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159. Jody Avirgan, ESPN's 30 For 30 Podcasts

46:54 | Jan 3rd

Lex speaks with ESPN'S Jody Avirgan, but he has a little help: He's joined by Harrison Goldberg and Brody Pontarelli from Grace Church High School. The three ask Jody about the process of turning popular documentary series 30 for 30 into an audio for...Show More

158. The 12 Shows of Late December The Wolf Den Holiday “Special Shows We’re Jealous Of Spectacular”: Stitcher New York Edition 2018

1:04:27 | Dec 20th, 2018

It's time for a holiday extravaganza! In this very special Wolf Den, Lex is joined by twelve guests from Stitcher’s New York office to talk about the Shows We're Jealous Of. Featuring Jenny Barish, Andy Slater, David Murray, Will Carey, Jared O’Conne...Show More

157. Martina Castro - CEO, Adonde Media

54:21 | Dec 6th, 2018

Martina Castro, CEO of globally-minded podcast production company Adonde Media, joins Lex on the Wolf Den. Martina tells Lex about the formation of Adonde Media, and its recent projects like El Chapo and Duolingo. Martina and Lex discuss the many opp...Show More

156. Erik Diehn, CEO of Stitcher

42:20 | Nov 22nd, 2018

Stitcher CEO Erik Diehn returns to join Lex on The Wolf Den. Erik gives updates of Midroll and Stitcher’s recent “brand rotation,” and how it affects the company’s strategy going forward. Then, Erik outlines how the the recent acquisition of Triton D...Show More

155. Berry Sykes, PodcastsInColor 

36:31 | Nov 8th, 2018

Berry Sykes of PodcastsInColor joins Lex on the Wolf Den. Berry and Lex discuss Berry’s journey from podcast superfan to creator of the largest directory of podcasts by and for people of color. Berry also gives her unique perspective on what podcast ...Show More

154. Chris Kelly, Pat Kelly of Kelly & Kelly Creative

39:31 | Oct 25th, 2018

Chris Kelly and Pat Kelly —from the aptly named podcast creative studio Kelly & Kelly and CBC’s This Is That — join Lex on the Wolf Den. Chris and Pat discuss This Is That’s upcoming tour, and inadvertently tricking listeners into thinking their sati...Show More

153. Dan Osit, Korri Kolesa, and Drew Welborn of Stitcher and Midroll Media

46:40 | Oct 11th, 2018

Stitcher’s own Dan Osit, Korri Kolesa, and Drew Welborn join Lex on The Wolf Den. The three tell Lex how they each came to work at Stitcher, and how their jobs have evolved. Later, the group gives its predictions for the future of the industry, and a...Show More

152. Ben Ratner, Producer at StarTalk Radio with Neil DeGrasse Tyson

41:15 | Sep 27th, 2018

Ben Ratner, video producer at StarTalk, joins Lex on the Wolf Den. Ben and Lex discuss Ben’s job experiences, including how an appearance on late night television led to a coveted internship. Ben also gives his unique perspective as both an audio and...Show More

151. Grant Rutter, NBC Entertainment Podcast Network

40:00 | Sep 13th, 2018

Grant Rutter, podcast producer at NBC Entertainment, joins Lex on the Wolf Den. The two discuss Grant’s journey through the ranks at NBC and how it led him to be their fist full-time podcast producer. Grant also details the production of The Good Pla...Show More

150. Dan Franks of Podcast Movement / Podchaser’s Bradley Davis

57:58 | Aug 30th, 2018

This week’s Wolf Den is two guests for the price of one, as Lex speaks with two entrepreneurs in the field podcasting. First, Lex talks with Dan Franks, co-founder of Podcast Movement, the first ever dedicated podcast convention. They discuss the his...Show More

149. Marco Arment, Overcast

1:35:14 | Aug 16th, 2018

Marco Arment, developer of podcast app Overcast, joins Lex on the Wolf Den. Lex and Marco discuss pretty much everything going on in podcasting today. The two debate the technical complications of dynamic ad insertion and how it affects both podcaste...Show More

148. Harry Nelson, Wolf Den Producer

45:17 | Aug 2nd, 2018

Harry Nelson, studio manager and producer at Earwolf New York, joins Lex on the Wolf Den. The two discuss the history of The Wolf Den, and how the show evolved over the past seven(!) years on the network. Harry also explains how a post on Reddit got ...Show More

147. Jay Soderberg, VP of Content at Voxnest 

41:58 | Jul 19th, 2018

Jay Soderberg, VP of Content at Voxnest — the parent company to Spreaker and BlogTalkRadio — joins Lex on the Wolf Den. The two discuss "Pod Vader's" long career at ESPN Radio, Voxnest’s mission to provide monetization for growing podcasts, and the r...Show More

146. Jake Hurwitz, Amir Blumenfeld, and Marty Michael, HeadGum Podcast Network co-founders

32:02 | Jul 5th, 2018

Jake Hurwitz, Amir Blumenfeld, and Marty Michael, co-founders of the HeadGum podcast network, join Lex on the Wolf Den. The four talk about how HeadGum came to be, and reveal the topic so controversial it almost tore the group apart. Jake and Amir al...Show More

145. Stuart Last, Chief Operating Officer at Audioboom

45:24 | Jun 21st, 2018

Stuart Last, Chief Operating Officer at Audioboom, joins Lex on the Wolf Den. Stuart discusses Audioboom’s failed “reverse takeover” of Triton Digital and the effect it’s had on the company. They also discuss the difficulties of building a creative c...Show More

144. Peter Vincer, Head of Global Strategic Partnerships at CastBox

39:19 | Jun 7th, 2018

Peter Vincer from the podcast platform and network Castbox joins Lex on The Wolf Den. The two discuss how Victor wound up working in audio, the benefits and growing pains of producing original content, as well as the future of programmatic advertisin...Show More

