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Podcast: KHN’s ‘What The Health?’ A Detour On A Smoking Off-Ramp

The Food and Drug Administration declared Wednesday that vaping among teenagers has reached “an epidemic proportion.” The agency told five major e-cigarette manufacturers that they had 60 days to find ways to keep their products away from minors.

“I use the word epidemic with great care,” FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb said in a Wednesday news release. “E-cigs have become an almost ubiquitous — and dangerous — trend among teens.” Yet, as the panel discusses, health advocates warned that the actions may not be strong enough.

This week’s panelists are Sarah Jane Tribble of Kaiser Health News, Stephanie Armour of The Wall Street Journal, Kimberly Leonard of the Washington Examiner and Rebecca Adams of CQ Roll Call.

They also look at Arkansas’ announcement that more than 4,000 Medicaid enrollees will be suspended for not meeting new work requirements, the Census Bureau’s announcement that the nation’s uninsured rate was unchanged last year, legislation under consideration on Capitol Hill that will affect the Affordable Care Act and efforts to stem the opioid epidemic.

Among the takeaways from this week’s podcast:

  • The FDA’s announcement on e-cigarettes appears to be a turning point on officials’ views of how to handle the issue. It was spurred by reports of dramatic growth in teen vaping. Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) recently reported that teen use has increased by 75 percent in the past year.
  • The e-cigarette industry is largely unregulated. Many brands offer a variety of sweet flavors, even though makers of traditional cigarettes are prohibited from doing that.
  • Arkansas’ move to cut adults from the Medicaid expansion program the state rolled out under the ACA is likely to be challenged in court.
  • The Trump administration has been a strong supporter of work requirements in the Medicaid program and Seema Verma, who heads the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, tweeted Wednesday night after the Arkansas announcement that she was excited about the work Arkansas has done to connect beneficiaries to jobs and education.
  • The Census Bureau’s report Wednesday is the first time since the implementation of ACA coverage expansions that the national uninsured rate did not fall.
  • The Republican-led House is expected to vote soon on a package of bills that will remove or postpone more taxes in the ACA, including the penalty for employers who do not offer coverage for workers and a tax on tanning salons. It is doubtful, however, that the measure will get through the Senate this year.

Plus, for extra credit, the panelists recommend their favorite health stories of the week they think you should read, too:

Sarah Jane Tribble: Bloomberg News’ “The Secret Drug Pricing System Middlemen Use to Rake in Millions,” by Robert Langreth, David Ingold and Jackie Gu

Kimberly Leonard: Harper’s Magazine’s “Can Hospitals Learn to Better Treat Deaf Patients?” by Katie Booth

Rebecca Adams: The New York Times and ProPublica’s “Top Cancer Researcher Fails to Disclose Corporate Financial Ties in Major Research Journals,” by Charles Ornstein and Katie Thomas

Stephanie Armour: The Financial Times’ “Opioid Billionaire Granted Patent for Addiction Treatment,” by David Crow

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Podcast: KHN’s ‘What The Health?’ Health Policy Goes To Court

A federal judge in Texas seemed sympathetic to the argument by GOP state officials that the Affordable Care Act soon will no longer be constitutional, since Congress eliminated the penalty for not having insurance. The case was filed by 18 state attorneys general and two governors.

Sixteen Democratic attorneys general are defending the health law because the plaintiff in the case — the Trump administration — agrees in part with the Republican officials. The administration argues that while the elimination of the tax penalty might not render the entire law moot, it should result in striking down the part of the law that protects people with preexisting conditions.

The case could eventually wind up at the Supreme Court, a fact not lost on Senate Democrats questioning nominee Brett Kavanaugh at his confirmation hearings this week.  Kavanaugh was also grilled on how he might vote on such an ACA case and on his stance on abortion — but he revealed little. If he wins confirmation, he may have a number of abortion-related cases to consider before long.

Among the takeaways from this week’s podcast:

  • The case being argued in federal court in Texas is putting pressure on GOP candidates in the midterm elections because Democrats are arguing that Republicans’ arguments will destroy the ACA’s protections for people with preexisting conditions.
  • Ten Republican senators say a bill they are pushing will help people with preexisting health problems if the federal court in Texas strikes down the ACA. But while the bill requires insurers to sell coverage to these people, it does not require the companies to cover treatment for those medical conditions.
  • A bill sent to California Gov. Jerry Brown would require state colleges to stock drugs for medical abortions at their health centers to make them more accessible to students. The effort points up how even after these drugs became available, their use has been widely curtailed by abortion opponents.
  • The Trump administration finally made grant awards to family planning groups that provide services under the federal family planning program. But the grants were for only seven months rather than the usual three years. Some reproductive health advocates argue that short time frame was designed to give the administration time to finalize regulations aimed at evicting Planned Parenthood from the program.

Rovner also interviews Chad Terhune, who wrote the latest “Bill of the Month” feature for Kaiser Health News and NPR. It’s about a Texas high school teacher with very good insurance who still got a six-figure hospital bill after treatment for a heart attack. You can read the story here.

If you have a medical bill you would like NPR and KHN to investigate, you can submit it here.

Plus, for “extra credit,” the panelists recommend their favorite health stories of the week they think you should read, too:

Julie Rovner: The New York Times’ “The Last Company You Would Expect Is Reinventing Health Benefits,” by Reed Abelson

Margot Sanger-Katz: MedPage Today’s “’Death Certificate Project’ Terrifies California Doctors,” by Cheryl Clark

And: The New York Times’ “How a Supreme Court Shaped by Trump Could Restrict Access to Abortion,” by Adam Liptak

Alice Ollstein: Health Affairs’ “Medicaid Recipients’ Early Experience With the Arkansas Medicaid Work Requirement,” by Jessica Greene

Mary Agnes Carey: Kaiser Health News’ “Giuliani’s Consulting Firm Helped Halt Purdue Opioid Investigation In Florida,” by Fred Schulte

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Model and Weinstein accuser Ambra Battilana Gutierrez is using her new podcast to make sure #MeToo doesn’t go #TooFar

The Victoria’s Secret model who first spoke out against Harvey Weinstein wants to make sure that #MeToo doesn’t go #TooFar.

“Some people use #MeToo in the wrong way,” according to 26-year-old catwalker and activist Ambra Battilana Gutierrez. “I feel that #MeToo is for the collective benefit. Somebody…

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Podcast: KHN’s ‘What The Health?’ Ask Us Anything!

