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Sampler brings you the best moments from the world of podcasts. We'll feature bite size tastes from a variety of shows plus we'll talk with podcasters to find out why they do what they do. Sampler is hosted by Brittany Luse and a different special guest each week.
||ExplicitGimlet Presents: Uncivil||Uncivil, Gimlet’s new history podcast, takes you back to a time when America was so divided that it split in two.||10/9/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitPremiere Episode of The Nod!||It's finally here! Listen to the first episode of The Nod, Brittany's new show from Gimlet Media co-hosted with her best friend Eric Eddings. And when you are done listening, you can find out more about the show and subscribe here.||7/17/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitIntroducing Mogul||Brittany is back with another recommendation: Mogul: The Life and Death of Chris Lighty. It’s the story of the birth of hip-hop and a hip-hop legend, but it’s also about the darker side of the industry. It’s the story of how a kid from the Bronx, managed to rise so high. And how, when he got there, everything went so wrong. Hear the entire Mogul series here.||7/11/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitIntroducing The Pitch||Listen as real entrepreneurs pitch to real investors--for real money.||7/7/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitIntroducing The Nod!||A sneak peak of Brittany's new show from Gimlet Media.||6/22/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit#31 True Crime||"True Crime" is one of the few podcasts that Brittany can't stomach, but it's also one of the most talked about genres in podcasting.||10/17/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit#30 'Ladies of Flavor'||Aminatou Sow, co-host of the Call Your Girlfriend podcast, joins Brittany to talk about cultural expectations of women.||10/3/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit#29 'Cheat Codes'||Brittany shares one of her all-time favorite podcasts.||9/26/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit#28 'Cinderella With Micro Braids'||Fall's arrival has Brittany thinking about the new slate of TV shows, the start of the film/TV awards season and the state of representation in the media.||9/19/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit#27 'This Feels Terrible'||Two comedians, each with their own popular podcast, fall in love. And while recording their shows, they inadvertently capture the many ups and downs of their relationship.||9/12/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#26 Childish Podcasting||Brittany listens to an up-and-coming podcaster with an inspiring approach to hosting. And her boss tries to convince her that podcasts can be a part-time babysitter.||8/29/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit#25 'Paul F. Tompkins, The Mayor of Podcastland'||Comedian and actor Paul F. Tompkins joins Brittany to discuss his prolific podcasting career. Also, Paul explains why he loves playing characters and hates "lazy comedy."||8/22/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit#24 'The Games We Play'||Gimlet producer Matthew Nelson guides Brittany through the world of sports fandoms, team loyalties and athlete rants.||8/8/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit#23 'A Binder Full Of Men'||As the election season heats up, Gimlet editor Annie-Rose Strasser highlights podcasts that help us understand the grueling, complex world of campaigning. Plus, Brittany gets the details on a politician’s “binder full of men.”||8/1/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit#22 'I’m An Obliger'||The sister duo of Happier Podcast visit the office to talk good habits, self-knowledge and balance. Also, the sisters listen to stories of people struggling to find happiness and dole out some helpful advice.||7/25/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit#21 'Straight Outta Melbourne'||Wendy Zukerman, host of the new Gimlet show Science Vs, introduces Brittany to some of her favorite Aussie podcasts.||7/18/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit#20 'Science O'Clock'||Brittany travels to NPR to meet the women behind the hit science podcast Invisibilia and learn more about their latest season. Things quickly get emotional... and a little musical.||6/27/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit#19 'Belinda Blinked'||Brittany bravely leads us into the raunchy, bizarre world of "My Dad Wrote A Porno," which is exactly as it sounds: Jamie Morton reads his father's amateur erotic novel.||6/20/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit#18 'Tickle Me'||We asked listeners to recommend funny podcast moments, and boy, did they come through! Our senior producer Sarah plays some of the best suggestions for Brittany.