Sampler

Sampler

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Sampler brings you the best moments from the world of podcasts. We'll feature bite size tastes from a variety of shows plus we'll talk with podcasters to find out why they do what they do. Sampler is hosted by Brittany Luse and a different special guest each week.

Episodes

#31 True Crime  

"True Crime" is perhaps the most talked about genre in podcasting but it's also a type of podcast that Brittany just can't stomach. Tracy Clayton of Buzzfeed's Another Round joins the show to discuss her love of these shows. Plus, Brittany talks to the creators of the only true crime podcast she's been able to enjoy.

And a warning: since this episode is about true crime, the content may be disturbing to some listeners. There will be descriptions of sexual assault and violent crime, so please proceed with caution.

Episode #31 features clips from the following shows (please click below for hyperlink to episodes):

Sword & Scale, Episode 61

Criminal, Episode 39

In the Dark by American Public Media

The Facts:

This episode was produced by Sarah Abdurrahman, Kate Parkinson-Morgan and Brittany Luse.

It was edited by Annie-Rose Strasser and Peter Clowney

Our theme music was made by Micah Vellian and our ad music was made by Mark Phillips.

Additional music in the show was by Phil Stancil and Bobby Lord.

The show was mixed by Matthew Boll.

Sampler is a production of Gimlet Media.

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#30 'Ladies of Flavor'  

Aminatou Sow, co-host of the Call Your Girlfriend podcast, joins Brittany to talk about cultural expectations of women.

**Warning, this episode contains adult language**

Episode #30 features clips from the following shows (please click below for hyperlink to episodes):

Strangers, "The Waxing Virgin - Then and Now"

Radio Diaries, "Episode 49: Majd's Diary, Two Years in the Life of a Saudi Girl"

The Facts:

"The Waxing Virgin" from Strangers was produced by Lea Thau and Paul Dreux Smith.

"Majd's Diary," from Radio Diaries, was produced by Sarah Kate Kramer and Joe Richman of Radio Diaries, with help from Nellie Gilles and editing from Deborah George and Ben Shapiro.

This episode of Sampler was produced by Sarah Abdurrahman, Kate Parkinson-Morgan and Brittany Luse.

It was edited by Annie-Rose Strasser and Peter Clowney.

Our theme music was made by Micah Vellian and our ad music was made by Mark Phillips.

The show was mixed by Zack Schmidt and Bobby Lord.

Sampler is a production of Gimlet Media.

Our Sponsor:

Blue Apron (Get your first two meals for free using http://www.blueapron.com/Sampler)

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#29 'Cheat Codes'  

Brittany shares one of her all-time favorite podcasts.

Episode #29 features clips from the following shows (please click below for hyperlink to episodes):

Myleik Teele's Podcast

The Facts

This episode was produced by Sarah Abdurrahman, Kate Parkinson-Morgan and Brittany Luse.

It was edited by Annie-Rose Strasser and Peter Clowney.

Our theme music was made by Micah Vellian and our ad music was made by Mark Phillips. 

The show was mixed by Haley Shaw.

Sampler is a production of Gimlet Media.


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#28 'Cinderella With Micro Braids'  

Fall's arrival has Brittany thinking about the new slate of TV shows, the start of the film/TV awards season and the state of representation in the media. Aisha Harris, host of Slate's Represent, joins Brittany to discuss some of the best podcast moments about diversity in Hollywood.

Episode #28 features clips from the following episodes (please click below for hyperlink to episodes):

Filmspotting, "#539 Mad Max/Fury Road and Top 5 Car Scenes"

Slate's Represent, "The 'Racism Is Solved' Edition"

KCRW's The Treatment with Elvis Mitchell, "Ava DuVernay: Selma"

Vulture TV podcast, "Viola Davis on Craft Culture and Career"

The Facts:

This episode was produced by Kate Parkinson-Morgan, Sarah Abdurrahman and Brittany Luse.

