The Gist: Alex Blumberg from StartUp and Christopher Lydon from Open Source.

Why Are Some Public Radio Talents Making “Private Radio” Now? StartUp’s Alex Blumberg.

Why Are Some Public Radio Talents Making “Private Radio” Now? StartUp’s Alex Blumberg.

A daily news and culture podcast with Mike Pesca.
Dec. 16 2014 7:19 PM

Ten Years to StartUp

Two pioneering moments in podcast history that took place a decade apart.

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Why are some longtime public radio talents taking a stab at “private radio”?

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Listen to Episode 157 of Slate’s The Gist:

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All this week on the The Gist, we’re down with O.P.P.: Other People’s Podcasts. One of our favorites is Alex Blumberg’s StartUp, which  tells the story of his startup, Gimlet Media. Blumberg explains the anxiety involved in pulling back the curtain each episode: “There’s this giant pit in my stomach before it drops. Like, have I said too much this time, or are people going to hate me, or am I going to embarrass myself?” For the Spiel, meet the podfather. We speak with Christopher Lydon from Open Source about the first audio weblog.

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Mike Pesca is the host of the Slate daily podcast The Gist. He also contributes reports and commentary to NPR.