make and disseminate a podcast, are there any tips to guarantee success?
Jad Abumrad, a host of the enormously popular, curiosity-based podcast, Radiolab, strives for every show to sound like “two guys talking in a surrealistic multi-dimensional space.
With 1994’s Clerks, Kevin Smith opened up the floodgates for independently produced, micro-budget, dialogue-intensive, cursing-intensive movies by, for, and about a certain stripe of feckless Generation-X twentysomething.[...]
Jamaica Kincaid is out with her first novel in ten years, See Now Then, but she hasn’t been idle, steadily publishing non-fiction and essays in the span between 2002’s Mr. Potter and now. Kincaid is a many-faceted woman: Antiguan native, contented Vermont gardener, improbable literary success story, fierce critic of European colonialism.[...]
Forward-thinking historians almost come close to forward-thinking comedians in terms of their enthusiasm for podcasting. Perhaps it stands to reason, since excellence at either pursuit, different as they may seem, demands no small degree of memory and articulateness.[...]
Your presence here indicates that you have an interest in culture. But what, exactly is culture? I’ve long addressed that perhaps too-broad question with a simple working definition: if Melvyn Bragg broadcasts about it, it’s probably culture.[...]
Thanks to his frequent appearances on radio’s This American Life, David Sedaris possesses one of the most recognizable author voices in the world. Simultaneously light and insinuating, it has come to seem as much a part of his oeuvre as the Santaland Diaries and his anecdotes about his parents, siblings and boyfriend.[...]
The Moth, a New York City-based storytelling organization, is a rare creature indeed.[...]
I spend a great deal of time visiting unfamiliar cities, spending days walking, cycling, or riding trains and buses through them. Sometimes the people of these cities speak languages I know; sometimes they speak languages I don’t.[...]