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Jenna Spinelle

@jspinelle

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

jspinelle echoed How to Reinvent Live MusicSep 20th

This episode is all about Sofar Sounds, which seems like a really cool concept. Has anyone ever been to one of their shows?

How to Reinvent Live Music

Unthinkable with Jay Acunzo

jspinelle echoed Post Reports podcast, Martine PowersSep 11th

I love how Martine frames the relationship between podcasts and print/online news.

Post Reports podcast, Martine Powers

Inside Podcasting

jspinelle echoed Jon Ronson: what it's like to be publicly shamedSep 9th

Jon Ronson’s book is great. This interview is a nice companion to it.

Jon Ronson: what it's like to be publicly shamed

Conversations

jspinelle echoed Field Trip! Sep 4th

Such a fun episode! So jealous of Justin and Lizzy 😀

Field Trip!

Sidedoor

jspinelle echoed Sagarika GhoseSep 2nd

A great overview of India’s Government and the role religion plays in it.

Sagarika Ghose

The Good Fight

jspinelle echoed College at Any Cost with Caitlin ZaloomAug 30th

I work on a college campus (including several years in admissions) and saw these issues play out every day. This episode is worth listening to if you haven’t been around or thought about the college experience recently.

College at Any Cost with Caitlin Zaloom

Why Is This Happening? with Chris Hayes

jspinelle echoed Episode 1: The Fight for a True DemocracyAug 29th

You’ve never heard America’s founding story told this way.

Episode 1: The Fight for a True Democracy

1619

jspinelle echoed Alaska's missing police forceAug 27th

Fascinating look at life in rural Alaska. Made me think about the role of government in a community and what the social contract should really provide.

Alaska's missing police force

Today, Explained

jspinelle echoed 4: Felony DisenfranchisementAug 24th

Voting rights are a major form of censorship. This episode is about the people who fight to get them back.

4: Felony Disenfranchisement

Bleeped

jspinelle echoed How conspiracies are damaging democracyAug 20th

This conversation is super timely right now with everything going on surrounding Jeffrey Epstein. The point the authors make about “conspiracy without the theory” sums up a good chunk of our media/cultural environment in 2019.

How conspiracies are damaging democracy

Democracy Works

jspinelle echoed ProPublica's Dara Lind on Trump's Immigration RaidsAug 17th

A concise, but thorough, overview of immigration policy and how it’s being carried out.

ProPublica's Dara Lind on Trump's Immigration Raids

Reason Podcast

jspinelle echoed #25 || Beyond GoliathAug 11th

Someone who built his career by getting people to spend more time on their phones is now trying to get people to use them less. Will he be successful? Is it too little too late? This episode raises some of those questions.

#25 || Beyond Goliath

Reckonings

jspinelle echoed How to Use a Podcast to Teach Democracy with Jenna Spinelle of the Democracy Works PodcastAug 9th

Causepods is a great resource to find out about nonprofits who are using podcasts to spread the word about worthy causes. Huge thanks to Mathew Passy for having me on the show to ramble on about democracy 😀

How to Use a Podcast to Teach Democracy with Jenna Spinelle of the Democracy Works Podcast

Causepods

jspinelle echoed 3: Terms of ServiceAug 7th

Loving this show so far!

3: Terms of Service

Bleeped

jspinelle echoed When Travel is Your Full-Time Job: Rachel HillAug 2nd

Really interesting perspective about what it’s like to be a woman of color traveling solo around the world.

When Travel is Your Full-Time Job: Rachel Hill

Women on the Road

jspinelle echoed #1325 - Dr. Cornel WestAug 2nd

I loved Cornel’s perspective on democracy, race, and the arts. I could listen to him talk all day. Joe did a nice job of hanging back.

#1325 - Dr. Cornel West

The Joe Rogan Experience

jspinelle echoed 159 - Uncivil Agreement (rebroadcast)Jul 31st

So much good stuff in this episode about identity, polarization, psychology, and argument. I can’t say I feel better after listening to it, but I definitely have a more thorough understanding of how we got to the current moment in politics.