This week, KHN’s “What the Health?” panelists answered questions submitted by listeners.

Among the topics covered were the origins of coverage in Medicare and Medicaid, telehealth, wellness plans and why doctors get paid the way they do.

This week’s panelists are Julie Rovner of Kaiser Health News, Anna Edney of Bloomberg News, Margot Sanger-Katz of The New York Times and Joanne Kenen of Politico. Kaiser Health News will post a transcript of the podcast later.

Plus, for “extra credit,” the panelists recommend their favorite health stories of the week they think you should read, too:

Julie Rovner: The New York Times’ “Scotland to Provide Free Sanitary Products to Students,” by Ceylan Yeginsu

Joanne Kenen: The Virginian-Pilot’s “Horrific Deaths, Brutal Treatment: Mental Illness in America’s Jails,” by Gary A. Harki

Margot Sanger-Katz: The New York Times’ “Study Causes Splash But Here’s Why You Should Stay Calm on Alcohol’s Risks,” by Aaron Carroll

Anna Edney: Vox.com’s “Republicans Claimed Medicaid Made the Opioid Epidemic Worse. A New Study Proves Them Wrong,” by German Lopez

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Podcast: KHN’s ‘What The Health?’ Opioids, EpiPens And Health Funding

The Senate is still working, well into August – something it hasn’t done in years — and it’s debating the funding bill for the Department of Health and Human Services.

There is a back-to-school shortage of EpiPens, needed by people with severe allergies to treat potentially life-threatening reactions, and the Food and Drug Administration is weighing in. And “reinsurance” is back in the picture. The Trump administration has granted permission for New Jersey and Maryland to create such programs aimed at helping bring down premiums in the individual insurance market by helping pay for the most expensive enrollees.

And in weird science: An asthmatic otter sends a signal about the serious public health impact of this summer’s wildfires in the western U.S.

This week’s panelists for KHN’s “What the Health?” are Julie Rovner of Kaiser Health News, Joanne Kenen of Politico, Alice Ollstein of Talking Points Memo and Margot Sanger-Katz of The New York Times.

This is your last chance to send questions for next week’s “ask us anything” episode. You can email us at Whatthehealth@kff.org

Among the takeaways from this week’s podcast:

• One provision of the HHS funding bill that is getting attention is the effort to require drugmakers to add their prices to any advertisements. President Donald Trump is pushing for this, and it could be popular politically. But since consumers pay different prices depending on a variety of factors, including their insurance and the source of drugs, it isn’t clear how impactful such a law would be.

• The announcement this week by federal authorities that an estimated 72,000 people had died of drug overdoses — 49,000 of them as a result of opioids — has spurred interest on Capitol Hill for legislation to help fight the opioid epidemic. Bills that had been expected to move after the election could now see a faster track to voting.

• Consumers are reporting a shortage in EpiPens, the prescription drug and self-injector that can prevent death from a lethal allergy. The FDA has agreed with the EpiPen maker to extend the expiration date to ease the shortage. The FDA also approved a generic version of the EpiPen, but that is unlikely to lower costs anytime soon. Generics often don’t have much impact on pricing until there are several generic options available.

• The announcement by New York University’s medical school that it will provide free tuition to all students sent a shock wave through the academic community. Although it appears to be a great strategy to attract students, it’s unclear whether it will encourage more new doctors to choose primary care rather than higher-paying specialties. Doctors do come out of school with high debt levels, but most studies show that they also have high salaries and pay off those debts within 10 years.

Plus, for “extra credit,” the panelists recommend their favorite health stories of the week they think you should read, too:

Julie Rovner: NPR’s “NYU’s Move To Make Medical School Free For All Gets Mixed Reviews,” by Julie Rovner

Joanne Kenen: Politico’s “Lax State Ethics Rules Leave Health Agencies Vulnerable to Conflicts,” by Brianna Ehley, Sarah Karlin-Smith, Rachana Pradhan and Jennifer Haberkorn

Alice Ollstein: The New York Times’ “Vitamin D, the Sunshine Supplement, Has Shadowy Money Behind It,” by Liz Szabo

Margot Sanger-Katz: The Wall Street Journal’s “What Does Knee Surgery Cost? Few Know, and That’s a Problem,” by Melanie Evans

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BroadwayWorld has teamed up with Broadway alum Ilana Levine, who makes her entrance onto the podcast stage with her new show Little Known Facts. Ilana’s unique brand of celebrity interview, ‘Podcast Verite,’ is unfiltered, raw, honest and uniquely funny.
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Exclusive Podcast: Go ‘Behind the Curtain’ with Tony Winner Debbie Gravitte

The musical theatre goddess that is Debbie Gravitte swings by Shetler Studios to tell Rob and Kevin about her amazing career that got started doing Annie Get Your Gun with Gower Champion all the way up to her filling Eydie Gorme’s shoes in the 50th Anniversary concert of Golden Rainbow In between, there is Perfectly Frank, Zorba, Swing, Jerome Robbins Broadway for which she won the Tony Award, They’re Playing Our Song, and so much more
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Podcast: Kelsey Anderson Reflects on Kevin’s Wimbledon, 2018 Season

On this week’s episode, Kelsey Anderson joins the podcast to discuss her husband Kevin’s run to the Wimbledon final, his recovery and more.

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Podcast: Putting a Bow on Wimbledon 2018 and Looking Ahead to the Summer Hardcourt Season

On this week’s episode, host Jon Wertheim and Jamie Lisanti discuss the top storylines and takeaways from Wimbledon 2018 and look ahead to the summer hardcourt season.

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Yvonne Orji and Luvvie Ajayi Launched a Hilarious New Podcast

A new podcast has graced our presence featuring author Luvvie Ajayi and actress/comedian Yvonne Orji, who both proudly represent their Nigerian culture. According to the logline, the women are discussing everything they love, their life stories, and whatever else comes to mind in a fun and entertaining way.

The name? Jesus and Jollof, two things that the ladies say they can’t do without. “We need Jesus in our life,” says Orji, and “Jollof rice is a necessity,” proclaims Ajayi.  According to their site, alternative options jokingly included, 2 Goat Queens, a play on Jessica Williams and Phoebe Robinson’s 2 Dope Queens.

The first episode is comedically titled, “The Five Nigerian Love Languages,” which highlights the way Nigerians communicate and show affection, but before they get into the details, Ajayi and Orji introduce themselves and explain how they met and became friends, and how the podcast came to fruition.