It was edited by Annie-Rose Strasser.

Sampler’s theme music was made by Micah Vellian and our ad music was made by Mark Phillips.

The show was mixed by Austin Thompson and Ian Scott.

Our Sponsors
Prudential - Download the MapMyRun app and join the Prudential 4.01K challenge. When you do, pledge to save at least 1% or more of your annual income for retirement and run and log 4.01K to be eligible to win a prize.

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#27 'This Feels Terrible'  

Two comedians, each with their own popular podcast, fall in love. And while recording their shows, they inadvertently capture the many ups and downs of their relationship.

Episode #27 features clips from the following shows (please go to our website www.gimletmedia.com/sampler for links to the shows):

This Feels Terrible with Erin McGathy

Harmontown with Dan Harmon

The Facts

Special thanks to Erin McGathy, Dan Harmon, Dustin Marshall and Feral Audio.

This episode was produced by Sarah Abdurrahman, Kate Parkinson-Morgan, Rose Reid and Brittany Luse.

It was edited by Annie-Rose Strasser and Peter Clowney.

Our theme music was made by Micah Vellian and our ad music was made by Mark Phillips. Additional music written by Cobey Bienert.

This Feels Terrible’s theme is by The Fancy.

The show was mixed by Haley Shaw and Matthew Boll.

Sampler is a production of Gimlet Media.

Our Sponsor
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#26 Childish Podcasting  

Brittany listens to an up-and-coming podcaster with an inspiring approach to hosting. And her boss tries to convince her that podcasts can be a part-time babysitter.

Episode #26 features clips from the following episodes (please go to our website www.gimletmedia.com/sampler for links to all episodes):

The Show About Science, "Episode 1: Science With Mom"

The Show About Science, "Episode 2: Sea Creatures with Adam"

The Show About Science,"Episode 3: Food Science With Shannon"

The Show About Science, " Episode 8: How To Become an Astronaut with Mike Mongo"

The Radio Adventures of Eleanor Amplified, "Episode 2: The Bonnie Lass"

Shabam! "Episode 4: Getting the Message"

The Facts

This episode was produced by Sarah Abdurrahman, Kate Parkinson-Morgan and Brittany Luse.

It was edited by Annie-Rose Strasser and Peter Clowney. And special thanks to Eric Butkus.

Sampler’s theme music was made by Micah Vellian and our ad music was made by Mark Phillips.

The show was mixed by Haley Shaw and Matthew Boll.

Sampler is a production of Gimlet Media.

Related Links

Kids Listen -  A great resource for discovering and supporting high-quality audio content for children.

Nate, host of The Show About Science, was kind enough to share his favorite podcasts with us. They are:

1) Tumble 2) The Big Listen 3) Brains On! 4) History Chicks 5) Ear Snacks 6) Story Pirates


Our Sponsor
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#25 'Paul F. Tompkins, The Mayor of Podcastland'  

Comedian and actor Paul F. Tompkins joins Brittany to discuss his prolific podcasting career. Also, Paul explains why he loves playing characters and hates "lazy comedy."

**Warning, this episode contains adult language**

Episode #25 features clips from the following episodes (please go to our website www.gimletmedia.com/sampler for links to all episodes):

Comedy Bang Bang, "Episode 303: Puttering Around"

Comedy Bang Bang, "Episode 31: Happy Black Friday"

Ice-T: Final Level, "Episode 2: Coco's Butt, the Secret to Success & Advice for Bieber"

Comedy Bang Bang, "Episode 91: Garry Marshall Presents"

Spontaneanation, "Episode 0: Paul F. Tompkins Presents Spontaneanation"

Spontaneanation, "Episode 68: Paris with Nathan Lee Graham"

Mental Illness Happy Hour, "Episode 34: Paul F. Tompkins"

The Facts:

This episode was produced by Kate Parkinson-Morgan, Sarah Abdurrahman, Rose Reid and Brittany Luse.

