The Gist: Luke Burbank from Too Beautiful To Live and the Planet Money staff.

Luke Burbank, the Podcast Whisperer

Luke Burbank, the Podcast Whisperer

A daily news and culture podcast with Mike Pesca.
Dec. 18 2014 8:17 PM

Too Beautiful to Stop

Luke Burbank is thriving with Too Beautiful To Live, the podcast he’s hosted since 2008.

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All this week on The Gist, we’re down with O.P.P.: Other People’s Podcasts. In this episode, Luke Burbank from the podcast Too Beautiful to Live explains how he’s built his devoted fans through openness and honesty: “When in doubt, I pretty much just get as emotionally vulnerable as possible. If people are being really, really genuine about their emotions, and if people are talking about how they’re insecure about things, I always find that compelling.” For the Spiel, various staffers from Planet Money recommend their favorite non-NPR podcasts including Longform, The Chris Gethard Show, Creating a Family, Bad at Sports, Reading Out Loud and The Read.

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