“We have Elaine Welteroth to thank,” said Orji. “We were at a party. We were at Bozoma Saint John’s house, it was her birthday and she was being a great host, [pouring everyone tea]. Here goes Elaine, ‘Boz do you have Matcha?‘ Me and Luvvie just went full tirade Nigerian on her.”

Sitting with a mix of extreme shock and foresight meets vision, “Elaine was like, you guys are ridiculous! The very next day she had a poll on Instagram and she was like, who thinks Yvonne and Luvvie should do a podcast? I think 3,000 people responded. 97% said yes,” said the hilarious duo.

After explaining their relationship, the ladies go deep into what they call, the Five Nigerian Love Languages, which are nothing like Words of Affirmation, Acts of Service and Receiving Gifts. Without giving it all away, based on the duo’s personalities, you can imagine what these love languages consist of.

To listen in full, check out their new podcast here.

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WOODSTOCK, Ala. — The estate of the man at the center of the popular “S-Town” podcast is suing the show’s creators, saying they exploited details of his private life for financial gain.

Craig Cargile, the executor of John B. McLemore’s estate filed the lawsuit Thursday in Bibb County, Alabama.

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There’s a Finance Podcast for the Ladies Hosted by Angela Yee and More

We can all attest to being in a financial rut at some point in our lives. Well, if you are still there, three amazing ladies have teamed up to create a podcast for you. Turn your attention to Exhibit A: Color Full Lives hosted by, The Breakfast Club’s radio co-host Angela Yee, My Fab Finance’s Tonya Rapley, who has graced our cover and Call Your Girlfriend podcast host, Aminatou Sow. These women are having the very uncomfortable conversations around finance that will hopefully help us all get in formation.

One conversation, of many, took place during this year’s 2018 Essence Festival panel, “Candid Finance Conversation with StateFarm.” The ladies talked very candidly about their own journeys to financial freedom while sharing tips with the audience, helping us all understand why it’s so important to be financially fit.

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L to R: Aminatou Sow, Angela Yee, Tonya Rapley, and Moderator (Image: Instagram)

 

“I wanted to be able to empower myself and empower others through conversations likes these,” said Yee in a recent post from Essence. The radio personality also owns a Brooklyn juice bar and hosts her own podcast, Lip Service. “I used to worry about things like retirement and thinking I had to wait until I had a husband to buy a house. I was able to go ahead and become a homeowner on my own.”

“If money isn’t right then things don’t move. Money gives you that peace of mind and helps you to plan for future generations whether that’s your kids, nieces, nephews, god kids, neighbors, whoever,” Rapley shared with Essence.

The overarching theme for the podcast is to empower listeners with the blueprint for financial well-being and additionally, Rapley shares these tips daily through her platform, My Fab Finance, a personal finance site dedicated to helping millennial women change their money story and as she states, become their own fabulous.

“We’re just three women figuring it out just like you,” added Sow. “We’re wanting to keep ourselves accountable and stay accountable to each other, buy homes, pay off debt, learn how to invest.”

Color Full Lives in now in Season 4 can be heard in full here.

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In this episode My Fair Lady’sCameron Adams grew up in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina and devoted her time to basketball and dance. At 16 years old, she was cast in Susan Stroman’s The Music Man,and basketball become a spectator sport. A self-proclaimed tomboy, Cameron loves to play Broadway dress upand it’s usually in period clothing. Her secret to having worked with all the top Broadway choreographers is that she shows up, works hard and is always authentic. Her favoritepart is the rehearsal process because that’s where she gets to make things. In Lincoln Center Theatre’s My Fair Lady,she was allowed to be seen as an actor within the ensemble and that path she has made.
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World Cup Daily Podcast: Colombia Eliminates Poland With Incredible Attacking Display

Colombia ran rampant on Sunday, scoring three goals and eliminating Poland from the World Cup with a throwback performance and ‘Pibe’ Valderrama and René Higuita in attendance. 

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Roseanne Barr apologizes, breaks down in tears over racist tweet on podcast

Roseanne Barr broke down in tears and spoke of her immense regret over her racist Valerie Jarrett tweet in a podcast hosted by Rabbi Shmuley Boteach.

The comedian phoned into the episode just two days after firing off the offending tweet, but Boteach declined to release the audio until Sunday “out…

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Podcast: Nick Bollettieri on Upcoming Showtime Documentary, Book

On this week’s episode, host Jon Wertheim talks with Nick Bollettieri about the upcoming documentary about his life, the current tennis landscape and more.

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The ‘Broadwaysted’ Podcast Welcomes the Legendary Carolee Carmello

This week we’re preparing ourselves for the biggest weekend of the Broadway season TONY WEEKEND by sitting down with Tony-nominated powerhouse performer Carolee Carmello We’re making Adam Rippon proud by pouring out Oyster Bay Sauvignon Blanc while Carolee spills about her impressive musical theatre career, howParadealmost passed her by REVIVEPARADE, and the water bottle that drove her bonkers inMamma Mia ‘What Have You Seen This Week’ finds us raving aboutKatrina Lenk inThe Band’s Visitand sharing our love for William Finn from the Press Preview ofThe Royal Family of Broadwayat Barrington with FriendsoftheShow Hayley Podschun, Kathy Fitzgerald, and A.J. Shively
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How A Podcast Came To Lead the Mutant Resistance

Photo Illustration by Elizabeth Brockway/The Daily Beast

It seems like the most straightforward and subversive metaphor in superhero comics. A quirk of genetics leads a subsection of humanity to develop superpowers. Those without powers, accustomed to viewing the world as their birthright, hate and fear these mutants – and, more urgently, dehumanize, persecute, and oppress them. The story of this conflict is presented from the perspective of the marginalized. Welcome to the X-Men.

Yet nothing about mutantkind is straightforward. Across 55 years of serialized storytelling, the adventures of the X-Men have twisted time, space and reality into intimidating and often impenetrable mazes.

For example: the X-Men’s general, Scott “Cyclops” Summers, has a son who’s decades older than he is. As a baby, Nathan Summers contracted an illness that required raising him in a distant, dystopian future amongst a cult led by Scott’s daughter from a different alternative future. Nathan returned to the present day as a senior citizen, leading a violent X-faction before raising an adoptive daughter on the run across several alternative futures. (You can see Josh Brolin playing Nathan Summers, better known as Cable, in Deadpool 2.) Currently, the Cable-Cyclops age disparity is wider than ever, since the teenage Cyclops from the earliest X-Men comics has been time-displaced to the present day, while his adult counterpart is dead.  

