Jenna Spinelle

@jspinelle

Writer, journalism instructor, and producer/host of the Democracy Works podcast.

jspinelle echoed Yoni Appelbaum Urges Congress To Pursue Trump's Impeachment

Great companion to Yoni’s piece about impeachment in The Atlantic. The interviewer takes him to task in a few places, but in a civil way.

Yoni Appelbaum Urges Congress To Pursue Trump's Impeachment

The Federalist Radio Hour

jspinelle echoed Can We Tax the Rich? with Jesse Eisinger

Great insight into the work that goes into collecting taxes and how the wealthy have been gaming the system on multiple levels for decades.

Can We Tax the Rich? with Jesse Eisinger

Why Is This Happening? with Chris Hayes

jspinelle echoed 130 “The Jill Abramson Affair, Jewish Money, Indentured Servitude"

I don’t always agree with everything these guys say, but I appreciate the honest discussion and the fact they are willing to be proven wrong and consider other points of view.

130 “The Jill Abramson Affair, Jewish Money, Indentured Servitude"

The Fifth Column - Analysis, Commentary, Sedition

mm echoed Killing Sears

Fascinating episode about Sears' history and current issues.

Killing Sears

Today, Explained

jspinelle echoed The core contradiction of American politics

Interesting discussion about what divides Republicans and Democrats, and where Donald Trump fits in. Matt’s book Asymmetric Politics is very good if you’re into nerdy political science things 🤓

The core contradiction of American politics

The Ezra Klein Show

jspinelle echoed What it takes to book great guests

Mark and Brendan are great guys. Highly recommend their show to anyone who works on a podcast. This conversation in particular hits home if you book guests.

What it takes to book great guests

Bitrate

jspinelle echoed The Faces of Racism: A History of Blackface and Minstrelsy in American Culture

I learned so much in this episode. Puts some context behind what’s happening in Virginia right now.

The Faces of Racism: A History of Blackface and Minstrelsy in American Culture

BackStory

jspinelle echoed Jason Rezaian's 544 Days in an Iranian Prison

Very powerful story. Definitely getting this book from my local library!

Jason Rezaian's 544 Days in an Iranian Prison

The New York Public Library Podcast

jspinelle echoed BlackStory: BackStory Celebrates Black History Month with a Compilation

A fascinating group of stories. Painful in parts (particularly the segment on lynching) but worth a listen.

BlackStory: BackStory Celebrates Black History Month with a Compilation

BackStory

canderson echoed #135 Robocall: Bang Bang

This was a great, interesting episode if you’ve ever wondered about all those spam phone calls.

#135 Robocall: Bang Bang

Reply All

jspinelle echoed Elizabeth Warren and the Two-Income Trap

Interesting look back at Elizabeth Warren’s life before politics and how some of her financial policy ideas might have come too soon.

Elizabeth Warren and the Two-Income Trap

Vox's The Weeds

jspinelle echoed Inside the Washington Post’s podcast strategy

Great deep dive into what it takes to produce a daily podcast and how to balance daily vs. long-term strategy

Inside the Washington Post’s podcast strategy

The Digiday Podcast

jspinelle echoed The Washington Post starts a daily news podcast in a saturated market

Great insight into what it takes to make a daily podcast. I really related to the struggle between doing interviews off air and on air.

The Washington Post starts a daily news podcast in a saturated market

The Kicker

jspinelle echoed Ian Bassin on Protecting Democracy

The sound quality on the interview is not great, but the points Ian makes about the current and future state of democracy are worth listening to.

Ian Bassin on Protecting Democracy

The Lawfare Podcast

mm echoed Ezra Klein and Kara Swisher on the future of journalism

Very insightful analysis and reflection from two journalists who are at the top of their game.

Ezra Klein and Kara Swisher on the future of journalism

Recode Decode, hosted by Kara Swisher

jspinelle echoed 178. Douglas Rushkoff (freelance intellectual) – It's not the technology's fault

Jason is a fantastic interviewer and Douglas has an interesting perspective on how humans and technology can coexist a little more peacefully.

178. Douglas Rushkoff (freelance intellectual) – It's not the technology's fault

Think Again – a Big Think Podcast

jspinelle echoed Sean Decatur doesn’t see a free speech crisis on campus

A good counter argument to all the buzz around Jonathan Haidt right now. I am interviewing Jon in a few weeks and will definitely refer back to this one.

Sean Decatur doesn’t see a free speech crisis on campus

The Ezra Klein Show

jspinelle echoed Finding Hope on the Road in "Nomadland"

Loved this book and this interview. A great reminder that older folks traveling in RVs are not always the carefree retirees you might assume.

Finding Hope on the Road in "Nomadland"

The New York Public Library Podcast

jspinelle echoed I Wanted To Be A "Good Girl"

Really enjoyed this window into an evangelical church and its relationship to sex. And, Anna is maybe the most empathetic interviewer I’ve heard.

I Wanted To Be A "Good Girl"

Death, Sex & Money

jspinelle echoed The Fate of the World in 2019 (with Ian Bremmer)

Ian is one of the smartest people taking about geopolitical issues right now. Preet also gives a great lesson on grand juries at the beginning.

The Fate of the World in 2019 (with Ian Bremmer)

Stay Tuned with Preet

jspinelle echoed Bonus episode: Inside Quartz's email newsletter strategy

Great deep dive for anyone who works in marketing. Looking forward to the rest of the episodes in this series.

Bonus episode: Inside Quartz's email newsletter strategy

The Digiday Podcast

jspinelle echoed Dave Ramsey Talks American Debt

It was interesting to hear Dave’s perspectives on what divides our country and what does not.

Dave Ramsey Talks American Debt

After the Fact

mm echoed Is the Government More Entrepreneurial Than You Think? (Ep. 348)

This was a fascinating rethink of government's role in entrepreneurship (eg. role in Tesla, solar) and how government should market itself better and get a better return on its investment when they use public money to invest in ventures & industries.

Is the Government More Entrepreneurial Than You Think? (Ep. 348)

Freakonomics Radio

jspinelle echoed How Democracies Die

I interviewed Daniel Ziblatt on my show earlier this year and drew a lot of inspiration from this wide-ranging conversation

How Democracies Die

The Ezra Klein Show

jspinelle echoed Should Weed Be Legal?

Interesting discussion about the future of marijuana in the U.S. going beyond the traditional talking points.

Should Weed Be Legal?

The Argument

jspinelle echoed Anand Giridharadas, Part 1

One of the better interviews I’ve heard about his book Winners Take All. Make sure to listen to both parts.

Anand Giridharadas, Part 1

The Good Fight

jspinelle echoed 124 w/ Yascha Mounk "The People vs Democracy, Beyond Nationalism and Identity Politics"

Yashca Mounk is one of the smartest people writing about democracy today. The guys approach his work with a healthy dose of skepticism and it makes for a very interesting discussion.

124 w/ Yascha Mounk "The People vs Democracy, Beyond Nationalism and Identity Politics"

The Fifth Column - Analysis, Commentary, Sedition

jspinelle echoed BuzzFeed’s Craig Silverman: Digital advertising's infrastructure has been weaponized

Interesting discussion about the troves of fake data that powered digital marketing and media for a long time. Those chickens are now coming home to roost.

BuzzFeed’s Craig Silverman: Digital advertising's infrastructure has been weaponized

The Digiday Podcast

jspinelle echoed The Information Crisis with David Roberts

Fascinating discussion about the roots of tribalism and polarization that plague politics.

The Information Crisis with David Roberts

Why Is This Happening? with Chris Hayes