143. Jason Snell, Incomparable Podcast Network

51:22 | May 24th, 2018

Jason Snell from the Incomparable podcast network joins Lex on The Wolf Den. The two discuss Jason’s path to podcasting full time, the practical advantages of streaming episodes live, as well as the pros and cons of more companies making podcasts.  ...Show More

142. Alex Ramsey and Joe Cilio, Forever Dog Podcast Network

48:10 | May 10th, 2018

Alex Ramsey and Joe Cilio, co-founders of the Forever Dog Podcast Network, join Lex on The Wolf Den. The three discuss Forever Dog’s beginnings as a theater project, growing pains inherent to launching a podcast network, and if working in comedy ever...Show More

141. Ryan Natoli and Katy Yeiser, The Onion’s A Very Fatal Murder

45:47 | Apr 26th, 2018

Chris and Lex speak with Ryan Natoli and Katy Yeiser of The Onion’s true crime parody podcast, A Very Fatal Murder. They discuss the making of the show and what inspired it, as well as the shift from The Onion’s usual short-form storytelling structur...Show More

140. Leila Day, senior producer, Pineapple Street Media

42:05 | Apr 12th, 2018

Leila Day, senior producer at Pineapple Street Media, joins Chris and Lex on The Wolf Den to detail her experience establishing her style of audio journalism and how it led her to producing for KALW and Al Jazeera. Leila also discusses teaching story...Show More

139. Sarah van Mosel, Podcast Sales and Strategy, Market Enginuity 

51:01 | Mar 29th, 2018

Sarah van Mosel, Chief Podcast Sales and Strategy Officer at Market Enginuity joins Chris and Lex on the Wolf Den. The three discuss Market Enginuity’s unique role in podcast and public media advertising, outline the reasons various types of ads work...Show More

138. Gina Delvac, producer of Call Your Girlfriend

55:55 | Mar 15th, 2018

Gina Delvac, producer of the hit podcast Call Your Girlfriend joins Chris Bannon on The Wolf Den. Gina details her career in the audio industry, from public radio intern to podcast producer. The two also talk about the the delicate process of turning...Show More

137. Dan Misener and Steve Pratt, Pacific Content

47:14 | Mar 1st, 2018

Dan Misener and Steve Pratt of Pacific Content join Lex and Chris on the Wolf Den. The four discuss the early days and learning curves of branded content podcasts, how their time in traditional broadcasting prepared them for the industry, and the pro...Show More

136. Andrea Silenzi and Hillary Frank of The Longest Shortest Time

42:00 | Feb 15th, 2018

Andrea Silenzi and Hillary Frank join Chris and Lex on the Wolf Den to discuss Andrea taking over as host of The Longest Shortest Time. The four discuss the exciting challenges of a such a regime change, Hillary's new role as the show's as editor, an...Show More

135 Andrew Mason, CEO of Descript

43:19 | Feb 1st, 2018

Andrew Mason, CEO of Descript, joins Lex Friedman and Chris Bannon on The Wolf Den. Andrew details his new “audio word processor” Descript, and explains how it grew from his previous company Detour. The three also discuss the Andrew’s startup-themed ...Show More

134 Kerri Hoffman, CEO of PRX

39:00 | Jan 18th, 2018

Kerri Hoffman, CEO of PRX, joins Lex Friedman and Chris Bannon on The Wolf Den. The three discuss Kerri’s unconventional path from working for Greenpeace to the world of podcasting. Kerri then discusses PRX’s place in the industry, including their Po...Show More

133 Kristen Meinzer, Director of Non-fiction Programming at Panoply Media

44:09 | Dec 21st, 2017

Kristen Meinzer, Director of Non-fiction Programming and co-host of the By The Book podcast at Panoply Media, joins Lex Friedman and Chris Bannon on The Wolf Den. The three begin with an important conversation about workplace sexual misconduct and Kr...Show More

132. Laura Mayer, Executive Producer of Show Development 

44:53 | Dec 7th, 2017

Laura Mayer, Executive Producer of Show Development at Midroll Media joins Lex Friedman and Chris Bannon on The Wolf Den. The three discuss Laura’s past in radio and how she defines her current role at Midroll. Laura also outlines the development pro...Show More

131 Chris Giliberti, Head of Multiplatform at Gimlet Media

41:20 | Nov 23rd, 2017

Chris Giliberti, Head of Multiplatform at Gimlet Media joins Lex Friedman and Chris Bannon on The Wolf Den. The three discuss Giliberti's early days at Gimlet, and transition to his current position from his original role as Chief of Staff. Chris als...Show More

130 Colin Anderson, Executive Producer, Earwolf

41:52 | Nov 9th, 2017

Colin Anderson, Executive Producer of Earwolf joins Chris Bannon on The Wolf Den. The pair discuss Colin’s background as a BBC Radio producer and how that led to a job in podcasting across the pond. Colin also describes his idea of what makes a show ...Show More

129 Nathan Russell, Creative Director at UCB Comedy/Don't Think Productions

41:32 | Oct 26th, 2017

Nathan Russell, Creative Director at UCB Comedy/Don't Think Productions and host of the UCB Digital Podcast joins Lex Friedman on The Wolf Den. The two discuss Nathan’s beginnings as an improvisor at the theater and how that eventually led to running...Show More

128 Alison Hockenberry, Chief of Staff, Dubner Productions

45:37 | Oct 12th, 2017

Alison Hockenberry, chief of staff of Dubner Productions and executive producer of "Freakonomics Radio" and "Tell Me Something I Don't Know," joins Chris Bannon on The Wolf Den. The two discuss how Alison's background as a TV news producer eventually...Show More

127 Brendan Monaghan, CEO of Panoply

43:18 | Sep 29th, 2017

Brendan Monaghan, CEO of Panoply Media, joins Chris and Lex on the Wolf Den. The three discuss how journey from working at the digital arm of the Washington Post to podcasting at Panoply. Brendan also explains Panoply's Megaphone Targeted Marketplace...Show More