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Podcast: Glenn Greenwald Discusses Forthcoming Martina Navratilova Documentary

On this week’s episode, host Jon Wertheim talks with Glenn Greenwald about his Martina Navratilova documentary, Tennys Sandgren and more.

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Exclusive Podcast: LITTLE KNOWN FACTS with Ilana Levine- Theatre Critic, Roma Torre

BroadwayWorld has teamed up with Broadway alum Ilana Levine, who makes her entrance onto the podcast stage with her new show Little Known Facts. Ilana’s unique brand of celebrity interview, ‘Podcast Verite,’ is unfiltered, raw, honest and uniquely funny.
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EW’s new podcast Chasing Emmy breaks down TV’s biggest night

EW’s editor-in-chief Henry Goldblatt, editor-at-large Lynette Rice, and TV critic Kristen Baldwin will break down everything you need to know about the Emmy Awards. They’ll debate who should be nominated for TV’s biggest honor and why (spoiler alert: they don’t always agree) and reveal industry secrets like how the nominees are chosen. Listen and subscribe here.

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The ‘Broadwaysted’ Podcast Welcomes Tony Nominee Bryce Pinkham

We are thrilled this week to be joined by talented and amazing Bryce Pinkham On this episode, we’re pouring out some Makers Mark…but Bryce is only drinking a LaCroix because he’s currently doing a No-Alcohol Challenge whatever that is….
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Exclusive Podcast: ‘Behind the Curtain’ Welcomes Three Time Tony Nominee Kevin Chamberlin

In this week’s episode let us all say Solla Sollew because three-time Tony nominee Kevin Chamberlin swings by Shetler Studios to look back on a varied career that includes the Broadway productions of My Favorite Year, Seussical, Dirty Blonde, The Addams Family, Triumph of Love, Disaster, and the hit Disney television show Jessie.
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Podcast: Philadelphia Eagles Kicker and Tennis Player Jake Elliott

On this week’s episode, host Jon Wertheim talks with two guests, tennis player and Philadelphia Eagles kicker Jake Elliott and Andrea Leand on Fed Cup and Serena Williams. 

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While 2017 was filled with so many theatrical highs Ben Platt, THE BAND’S VISIT, SPONGEBOB, Bette Midler, etc, it was also a time to say good bye to some of the industry’s most beloved artists whose work made the theatre, and our world, a better place. Rob and Kevin sit down with Broadway Royalty, Lee Roy Reams, and reflect on the passing of such legends as Barbara Cook, Mary Tyler Moore, Gemze de Lappe, Thomas Meehan, Liz Smith, Robert Guillame, and so many others.
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In this episode James Walsh is a jack of all trades, who masters them all. His newest endeavors include director with ‘As Much as I Can,’ a theatrical event focusing on HIV infection in the African American community, and as playwright with an original new play beginning previews this weekend at Queens Theatre in the Park. ‘Jimmy And Carolyn’ is a hysterical, true-to-life world premiere which opens officially September 22nd. Jimmy and wife Carolyn drive from Florida to idyllic Weekapaug, Rhode Island to celebrate Jimmy’s birthday at the fancy beach house of their gay son and his life partner from Costa Rica. Once the pepperoni loaf has been devoured, the Italian cookies eaten, the cigarettes smoked, and the Pinot Grigio drunk, amid the laughter, dark truths are exposed as the family struggles to make sense of their irreconcilable memories of the past, and the choices they face as they move forward. In this episode James discusses taking control of ones own career, being impervious to negativity, and the importance of finding the keyhole into the center of your performance. httpqueenstheatre.orgjimmy-and-carolyn
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Former NBA Publicist Starts Podcast for Women Looking to Make Career Transitions

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“Have you noticed that we are no longer living in a world where ambitious people settle for a life of meeting expectations imposed by society,” asked Ahyiana Angel, host of the Switch Pivot or Quit podcast? “The attitude of generations past is gone, if we want it, we go out and get it.”

Black Enterprise linked up with Angel to talk about her career transition, her new book, why she thinks it’s so important to take the leap of faith, and how, through her podcast, she is documenting other women who are doing the same.

Ahyiana Angel (Image: Switch, Pivot or Quit) Ahyiana Angel (Image: Switch, Pivot or Quit)

 

Why did you leave your first profession as an entertainment publicist?

I quit my life as a sports entertainment publicist with one of the premier sports leagues, the NBA, and ultimately became the host of the Switch, Pivot or Quit podcast because I was fed up with not feeling fulfilled; like I wasn’t living my purpose. The Switch, Pivot or Quit podcast is the No. 1 podcast for women’s empowerment in the San Francisco Bay Area.

At the NBA I had a front row seat to all things spectacular in entertainment; I managed everything from red carpets at the NBA All-Star Games to exclusive shoots with Jimmy Kimmel Live during the playoffs. But somewhere in between, I started to wonder, “What’s next?”

 

What happened after you quit?

After eventually quitting, I was determined to get my first manuscript published. With no prior publishing experience, I bet on myself and won. Within four months I had a deal in hand with Simon & Schuster to publish my debut novel. After making a split decision, I drug all of my belongings down to the stoop of my third-floor walk-up building in Harlem and set them outside for what I called a stoop sale. Liquidating all of my mediocre assets helped to supplement the money that I needed to buy a one-way ticket to London. Exactly 11 months later my first novel was released nationwide and I’d had the experience of a lifetime living in hostels, rooming with complete strangers in shady council housing flats, getting lost among the canals of Venice, and trying to avoid capture by the Royal Palace guards in Morocco. That was the start of my journey to a drastically different life, my own Switch, Pivot or Quit!

Leaving my old life behind opened up a world of opportunity and I wanted to let other women know that they could do it too! They could get real with themselves about what they truly wanted, work hard, and achieve it.

I created the Switch, Pivot or Quit podcast after realizing a need for sharing the stories and having the conversations that will help women who need that “lifestyle plot twist” to feel encouraged knowing that they’re not alone. I envisioned a space that could encompass everything that I would have wanted to know or needed to know when deciding what was next for my life: Switch, Pivot or Quit!

