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Rockin' New libsyn Podcasts: Spilled Milk

This series is all about newest podcasters. Its sole purpose is to introduce these awesome podcasts to the world as well as share their podcasting insight to empower the community!

Q & A with Matthew Amster-Burton From The Spilled Milk Podcast

When did you start podcasting?

The show debuted in January 2010, but it took several months of planning, false starts, terrible deleted episodes, and the like before we actually published episode one.

Why did you start podcasting?

I had been a writer for Gourmet magazine until it abruptly shut down in October 2009, so I desperately needed a new project, and I wanted to do something collaborative, which writing usually isn’t.

I’d been listening to a lot of podcasts, especially You Look Nice Today, that consisted mostly of friends trading one-liners, and I had a hunch Molly Wizenberg and I could do that pretty successfully.

What’s your show about?

It’s about the foods Molly and I like to eat, and occasionally (see our Scary Food episode) about the foods we hate. We tend to do an equal number of junk food and real food episodes.

Each episode is about 15 minutes long and covers a single food topic, like spinach, French toast, apples, or energy drinks.

The whole point of the show is to make people laugh; food just happens to be what Molly and I do professionally and therefore like to talk about.

We’ve recorded episodes that were informative but not funny, and they never aired. But it’s hard to know in advance what’s going to be funny. I mean, apples aren’t funny, right? Yet our apple episode is our best ever.

What’s your podcasting set-up? Hardware, software, CMS, etc.

We use dynamic microphones, the smallest Mackie mixer, and a Tascam digital recorder.

I encourage everyone who is remotely serious about podcasting to avoid recording directly into your computer, which is asking for trouble.

Computers crash; dedicated recorders almost never do, and you can get a great one for under $100. The only time we’ve lost a recording, it was because we ignored this advice.

For editing and publishing, we use Rogue Amoeba Fission, GarageBand, Wordpress, and Libsyn.

How have you promoted your podcast?

These days, mostly Facebook. Shortly after our debut, we were featured on the front page of the podcast section of the iTunes store, which drew thousands of listeners, some of whom even stuck around.

What do you know now that you wish you knew when you started?

That podcasting is a skill like any other, and it takes practice.

If you like to talk, that doesn’t automatically make you a good broadcaster. Listen back to our early episodes and you will hear terrible microphone technique, missed joke opportunities, dead air, and every other rookie mistake.

Unless you’re a former NPR employee like our friends at The Sporkful, your first episode is not going to be perfect, but that’s no reason to give up.

So how about it? Are you ready to delve into the world of Spilled Milk? Subscribe or listen on Facebook! If you want to reach out to the Spilled Milk podcast you can email contact(at)spilledmilkpodcast(dot)com.

Are you ready to start podcasting? We are ready for you!


Rockin' New libsyn Podcasts: Take The Red Pill

This series is all about libsyn’s newest podcasters. Its sole purpose is to introduce these awesome podcasts to the world as well as share their podcasting insight to empower the community!

Q & A with David and Donald From Take The Red Pill

When did you start podcasting?

We released our first episode on May 23, 2010. This is the first podcasting project for both of us.

Why did you start podcasting?

David: I can’t speak for Donald, but I had an instant interest in one day starting up a podcast ever since I first started listening to them back in 2006.

I knew I didn’t want to do it solo, but I didn’t find a suitable fit for a cohost until I met Donald at a meetup called Belief in the Unknown. After a couple of conversations with him I began my recruitment process…

Donald: I started podcasting because David suggested we do it. I was originally a bit apprehensive about it. I didn’t see why anyone would want to sit around for an hour, listening to two guys just talk. After doing about 3 minutes of research online, I quickly realized how popular podcasting was.

Beyond that initial hesitation on my part, I had been looking for a way to best share my accumulated spiritual/metaphysical knowledge. Teaming up and podcasting with David has proven to be a better format than I could have ever hoped for.

What’s your show about?

David: We talk about all that stuff that pushes the envelope of what we think of as reality as we know it. UFOs, time travel, reincarnation, energy healing, Atlantis… stuff that would furrow James Randi’s already furrowed brow.

Donald: We “Explore The Realities Within Our Reality”.

What that basically means is we can cover any topic that might be considered on the “fringe” of science and/or metaphysics. Or smack dab in the middle.

We’ve discussed the nature of reality and time, the afterlife, reincarnation, free will and destiny, good and evil, and conspiracy theories.

At any time during a show, David and I can find ourselves talking about the mysteries of the universe, or how that movie we saw that one time about that guy that did that thing completely changed our lives.

We really give ourselves the freedom to follow where the topic wants to take us.

What’s your podcasting set-up? Hardware, software, CMS, etc.

