The Substack Podcast
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Conversations with writers who have earned their independence. Created by Substack—the simplest way for a writer to start a paid newsletter.
||Clean#011 – How Bill Bishop cut a path from the Tiananmen Square Massacre to the inboxes of America's power brokers||Bill Bishop is the author of the Sinocism China newsletter, and our very first publisher on Substack. In this interview, we discuss his secrets to building a great newsletter business and his fascinating career, from running video tape for news stations||10/19/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#010 - How Luke Timmerman created the top paid newsletter in biotech||Luke Timmerman is a veteran biotechnology journalist that decided to launch his own subscription-based publication (The Timmerman Report) because he wanted to create a better incentive structure for himself than advertising allows.||10/12/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#009 – Emma Beals on life as an independent war reporter in the age of ISIS||First as an investigative journalist, and now as an analyst, Emma Beals has been covering the rise of ISIS and the wars in Syria and Iraq since 2012. During that time, reporting on the conflicts has become so dangerous that the nature of war reporting i||9/28/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#008 - Judd Legum wants to save democracy with Popular Information||Judd Legum founded Think Progress nearly 15 years ago and grew it into a publication read by tens of millions of people. But earlier this summer, he decided to step down from his role as Editor-in-Chief, where he oversaw 40 staffers, so he could start s||9/20/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#007 – Jessica Lessin, founder of The Information, shares how she built a thriving news business against the odds||Jessica Lessin was a star reporter at the Wall Street Journal who had built her reputation covering companies like Google, Apple, and Facebook. It was her dream job. Until one day… she quit.||9/13/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#006 - Mara Wilson, author and former child star, on how to write about your life||Mara Wilson knows good storytelling. As a child, she starred in Matilda, Mrs. Doubtfire, and Miracle on 34th St. Today she writes about what it was like to grow up as a child star, decide to leave acting, and figure out what she wanted to do with life.||9/6/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#005 - Walt Hickey of Numlock (previously FiveThirtyEight) on why you should write every day, deliver via email, and charge readers directly.||It’s hard to get 20,000 people to sign up for your email list, but Walt Hickey has done it with his daily newsletter Numlock, which tells the news by numbers. When I asked him how, he kept coming back to three big ideas: write every day, deliver via e||8/30/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#004 – Rolling Stone’s Matt Taibbi discusses the state of the media, his serial Substack novel, and the furor that almost brought him down||--||8/23/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#003 - Nick Quah tells the story of Hot Pod, the podcast industry's biggest newsletter||Will there ever be a "Netflix for Podcasts?" How is the podcast advertising business evolving? And how do you build a focused newsletter into a full-time job, while staying sane? This week's episode of The Substack Podcast answers these questions and mo||8/16/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#002 - How Ann Friedman built a career as an independent journalist||Ann Friedman has crafted a journalism career on her own terms, combining freelance writing for major national outlets with a weekly newsletter and Call Your Girlfriend, a podcast she co-hosts with Aminatou Sow.||8/9/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#001 - How Tim Urban grew "Wait But Why" to over 30 million readers||Tim Urban explains how he grew Wait But Why into one of the most popular blogs on the internet.||8/2/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#000 - Introduction (start here)||A preview of what's to come.||7/28/2018||Free||View in iTunes|