In the Fall of 2010 I decided to try something a bit different: I spun up my own podcast. I was having a beer on my deck after work and I was listening to my (still) favorite radio show/podcast: This American Life, and it occurred to me that something like that, but for geeks, would be fun to make and fun to listen to.
So I sat down that very night, whipped out GarageBand (Mac sound editing tool) and tried my best to approximate a “cinematic story-telling style… only for radio” – which is how I describe This American Life.
It was a bit of a mess – but a lot of people liked it. Including my friend Scott Hanselman – who joined me after I interviewed him on show #3: Fame. I’m so happy he did – I can’t imagine this show without him.
Below are a few of my favorite episodes. Hope you enjoy them!
This episode is one of my favorites because of Bill. I know Bill – I see him quite often. But I never knew he was “that” Bill – I knew he worked at Microsoft for a long time, but mostly I would run into him while surfing … he was the jovial, burly Scotsman with a big gray beard and sparkling blue eyes. His story was astonishing. I’ll always remember that day.
This episode was a different one for us. Emotionally and somewhat politically charged… it was the first time the entire sound of it just fell out of the sky and into my lap. I actually teared up at one point as I was stitching the tracks together. Scott’s interview skills are just… unreal.
This episode meant a lot to me personally. I was working too hard and not spending enough time around my two most-excellent friends on Girl’s Team (my daughters, Maddie – 9, and Ruby – 6). Mom went away for a week and I was by myself… Scott took time to leave his phone, blog, and Twitter behind as he and his family went off to Disneyland.
I still listen to this episode when I get burnt out.