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A radio show about people who make radio, hosted by Mooj Zadie and Mickey Capper.

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7: Zoe Chace

Zoe Chace is a reporter for NPR’s Planet Money."A lot of times people don't pay enough attention to their voicing at all. They don't realize that their story doesn't exist, unless people are grabbed by their voice. The story literally — like practically literally — is not happening. People are just missing it, so I always thought voicing is key, it's central. You have to grab people. And I had a real approach where I was almost trying to scream out of the radio, 'Listen now!' And, 'Listen now!' And, 'Listen now!'"


17 Jun 2014

Rank #1

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33: Sruthi Pinnamaneni

Sruthi Pinnamaneni is a producer at Reply All. “It’s almost like me and the other person were learning about each other. And I don’t ever think about it like oh this is what makes this person weird or this is a weird moment. It’s just like moments where a thing feels real. You hear somebody tell you something and you feel like they’re telling it for the first time, and you just can’t get that quickly. It just takes time.”


21 Jun 2016

Rank #2

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19: Lulu Miller

Lulu Miller, a former producer at Radiolab, is the co-host of NPR's Invisibilia."I think there's this thing that goes hand in hand with journalism, or with radio, which is that professionally, you're an amateur, so you have to ask, and with not knowing, there's always discovery."


2 Apr 2015

Rank #3

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34: Mike Pesca

Mike Pesca is the host of Slate's The Gist. "There was a time when the most intelligent guy in your town was just the guy who knew the most — he knew the family genealogy, he knew facts. We've gotten away from that. The facts are there on a computer. So I think the definition of intelligence has a lot to do with synoptical connections — the ability to make connections, the ability to make analogies. So I have these conceptual scopes — I find a way to tie seemingly disparate things together. This is how my mind naturally thinks, but this is also — since I have this show I know that I have to turn out content for it — this is how I've conditioned my mind to think."


27 Jun 2016

Rank #4

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4: Sean Cole

Sean Cole, a producer at This American Life, has also reported for Radiolab, Marketplace, and 99% Invisible."Journalism is a translation of madness, and poetry is a transcription of madness."


5 May 2014

Rank #5

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29: Tim Howard

Tim Howard is the senior producer of Reply All. "You can do radio stories without stakes they just have to be really fun."


26 Jan 2016

Rank #6

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12: Stephanie Foo

Stephanie Foo, a former producer at Snap Judgment, is a producer at This American Life."I think everybody has a story that is worth telling, but I think most people don't know what their best story is. At all. They'll think that it's their most life or death moment or that it's the moment that they feel changed them the most, but sometimes it's the most surprising little moments that really touch people. And I don't even know necessarily what those moments are in my life."


11 Sep 2014

Rank #7

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41: Ira Glass

Ira Glass is the host and executive producer of This American Life. “It’s not an accident I made a radio show where I am having intimate conversations with people on tape. ... Like the only person who would go to the trouble to invent something like that is somebody who has difficulty with intimacy, you know what I mean? And I think that I totally was inventing a thing to do in conversations with people on tape that I was having so much trouble doing in real life.”


3 Oct 2018

Rank #8

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28: Jacob Goldstein

Jacob Goldstein is a reporter for NPR's Planet Money."I've never been that interested in the classic investigative story — here's this victim and here's this villain, and implicitly, I, the reporter, am the hero. ... They were never the kind of stories I wanted to read, they were never the kind of stories I wanted to write. I like profiles of weirdos and stories about systems."


9 Dec 2015

Rank #9

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21: Scott Carrier

Scott Carrier is an independent producer and the host of Home of the Brave."It's what makes us human, is our storytelling ability. Animals can't do that. They can communicate. They can talk to each other. They understand, they know what's going on, and they can play. They have rules. They can make the rules, and change the rules, and break the rules, but it's always present tense for animals. But we can talk about the past, we can talk about the future, and that's what makes us so different, besides just our shape."


29 Apr 2015

Rank #10

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25: Kaitlin Prest

Note: This episode is explicit.Kaitlin Prest is the host and creative director of The Heart."My whole thing about making stuff is I want it to *feel* like the thing. If you're making a show about love, I want to feel like I'm falling in love when I listen to the show."