159 - Uncivil Agreement (rebroadcast)

You Are Not So Smart

jspinelle echoed How Stitch Fix uses data to sell more clothes, and why CEO Katrina Lake hopes retail has a futureJul 30th

Interesting to hear that the vast majority of clothes are still purchased in physical stores. Katrina is really smart about focusing on incremental growth for Stitch Fix.

How Stitch Fix uses data to sell more clothes, and why CEO Katrina Lake hopes retail has a future

Recode Decode

jspinelle echoed Tracing the past, present, and future of protestsJul 29th

@mm @acserrano -I think you’ll like this one 😀 I highly recommend L.A.’s book How to Read a Protest.

Tracing the past, present, and future of protests

Democracy Works

jspinelle echoed The Rise of the Illiberal RightJul 21st

My friend Matt makes this podcast and is doing an amazing job with it. Highly recommend checking it out if you want to understand what’s happening with Republicans in the U.S. right now.

The Rise of the Illiberal Right

Know Your Enemy

jspinelle echoed Bob Garfield’s plan to save AmericaJul 19th

I love everything about the project described in this episode.

Bob Garfield’s plan to save America

The Kicker

jspinelle echoed #064 Life Online & Death In Reality (with Laurence Scott)Jul 18th

I read Laurence’s book Picnic Comma Lightning on vacation recently and, while I can’t tell you exactly what it’s about, I found it to be a fascinating glimpse into life in 2019. Hearing Laurence in interview helped me contextualize the book. I highly recommend the book and this interview about it!

#064 Life Online & Death In Reality (with Laurence Scott)

Under The Skin with Russell Brand

jspinelle echoed Scratch ‘n’ Sniff Stickers and the Indianapolis 500 Jul 15th

This is not the type of show I normally listen to, but I find John’s perspective interesting and thoughtful.

Scratch ‘n’ Sniff Stickers and the Indianapolis 500

The Anthropocene Reviewed

jspinelle echoed Episode 69: The Rise of the Inexplicable Republican Best FriendJul 9th

I read a lot of the people mentioned here - and have had some of them on my show! I will approach their work from a new perspective after listening to this episode.

Episode 69: The Rise of the Inexplicable Republican Best Friend

Citations Needed

jspinelle echoed Episode 77: Frugality Fables and the Poor-Shaming Grift of Financial Advice JournalismJul 5th

I’ll admit, I love a good “savings hero” story, but this episode will make me think twice the next time I read one.

Episode 77: Frugality Fables and the Poor-Shaming Grift of Financial Advice Journalism

Citations Needed

jspinelle echoed Sponsorship 101 for the Indie Podcaster with Jessica KupfermanJul 1st

I’m getting ready to approach my first sponsor and found this episode very helpful!

Sponsorship 101 for the Indie Podcaster with Jessica Kupferman

Podcasting Step by Step

jspinelle echoed Introducing Season 1: The College Admissions ScandalJun 27th

I used to work in college admissions and it’s scary how easy it is to make these things happen! Definitely recommend checking out this show.

Introducing Season 1: The College Admissions Scandal

Gangster Capitalism

jspinelle echoed Answering your questions about democracyJun 25th

Our mailbag episode is out - thank you for the questions 😀

Answering your questions about democracy

Democracy Works

jspinelle echoed The Square DealJun 24th

Fascinating look at a company town and the relationship between labor and capital. I wish the episode would have been longer!

The Square Deal

Radio Diaries

jspinelle echoed #139: Kirsten Powers—Behind the Scenes of the 24-Hour News CycleJun 20th

Really interesting take on the business side of the news. I don’t agree with everything the host said, but the perspective is worth considering.

#139: Kirsten Powers—Behind the Scenes of the 24-Hour News Cycle

Building a StoryBrand with Donald Miller | Clarify Your Message So Customers Will Listen

jspinelle echoed Episode 128: You're Worth It - The Power of Negotiation (part 1)Jun 18th

So much great information here about how to effectively negotiate. I never realized how much preparation matters!

