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Watch ‘Serial’ and the Podcast Explosion

David Carr visits J+D to host a panel with podcasting gurus Sarah Koenig, Alex Blumberg, Benjamen Walker and Alix Spiegel

Journalism + Design held its first public program on Thursday evening, with David Carr of the New York Times moderating a shrewd and insightful conversation on the recent boom in podcasting.

The panel was packed with some of the biggest names in the industry: “Serial” host and executive producer Sarah Koenig; former “This American Life” producer and “Planet Money” founder Alex Blumberg, now the CEO of Gimlet Media and creator of the podcast “StartUp;” Benjamen Walker, host of the podcast “Theory of Everything” and one of the founding members of Radiotopia; and Alix Spiegel, another former “This American Life” producer and now one of the hosts and creators of NPR’s “Invisibilia.”

The group discussed the business behind podcasting — “do you guys think [it’s] the best thing to ever happen to public radio, or the worst?” questioned Carr — as well as the intimacy of the medium and its ability to capture emotion in a way that text often cannot  Interspersing dry humor with some tough questions, Carr pushed the panelists to pick apart the “secret sauce” that makes for a good podcast and asked whether Ira Glass — who Koenig, Blumberg, and Spiegel have all worked for —is in fact the Dark Overlord. (Spoiler alert: yes, he is.)

Watch the full video here:



More about “Serial” and the Podcast Explosion from around the web:

On ‘Serial’ and the Podcasting Phenomenon (Newsweek)

Sarah Koenig Is Not About to Crowd-Source Her Stories on Reddit (Vulture)

‘Serial’ Podcast Host Sarah Koenig Found Out About Reddit and It’s Freaking Her Out  (Bustle)

Serial Host Sarah Koenig Has Mixed Feelings on Reddit (TIME)

Serial & the Podcast Explosion (Storify)