Q&A with Sawbones by Teagan Kuruna

We have so many great podcasts participating in the 5th annual Philadelphia Podcast Festival, so we're highlighting some of them in this Q&A series. You can find the full schedule of live shows here, and purchase tickets for Sawbones' live recording on July 16 at 2:00pm at the Trocodero here.

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How did your show come about? How did you meet your co-host?

Well, Sydnee and I met around 20 years ago in a community theater production of Wizard of Oz. We dated, broke up for a decade then reconnected and got married. The podcast came later. We wanted something that would emphasize Sydnee's medical knowledge (she's a family physician) with my complete ignorance of even basic functions of the human body.

Are there episodes you consider your “greatest hits?” Which ones are good “entry” points for new listeners?

We did an episode on Medical Cannibalism. Seriously, Victorian people eating mummies for vitality. That's my favorite.

What do you appreciate most about this medium?

It's an intensely personal thing to be piped via headphone directly into someone's brain. It's so flattering to be invited in like that, and we try to always be respectful of that.

What do you most look forward to when doing live shows? How does the show change?

Well, we don't curse on our show which adds a thrilling difficulty modifier when doing it in front of a live crowd. Also, sometimes we add songs!

What are you hoping to do in Philly other than record a live podcast?

We do a podcast about medical oddities, so naturally we're going to go to the Mutter Museum!

Where can people find your podcast and hosts?

We're at http://www.sawbonesshow.com or on iTunes, Stitcher, etc.


Q&A with Overdue Podcast by Teagan Kuruna

We have so many great podcasts participating in the 5th annual Philadelphia Podcast Festival, so we're highlighting some of them in this Q&A series. Overdue will be recording live on Sunday, July 23 at 5:00pm at Kitchen Table Gallery. You can find the full schedule of live shows here.

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How did your show come about? How did you meet your co-hosts?

We've actually been friends since really early in college, where an enthusiasm for Katamari Damacy and two-ingredient cocktails brought us together. Overdue was initially a selfish way for the two of us to stay in touch, born out of us both saying "I don't read enough." Fortunately (or unfortunately depending on how you look at it), enough people started listening that it took on a life of its own. 

Are there episodes you consider your “greatest hits?” Which ones are good “entry” points for new listeners?

Our "greatest hits" tend to be one of two types of book: a seminal classic that we can poke fun at while still discussing why it was canonized and installments in the Fifty Shades of Grey series. We'd point new listeners to the Fifty Shades books for a thorough deconstruction of a bad story, or to our Infinite Jest, Jane Eyre, or Peter Pan episodes if you want to hear our takes on some well-regarded classics.

What do you appreciate most about this medium?

Podcasts are a pretty intimate medium - most of the time you're listening with your headphones in or alone on your commute, so you really feel like you're developing a relationship with the hosts. We love getting emails and tweets from people who look forward to spending time with us every week, or people who say that we helped get them through a tough time. We're sure that happens in other mediums, but those connections feel closer in podcasting. 

What do you most look forward to when doing live shows? How does the show change?

Live shows change the show by adding a third voice in the mix. We live for bad jokes, so there's nothing like making a roomful of people groan when usually it's just the two of us. We've also found that certain books work better than others for live shows. If it's a newer release or a book that's gone under-appreciated, it isn't as easy to crack jokes because our audience might not be as familiar with the story. When they're listening at home, they can rewind or go look up a synopsis if we make things really confusing. When they're in the room with us, we just want them to sit back and enjoy two goofballs having fun with a good book.

Where can people find your podcast and hosts?

The show's at www.overduepodcast.com! Andrew is on Twitter at @AndrewWrites and Craig is @mcgetting.

Q&A with A Quest for Magic and Steele by Teagan Kuruna

We have so many great podcasts participating in the 5th annual Philadelphia Podcast Festival, so we're highlighting some of them in this Q&A series. A Quest for Magic and Steele will be recording live on Saturday, July 15 at 2:00pm at Amalgam Comics and Coffeehouse. You can find the full schedule of live shows here.

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How did your show come about? 

Love of audio medium, started voice over and narration then found podcasts and wanted it to be something we could do as a family

How did you meet your co-hosts? 

In my house. They are family. All my children and friends of them. 

Are there episodes you consider your “greatest hits?” Which ones are good “entry” points for new listeners? 

It's an episodic journey, so starting at 1 is best for story arc. But as for quality, it's not our best. One of our best that is fun and funny is linked on our main page: MagicandSteele.com

What do you appreciate most about this medium?

Being able to listen to anything about any subject. There is so much to choose from so I can keep what I like and delete what I don't. As for us, I like that we can share our joy with the world and hopefully make someone's day brighter. 

What do you most look forward to when doing live shows?

Interacting with the audience. 

How does the show change? 