Switch, Pivot or Quit Podcast (Image: Ahyiana Angel)Switch, Pivot or Quit Podcast (Image: Ahyiana Angel)[/caption
 

Where did you find the courage to up and leave all that you had going on? 

It was a combination of two things: having started the process of learning and understanding myself as well as consulting with my parents. I had already been doing plenty of personal development work to determine what I truly wanted out of life and what would make me feel fulfilled. It was a process of digging deep, answering questions I’d never answered before, identifying my values, and getting real with myself; accountable.

After I’d identified what I wanted my next steps in my life/career to be, I went to my parents and ran it by them, they were overwhelmingly supportive. They had a tremendous amount of confidence in me, and when I think back it is probably because I had just as much confidence in myself. Once I knew that they were not in opposition to me changing careers and making a risky move, it just lifted a weight and gave me the extra boost that I needed to move relatively fearless.

Preseason Love (Image: Ahyiana Angel)

Preseason Love (Image: Ahyiana Angel)

 

What is the name of your novel and what is it about? 

My debut novel is titled, Preseason Love. It is about an emotionally conflicted sports publicist who does not know how to receive her boyfriend being good to her because she has been jaded by her past so she embarks on a secret affair with a professional athlete.

 

When does your podcast air and where can people check it out? 

The Switch, Pivot or Quit podcast publishes new episodes weekly with the fan favorite series, “7 Minute Sunday” quickly becoming a standout as it aims to provide inspiration and encouragement for the dreaded Sunday Blues. People can listen to the SPQ podcast on iTunes and SoundCloud.

 

Check out our episode here as I speak about the time that I took the Switch, Pivot or Quit leap.

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Julie Rovner: The Nation’s “Medicare-for-All Isn’t the Solution for Universal Health Care,” by Joshua Holland.

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Sarah Kliff: The Washington Post’s  “Trump administration won’t answer questions about Obamacare enrollment,” by Paige Winfield Cunningham.

Margot Sanger-Katz: Health Affairs’ “Americans Support Price Shopping For Health Care, But Few Actually Seek Out Price Information,” by Ateev Mehrotra and others; and “Offering A Price Transparency Tool Did Not Reduce Overall Spending Among California Public Employees and Retirees,” by Sunita Desai and others.

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5 Methods to Monetize Your Podcast

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Within the last 10 years, podcasting has evolved into a wildly popular platform for audio content and storytelling that gives listeners the ability to listen to a variety of topics on demand. In fact, 112 million Americans have listened to a podcast in 2017, while 67 million listen to podcasts on a monthly basis. There are also thousands of podcasts to choose from, whether you’re interested in sports, foreign affairs, celebrity gossip, or cats.

In addition to growing in popularity, podcasting has also developed into a lucrative industry that is projected to earn $ 220 million in 2017. That’s an 85% increase compared to last year. However, monetizing a personal podcast is not always easy. On one hand, some podcasters have successfully mastered the art of monetization, like reality TV podcaster Rob Cesternino, whose podcast rakes in almost $ 7,000 per month. On the other hand, many podcasters produce consistent, high-quality episodes while paying for recording equipment or studio fees without earning enough money to cover their out-of-pocket expenses.

Nevertheless, it’s possible to monetize an individual podcast. It just takes a lot of hustle.

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  1. Crowdsourcing

 

Once you gain a loyal fan base, you can solicit donations from your listeners, which gives podcasters the opportunity to release their product for free while generating an income from listeners who find value in your podcast. Kickstarter and GoFundMe are great crowdfunding websites that will allow you to launch a campaign aimed at raising a certain amount of money. Patreon, however, is a website that allows fans to make a pledge to contribute to your podcast on an ongoing basis. In return, Patreon takes a 5% cut from your earnings.

 

 

  1. Events

 

Hosting an event or a series of events is a great way to earn money and connect with your listeners face-to-face. Consider hosting a meet-and-greet, live taping, or panel discussion that requires a cover charge.

 

 

  1. Merchandising

 

Another way to make money from your podcast is by selling customized T-shirts, mugs, or other merchandise with your podcast logo.

 

  1. Sponsorship

 

Another popular form of earning money from a podcast is through traditional sponsorship. Even if you don’t generate an average of 100,000 downloads per episode, you can still negotiate to promote local businesses in your area in exchange for a fee. It’s also a good idea to reach out to companies that are advertising with other podcasters since you know that they are open to the idea of doing business with a podcast.

You can also opt for “affiliate sponsorships” or “referral sponsorships,” which don’t require a certain number of subscribers or downloads. Rather, you just need to recommend a business that will reward you for the number of referrals they receive. For example, you can encourage your listeners to sign up for Ting, a mobile virtual network operator and internet service provider that offers new customers a $ 25 credit and $ 25 to the person that referred them. Likewise, Airbnb offers new customers a $ 25 account credit and sends the person that referred them $ 25 following their first stay. In addition, aubible.com sends new customers a free audiobook and the person who referred them $ 10 to $ 25 for each new customer.

 

  1. Launch an App

 

Creating an iPhone app provides your base with a direct channel to hear and learn more about your podcast. You can create an app with a program like Wizzard Media that will build the app, manage the payments, and submit it to iTunes. Each time the app is purchased, you’ll receive a cut of the sales.

 

Kevin Y. Brown says he’s generated over $ 5,000 since he launched his podcast, The Create Your Life Series, in May 2016 through live events, advertising, and crowdsourcing. He says his preferred method of monetization, however, is crowdfunding.

“Crowdfunding offers the opportunity to engage your community and raise funds at the same time,” he told Black Enterprise in an email. He also summed up the process of monetizing a podcast in a nutshell: “Understand your audience, research ways to make money in podcasting overall, find advertising leads by listening to established, well-funded podcasters to find out who is advertising with them.”

 

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Freakonomics on ShoesFreakonomics has a nice podcast episode…

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Freakonomics has a nice podcast episode today on shoes – everything from the social and economic history of footwear to how they affect our health. Spoiler alert: the stuff you’ll learn here is a total bummer. Apparently shoes are tools for class division, they’re potentially bad for our health, and we’ve atrophied our feet by shodding them all day. An excerpt from Elizabeth Semmelhack, senior curator at the Bata Shoe Museum:

But what my research showed was that sneakers actually started out as objects of luxury. The early sneakers, tennis shoes, were expensive. They reflected privilege, because in the middle of the 19th century, before the 40-hour work week, only the wealthy had the time to play. Only the wealthy could afford multiple pairs of shoes to have specific shoes to play in. Then, rubber itself was expensive, and the cost of sneakers was quite high.