126 Binge Mode's Jason Concepcion, Mallory Rubin, and Zach Mack

34:46 | Sep 14th, 2017

Jason Concepcion and Mallory Rubin along with producer Zach Mack from The Ringer’s Binge Mode podcast join Chris on the Wolf Den. The four explain the thought process behind the unconventional rollout as well as the the rigors of releasing ten episod...Show More

125 Max Temkin of Cards Against Humanity and the Chicago Podcast Co-Op

53:10 | Aug 17th, 2017

Max Temkin, co-creator of Cards Against Humanity and the Chicago Podcast Cooperative, joins Chris and Lex on the Wolf Den. The three discuss how Cards Against Humanity went from a game created by high school friends to a highly profitable performance...Show More

124 Kathy Doyle, Senior Director of Audio for Macmillan Podcasts

42:59 | Aug 3rd, 2017

Kathy Doyle, senior director of audio for Macmillan Podcasts and the long-established Quick and Dirty Tips Network, joins Chris and Lex on the Wolf Den. The three discuss the creation of QDT, from its humble beginnings with Grammar Girl, to being fea...Show More

123 Samantha Henig, Editorial Director for Audio at the New York Times

54:08 | Jul 20th, 2017

Samantha Henig, Editorial Director for Audio at the New York Times, joins Chris Bannon on The Wolf Den. The two discuss the creation and challenges of her hugely successful new daily news podcast, The Daily, as well as new opportunities for short-for...Show More

122 Aaron Lammer, Co-Founder of Longform.org and host of Stoner

58:30 | Jul 6th, 2017

Aaron Lammer, co-host of the Longform Podcast, joins Chris Bannon on the Wolf Den. The two discuss the creation and evolution of the innovative website Lammer helped co-found, Longform.org, and how podcasting fits into his vision of the site's future...Show More

121 Bob Garfield, co-host of WNYC’s On The Media

50:09 | Jun 22nd, 2017

Bob Garfield, co-host of WNYC’s On The Media, joins Chris and Lex on The Wolf Den. Bob details the journey of his new podcast, The Genius Dialogues, from a Kickstarter campaign to its home on Audible Channels. The three also discuss podcasting busine...Show More

120 Erik Diehn, Midroll Media CEO

49:10 | May 15th, 2017

Midroll Media CEO Erik Diehn returns to The Wolf Den. The group discusses the formation of the East Coast office, the future of Stitcher, and the value of premium content and partnerships in podcasting.

119 Lauren Ober, Host of NPR's The Big Listen

49:04 | Apr 13th, 2017

Lauren Ober hosts the only nationally syndicated public radio program about podcasts, “The Big Listen.” She joins Chris Bannon and Lex Friedman on The Wolf Den to tell how the show got started at WAMU and what it was like to get picked up by NPR. Lau...Show More

118 Julie Shapiro, Radiotopia Executive Producer

50:28 | Feb 23rd, 2017

According to executive producer Julie Shapiro, Radiotopia is a unique podcast network that she likens to a punk rock record label, bringing together independent shows to help support and grow them. But how does a show get “signed” to Radiotopia? Juli...Show More

117 Hernan Lopez, Wondery Founder and CEO

42:56 | Dec 22nd, 2016

Go inside one of the most talked-about new entrants in podcasting with Hernan Lopez, a cable television veteran who founded Wondery at the start of the year. He joins the Wolf Den to discuss that transition from video to audio with hosts Chris Bannon...Show More

116 Ken Doctor, Media Analyst

47:31 | Nov 24th, 2016

The podcasting industry is often characterized as being like the “Wild West,” which is very similar to how digital publishing was regarded in the 1990s. Media analyst Ken Doctor was at the forefront of journalism’s first online forays while working a...Show More

115 Max Linsky, Co-founder of Pineapple Street Media and Longform

49:39 | Oct 13th, 2016

Max Linsky has the rare opportunity to spend time making a podcast with Hillary Clinton while she’s on the campaign trail. On this episode Max gives Chris and Lex a behind-the-scenes glimpse at that show, “With Her,” and the new podcasting company th...Show More

114 Rena Unger, Lead for IAB's Digital Audio Committee

37:24 | Sep 15th, 2016

Rena Unger has a uniquely comprehensive view of the digital audio industry. She’s worked on the brand side, on the content side, and now helps to guide and grow the industry as as whole as the Director of Industry Initiatives at the Interactive Adver...Show More

113 Myke Hurley, Relay.fm Co-Founder

54:45 | Sep 1st, 2016

If you've ever dreamed of starting your own podcast network, this episode is for you. Myke Hurley is a veteran podcaster and the co-founder of Relay.fm, a popular and highly regarded tech podcast network with 20 shows. He joins Lex Friedman in the Wo...Show More

112 Adam Ragusea, Host of The Pub Podcast

1:05:03 | Aug 18th, 2016

What are the biggest challenges facing public radio, and how does podcasting fit into the equation? Those are just a couple of the big questions that guest Adam Ragusea tackles in this spirited discussion with hosts Chris Bannon and Lex Friedman. Ada...Show More

111 Manoush Zomorodi, Note to Self Host and Managing Editor

56:55 | Aug 4th, 2016

Through her WNYC podcast and radio program “Note to Self” Manoush Zomorodi is exploring how technology affects culture, the way we work and the way we live our lives. She guests on the Wolf Den to discuss how that curiosity has led to projects on her...Show More

110 Eric Nuzum, Audible VP of Original Content

51:48 | Jul 21st, 2016

Learn all about Audible's new Channels podcast line-up with Eric Nuzum, the company’s Vice President of Original Content. He joins new co-hosts Chris Bannon and Lex Friedman in the Wolf Den to explain what Channels is, and how the effort intends to g...Show More