With David in Washington State and Donald in Virginia we conduct our conversation through a Skype session.

David: I record my audio through a Sennheiser e835 mic into my MacBook through a PreSonus FireBox interface into GarageBand. From the GarageBand file I extract the .aiff file, downsample and rip it into an .mp3 then send it off to Donald via TransferBigFiles for editing.

Donald: Freetalk Everyman USB headphones and mic, laptop running Audacity (audio editing), a podcast partner with exceptional metaphysical insight.

How have you promoted your podcast?

When we first started we registered with a bunch of podcast directories… Podcast Pickle,, podbean, etc.

Nowadays we pretty much stick to iTunes, Facebook, and Twitter (thanks to Libsyn… you guys rock!). Throughout the week we frequently post links to webpages that are relevant to the latest topic.

What do you know now that you wish you knew when you started?

David: I wish we had a better idea how to manage our schedule out of the gate. When we first started we were recording every week, but it was tough balancing our personal schedules with the time it takes to record and produce the show.

At one point we got so backlogged on episodes we would end up publishing the show months after it was recorded. We finally have a comfortable biweekly schedule that is much more manageable.

Donald: How much fun it would be. I was originally a bit hesitant about doing a podcast. I saw it as just a lot of work with little payoff. After recording that first episode, I was hooked.

The payoff was being able to converse with someone who had a similar metaphysical life experience and taking the opportunity to “compare notes”. It is our similar but slightly different perspectives that makes Take The Red Pill so engaging for us to record, and for our listeners.

You know Take The Red Pill is the best way to get into the world of the fringes of reality! No one ever has to know ;) Subscribe in iTunes or listen straight from Facebook!. If you have anything to ask Donald and David you can reach them at feedback (at) taketheredpillpodcast (dot) com

Are you up for starting your own podcast? Start HERE.


Rockin New libsyn Podcast: Gadget Grrl

awesome interview with libsyn podcaster gadget grrl

This series is all about libsyn's newest podcasters. Its sole purpose is to introduce these awesome podcasts to the world as well as share their podcasting insight to empower the community!

Q & A with Diana Stoneberg Gadget Grrl

When did you start podcasting

I was doing stand up in LA and saw someone on the Today Show doing a product segment. I thought, "I can do that funny".

So, in 1996 I created the Gadget Grrl character to talk about tech in a fun and entertaining way. I mean, shouldn't tech be fun? It's not a root canal, right?

I trademarked the character and was the first, ever Gadget Grrl on the planet.

Started podcasting for Lexy and then jumped over to Libsyn with the Gadget Grrl Minute.

Why did you start podcasting?

I was appearing on a number of TV talk and news shows and was approached about doing a podcast.

What's your show about?

Short, reviews of new products, APPS, services. I like to add why this might be something worth taking a look at, or how it might be of use in your daily life. Most people don't care about the specs, they just want to know if it would work for them.

What's your podcasting set-up? Hardware, software, CMS, etc.

  • Squeeze for editing
  • Blue Mic Yeti Pro
  • Wavepad for recording
  • iMac, iPad or iPhone hardware

How have you promoted your podcast?

What do you know now that you wish you knew when you started?

How much fun it would be.

I recorded the Gadget Grrl theme song in 30 minutes at a local recording studio. I brought in a basic track and then sang 3 tracks to one music track to create :30, :15 and a :10 sec versions.

Doing the podcast is a great way to reach out to listeners who like to send me interesting new gadgets, electronics, APPS etc.

Back in 1996, the digital dinosaur days, when the Rio MP3 player first came out the software was so glitchy it took an hour to load one song.

Now, with all the great audio hardware/software it's super simple to create and maintain a podcast.

Now you know where to go to catch up with your gadgets and keep it real! Subscribe to Gadget Grrl ™. If you have any feedback for Gadget Grrl go ahead and send her some feedback at info (at) gadgetgrrl (dot) com

You know, you should start podcasting now


Podcasters At Comic Con!

Comic Con is here!!!

And podcasters are representing!

Not only are podcasters covering Comic Con, but they are also in a bunch of killer panels.

Here's a just a few of the podcasters taking over Comic Con.

Aisha Tyler

5:00-6:00 Archer: Screening and Q&A Thursday, July 12

You can find Aisha HERE, on Facebook or subscribe in iTunes

Chris Hardwick  - Nerdist

5:00-6:00 Legendary Comics Thursday, July 12

1:25-2:25 AMC's The Walking Dead Friday, July 13

12:00-1:00 Nerdist Channel— Chris Hardwick Saturday, July 14

12:30-1:30 BBC America's Doctor Who Sunday, July 15

You can find the Nerdist HERE, on Facebook or subscribe in iTunes

The 7th Annual Comics Podcasting All-Stars!