9 Jul 2015

Rank #11

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22: Nate DiMeo

Nate DiMeo is the host of The Memory Palace."I struggled a lot when I first got into journalism because I knew every Q&A I edited ... something would get cut. And that the person interviewed would not be entirely represented the way they wanted to be. ... So the best way to honor that person and to get at the heart of it was by writing really well. If their literal voice didn't carry and didn't get enough airtime the spirit of what they were saying was effectively and pointedly articulated by me as a writer."


5 May 2015

Rank #12

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3: Stan Alcorn

Stan Alcorn, a freelance multimedia journalist, is a contributor to WNYC and NPR.“I love stories but I’m very interested in how they pertain to some larger truth that you’re not going to know without quantifying it.”


23 Apr 2014

Rank #13

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15: Lynn Levy

Lynn Levy is a producer at Radiolab."Sometimes if you’re interviewing an author they’ve already worked out the best way to tell the story. They’ve been through all the options in their head, they figured out what to omit and what to get rid of. And often times, even though they’re not reading from the book, they’ll literally be saying the words that they wrote down. Like you’ll hear phrases from the book in what they’re telling you. … And it can be really seductive when you’re interviewing these people because they’re giving it to you. You’re just like, well this is going to be very easy to edit. Thank you. The thing is when you actually do go to edit it it doesn’t have anything. It doesn’t have any tension, it doesn’t have any pathos, it doesn’t have any like… um… It doesn’t have any um! It doesn’t have any moments where you can hear somebody working things through. And I think one of the things that radio producers kind of know is that it’s a better story if something happens. You want to go out in the field and something is going to happen and you are going to record it and that’s going to make a better story. But that’s even true about interviews. You want something to happen in the person who’s talking while you’re talking to them. You want them to figure something out or work something through or confront something, if possible. … They think they know how the story goes and you have to convince them otherwise."


4 Dec 2014

Rank #14

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13: Michael May

Michael May, a Third Coast Gold Award winner, is a freelance radio and print journalist. He teaches radio documentary at the Salt Institute."I'm not interested in doing stories where I just label somebody some clinical label — a misogynist, sociopath. It's so easy to dismiss people, it's much more difficult to understand them."


29 Sep 2014

Rank #15

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5: Eric Mennel

Eric Mennel is a producer for WUNC and Criminal."People pooh-pooh the idea of logging like it’s the worst thing in the world. Some of the best techniques I’ve learned, in terms of interviewing, was from logging good interviewer's tape. ... Listening to Alex Kotlowitz conduct an interview was like it’s own class on how to make radio."


19 May 2014

Rank #16

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20: Dana Chivvis

Dana Chivvis is a producer at Serial."I thought it was important to be really devoted to your medium. ... I thought I have to love video. And what I realized is that it didn't matter to me what medium I was working in. It mattered what story I was telling, and how I was telling it, and who I was telling it with."


17 Apr 2015

Rank #17

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31: Emily Botein

Emily Botein is the Vice President for On-Demand Content of WNYC."I feel like as a producer, the whole goal is to have someone become more human, reveal something more personal, say something surprising. So it's your job to make an unrealistically good situation — everything has to be perfect for the host, you want the host to be super comfortable, whatever the host likes. And stupid things, from like what they want to drink, to how they want the mic positioned, to where they want to sit, to anything. It's like you want to make a heightened version of life because you're trying to create a moment. You're not just trying to go gather a story. Something is supposed to happen on the tape. So you need to do everything possible to think about what can happen, and how can you try to trigger it."


14 Apr 2016

Rank #18

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23: David Weinberg

David Weinberg, a former Marketplace producer, is part of KCRW's Independent Producer Project and the creator of Random Tape."I felt so trapped before I found and decided that radio is what I wanted to do. I placed a lot on this as being the thing that was going to save me. And so there was this huge amount of fear that like if I don't do it well then I have nothing. ... And so recording my life all the time was a way to be like, 'Oh, I'm not a bum bumming around with no plan. I have a plan. I'm working on it.' And the longer you do that, the longer you put off actually making something for the first time, the harder it gets. And I was just stuck in that period for many years. ... When I look back at it now, I'm like, 'You idiot. Why were you wasting all this time when you could've been getting better at making stories?' But I was so afraid to do things out in the open."


19 May 2015

Rank #19

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16: Hillary Frank

Hillary Frank is the host and creator of The Longest Shortest Time."I hate small talk, and it makes me very uncomfortable. I don't know how to do it well. I want to have a real conversation with a person."


30 Dec 2014

Rank #20