109 Midroll's Erik Diehn and Lex Friedman

1:03:20 | Jul 7th, 2016

Find out what’s happening behind the scenes at Midroll and Earwolf during this very busy summer, as Midroll's Erik Diehn and Lex Friedman join Adam for his very last episode hosting The Wolf Den. Adam recently stepped aside from his position of CEO a...Show More

108 Matt Lieber, President of Gimlet Media

47:57 | Jun 23rd, 2016

On this episode Matt Lieber provides some insight on what makes his company, Gimlet Media, tick. He is the president of Gimlet, which produces popular podcasts like Reply All, Surprisingly Awesome, and Startup, the company’s first show, which also do...Show More

107 Sarah Thyre and Franklin Leonard: Live at Fast Company Creative Counter-Conference

55:19 | Jun 9th, 2016

Dig deep into the business of podcasting with this episode of The Wolf Den, recorded live at a Fast Company Creative Counter-Conference event hosted at the Earwolf studios in Hollywood. Adam moderates a panel with Earwolf hosts Sarah Thyre (“Crybabie...Show More

106 Chris Gethard of Beautiful Stories From Anonymous People

1:00:08 | May 26th, 2016

Comedian and Jersey boy Chris Gethard wasn’t quite ready to host one of the hottest and most popular podcasts around. As he explains to Adam Sachs on this episode of The Wolf Den, he thought there would be some time in the first few months to feel it...Show More

105 Scott Aukerman and Chris Bannon

50:38 | May 12th, 2016

Adam gets Scott Aukerman in the guest chair for the first time as host of "The Wolf Den," along with Chris Bannon, Midroll Media’s chief content officer, to talk about the state of Earwolf and Howl. Hear Scott do his best Paul Scheer impression as he...Show More

104 Laura Walker, New York Public Radio President and CEO

39:12 | Apr 28th, 2016

Laura Walker is the president and CEO of New York Public Radio, the largest public radio station group in the US, and a well-known leader in podcasting, though its flagship station WNYC. In fact, it was the first public station to release a podcast, ...Show More

103 Hillary Frank, The Longest Shortest Time Host and Creator

42:47 | Apr 14th, 2016

Hillary Frank got into radio by breaking the rules, using a boombox and an answering machine to produce a segment for This American Life. She is the host of the leading parenting podcast The Longest Shortest Time, which joined Earwolf in January 2016...Show More

102 Stephen J. Dubner of Question of the Day and Freakonomics Radio

55:27 | Mar 31st, 2016

As a widely respected journalist, best-selling author and creator/host of one of the most popular podcasts—Freakonomics Radio--Stephen Dubner is in a unique position to analyze the state of podcasting. He joins Adam to tackle this and other meaty top...Show More

101 The Food Episode with Jon Gabrus and Zach Brooks

1:13:49 | Mar 17th, 2016

Adam sometimes likes to grab lunch with his friend, food writer and podcaster Zach Brooks (Food Is The New Rock). This time they brought along comedian and podcaster Jon Gabrus (High and Mighty), and an audio recorder to capture their conversation ri...Show More

100 Jad Abumrad, Creator of Radiolab

50:52 | Mar 3rd, 2016

For this extra-special 100th episode of The Wolf Den, Adam talks with the very first MacArthur Fellow to be on the show, Jad Abumrad. Jad is the creator and co-host of Radiolab, a public radio show heard on more than 500 stations, and one of the most...Show More

Highlights from 6 Years of The Wolf Den

57:17 | Feb 18th, 2016

Just before The Wolf Den hits its 100th episode milestone, Adam takes a brief listen back to relive some highlights in what's been an exciting six years in the evolution and growth of Midroll, and podcasting. Adam shares early clips from podcast inno...Show More

98 Mishy Harman of Israel Story

42:16 | Feb 4th, 2016

Mishy Harman first heard This American Life on a road trip across the United States, listening to a compilation of shows provided by his college roommate. That binge inspired the Jerusalem native to co-create Israel Story, a radio show and podcast fo...Show More

97 Guy Raz, Host of NPR's TED Radio Hour

43:21 | Jan 21st, 2016

Guy Raz is the host of NPR's TED Radio Hour, which has consistently been at the top of the iTunes charts since it debuted in 2012. He is Adam’s guest for an episode that no public radio or podcast fan should miss. Guy explains how the idea for the sh...Show More

96 Brian Koppelman, Screenwriter/Producer/Essayist

43:17 | Jan 7th, 2016

Brian Koppelman believes people who accomplish remarkable things do something differently than most other. The screenwriter, producer and essayist thinks they marshall the best of themselves in the low moments, as well as the high ones. Learning abou...Show More

95 Susanne Reber and Delaney Hall of Reveal

39:27 | Dec 24th, 2015

Reveal is a public radio show and podcast that features a kind of in-depth investigative reporting rarely heard in either medium. Susanne Reber, co-founder and executive editor of Reveal, and reporter and broadcast producer Delaney Hall join Adam to ...Show More

94 Paul F. Tompkins of SPONTANEANATION

47:23 | Dec 10th, 2015

How does Paul F. Tompkins manage his email? Will there ever be another episode of the Pod F. Tompkast? What is it like to do more than 100 episodes of Comedy Bang Bang? All these questions, and more, will be answered on this episode of The Wolf Den, ...Show More

93 Anne Wootton, Pop Up Archive CEO & Co-Founder

47:55 | Nov 26th, 2015

With all the podcasts and audio content being produced, how do we make it more searchable, findable, and shareable, and then preserve it for the ages? Pop Up Archive is a start-up aiming to address those challenges. Anne Wootton is the company’s co-f...Show More

92 Jenna Weiss-Berman, Buzzfeed's Director of Audio

47:59 | Nov 12th, 2015

Learn the story behind Hillary Clinton’s headline-grabbing interview on Another Round, along with how Lena Dunham’s new podcast, Women of the Hour, came together.  Plus there are many other juicy tidbits for podcast nerds on this episode, as Buzzfeed...Show More

