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6 questions for Steve Henn

Steve Henn is a co-founder of 60dB, an app that feeds you the best short audio stories about the topics you care about. Before creating 60dB in early 2016, Henn was a reporter at WAMU, Marketplace, and Planet Money. We talked to Steve about his goal of creating a new, better form of radio and how his relationship with audio has changed with his shift from the public to the private sector.

Tell me about your day to day role at 60dB.

My role here is to jumpstart the short-form content ecosystem. We’re doing that in a bunch of different ways — one, by working with institutions like The New York Times, Vox, and others that have incredible newsrooms, and produce content that is really well-suited to a platform like ours, and two, by investing in and working with the great journalists we’ve hired to produce our own content and adapt stories from existing print and digital outlets and to audio. I’m part product evangelist, part editor.

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“I find it really enjoyable to learn about things that are mind boggling”

“I feel like podcasts are kind of personal, and I have yet to find someone else who listens to the same ones I do.”

Meet Nick Gottlieb, a 19-year-old student at University of Michigan-Ann Arbor. When he’s not studying, Nick keeps his interests varied — he trades stocks, goes to the record store, paints, and devotes time to entrepreneurial endeavors. This is how Nick listens. 

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5 questions for Anna Sale

Anna Sale is the host of Death, Sex & Money — a podcast from WNYC Studios that uses personal experience to dive deep into the sorts of stories we generally ignore in polite company, from a prison guard who comes out as transgender to a man who discovers he is not his daughter’s biological dad. The show turned three this year. We caught up with Anna to hear more about the editorial process behind the show, how she likes living on the West Coast, and her alternative career.

Was the radio a big part of your childhood? What did you and your family listen to when you were growing up?

I definitely grew up in a public radio household; we always listened to West Virginia Public Radio. There’s a road where I grew up — it’s very curvy and takes you the back way up the hill we lived on, through forests and woods. I have this very vivid memory of driving home from youth symphony rehearsal with my dad up this long curvy road, listening to Terry Gross.

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Meet a podcast librarian

Ever since RadioPublic — the podcast discovery and recommendation app from PRX — launched last year, there has been a lot of buzz about one particular feature: “Ask a Librarian.” This part of the app connects you with an actual person who curates new shows for you to try. Ma’ayan Plaut is one of the librarians who interacts with users each week, providing personalized recommendations based on their preferences.

 

In your own words, what is a podcast librarian?

A Podcast Librarian is your guide to getting you to listen to something great. As RadioPublic’s Podcast Librarian, I research, curate, and recommend shows to new and long-time listeners through individual requests and in the Explore section of the RadioPublic app.

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5 Questions for Jenna Weiss-Berman

Jenna Weiss-Berman is a podcast producer and was formerly director of audio for Buzzfeed, where she worked on Another Round. In 2016 she co-founded Pineapple Street Media with Max Linsky, where she has cultivated an incredible roster of clients and projects. Here are five questions for Jenna. Read more

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