Tuesday, 11 October 2016

After literally months of work, I’m finally ready to launch a project I’ve been working on: Discourse, an interview podcast about the story behind influential people.

I discovered podcasts three years ago, and have continued to be fascinated by the various formats and styles of podcasts that are possible within this medium, whether they’re interview podcasts like The Tim Ferriss Show, fascinating storytelling like Lore, game shows like Ciquizza, or the ubiquitous general discussion podcast, there is no shortage of shapes and sizes podcasts can take. It’s the former two formats I became interested in: interviews, and storytelling. While they tend to remain separate formats, what would a podcast look like if it tried to combine both? That’s what I’m trying to do in Discourse.

In late August, I recorded the first episode, in which I interviewed Jeremy Rossmann, MIT drop-out and the founder of Make School, a college alternative for software developers, but I finished editing in late September as I learned the ins and outs of podcast editing and marketing. Since then, I’ve stared at the finished .mp3 file sitting on my desktop, asking myself when I was going the take the next step and release it into the wild. Well, I guess the guilt got to me, so here we are.

You can listen to episode 1 of Discourse now on iTunes or Overcast. Discourse does not have any sponsors at the moment. If you’d like to support the show, you can sign up to be a patron on Patreon, where you can send in your own (approved) questions to pre-announced guests for as little as $5 per month.

I’d like to thank my family, Harshil Shah, Matt Birchler, Michael Rockwell, and Aniket Sharma for their feedback and support.

Also published on Medium.