91 Rabia Chaudry of Undisclosed

33:28 | Oct 29th, 2015

Learn the back story of how the case of Adnan Syed came to the attention of Serial producer Sarah Koenig from the person who first contacted her, Rabia Chaudry.  Herself an attorney, Rabia now co-hosts her own podcast, Undisclosed, in which she and f...Show More

90 Ryan Hoover, Founder of Product Hunt

35:26 | Oct 15th, 2015

Ryan Hoover is the founder of Product Hunt, a website and online community that has been described as Reddit for tech products. The site recently added a section dedicated to podcasts, and Ryan tells Adam what exactly Product Hunt is, how it got star...Show More

89 Erik Diehn, Midroll Media VP of Business Development

48:34 | Oct 1st, 2015

Adam goes deep into the business of podcasting with Erik Diehn, Midroll Media's VP of Business Development, touching on how Erik finds and signs new shows, how public radio came to dominate the top of the charts, and on the advertising technologies l...Show More

88 David Raphael, CEO of Public Media Marketing

50:49 | Sep 17th, 2015

Go behind the scenes of the sponsorships that support top public radio podcasts—like This American Life, The Moth, and Serial—with Adam’s guest David Raphael, founder and CEO of Public Media Marketing. David recalls how his career in public media cau...Show More

87 Lea Thau, Creator and Host of Strangers

1:08:33 | Sep 3rd, 2015

Lea Thau is one of the strongest influencers of the modern storytelling style that has taken off in radio, television, advertising, and, of course, podcasting. She is a Peabody Award-winning producer and director, the former executive director of The...Show More

86 Chris Bannon and Gretta Cohn of Midroll

42:00 | Aug 20th, 2015

Get the inside scoop on Earwolf, Wolfpop, and now, Howl on this episode of The Wolf Den. Adam’s guests are Midroll Media’s Chief Content Officer Chris Bannon and Senior Producer Gretta Cohn. They shed some light on how they work with the networks’ ho...Show More

85 Marc Maron of WTF

54:26 | Aug 6th, 2015

Marc Maron joins Adam for this instant-classic episode of The Wolf Den, recorded live on stage at Podcast Movement 2015. Marc shares his thoughts on having President Obama on his own podcast, WTF, and his take on the press coverage that only focused ...Show More

84 Adam Symson and JB Kropp, EW Scripps

41:10 | Jul 22nd, 2015

Breaking news: In a landmark deal for podcasting, Midroll Media has been acquired by E.W. Scripps, a titan of media and journalism, old and new. Adam sits down with Scripps' Chief Digital Officer and Senior Vice President of Digital Media, Adam Symso...Show More

83 Crissle West, The Read Co-host

31:36 | Jul 9th, 2015

Crissle West is the co-host of the enormously popular podcast The Read, and she joins Adam in The Wolf Den to talk about her experience in podcasting, and growing the diversity of voices heard in the medium. Crissle shares the story of how she met he...Show More

82 Franklin Leonard, CEO and Founder of The Black List

48:09 | Jun 25th, 2015

Hollywood meets podcasting with guest Franklin Leonard, founder and CEO of The Black List, and host of the Wolfpop show, The Black List Table Reads. Franklin tells Adam Sachs how The Black List began as an informal survey he did just looking for good...Show More

81 Nick Quah of Hot Pod

39:41 | Jun 11th, 2015

One of the podcasting industry's leading observers, Nick Quah, is Adam’s guest on this edition of The Wolf Den. Nick is the editor of Hot Pod email newsletter, which, in less than nine months, has turned into the de facto industry journal for podcast...Show More

80 Chris Morrow, Loud Speakers CEO & Co-Founder

43:41 | May 28th, 2015

Loud Speakers Network co-founder and CEO Chris Morrow joins Adam for an interview that is a must-listen for anyone who has wanted to know how a successful podcast network finds talent and develops shows. Loud Speakers is a hip-hop and urban focused n...Show More

79 Kristoffer Triumf, Host of Varvet

24:01 | May 14th, 2015

Adam’s guest is Kristoffer Triumf, host and producer of one of the most popular podcasts in Sweden, Värvet. This long-form celebrity interview show has been in production since 2012. Kristoffer talks about what influenced him to get into podcasting. ...Show More

78 Dan Carlin, Host of Hardcore History

51:02 | Apr 30th, 2015

Veteran podcaster Dan Carlin has been hosting the perennially popular Common Sense podcast since 2005, and in 2014 iTunes named his Hardcore History podcast the best classic podcast of the year. He’s Adam’s guest for this episode of the Wolf Den, det...Show More

77 Alex Blumberg, Co-founder and CEO of Gimlet Media

55:56 | Apr 16th, 2015

Public radio veteran Alex Blumberg returns to The Wolf Den, nearly a year after he told then-host Jeff Ullrich about his plans for a new podcasting company. Now Alex is the co-founder and CEO of Gimlet Media, which produces the popular StartUp and Re...Show More

76 Adam Carolla, Comedian/Podcaster/Filmmaker

42:19 | Apr 2nd, 2015

Comedian, television host, author, filmmaker and podcaster Adam Carolla joins Adam Sachs on The Wolf Den to discuss the business side of his many endeavors.  Carolla recalls that the idea to podcast was born from the fact that his morning show on ter...Show More

75 Micah Rosenbloom, Managing Partner of Founder Collective

44:23 | Mar 19th, 2015

Adam's guest is Micah Rosenbloom, who joins for a lively discussion about the role of podcasting in entrepreneurship and venture capital. Micah is Managing Partner of the Founder Collective, an early stage venture capital firm that funded companies l...Show More

74 Jack O'Brien, Cracked Editor-in-Chief

48:41 | Mar 5th, 2015

Cracked Editor-in-Chief Jack O’Brien joins Adam for a repeat Wolf Den appearance. On his first time guesting (episode #32 in 2011) Jack met Jeff Ullrich for the first time, and didn’t even have a podcast yet. Now he hosts the Cracked Podcast, a succe...Show More

