The Gist: Marc Maron explains making WTF, and Dick Cheney on Meet the Press.

How Marc Maron Keeps His WTF Podcast Honest and Human

How Marc Maron Keeps His WTF Podcast Honest and Human

A daily news and culture podcast with Mike Pesca.
Dec. 15 2014 7:40 PM

Marc Maron on the Best Podcast Episode Ever

The Gist asks comedian Marc Maron about the role of empathy and therapy in his comedy podcast WTF

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If you’re not listening to WTF with Marc Maron, we have three words for you.

Photo illustration by Slate. Logo Courtesy WTF.

Listen to Episode 156 of Slate’s The Gist:

jonah weiner
Toward a Critical Theory of Podcasts
David haglund and rebecca onion
The Top 25 Podcast Episodes Ever
Marc Maron and Mike Pesca
The Story Behind the Greatest Podcast Episode of All Time
Andy Bowers
The State of Podcasting 10 Years In
whitney matheson
How Podcasts Help Us Talk About Depression
ruth graham
The Rise of the Podcasting Priests
seth stevenson
The Future of AM/FM Radio
Alison Griswold
The Economics of Podcasting in the Age of Serial

All this week on the The Gist, we’re down with O.P.P.: Other People’s Podcasts. First up: Marc Maron explains the role of empathy in his interviews on WTF: “I don’t know what happens in here, man, but I’m very open in an emotional way, more so than I am in any other part of my life.” We’ll find out what he’s learned over the years, and the story behind the making of his episode with Louis C.K. (Slate just named that 2010 conversation the best podcast episode of all time.) For the Spiel, Dick Cheney’s incredible interview on Meet The Press Sunday.

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