We are selfish at home. No one to interact with except ourselves and the dogs.

Where can people find your podcast and hosts? 

SteeleEmpire.com has links to all of Facebook.com/steelepod. We are very active on twitter.com/empiresteele


Q&A with Call Your Girlfriend by Teagan Kuruna

We have so many great podcasts participating in the 5th annual Philadelphia Podcast Festival, so we're highlighting some of them in this Q&A series. You can find the full schedule of live shows here, and purchase tickets for Call Your Girlfriend's live recording on July 16 at 5:00pm at the Trocodero here.

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How did your show come about? How did you meet your co-hosts?

Aminatou and Ann have been besties since 2009, when they met through a friend (HI, DAYO!) at a Gossip Girl viewing party in Washington, D.C. Ann met Gina through mutual friends after she moved to LA in 2011. We get confused sometimes about who first planted the seed for the podcast (Gina, probably?) but in 2013, Ann and Amina decided that Call Your Girlfriend was the perfect podcast name. Amina promptly bought the domain name, they got in touch with Gina, and the rest is history.

Are there episodes you consider your “greatest hits?” Which ones are good “entry” points for new listeners?

We're proud of our interview with Huma Abedin, and got a lot of positive feedback about our episode immediately after the election—which was definitely not the easiest to record, given how we were all feeling at the time. We also recommend some of our interview-heavy episodes, like our episode on guns in America from last year, and our recent episode about women running for office.

What do you appreciate most about this medium?

The intimacy and realness of podcasting are really what draw us to the medium. Writing is often edited. Video has a lot of production to it. Radio is very rigid but with podcasts you often feel like you get to know the hosts on a very authentic level. The fact that we can publish on our own schedule and focus on topics that would otherwise be deemed too niche is pretty compelling too.

What do you most look forward to when doing live shows? How does the show change?

There are lots of news stories and funny memes we don't get into on the podcast because they rely on a great video, gif or photograph. If you've seen Amina on social media, you know she is an unparalleled internet investigator. One of Ann's secret talents is putting together delightful graphics and slide decks, so the live format lets us get into visual media we're excited to share with our fans. In a past live show, we delved into the friend-web of Wendi Deng, Rupert Murdoch's pie-slaying ex and sometime Putin paramour. We also love the energy of sitting in the room with our listeners, not simply chatting into their earbuds.

What are you hoping to do in Philly other than record a live podcast?

Our listeners are truly the best in all of podcasting. They’ve sent us an extensive list of bars, restaurants and sights to check out. Zahav and Bok Bar seem to be favorites.  Amina was in Philly a few weeks ago and is looking forward to returning to the Colored Girl Museum

Where can people find your podcast and hosts?

Our audio archive and show notes are at callyourgirlfriend.com, the domain that started it all. We have fun on instagram @callyrgf. Aminatou is everywhere @aminatou and opining elsewhere online. Ann is @annfriedman and has a jam-packed newsletter. The third member of our triumvirate, podcast witch Gina Delvac is @gdelvac. (Gina, get a website). 


We Got This with Mark and Hal joins Philly Podfest 2017 by Teagan Kuruna

Exciting news! We Got This with Mark and Hal will be performing live at Philly Podfest 2017. Mark Gagliardi and Hal Lublin will bring their debate to Ruba Club on Friday, July 21. VIP meet and greet (and signed Festival poster) starts at 7:00pm, and the show starts at 8:00pm. Get your tickets now!

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But wait, there's more! We Got This will be followed by Philadelphia's own Dr. Timaree Schmit recording her podcast, Sex with Timaree, at 9:30pm. Tickets are available and you are not going to want to miss this.

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At 11pm, Honeytree EvilEye is hosting the Philly PodFest After Party at Ruba Club!


Added: Dates & Times for Podcasts at Philly Improv Theater by Teagan Kuruna

Want to see some great comedy podcasts record live? Check out the Philly Podfest lineup at Philly Improv Theater. Be sure to get your tickets ASAP so you don't miss out!

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Get Your Tickets! by Teagan Kuruna

In addition to more than 45 free live podcast recordings, the Philadelphia Podcast Festival is thrilled to welcome Sawbones, Call Your Girlfriend, The Flop House, and Harry Potter and the Sacred Text. Be sure to get your tickets now before they sell out! 


Philly PodFest Pre-Sale! by Teagan Kuruna

The Philadelphia Podcast Festival is excited to be hosting some amazing podcasts at the Trocodero Theatre this year. Between now and 11:59pm on Thursday, May 18, use the checkout code PPF17 to get early access to tickets for these podcasts:

Be sure to get your tickets for Harry Potter and the Sacred Text, live at PhilaMOCA on Monday, July 17 at 7:00pm. And remember that we have 45+ free live podcast recordings at six additional venues across Philadelphia--check out the schedule and get planning!