73 Semil Shah, Venture Capital Advisor & Investor

49:42 | Feb 19th, 2015

Semil Shah shares a valuable investor’s perspective on the business of podcasting for episode 73 of The Wolf Den. Semil is a venture capital advisor and investor, an active blogger and columnist, and was part of the team that developed and marketed t...Show More

72 Joel Stein, Time magazine columnist, Journalist, and Author

49:17 | Feb 5th, 2015

Time magazine columnist, journalist, and author Joel Stein joins Adam for a spirited discussion that traverses the circuitous pathway between old and new media. Joel talks about why he chose to go with old media when he got out of college in the 90s-...Show More

71 Lex Friedman, Midroll's EVP of Sales and Development

44:03 | Jan 22nd, 2015

Lex Friedman, Midroll’s EVP of Sales and Development, joins Adam to pull the curtain back on this fun “inside Midroll Media” episode of The Wolf Den. Lex tells the story of how he got started selling podcast ads—despite not having a sales background-...Show More

70 Noah Shanok, Stitcher CEO & co-founder

47:04 | Jan 8th, 2015

Noah Shanok is Adam's guest for this edition of The Wolf Den. He is the co-founder and former CEO of Stitcher, the popular on-demand podcast and Internet radio service. Stitcher was an early innovator in podcasting, coming on the scene when Blackberr...Show More

69 Neil deGrasse Tyson, host of StarTalk Radio

31:32 | Dec 18th, 2014

Adam’s guest for this episode is the world’s best known astrophysicist--and an amazingly talented podcast host--Neil deGrasse Tyson. In this don’t-miss episode Neil discusses how hosting the StarTalk Radio podcast serves his mission to educate the pu...Show More

68 Adam Rymer, Nerdist Industries President

41:08 | Dec 4th, 2014

Nerdist Industries President Adam Rymer is the guest for this episode of The Wolf Den, discussing how the Nerdist brand went from being Chris Hardwick’s website and podcast to becoming an agile and fast-growing digital media company, now part of Lege...Show More

67 Aisha Tyler of Girl On Guy

53:12 | Nov 20th, 2014

Adam’s guest is the multi-talented actress, comedian, and author Aisha Tyler. Many listeners may know her best for the very popular Girl On Guy podcast, which she hosts and produces. In this conversation Aisha shares how she started out just wanting ...Show More

66 Wolfpop Curator Paul Scheer & Podcast Developer Matt Gourley

53:16 | Nov 5th, 2014

Earwolf and Midroll Media just launched a new podcast network: Wolfpop. Curator Paul Scheer and Podcast Developer Matt Gourley join Adam for this conversation recorded six hours after Wolfpop went live (and an all-nighter for Adam). They talk about h...Show More

65 Chris Erwin, Head of Operations for Big Frame

46:52 | Oct 16th, 2014

Adam’s guest is Chris Erwin, Head of Operations for Big Frame. The company, which was acquired this year by DreamWorks, is often called a multichannel network, or MCN, while Chris describes Big Frame as, "a new-era entertainment company for teens and...Show More

64 Tim Ferriss, Author of The 4-Hour Workweek/Body/Chef

55:31 | Oct 2nd, 2014

As Tim Ferriss  explains on this episode of The Wolf Den, he views himself as a teacher who does a lot of self-experimentation and then shares the results in his books like The 4-Hour Work Week, The 4-Hour Body and The 4-Hour Chef, and on his blog. ...Show More

63 James Altucher, Entrepreneur/Author/Blogger/Podcaster

41:56 | Sep 18th, 2014

Adam’s guest on this episode is James Altucher , a successful entrepreneur, investor, board member, bestselling author, and blogger. He also recently became a podcaster, hosting the popular twice-a-week James Altucher Show and the daily Ask Altucher...Show More

62 Howard Lindzon, Co-Founder of StockTwits

47:26 | Sep 4th, 2014

Howard Lindzon is the guest for Adam's first episode as host. Howard is a financial analyst, angel investor and hedge fund manager, best known for founding StockTwits, the social network for investors. He’s also a witty guy who created and sold a suc...Show More

61 Adam Sachs, CEO of Midroll Media/Earwolf

1:00:57 | Aug 21st, 2014

This is Jeff's last episode. It's also the one where he passes the torch to Adam Sachs, The Wolf Den's new host and the new CEO of Earwolf's parent company, Midroll Media. They talk about why Jeff started the show, and Jeff offers some friendly advic...Show More

60 - Scott Aukerman, Co-Founder of Earwolf

51:11 | Aug 7th, 2014

Scott Aukerman of Comedy Bang! Bang! fame and Earwolf co-founder joins Jeff to discuss a big change: Jeff is moving out of his role as Earwolf and Midroll Media CEO to become Chairman of the company. They talk about the early days of Earwolf, and som...Show More

59 Kevin Smith, SModCast Founder

59:30 | Jun 12th, 2014

The multitalented Kevin Smith is Jeff’s guest for this episode of The Wolf Den. Kevin says that he’ll always be called “director Kevin Smith,” but the truth is that he’s “done way more podcasts” than films. He tells Jeff why he got started podcasting...Show More

58 Chris Hardwick, Chief Nerdist

51:31 | May 22nd, 2014

Chief Nerdist Chris Hardwick returns to The Wolf Den for the first time in four years. He and Jeff get caught up with everything going on in the Nerdist world, and how Chris keeps on top of having a podcast, a Comedy Central TV show, and being the CE...Show More

57 Alex Blumberg of This American Life

38:32 | May 8th, 2014

Public radio producer Alex Blumberg enters The Wolf Den to discuss the entrepreneurial future of audio journalism. Alex is a long-standing producer for This American Life and the co-founder of the NPR podcast and radio program Planet Money. He tells ...Show More