It was edited by Annie-Rose Strasser and Peter Clowney.

Our theme music was made by Micah Vellian and our ad music was made by Mark Phillips.

Additional music in the show was by TakStar.

The show was mixed by Haley Shaw and Bobby Lord.

Sampler is a production of Gimlet Media.

Our Sponsors:

Audible - Go to http://audiblepodcast.com/Sampler for a free 30-day trial and a free audiobook.

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#24 'The Games We Play'  

Gimlet producer Matthew Nelson guides Brittany through the world of sports fandoms, team loyalties and athlete rants.

**Warning, this episode contains adult language**

Episode #23 features clips from the following episodes (please go to our website www.gimletmedia.com/sampler for links to all episodes):

Snap Judgment, "The Legend of Steve Davies"

Pardon My Take, "Michael Rapaport 5/18/2016"

espnW presents Be Honest with Cari Champion, "Kanye Rants. I Rant. We All Rant."

The Starters, "The Drop - Friday May 13"

Related Links:

For further reading on the Steve Davies story from Snap Judgment, check out "The Half Time Hero" from Howler Magazine.

The Facts:

This episode was produced by Matt Nelson, Sarah Abdurrahman, and Brittany Luse, with help from Kate Parkinson-Morgan.

It was edited by Annie-Rose Strasser.

Our theme music was made by Micah Vellian and our ad music was made by Mark Phillips.

Additional music in the show was by Bobby Lord.

The show was mixed by Matthew Boll and Enoch Kim.

Sampler is a production of Gimlet Media.

Our Sponsors:

Blue Apron (Get your first two meals for free using www.blueapron.com/Sampler)

Audible (Visit Audible.com/Sampler for your free audio book!)

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#23 'A Binder Full Of Men'  

As the election season heats up, Gimlet editor Annie-Rose Strasser highlights podcasts that help us understand the grueling, complex world of campaigning. Plus, Brittany gets the details on a politician’s “binder full of men.”

**Warning, this episode contains adult language**

Episode #23 features clips from the following episodes (please go to our website www.gimletmedia.com/sampler for links to all episodes):

No One Knows Anything, "How to Destroy A Man With A Haircut"

Politically Re-Active, "Episode 1: Dog Whistling With Ian Haney-López"

Candidate Confessional, "Relive One Of the Worst Booings in Political History"

Ways & Means, "Women In Politics: A Shout Or A Whisper?"

The Facts:

This episode was produced by Rose Reid, Sarah Abdurrahman, and Brittany Luse, with help from Kate Parkinson-Morgan.

It was edited by Annie-Rose Strasser.

Our theme music was made by Micah Vellian and our ad music was made by Mark Phillips.

Additional music in the show by Takstar.

The show was mixed by Matthew Boll and Enoch Kim.

Sampler is a production of Gimlet Media.

Our Sponsors:

Spotify (Try Spotify’s Discover Weekly Playlist by visiting http://spotify.com/discoverweekly)

Backblaze (Go to http://backblaze.com/sampler to sign up for a two week free trial)

Wealthsimple (Get your first ten thousand dollars managed for free at http://wealthsimple.com/Sampler)

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#22 'I’m An Obliger'  

The sister duo of Happier Podcast visit the office to talk good habits, self-knowledge and balance. Also, the sisters listen to stories of people struggling to find happiness and dole out some helpful advice.

**Warning, this episode contains adult language**

Episode #22 features clips from the following episodes  (please go to our website www.gimletmedia.com/sampler for links to all episodes):

Tax Season, "The Therapy Episode"

One Bad Mother, "Episode 23: Mom Guilt"

The Tell Show, "Saeed Jones - Letting Go"

Dear Sugar, "Episode 31"

The Facts:

This episode was produced by Rose Reid, Sarah Abdurrahman, Matthew Nelson and Brittany Luse, with help from Kate Parkinson-Morgan.

