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Castro as an Overcast Replacement

Chris Hannah:

As new episodes continually appeared in the Inbox, I found it rather easy to sort through them, and pick out the episodes I wanted to listen to. It seems strange, but this feature alone made me listen to many more podcasts.

Interestingly enough, I downloaded Castro a couple of weeks ago and mostly agree with Chris’ assessment. Castro puts a lot of attention into the Queue which helps you organize the episodes you want to listen to.

screenshots of Castro showing the queue, now playing screen, and new episodes

For Chris, Castro not being a universal app seems to be a deal breaker, but it’s not an issue for me. I’d love a Mac app, but I’ve given up hope that podcast apps will offer one.

I’m enjoying Castro and would recommend you give it a try. If you’re on the default podcasts app or even Overcast, Castro is an upgrade.

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Laura Gaetano Doesn’t Want to Be a Manager

Last October, Kelly and I had the fantastic opportunity of going to London. While we were there, I made plans to interview Laura Gaetano.

We met up in a conference room at her hotel and sat down to record. An hour later, we’d had a fun conversation about her upbringing, her experience at art school, her passions, and how things might be changing for her to do more of what she loves. Here’s one of my favorite quotes from the episode:

We already have enough problems with society pushing those gender stereotypes, and we don’t need additional (let’s call them) bad influences from the parents. I think I’d really love to someday see toy stores not have separate sections for boy toys and girl toys, but have things labeled “cars”, and things labeled “dolls” and “puzzles” and whatever, and just have the kids be able to choose what it is that they want to play with.

A huge thanks to my dear friend Abi who helped voice the intro and outro due to me losing mine. She’s a natural.

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Jeremy Fuksa Is a Unicorn

I had the great honor of having Jeremy Fuksa on Away from Keyboard. We talked about the difficult times he’s endured the past few years while running his business, dealing with anxiety and depression, and how instead of looking at his now defunct business as a failure, Jeremy is focused on the great lessons he learned from the experience.

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Conan O'Brien Talks With Will Ferrell on New Podcast

I’m a big fan of Conan. This first episode with Will Ferrell was hilarious.

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Eryn O’Neil Isn’t Afraid to Speak Her Mind

In this episode:

Eryn O’Neil grew up in the southwestern suburbs of Chicago. When it came time for college, it was easy for her to move a few states over and go to college in a small town in Iowa. She now lives in Minneapolis, and after years of being self-employed, she just finished a months-long journey to find her next job.

Eryn talks to me about being the first female engineering manager at her new company, what excites her about technology, the hurdles of married life, and staying healthy in a demanding industry.

I’m so excited this episode is out. Eryn came into my studio in Saint Paul to record in person, and I really feel that comes across in the coversation.

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Podcasts I’m Loving Right Now

iPhone playing Heavyweight
Heavyweight playing in Overcast

Not only do I produce podcasts for a living at Changelog Media, I happen to be a big fan of them too. If you’re looking for new things to listen to, here’s a list of my current favorites. I even included two of my favorite episodes with each recommendation. These are in no particular order.

  • Reply All – Been listening to this podcast from the first episode. PJ and Alex have great chemistry, and I always love the stories Sruthi Pinnamaneni reports on.
  • Welcome to Macintosh – Sure, there are many shows about Apple news, but Welcome to Macintosh focuses on the impact it’s had on people. This is hands down the best produced show on Apple.
  • Today Explained – Keeps me informed on what’s going on in the world.
  • Death, Sex & Money – Love this show. Anna Sale has some amazing conversations with celebrities and “regular” people alike about things that are sometimes difficult to talk about. Turns out, us humans have a lot in common.
  • Science Vs – We live in a world where the gap between what people believe and what is true seems to be widening. This show tackles things that have a certain buzz around them and examines the science behind it.
  • Song Exploder – I love music, and am the type of person that listens carefully to hear the different instruments and effects that were probably used to create the song. If you’re like me, you’ll love this show.
  • Heavyweight – Jonathan Goldstein is a master storyteller. These are deeply personal stories that at times have me in tears.
  • Away from Keyboard – Ok, so some shameless self-promotion here, but I love this show. Not only am I proud of the work I’ve put into it, in a short amount of time, I’ve had the chance to tell the stories of some great people.

Happy podcast listening!

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Suz Hinton Says Find Your Allies

From my description on changelog.com:

Almost eight years ago, Suz Hinton made one of the biggest decisions of her life: move away from her home in Melbourne, Australia and move to the United States. After amicably breaking up with her boyfriend, another decision lied ahead: would she stay?

I was so excited to talk with Suz. She’s a wonderful person, and I loved hearing more of her story.

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Should We Stop Listening to Podcasts?

I already wrote about this on The Changelog, but wanted to repost this here because of how ridiculous I think it is.

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Interviewed on ‘Getting Work to Work’

This past week, I was honored to be interviewed on Chris Martin’s show, Getting Work to Work. Here’s how Chris describes what we talked about:

Lately, I’ve been getting into the habit of emailing strangers on the internet and asking them questions. Tim was one of the recipients of those emails. He wrote a blog with his responses. Since he responded, I stayed in touch and was inspired to have him as a guest on Getting Work To Work after he posted about podcasting gear. In this interview episode, Tim and I talk about the web community, the importance of having a life outside of work, burnout, authenticity, and Star Wars. Please enjoy this interview with designer, front-end developer, and lover of Star Wars, Tim Smith.

I really enjoyed being on the show. I haven’t been interviewed in a while actually. If you have a podcast and ever need a guest, I love being on podcasts. Send me an email and we can iron out the details.

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Welcome to Macintosh Season 3 Kickstarter

Mark Bramhill:

Season 3 of Welcome to Macintosh is the most ambitious season to date. The stories I’m working on require traveling across the country, reporting on events, working with designers — and these expenses add up. Advertising helps, but the money only comes in after the episodes have been released. In the past, I’ve paid for expenses out of pocket and just trusted that things would work out. But that’s not sustainable, and it limits what I’m able to do and what stories I can tell.

Welcome to Macintosh is such a great show, that of course this Kickstarter was funded before I even had the chance to write about it! Still, Mark has put in a stretch goal of $16k which would get us all 2 more episodes for Season 3. Knowing what I know about Mark, and some of the fantastic story ideas he has, it’s in our best interest to make that happen.

Go back this project!