56 Ellen Weiss, VP of E.W. Scripps Co.'s News Bureau

46:03 | Apr 24th, 2014

Ellen Weiss is vice president and bureau chief for E.W. Scripps Company's multimedia news bureau. She joins Jeff from Washington DC to discuss podcasting's new frontiers in journalism. They talk about Ellen's distinguished career in news at NPR and t...Show More

55 Brendan McDonald, WTF producer

57:07 | Apr 10th, 2014

Though he is rarely heard from on his own, Marc Maron says he considers WTF producer Brendan McDonald, “half of the show.” On this episode of The Wolf Den Brendan steps out of the producer’s chair and in front of the microphone. He tells Jeff how his...Show More

54 David Plotz of Slate

56:49 | Apr 4th, 2014

Editor & Chief of Slate and Political Gabfest host David Plotz joins Jeff to talk about all of the new changes that have occurred in the world of podcasting. They'll discuss the value and downsides regarding live shows for podcasts, David's current i...Show More

53 Paul Riismandel of RadioSurvivor

53:46 | Dec 30th, 2013

All the way from Portland, Paul Riismandel of RadioSurvivor.com joins Jeff to discuss many important things in the world of podcasting. They’ll talk about the sustainability of podcasting, the discoverability of podcasts, and the difficulty of buildi...Show More

52 David Lidsky of Fast Company

1:21:14 | Nov 13th, 2013

Deputy Editor of Fast Company and podcast enthusiast David Lidsky joins Jeff all the way from New York for a special episode of the Wolf Den that we hope will get some press! David gives us a quick history of business media, tells us how Fast Company...Show More

51 What's Up With Earwolf?

55:30 | Sep 16th, 2013

It’s the triumphant return of Peter Moses who once again interviews Jeff about all the things that have changed with Earwolf since they talked almost 2 years ago. They’ll discuss the early days of recording in a roach infested studio, some of the sur...Show More

50 Chris Fealy of Nerdist

47:48 | May 20th, 2013

General manager of Nerdist Industries and all around good guy Chris Fealy is here to squash any thoughts of there being any sort of Nerdist vs. Earwolf rivalry. He joins Jeff to discuss expanding a podcast network into different mediums which include...Show More

49 Slate.com's Andy Bowers

25:50 | May 1st, 2013

It’s been 16 months since the last episode but The Wolf Den is back with Slate.com’s Andy Bowers. He’s here to discuss the mood of podcasting, how radio will survive with the increasing amount of audio on demand choices, and finding a balance between...Show More

48 Hello 2012!

31:20 | Jan 12th, 2012

This week's The Wolf Den is short but sweet! Get an update on the status of this podcast, a look back at Earwolf 2011, an announcement of a cool future episode, and several other business announcements that might be of interest. We'll see you in a fe...Show More

47 Drew Droege

58:49 | Dec 29th, 2011

Drew Droege treated us to Glitter in the Garbage for a year here on Earwolf. Now he joins Jeff in The Wolf Den to discuss his life in the south, the mistakes he made as a young artist, the relationship between comedian and businessman, and the fallac...Show More

46 David Kahn of SModcast

42:44 | Dec 22nd, 2011

One of the most successful podcasting networks is Kevin Smith's SModcast. After we had so much fun and learned so much with Bagged and Boarded's Matt Cohen, it was a no brainer to invite David Kahn to The Wolf Den. He is in charge of advertising and ...Show More

45 Walking The Room

1:44:14 | Dec 8th, 2011

Greg Behrendt and Dave Anthony have a podcast called Walking the Room that is considered by many "a podcaster's podcast." They leave their closet to join us in The Wolf Den to talk to us about the way the podcast has changed their careers, how listen...Show More

44 HijiNKS ENSUE

1:06:32 | Dec 2nd, 2011

There seems to be a connection between podcasting and graphic design. There are so many amazing artists out there who make podcast art. Joel Watson from HijiNKS ENSUE has given us two popular show logos and he is here on The Wolf Den to tell us about...Show More

43 Earwolf Thanksgiving

34:37 | Nov 25th, 2011

Since we're so thankful for all you wonderful listeners, we decided to put together a last minute The Wolf Den with everyone in the office. You'll hear both our wonderful engineers, Cyrus and Dustin, our tech wizard Shahruz, our financial guru Dave, ...Show More

42 How Did This Get Made?

1:11:09 | Nov 17th, 2011

How Did This Get Made? has been on a roll lately. They've had guests like Lexi Alexander, director of Punisher: War Zone, Greg Sestero from The Room, and just performed a live show at Largo with Damon Lindelof and Superman's Jack O'Halloran. As we ap...Show More

41 The Chris Gethard Show

1:19:12 | Nov 10th, 2011

The Chris Gethard Show is just the latest crazy, hilarious, original project from Chris Gethard. Chris has spent the last few years dreaming up some of the coolest comedy projects to come out of New York City. He's used his brilliance to bring Diddy ...Show More

40 5 Second Films

1:07:08 | Nov 3rd, 2011

According to Ben Gigli of 5 Second Films, making friends with your fellow content providers is imperative to having success online. We took that advice before he even gave it and had him on The Wolf Den to discuss Youtube monetization, understanding ...Show More

39 Jimmy Pardo: Never Not Funny

58:30 | Oct 27th, 2011

Jimmy Pardo came to Earwolf to record Who Charted?  and we couldn't let him leave without a good solid brain-picking on the world of podcasting. His show Never Not Funny played (and continues to play) such a important role in the growth and developm...Show More

38 AV Club's Steve Heisler

58:06 | Oct 20th, 2011

Steve Heisler has a life that I'm sure many Earwolf fans envy: He writes about comedy for The AV Club, Vulture and Variety, he produces comedy for the Just For Laughs festival, and he performs comedy of his very own! If you aspire to create a career ...Show More

37 What's It Like At Earwolf?

43:44 | Oct 13th, 2011

The week Jeff once again breaks the mold of what The Wolf Den is by podcasting all by himself (and with a little help from our brilliant engineer Dustin and our financial miracle worker Dave). We'd like to give you a once over of where Earwolf is rig...Show More

