Over the past two years I've become quite fond of listening to podcasts on afternoon walks or morning work-outs. "Radio for your ears" has been around much longer than that, but I caught the fever a few years ago and haven't looked back.
I listen to a lot of the Slate podcasts -- whether about politics, culture, sports, the Supreme Court or finance. I listen to comedian Todd Barry's humorous interviews. I listen to Vox Media's dive into the "weeds" of public policy.
All of these are great. But none really ask people why they do what they do -- the drives and motivations behind their best work. It's more easy to find discussions of process and logistics than philosophy and motivations. Unpeeling the onion to get to the heart of things -- this is what I was looking for.
So I decided to try my own hand at it and the "Unpeeling the Onion" podcast was born.
Mine is a more humble endeavor than the power-houses cited above. I recorded and edited the audio myself rather than relying on professional producers. There was a learning curve, for everything from how to use the editing software (Audacity) to figuring out where to store the files (SoundCloud and PodBean). I envisioned an ever-expanding list of guests, but given the time commitment I have concluded season 1 after 5 interviews.
I would love to get back to it someday, once I have production support lined up.
Meanwhile please enjoy season 1. Guests include professional coach Marnie Rosenberg; experimental playwright Mickle Maher; MIT Press Director Amy Brand; librarian thought leader T. Scott Plutchak; and communication professor Jason Schmitt.
All episodes are available from the Unpeeling the Onion site. I'm in the process of getting these onto iTunes. Individual links to each episode are below: