Ira Glass: "Why in the World Would You Want to Make a Podcast?"
The second episode of Freakonomics Radio is nearly complete; it’s about fat, and will be posted here soon. (For earlier installments, visit iTunes, where Freakonomics Radio has been the No. 1 podcast for the better part of two weeks; or subscribe to the RSS feed here.) In the meantime, here’s a preview — in which we visit Ira Glass, the ringleader of This American Life and the undisputed heavyweight champion of Radio. I asked if he had any advice for a podcast novice like me.
“Why in the world,” he replied, “would you want to make a podcast?”
Oh well. Ira was nevertheless cordial and, in the end, quite helpful. We talked about the obesity “epidemic,” and the state of weight in his profession: “Generally, the world of radio tends to attract a glasses-wearing, chubby crowd, as you might expect.” You can listen to the preview below, or subscribe here to get all podcasts delivered in your sleep.