[…]

In the 1930s, one of the things that becomes a pan-cultural obsession is the physical fitness of each country’s citizenry. World War I had proven to the world that there were not enough fit men to fight a war . So as World War II was brewing — eugenics and ideas about racial superiority obviously led to fascist concepts — and countries around the world began to insist that their citizens exercise to prove physical superiority or ethnic, racial superiority. But also to get ready for the next war. In many ways, it was this moment of fascism that democratized the sneaker.

You can listen to the whole podcast here

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The Secret to Launching a Successful Podcast

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Once considered “an obscure method of spreading information,” podcasting has evolved into a popular medium for creating audio content for both people and corporate brands. It gives storytellers a platform to talk about their interest while offering listeners the convenience of listening on demand.

In addition to growing in popularity, the business of podcasting has remained on a steady trajectory of growth and momentum over the past few years. According to a new study released by the Interactive Advertising Bureau and conducted by PwC US, ad revenue in the industry is projected to top $ 220 million in 2017, which is an 85% uptick compared to last year. Research also shows that revenue has grown 73% from $ 69 million in 2015 to $ 119 million in 2016. Needless to say, now is the time to get in on the action.

Laura Mignott, the co-founder and managing partner of Digital Flash, a digital experience agency based in New York City, decided to get in the game late last year. She launched The Reset, a podcast that focuses on marketing, business, and government. Each week, Mignott conducts one-on-one interviews with influential business and policy leaders where they talk about their careers and hot-button issues. Mignott, who has over 10 years of experience working in interactive marketing for household brands such as M&Ms and Campbell’s, also lends her expertise in digital marketing.

In an interview with Black Enterprise, the full-time entrepreneur opened up about her podcast, why she launched it, and shared tips for those looking to start their own.

  1. How would you describe your podcast?

The Reset podcast focuses on highlighting the people who do the real work in business. They give their insights and experiences on their particular industries, all while having wine and french fries with me in studio in NYC.

  1. When and why did you begin podcasting?

I started podcasting in December 2016 because I wanted to hear a podcast that spoke honestly—warts and all—about business. When [I] looked for a business podcast, I wasn’t finding honest, practical voices that were the same ones we hear in business, so I set out to create something I wanted to hear.

  1. How do you record each episode?

We tape episodes at Bang Studios in NYC.

  1. What was the hardest part about launching The Reset?

Doing the research to make sure there wasn’t anything [that already existed] like the podcast I was creating.

  1. What steps would someone need to take in order to start a podcast?

Find a topic that you’re passionate about, getting the right equipment, whether you’re doing it yourself or getting a producer to help you, do your homework to determine what you want the show to be and then get guests you [can] have a nice conversation with.

  1. What advice would you share with someone looking to launch a podcast?

Talk about something you care about. Just get started, don’t be afraid to do it. You’re not going to get a million listeners off the bat, the key is to do something you care about and share it with your communities using social channels like Facebook, Instagram, [and] LinkedIn.

The Reset is available for download on iTunes and Stitcher.

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‘Welcome To Night Vale’ Is The Indie Podcast For Your Inner Weirdo

“All that glitters is not gold. Particularly that thing over there. That’s maybe a giant insect of some sort. It’s really too dark to tell. Welcome to Night Vale.”  – Cecil Palmer, “Night Vale” radio host (Episode 44, “Cookies”)

If you’ve never listened to the podcast “Welcome to Night Vale,” you’re already less of a person. But that’s okay, because you can always become more of a person. It’s one of the many perks to being a person.

Every two weeks, writers Joseph Fink and Jeffrey Cranor and actor Cecil Baldwin take audiences into the small desert town of Night Vale, where real estate agents live inside deer, a five-headed dragon runs for Mayor and is also a blogger, and a faceless old woman secretly lives in your home.

It’s a perfect mix of engaging storytelling and absurd humor. Think “Prairie Home Companion” meets “Twin Peaks,” but where space and time sometimes don’t matter.

The Huffington Post sat down with the trio to talk about the release of their new book, Welcome to Night Vale, a more traditional format for a very untraditional project.

What did you see as the biggest difference between writing the book and writing the podcast?

Joseph Fink: It’s a lot longer.

[Everyone laughs.]

Jeffrey Cranor: We decided to take it out of Cecil’s voice, because while Cecil is reading the audiobook, it is ultimately a novel, so there is about 12 hours of audiobook there. The idea of a 12-hour radio show is not what we were doing. We wanted to take it into a narrative author’s world, go around Night Vale outside of Cecil’s point of view, which allows us to see something new.

You guys were writing the book while still doing the podcast. Did you have to plan ahead since this book wouldn’t be coming out until a year further into the “Night Vale” narrative?

Jeffrey: We definitely put thought into it. We had to think about when the book was coming out, and kind of where in the vicinity of the timeline it would be. We didn’t want to write the book ignorant of the podcast timing. Months and months from now it won’t make a ton of difference because people will be picking up the book at a different point from the podcast, but I think the people who are keeping time with the podcast are probably the same people who will buy the book the day it comes out and read it immediately. 

Does the podcast, and the often odd logic of the writing, make it easier to write the book and not worry so much about continuity?

Joseph: Oh, we worried strongly about the continuity. I mean, “Night Vale” has very strict continuity. That’s sort of the thing that allows us to be as weird as we are. From the very start, we said we can doing anything we want as long as we have a strict continuity. So there’s actually a very strict continuity that goes into the book as well.

Cecil, what were your influences, voicewise? Because it seems to change from episode 1 to episode 70.

Cecil Baldwin: It changed so much. We were still trying to figure out what this character was. And it was definitely a disembodied late-night radio host voice. There were some specifics here and there but there wasn’t a true personality yet. Much like any pilot. As the show went on, we all found more about the person behind the microphone and the people around [him]. Then they’ll write more and then it reflects back on itself, performance to writing. 

From a physicality standpoint, once the show started taking off, were you very protective of your voice? Were you walking into rooms yelling, “I need a humidifier in here!”?

Cecil: [Laughs] Oh, no! It’s just years of working in the theater, there’s certain things you try to do. Honestly keeping hydrated and taking vitamins are probably the best things you can do. We have a pretty rigorous touring schedule, and it’s trying to maintain that, but for the most part for the making of the podcast and the live shows, the microphone does a lot of the heavy lifting, which helps give the performance layers.