Episode 128: You're Worth It - The Power of Negotiation (part 1)

The Broad Experience

jspinelle echoed Demons of DemocracyJun 13th

You don’t have to be a democracy nerd like me to appreciate this episode 😀

Demons of Democracy

Hi-Phi Nation

jspinelle echoed How to Rig an ElectionJun 12th

Really enjoying this series so far. It’s nice to hear political issues covered in a narrative way, as opposed to interviews and commentary.

How to Rig an Election

Power Corrupts

jspinelle echoed Actor Damian LewisJun 12th

This season of Billions was underwhelming IMO, but I could listen to Damian Lewis talk all day long 😀

Actor Damian Lewis

Fresh Air

jspinelle echoed Influencers: Frauds or the Future of Online Commerce?Jun 8th

This episode asks some very important questions questions about influencers and online life more broadly. I see a lot of parallels to the struggles of social media influences and burgeoning podcasters.

Influencers: Frauds or the Future of Online Commerce?

Crazy/Genius

jspinelle echoed How the Loss of Community Threatens Society With Raghuram RajanJun 8th

Very interesting to hear an economist making the case for civil society. Looking forward to reading his book!

How the Loss of Community Threatens Society With Raghuram Rajan

Big Brains

jspinelle echoed Dom Flemons - Part 1Jun 7th

Fascinating interview about the history of African American country and western music.

Dom Flemons - Part 1

The Show On The Road

jspinelle echoed How technology is changing music with Switched on Pop’s Charlie Harding and Nate SloanJun 2nd

Great discussion about how streaming services are changing the way music is produced and consumed. Are the changes for the better? For more on streaming music, I recommend signing up for the Penny Fractions newsletter on Revue.

How technology is changing music with Switched on Pop’s Charlie Harding and Nate Sloan

The Vergecast

jspinelle echoed Episode 141 - Hayes CarllMay 27th

Chris is a really good interviewer! He uses his own experience as a musician to draw out things that others would not be able to.

Episode 141 - Hayes Carll

"Walking The Floor" with Chris Shiflett

jspinelle echoed Demagogues are more common than you thinkMay 21st

Are you a demagogue? 🤔 According to Patricia Roberts-Miller, you might be. If you engage in political discussions online or offline, you’l find this episode valuable.

Demagogues are more common than you think

Democracy Works

jspinelle echoed Contrapoints on taking the trolls seriouslyMay 21st

Interesting discussion of the lineage between Richard Dawkins/Christopher Hutchins and Jordan Peterson/Sam Harris. I’d never thought of it that way!

Contrapoints on taking the trolls seriously

The Ezra Klein Show

jspinelle echoed What kind of news is cable news? (With Brian Stelter)May 17th

There’s a lot of truth to Brian’s notion that cable is increasingly a “conversation about the news” rather than solely reporting the news itself. I like hi optimism about what we can do once we accept that premise.

What kind of news is cable news? (With Brian Stelter)

The Ezra Klein Show

jspinelle echoed 194. Jared Diamond (Historian) – Look inward, Nation May 13th

Really interesting comparisons between small scale and large scale crises, and that that means for geopolitics.

194. Jared Diamond (Historian) – Look inward, Nation

Think Again – a Big Think Podcast

jspinelle echoed 276: Red in the Stars and Stripes?: A History of Socialism in AmericaMay 10th

I learned so much in this episode! The conversation with the Mayor of Jackson was especially interesting.

276: Red in the Stars and Stripes?: A History of Socialism in America

BackStory

jspinelle echoed The constitutional crisis episodeMay 10th

Given the rhetoric in Washington right now, I’m just going to let this here 😀

The constitutional crisis episode

Democracy Works

jspinelle echoed The American Family: Postponing Parenthood May 9th

Loving this series! I found the stories of motherhood in this episode particularly relatable as I grapple with some of the same decisions about having kids.

The American Family: Postponing Parenthood

After the Fact