It was edited by Annie-Rose Strasser and Alex Blumberg.

Our theme music was made by Micah Vellian and our ad music was made by Mark Phillips.

Additional music was by Bobby Lord.

The show was mixed by Ryan Staples and Matthew Boll.

Sampler is a production of Gimlet Media.

Our Sponsors:

Wealthsimple (Get your first ten thousand dollars managed for free at http://wealthsimple.com/Sampler)

Spotify (Try Spotify’s Discover Weekly Playlist by visiting http://spotify.com/discoverweekly)

Backblaze (Go to http://backblaze.com/sampler to sign up for a two week free trial)

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#21 'Straight Outta Melbourne'  

Wendy Zukerman, host of the new Gimlet show Science Vs, introduces Brittany to some of her favorite Aussie podcasts. Science Vs launches July 28, and you can check out a sneak peek wherever you listen to podcasts.

**Warning, this episode contains adult language**

Episode #21 features clips from the following episodes (please go to our website www.gimletmedia.com/sampler for links to all episodes):

Australian Broadcasting Corporation's Burn Your Passport, "Episode 6: The Two Stans"

Better Off Dead with Andrew Denton, "#4: It can never be perfect, so why try and improve it?"

Special Broadcasting Service's True Stories, "S2 Ep3: Ex-Yugos"

The Facts:

This episode was produced by Rose Reid, Sarah Abdurrahman, Kate Parkinson-Morgan, Matthew Nelson and Brittany Luse.

It was edited by Annie-Rose Strasser and Peter Clowney.

Our theme music was made by Micah Vellian and our ad music was made by Mark Phillips.

The show was mixed by Enoch Kim and Matthew Boll.

Sampler is a production of Gimlet Media.

One last note: another Gimlet Media podcast, Surprisingly Awesome, is looking for a couple that's willing to let them record their wedding. If you're getting married in September, and are interested in inviting Surprisingly Awesome to record your wedding from start to finish, fill out the form at SAlistener.com.

Our Sponsors:

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Audible (go to http://audible.com/Sampler to start your free 30-day trial and to receive a free audiobook)

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#20 'Science O'Clock'  

Brittany travels to NPR to meet the women behind the hit science podcast Invisibilia and learn more about their latest season. Things quickly get emotional... and a little musical.

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#19 'Belinda Blinked'  

Brittany bravely leads us into the raunchy, bizarre world of "My Dad Wrote A Porno," which is exactly as it sounds: Jamie Morton reads his father's amateur erotic novel.

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#18 'Tickle Me'  

We asked listeners to recommend funny podcast moments, and boy, did they come through! Our senior producer Sarah plays some of the best suggestions for Brittany.

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#17 'Kale-flavored Cheez-Its'  

Brittany dives deep into the art of storytelling and interviewing with Max Linsky, co-host of the Longform podcast.

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#16 'Yikes!'  

Brittany plays some surprising clips for the people who got her into podcasting: the hilarious Kid Fury and Crissle, hosts of The Read.

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#15 ‘Mother Podcast’  

Sarah Koenig, host & co-creator of Serial, tells Brittany about her love of improv, why she can't watch crime shows anymore, and how the podcasting world has boomed in the wake of Serial.

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#14 'All The Ways To Say Lemonade'  

Using a baseball bat, mix celebrity gossip, poetry, powerful women, and then stir in rumors of infidelity. Brittany and NPR Music's Kiana Fitzgerald break down the ingredients of Lemonade, Beyonce's latest visual album.

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#13 'Hit Me With Your Best Shot'  

Brittany evangelizes her best friend to listen to podcasts, and then talks biological clocks & accidental pregnancies with podcast producer Joanna Solotaroff.

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#12 'Three Ways to Fillet A Fish'  

Food writer Francis Lam and Brittany dig in to what makes high cuisine and the rise of cooking culture.

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