Joseph and Jeffrey, how has your writing evolved since the start of the podcast?

Joseph: We sort of just keep trying to do new things. We write, I feel, almost exactly the same in both the work rhythm and the general goal of telling stories that seem interesting to us, and then not really worrying about outside of that. On a personal level, I just constantly try to find new things to do with the 30-minute audio format, and new ways of telling stories, and things you can do with language. And that’s just a constant search.

Jeffrey: Yeah, as a writer I find I’m always trying to find tics and habits I have that I want to phase out. Then you read other stuff and go, “Oh, this is really beautiful, I’m really inspired by this, I’m feeling more emotional lately and I’m going to talk about these types of feelings.” I think that’s just how we are as writers. You’re always taking things in and putting things back out.

Is there a “Night Vale” film in the future? And given the characteristics of space and time, is that even possible given the way the world of Night Vale works?

Joseph: Sure, I think anything’s possible.

Jeffrey: We always have people interested, whether it’s a movie or any number of things, like “Please make a ‘Night Vale’ keychain!” or something, you know.

Cecil: “Night Vale,” the musical.

Joseph: “Night Vale,” the card game.

Jeffrey: All kinds of stuff. And you know, for us, we all come from this background of theater and stage performance and writing, so the idea of going from the podcast to the stage was a really logical and obvious transition. It’s been really great because Cecil’s so great onstage and we feel very comfortable in writing for that and understanding that, and the same thing for the novel.

And you know, moving into other mediums, it just takes more time finding the right people to work with, because none of us come from the background of making a TV show or making a film or making a tabletop game [laughs]. That requires a lot more reaching out. It’s not like we hit on a thing that could get us a check written. I’m sure if we said, “Sure, write us a check,” we could find someone to write a dollar amount, but that’s not what we’re interested in doing. We actually like “Night Vale.” Like, we’re not trying to sell it off.

You mentioned earlier about following a strict continuity for “Night Vale.” Do you guys have a show bible the way some TV shows might?

Joseph: My only bible is the actual Bible.

[Everyone laughs.]

Jeffrey: That’s what we use, we use the actual Old Testament.

Cecil: That’s it. If it’s not in the Bible, we don’t want to talk about it.

Joseph: No, I mean we had a spreadsheet, briefly, that lasted like four episodes. Because there’s only two of us writing it, you have lot more control than if you had a staff of writers and new people coming and going and you have to keep everything stable. Which is not to say we don’t make mistakes; we constantly make continuity mistakes. And then we sort of talk our way out of them in later episodes. But yes, we depend entirely on our fragile memory.

Cecil: Somebody made a “Night Vale” wiki page. I use that all the time. You know, trying to remember if this one character in episode 50 has appeared in episode 5 and also, did that person have a specific voice? That’s always a challenge and it’s easy to look online and be like, “When did X character appear, and in what episode?” and then I can go back through my sound files of old episodes and, “Oh, that’s what that person sounded like.” Then I can choose to, you know, pick up that character voice or do a more third-person read of what that person said. I think that’s the only online resource I really use. Because it is, you know, unwieldy amounts of pages and pages.

You had Will Wheaton on the show several times. Are there any other celebrities you would love to get on the show?

Joseph: Yes. Tatiana Maslany.

Cecil: Yeah!

Joseph: Tatiana Maslany. As Hiram McDaniels’ sister. I’ve been very seriously trying to get her. We’ll see how that goes. That’s my biggest dream.

Jeffrey: Barack Obama.

[Everyone laughs.]

Joseph: Oprah.

Cecil: Whoopi Goldberg. I always thought Whoopi Goldberg on the show would be amazing.

Where do you see podcasts, as a form, going? Because it hasn’t quite been monetized yet.

Cecil: Oh, don’t worry, people are always finding ways to monetize anything.

Joseph: It’s being monetized, actually, in a huge way. It’s a little worrying, in the last few months, big money has really come into podcasting. Bill Simmons’ podcast is produced by HBO. WNYC just announced a $ 15 million podcast studio. And they also had like a contest where the winners got, like, a $ 100K to do a podcast? GE is producing a serial drama podcast that’s 20 to 30 minutes long.

So, yeah I find that all super worrying because I think what makes podcasting really good is that it has this very low barrier of entry. You just need to have a very good and very specific idea and then you need to be able to execute that in front of a mic and then you’re on the same playing field as everyone else.

I think that’s still very much the case but I worry about that going forward as big money starts pouring into it.

Jeffrey: One of the great ways to find out about podcasts is the gatekeepers like iTunes and their lists and mysterious algorithms for why things move to the top of the list. In the four months that “Night Vale” was No. 1 overall above “This American Life,” it was never because “Night Vale” had more listeners than “This American Life.” That’s never been the case. We just had this surge of popularity.

Cecil: There was a dramatic spike.

Jeffrey: Once that surge came back down to a naturally steady increase, we obviously fell back below “This American Life.” But for us being an independent podcast, it was a really great thing to be able to have that. And my worry comes from whether or not that can stay a thing. “Lore” is another new podcast that is interesting and independent.

Joseph: “Lore” just hit the top 10 on iTunes.

Jeffrey: And that’s great, it makes me super thrilled to see independent podcasters reaching that. And I think there’s this hope that institutions like Radiotopia can hold it together and still be at the forefront of putting new, cool stuff out there that people can discover. You know, if big money comes into it, and Bill Simmons and GE and people like that are always at the top of the list.

Joseph: Or if they can buy big ads, because at the moment the iTunes main page is an equal mix of weird independent stuff, and if you have GE podcasts and HBO podcasts, then it really kills that.

Cecil: I think a lot about the ‘90s and the independent film movement when technology became more affordable and more accessible to filmmakers. All of a sudden, you have so many more diverse films being made under the banner of independent cinema.

And then now that’s like 25 years later and IFC [Independent Film Channel] came out of that, and is IFC independent film anymore? What does that mean?

It’s sort of the natural way of things, and it’s amazing to be on the vanguard of any movement. For us, it’s just keeping it going and exploring other new avenues and new mediums.

Joseph: I used to be super into fracking until the big energy companies moved in.

[Everyone laughs.]

Cecil: Ugh, yeah it’s so over.

Jeffrey: Yeah, it’s really annoying, now it’s everyone’s thing. All the hipsters are fracking.

