It’s easy to imagine the kind of podcast that a writer might write.
An hour-long show where they sit down with a handful of people they don’t know, each with their own particular skill set.
It’s the sort of thing that could be broadcast live or on YouTube.
But there’s no such thing.
“The Secret to Making the Perfect Podcast” is the result of that search.
A bunch of podcasters have gathered in Seattle to pitch the idea to the world.
The result is a five-hour-plus podcast, which you can hear below.
You’ll hear how the process works and what the show’s goals are.
But first, a few things to know about the podcast.
What is a podcast?
It’s a short, 30-minute broadcast, and podcasts are typically made of a mix of short stories, interviews, and a mix-up of other topics.
A show is the same, except it’s structured like a podcast.
It starts with a short introduction and then the host tells you what they’re doing.
They’ll tell you what the episode is about, how it came together, and who is the guest.
There’s no filler.
The episode is meant to be a showcase for the hosts, and they’ll have the final say.
The hosts themselves are mostly a mix between an interviewer and a guest.
They may or may not be a writer.
They can be comedians, they can be a celebrity, they may or they may not even be a musician.
They might be a professional athlete, but they probably don’t have the same skills as the ones they’re interviewing.
Why is it called “The Show”?
“The show” is a misnomer, says show creator and podcaster Josh Miller.
The title is the perfect catchall for a podcast, since “the show” itself is more than just a podcast: It’s an interview, a talk show, a live event, a video game podcast, a podcast that takes place on a live network, and the show itself.
Miller is part of a larger team at Recode that helps create podcasts and shows, and he’s been doing so for about a decade.
He first started doing podcasts in 2011, but when Recode was founded, podcasts were still the exception rather than the rule.
Podcasts had a few benefits, says Miller: They made it easy to discover podcasts.
They allowed people to share their content and share ideas.
But as Miller explained, there’s a catch.
People don’t like to share stuff online unless they’re very well-known, or if they have a lot of fans.
Miller and his team have to be careful when they talk about podcasting, as people might get the wrong impression.
“When you do an interview with a person who’s not very well known, and that person is the host, you’re giving people a false sense of security,” he says.
They also don’t get people to talk to people unless they want to, which is another reason why podcasts are popular.
People love a show with a small audience, so they don.
“We’ve been trying to create a show that people love,” Miller says.
“If people are on a podcast or watch a podcast and they’re not interested in talking to you, they won’t talk to you.”
He adds that he tries to keep his podcasts on an even keel with a variety of hosts and people, with some guests having different skills than others.
And he’s also careful not to give people too much input.
“You can’t do too much with one guest,” Miller notes.
“They need to know what you like and what you don’t.”
A podcast can be about anything.
You can talk about anything from politics to technology.
And it can have a broader scope than just the podcast itself.
The show’s “story” is about how the hosts became podcasters and the way they’ve come to understand their craft.
“One of the most fascinating stories that I’ve heard in the podcasting world is how the people who are podcasters are very, very creative,” Miller explains.
“It’s a very collaborative process.
You have to find people that you can trust to put you in front of the camera and be honest.
And if you have a good story, you have to tell it well.”
So what makes a good podcast?
In Miller’s words, “There’s a lot more to a good show than just good writing.
I think one of the best things you can do is to do a good job of the art of storytelling.”
The best podcast, in Miller’s opinion, is a show “where you hear the story unfold as it’s unfolding.”
That’s the kind you can’t help but listen to, and it’s the type you should feel.
“I think there’s this idea that you’re not really listening to it if you can