36 Who Uses Yourcast?

1:00:42 | Oct 6th, 2011

When we relaunched Earwolf.com, we added a section called Yourcast that would allow podcasters to advertise on our site. For this week's The Wolf Den, we've asked two of our Yourcast users (Jacob Munford from Lobstercast and Cameron Buchholtz from CB...Show More

34 Who Is Peter Kafka?

1:03:37 | Sep 22nd, 2011

Jeff has used his skills of deceit and trickery to get a truly wonderful guest for the week: Peter Kafka from All Things Digital. This guy has worked for Forbes Magazine and a major Wall Street banker and guess what? He's a podcast geek! Jeff and Pet...Show More

33 Who Runs Funny or Die?

58:17 | Sep 15th, 2011

Hopefully most of you have visited Funny or Die since Monday and know about our new partnership with them. If you haven't, this episode will answer a lot of questions. Even if you have, you'll learn from Dick Glover, President of Funny or Die, how th...Show More

32 Who Runs Cracked?

1:07:01 | Sep 8th, 2011

Cracked.com  is one of the internet's most popular comedy locales. Jack O'Brien is the mastermind behind this magazine-turned-website and he's here on The Wolf Den to talk web analytics, book publishing, flashbulb memory and more. Learn a bit about t...Show More

31 What Is Dead Frog?

1:00:36 | Sep 1st, 2011

Todd Jackson is a comedy writer and entrepreneur who hopped from Cracked Magazine to Comedy Central before creating the comedy website Dead-Frog . He joins Jeff on this unusual episode to discuss 9/11, strange-sounding networking advice, and the pot...Show More

30 Who Works for SModcast?

49:29 | Aug 25th, 2011

Matt Cohen is one of very few full-time podcast producers. In addition to hosting his own show Bagged and Boarded, he produces Mohr Stories and has a long-standing relationship with SModcast. He joins The Wolf Den to discuss the relationship between ...Show More

29 Who Is Baratunde Thurston?

1:18:58 | Aug 18th, 2011

If you haven't asked yourself this question yet, you will after listening to this episode! Part political activist, part social media innovator, and one-hundred-percent hilarious, Baratunde joins Jeff this week to discuss the evolution of entertainme...Show More

28 Did You Miss Me?

1:04:54 | Aug 11th, 2011

The Wolf Den is finally back! In exchange for the several week absence, we have a great episode for you all featuring Jeff Rubin of Collegehumor, Nerd Alert, The Jeff Rubin Jeff Rubin Show and more. He explains the complicated (yet awesome) science o...Show More

27 Why is Jeff Still Home?

30:12 | Jul 21st, 2011

Jeff is back once again from his apartment to give us all a quick run down of Earwolf news. Topics of the day: The Earwolf Challenge, our FunnyorDie partnership, and our forthcoming advisory board. Of course, it wouldn't be The Wolf Den without "Prea...Show More

26 Well That Was Weird

38:42 | Jul 14th, 2011

For the first time, Jeff records an episode from his apartment and without guests. He monologues about trying to survive a rough week at Earwolf, why you should pursue your passion and how to afford titty bars. He also plays messages from listeners a...Show More

25 Who Is The Nerdist?

1:15:13 | Jul 7th, 2011

It seems like every time you click refresh on the Nerdist website there is new cool stuff happening. What started as a blog and transitioned into a podcast is now a television pilot, a live performance space at Meltown Comics, a podcasting network, a...Show More

24 Who Are Our Superfans?

1:09:02 | Jun 30th, 2011

We love all our Earwolf listeners and are impressed by their contributions to the network as fans. This episode celebrates those listeners by speaking to three of our biggest superfans: Dustin Martian, Julia Hays, and Mike McCawley. They all started ...Show More

23 Where Is Sklarbro Country?

1:02:20 | Jun 23rd, 2011

It took us long enough, but we finally have Earwolf hosts on The Wolf Den! Those hosts are Randy and Jason Sklar of Sklarbro Country, our sports-themed comedy show that comes out every Friday. You might underestimate their awareness of download numbe...Show More

22 Who Built Our Website?

1:12:10 | Jun 16th, 2011

Now that the dust has settled and we've all taken a few naps, we're ready to discuss Earwolf 2.0! The bulk of the Earwolf team is in the studio with The Plop List's Joel Mandelkorn to talk through the new Earwolf: What we're proud of, what we want to...Show More

21 Who Listens To Earwolf?

41:29 | Jun 9th, 2011

Our primary job with The Wolf Den is to inform our listeners about who we are. So who better to have as a guest than one of our smart, funny listeners? Natan is a graduate student at DePaul University and when he asked for help with a project we gave...Show More

20 What is Earbits?

1:03:55 | Jun 2nd, 2011

Each week on The Wolf Den we learn more about the state of digital media as it pertains to comedy and podcasting. This week we have guests from the world of music to talk about the unique struggles of their industry. Yotam Rosenbaum and Joey Flores a...Show More

19 What is Never Not Funny?

1:03:50 | May 26th, 2011

We're back this week with Matt Belknap. While he discussed the origins of AST and Never Not Funny  last week , we learn this week about the growth of podcasting since his involvement. The ever divisive issue of podcast monetization comes up and Matt ...Show More

18 What Is AST?

54:47 | May 19th, 2011

AST, or A Special Thing, is quite enigmatic in that it's a message board, a comedy news site, a record company, and the original internet home of many podcasts. Over the last ten years, Matt Belknap has turned his hobby for comedy and desire for arti...Show More

17 What is The Homes?

54:55 | May 16th, 2011

John Cabrera is the filmmaker and musician responsible for the web musical  The Homes . So what does he think about this new media age? Jeff and John discuss the waning desire for tactile media, the evolution of web content, and the relationship betw...Show More