The Gist: Sharon Van Etten mentors Dillon Kondor on his stage banter.

Singer-Songwriters on the Art of Stage Banter

Singer-Songwriters on the Art of Stage Banter

A daily news and culture podcast with Mike Pesca.
June 5 2015 7:30 PM

Sharon Van Etten, Banter Mentor

We assign the acclaimed singer-songwriter to help an up-and-coming artist who’s concerned about his awkward stage banter.

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Photo Illustration by Slate. Photos courtesy Dillon Kondor and Sharon Van Etten.

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Today on The Gist, listener Dillon Kondor explains why he finds himself consistently embarrassed by his own stage banter. Can indie rock singer-songwriter Sharon Van Etten save the day? They’ll join us in studio for a thoughtful conversation about what’s involved in being a frontman who’s confident in their vulnerability. For the Spiel, the latest Duggar-based revelation.


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