Thursday July 12 @6pm

In this killer panel there are quite a few libsyn podcasters:

FYI Folks, Cameron Hathaway will be giving some insight straight from Comic Con! check it out!

Are you going to Comic Con and podcasting about it? Are YOU in a panel and we missed it, please let us know in the comments!


Simple Tips To Find Out Where Your Audience Is So You Stop Wasting Your Time

This is the beginning of a series of posts aimed to demystify social media for podcasters, beginning with Facebook.

Do you often feel like Facebook is being shoved down your throat?


It’s everywhere, all the time…Facebook, Facebook, FACEBOOK!

And although at times it might get annoying, it really is a place that we as podcasters, as independent media creators must pay attention to, whether we like it or not.

Our job as new media pioneers is to inform ourselves and make educated choices as to how we engage with our audience, as well as refine the ways that we share our content with the world for optimal engagement and results.

We need to do it. No one else will do it for us…unless you are willing to fork out some serious cash for a killer PR person :)

The promotional lines get blurry with podcasts and podcasters

Part of the beauty of podcasting is that we are not mainstream media. We are “rebels” if you will about the way that we offer our content to the world.

We do things in a much more personal way with our audience, which includes promoting our content in the way that we want to.

I venture to say that most podcasters are not fond of hearing ads in podcasts, although at the same time we long to get some sort of sponsor…Oh the wonderful paradox!

Why I’m bringing this up is because our indie nature sometimes gets in our way of the best practices to reach our audience.

Facebook Needs To Align with Your Audience

Or any social platform for that matter.

When was the last time that you asked yourself where your audience was hanging out?

In fact, who is your audience? Have you broken it down yet?

  • male or female?
  • how old?
  • married or single?

Those are just some very easy questions to start to ask to get to know your audience better. Instead of getting caught up with To Facebook or not To Facebook, get back to your audience.

Where are they? Are they hanging out on Facebook? or maybe Twitter? or not active in social media at all.

You can create some pretty easy free surveys using Survey Monkey.

Are YOU your audience?

There are many times that as producers we feel that we know exactly what our audience is thinking.

A lot of the time this can be the case, since our audience generally is interested in the stuff that we are podcasting about.


we also have to be open to the fact that this might not be the case.

Just because you personally really hate Facebook and everything that it stands for, does not mean that your audience hates it.

Just because you find Twitter so easy and accessible does not mean that your audience does as well.

As new media pioneers it is part of our job to test what works best to create some sort of results, whether it be growing your listener base, getting more comments from your audience, or even something as simple as requesting ratings or reviews in iTunes.

Test your Calls To Action

It’s rare that you, podcasting genius, do not ask your audience to do something, such as: listen to my show, review me in iTunes, subscribe to my show, or send me feedback.

Have you ever tested what works?

Try the following basic tips for a while to see where you get the most bang for your buck in social media.

  1. Use and create different links for each of your episodes that you are posting on social media, depending on the platform you are using ie.,
  2. Create a link for your about section in social media accounts.

In the website section in your twitter account paste a link specific for twitter. This would mean that you create a link for your podcast website, customize it ( You can do the same from your about page in your Facebook Page or Profile or other places like Google+ or YouTube.

Give it a go for a month and then check out the data. See how many people clicked through, and where they were coming from most consistently. This can also help you see if your social media updates are actually converting folks.

Once you see the data, it will help you clarify or completely shift your game plan, then you can begin to concentrate on the things that are working for you and letting go of all those that suck all of your time and yield no results.

Ways to gather data via your self hosted podcast website

There are quite a bit of you that have your own Wordpress installation for your podcast website. There are some really great tools you can use to check out where your audience is that are totally free!

Pretty Link (wordpress plugin): This is such a fantastic plugin to track where people are coming from, just like but more branded for your site. You can create unique url links for almost any url that you desire that will start with your domain name.

EXAMPLES: Put in your latest episode url and create a simpler link such as or get your iTunes Podcast url and create a pretty link like

Pretty link has great analytics which you can check from right within your WP dashboard.

Google Analytics: A great way to gather data. Totally free. Please refer to my data from Google analytics to see where my traffic comes from. It’s kinda obvious where my peeps are hanging out!

ADVANCED TIP: Create a landing page within your podcast website that is specific for people coming from social media. (You would also add this specific link to your profile in any of your social media sites)

On this page you can say things like “Hello Facebook friend! so great to have you come check out the site! Here are a few great things to do while you are here: Get to know what my podcast is about (link to your about page,) listen to my latest episode which is about xxxxxxx (link to episode) and/or subscribe to my email list where you’ll get updated whenever I publish a new episode! Thanks for coming by! “

Keep an open mind and do your podcasting marketing homework!