||6/13/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit#17 'Kale-flavored Cheez-Its'||Brittany dives deep into the art of storytelling and interviewing with Max Linsky, co-host of the Longform podcast.||6/6/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit#16 'Yikes!'||Brittany plays some surprising clips for the people who got her into podcasting: the hilarious Kid Fury and Crissle, hosts of The Read.||5/23/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit#15 ‘Mother Podcast’||Sarah Koenig, host & co-creator of Serial, tells Brittany about her love of improv, why she can't watch crime shows anymore, and how the podcasting world has boomed in the wake of Serial.||5/16/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit#14 'All The Ways To Say Lemonade'||Using a baseball bat, mix celebrity gossip, poetry, powerful women, and then stir in rumors of infidelity. Brittany and NPR Music's Kiana Fitzgerald break down the ingredients of Lemonade, Beyonce's latest visual album.||5/9/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit#13 'Hit Me With Your Best Shot'||Brittany evangelizes her best friend to listen to podcasts, and then talks biological clocks & accidental pregnancies with podcast producer Joanna Solotaroff.||5/2/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit#12 'Three Ways to Fillet A Fish'||Food writer Francis Lam and Brittany dig in to what makes high cuisine and the rise of cooking culture.||4/18/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit#11 'My Stomach Was In My Butt'||This week, it's all about the scary, suspenseful stuff.||4/11/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit#10 'Raising My Eyebrows'||This week, Anna Sale talks Death, Sex, and Money with Brittany.||4/4/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit#9 'Crimble Bramble'||This week, special guests from ReplyAll hosts Alex Goldman and PJ Vogt play Brittany some funnies - all clips from comedy shows.||3/28/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#8 'Happiest Place on Earth'||This week, Sampler dives into a Disneyland podcast, and found a love story behind it||3/14/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit#7 'Relationship Goals'||Brittany covers love, sex, and everything in between||3/7/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit#6 'We Slay'||Brittany covers southern idioms, Beyonce, and Trump with Another Round hosts, Heben Nigatu and Tracy Clayton||2/29/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit#5 'I Don't Sweat'||Alex Blumberg plays a special podcast playlist for Brittany.||2/22/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit#4 'My Thorn and My Muse'||Host Brittany Luse plays a special playlist for podcast lover Molly Ringwald||2/15/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit#3 'Tiny Bank Teller'||This week, a look back at the Central Park 5, one woman's complicated relationship with sex, and a couple's journey through darkness.||2/1/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit#2 'Denzelishness'||“Q: Why Denzel? A: I mean that's a weird question, it’s like, ‘Why the sun?’”||1/25/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit#1 'Magic and Tonic'||This week, dead authors come back to life. Plus, the rules for putting people to sleep.||1/20/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitSampler Trailer||A sneak peek of what you can expect to hear on the first season of Sampler. From Gimlet.||12/17/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
Disappointed. Not the quality I am used to from Gimlet. Good idea, poorly executed.
Show don't tell
It was nice to hear about cool new podcasts. That is, until I realized that the host and guest host would be pausing them every thirty seconds to explain why what was just said on those podcasts was funny and good. There's no more effective way to kill something funny than to explain why it's funny.
It doesn't help that Brittany very much plays the nerdy pop-culture podcast host, with all of the boilerplate humor and grating expressions that go along with that. She and her co-host had TERRIBLE chemistry on the first episode. I could not WAIT for them not to be in the same room together.
There was also this weird lack of investment? Like Brittany didn't even try to use the sleep-aid podcast they were talking about to try and fall asleep. Pretty lame!
Don't get me wrong though. The podcasts they chose to highlight were dope! Glad to know about them for sure.
Also, most of the people who reviewed this so far did so before the first episode came out.
Great idea, but...
I was excited when I first heard about this show. The concept is just what podcast lovers need as we try to navigate the largely uncharted waters of the podcast world.
The show does not live up to the production value I expect from Gimlet. The first episode feels like a morning disc jockey show one could find on a local pop station. The banter is a little too off the cuff and not particularly fun or funny.