Don't miss Q's radio geek week!


UPDATE Oct. 2: We can't resist adding Jian's interview with Night Vale Radio host Cecil Baldwin and show writer Jeffrey Cranor to this list. Their surprise-hit indie podcast, which combines the sub-genre of the weird American town with the aesthetic of public radio, has shown that there's still an appetite for radio drama. Find out why

ORIGINAL Sept. 23: Just as the best writers are also voracious readers, Jian and the Q team listen to a lot of radio. A whole lot. And as a curatorial show, it is our pleasure to point out other programs our savvy audience members may dig as much as we do.

This week we have three interviews about other radio shows and podcasts, giving the first official week of autumn an auditory mini-theme. We're calling it: radio geek week!

Monday: Radiolab

  • What happens when you combine a veteran reporter and an experimental young composer in a public radio test tube? Quite simply: a sure-fire catalyst for curiosity.

    The formula for Radiolab -- a Peabody award-winning show about science, philosophy and big ideas -- is quite a discovery for first time listeners. READ MORE

Tuesday: WTF with Marc Maron

  • Imagine writing this down as an objective on your resume -- objective: to chat with interesting, high-profile or well respected people in the comfort of my garage, dropping expletives without apology, and enjoying the attention of a large and growing audience.

    Welcome to Marc Maron's reality. Since 2009, the veteran stand-up comic has been hosting WTF with Marc Maron -- a popular podcast known for its authentic vibe and ability to prompt all manner of revelations from guests. READ MORE

Thursday: The Moth 

  • As Jian heads to Montreal, guest host Gill Deacon speaks to Adam Gopnik and Catherine Burns. The writer and producer are the duo behind The Moth anthology: a collection of stories from the popular storytelling event, podcast, and radio hour.

    For 16 years The Moth, a Peabody award-winning radio hour, has harnessed the power of true stories told live. Over the years, the show has presented over 10,000 spoken anecdotes -- all delivered live before an audience without the use of notes. READ MORE

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The audio from all three interviews will be added to this post following broadcast. We're curious, are you already a fan of any of these programs? Which shows -- besides Q, of course -- do you consider must-listens for radio lovers?

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