Thanks to Joseph Fink, Jeffrey Cranor and Cecil Baldwin. Their new book, Welcome To Night Vale is out Tuesday wherever books are sold, and probably some places where books aren’t sold and the vendor is perhaps wondering where all these books came from.

 

 

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Podcast Review: Chewin’ It with Kevin & Steve

Do you ever find yourself thinking “I wonder what those Broken Lizard guys with the funny movies like Super Troopers and Beerfest are doing?”

Ponder no longer.

2014-10-19-kevsteve.jpgBecause at least two of them are podcasting (and have been for the past couple of years.) Kevin Heffernan and Steve Lemme pop up weekly on the Nerdist network with their show Chewin’ It with Kevin and Steve. These guys will take any subject and run with it, as witnessed in this week’s show when Lemme recounts having to take his infant son to the E.R. the night before. Heart-wrenching as it must have been at the time (the junior Lemme is doing fine), Heffernan assures his podcast partner that he and his future teenaged son will be laughing over the hospital hijinks in years to come.

The two then begin recalling the many and varied reasons for them each having had to visit hospital emergency rooms throughout their lives: A failed leap from a nightspot’s bar. A severed Achilles tendon from kicking through a frat house glass door. A crime-does-not-pay-story involving stolen porn and a nasty spill on a sewer grate.

Clearly, when these guys aren’t making movies, they’re getting into way too much trouble. And then sharing those exploits with us, so that makes it all right.

Also listening to: Plumbing The Death Star: Why Does Superman Find Lois Lane Attractive?; The Carson Podcast: Ed Ames.

This review originally posted as part of This Week In Comedy Podcasts on Splitsider.com. Marc Hershon is host and executive producer of Succotash, the Comedy Podcast Podcast.
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Podcast Review: Greg Proops Film Club

Most podcast listeners, if they know Greg Proops, know him as the host of The Smartest Man In The World. (Many also likely know him as a long time cast member of TV’s Whose Line Is It Anyway.)

2014-09-19-GPFC.jpgSince the beginning of this year, though, he’s been pulling double duty. The Greg Proops Film Club is a monthly show, a sort of film companion if you will, featuring Proops in front of a live audience that has gathered to watch one of his favorite movies. The latest edition bookends a showing of The Man Who Would Be King, featuring Sean Connery and Michael Caine from 1975.

This is no dry dissertation however but, instead, finds the host reeling off anecdotes about the production (Rumor had it, for instance, that Humprey Bogart was slated to star in the movie a decade or more earlier but passed and the project lay dormant for years), memories about watching it for the first time as a teenager at a drive-in theater, and expounding on precisely why the movie holds so much cinematic goodness for him.

In much the same style as Smartest Man, Proops brings his engaging, rapid-fire intellect to the party, keeping the audience in stitches as he prepares them for a delectable silver screen experience. The show fades off as the movie begins and then fades back in as the film ends, leaving Proops to wrap up with a few more pithy remarks before sending the crowd, as he puts it, “off into this good night.”

This review originally posted as part of This Week In Comedy Podcasts on Splitsider.com. Marc Hershon is host and executive producer of Succotash, the Comedy Podcast Podcast.
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Podcast Review: Kumail Nanjiani’s The X-Files Files

Deconstructing episodes of TV’s The X-Files, cancelled over a decade ago, just got very meta with Episode 9 of Kumail Nanjiani’s The X-Files Files new series, because he brought in the first series alumnus.

2014-08-02-xfiles.jpgFellow comedian and actor Dean Haglund, most famous for playing long-haired, bespectacled Langley, a member of The X-Files conspiracy theorist trio The Lone Gunmen, sat in with Nanjiani for this episode. The reason being that they discussing/dissecting E.B.E., the first season episode featuring the debut of the Gunmen.

Nanjiani’s fanboy excitement is palpable at times as Haglund spins out tales from behind the scenes of the episode. And there are a few Easter eggs revealed that fans of the show never knew to look for before. Such as the style of Langley’s black hornrimmed glasses varied in the first few episodes because the prop master pulled them at random out of a bag of eyeglasses each time. And that the band The Ramones were such big fans of the show that they would time their appearances on stage during nights the show was on so they would be done in time to catch every episode.

This podcast is so focused on the subject matter of The X-Files that the two guys don’t even mention the fact that Haglund has been co-hosting his own podcast, the Chillpak Hollywood Hour, for over seven years. Maybe Dean should have Kumail on his show sometime to deconstruct HBO’s Silicon Valley.

Other podcasts I’m listening to: Improv Nerd, Strange Times

This review originally posted as part of This Week In Comedy Podcasts on Splitsider.com. Marc Hershon is host and executive producer of Succotash, the Comedy Podcast Podcast.
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Podcast Review: The New Phil Hendrie Show

2014-07-11-phil_hendrie.jpgWhat’s so new about The New Phil Hendrie Show, especially if it’s already up to Episode 157 as of Monday this past week? The fact is that Hendrie is now a podcaster as opposed to being a broadcaster, which he was since 1973 when he got his first terrestrial radio gig outside Orlando, Florida.

For the past couple of years, he’s been slicing and dicing the archives of his famed broadcast into podcast-sized pieces but, as of March, he’s washed his hands of the flagging radio biz.

Now he does a morning podcast Monday through Friday, joined by the cast of crazy characters that used to interact with live callers on the air. Folks like Margaret Gray, General Shaw, David G. Hall, and Jay Santos now spend most of their time getting in Phil’s way, it seems, as he tries his best to get through news stories of the day.

In this edition, Hendrie sounded off about last week’s firing of Anthony Santos from the Opie & Anthony Show on Sirius XM, offering some suggestions how Opie could survive by going it alone.

Santos, of the Citizen’s Auxiliary Police, called in to comment on a recent TSA ruling about confiscating cell phones and laptops with dead batteries — but an odd speech impediment kept him from delving too deeply into the subject.

And Don Burman from Channel 19 News called in from Disneyland but was being hassled by people in the park for being a 40-year-old man standing alone and wearing Mickey Mouse ears.

While I miss the fun of Phil bamboozling unsuspecting callers with his amazing ability to be many people at once, the formula works well in this new format, too.

This review originally posted as part of This Week In Comedy Podcasts on Splitsider.com. Marc Hershon is host and executive producer of Succotash, the Comedy Podcast Podcast.
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