Are you ready to give some of this a try?

Let us know in the comments!

If you already have data, why don’t you leave us a comment and share what trends you’ve seen for your podcast.

Coming up we’ll be posting a series focusing primarily on diving deeply into Facebook promotion and offering totally simple ways to grow your audience and drive engagement…that is if your audience is hanging out there :)

Elsie Escobar

Image credit via CC The Calm After The Show by Thomas Hawk


Rockin' New libsyn Podcasts: Weird Medicine

This series is all about libsyn's newest podcasters. Its sole purpose is to introduce these awesome podcasts to the world as well as share their podcasting insight to empower the community!

Q & A with Dr. Steve from Weird Medicine

When did you start podcasting?

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PA John and I did our first "Weird Medicine" in the summer of 2007. We got picked up by SiriusXM soon thereafter and started doing exclusive content for the Opie and Anthony show and the internet-only content came out only sporadically, if at all.

SiriusXM is "serious" (yeccch) about their content, so we can't post the shows we do for them on the internet. Recently, asked us to join their internet radio network; this gave us an outlet for a weekly show and we've never turned back.

Our podcasts are internet-only and exclusive to

Why did you start podcasting?

Originally the show was a service for the fans, friends, and staff of what was then XM202, "The Virus" (now XM105 and Sirius206, "The Opie and Anthony Channel"). I do a lot of work in hospice and my job can be very demanding and stressful.

The O&A channel brought me a lot of joy at a time when I really needed it. Doing "Weird Medicine" was a way to "give back" to my new friends, the listeners of the channel, many of whom had medical issues and weren't seeking (or couldn't seek) medical attention.

One day, Gregg "Opie" Hughes put the word out that he would consider putting a fan-produced show on his channel if anyone had any ideas. I pitched the idea of running our show and we got the greenlight soon thereafter. We started doing one show every 3 months, then a monthly show, then every 2 weeks, and we've been weekly for 2-3 years.

We've been looking for a way to reach even more listeners, beyond the satellite audience. We just couldn't seem to find the energy to do a regular podcast, though. The shows we did were well received, especially on Stitcher, but we just didn't have a reason to do them regularly and eventually we just stopped.

Then Rob Sprance and Robert Kelly from RiotCast called and we joined their network of comedy podcasts. The structure of the network agreement gave us the impetus we needed to do a weekly show. We're having more fun now than we've ever had doing radio.

What's your show about?

We're a serious medicine and science show that masquerades as light comedy. XM105 is an "uncensored" channel, so we took the opportunity to become the "first and still-only uncensored medical show in the history of radio."

Because we're on an "extreme language" channel, we realized we could allow the listeners to speak freely about questions they might be embarrassed to take to their regular medical providers. It soon became a show for people who would NEVER listen to a medical show on the radio.

We enjoyed the freedom, as well, as we became more comfortable in our roles. We will discuss ANY medical topic, and try to present critical reasoning in a sound but entertaining fashion. The language used on the show is "explicit", so our show is for mature audiences only.

As a matter of fact, some "mature" audiences may be offended as well, so we recommend everyone choose their podcasts wisely.

What's your podcasting set-up? Hardware, software, CMS, etc.

Alesis Multimix 8 USB Mixer, CAD e100 microphones and a small room treated with panels.

We use to take live questions from our listeners. For people who are not familiar with callinstudio, it's professional-grade call screening software.

I've used the software in the SiriusXM studios, and callinstudio as nearly as functional (and a LOT less expensive). Brian from RadioFreaks.TV is our "celebrity" call screener. simulcasts our Ustream channel, too, for that "live" experience. The vast majority of our listeners hear us by streaming from RiotCast or iTunes.

How have you promoted your podcast?

Thankfully, RiotCast does that for us, but we also take the time to mention our podcast on our SiriusXM show (and vice versa!) I plug the heck out of our show any time I'm on any other show, too, including Opie and Anthony, Ron and Fez, and the Bob Rivers Show.

What do you know now that you wish you knew when you started?

Ha, when we started, PA John and I figured within a year we'd be buying a condo in Midtown Manhattan.

If I'd known that 5 years later I still wouldn't have recouped my original investment, I would have still done it, but I wouldn't have been so optimistic about quitting my day job. :-)

I do believe that internet radio is "the future" soon as autos roll out of the factory with the ability to play internet 3G and 4G radio, it'll be a whole new ballgame (it has already started in the high-end car market).

The winners will be the groups with the best content, and SiriusXM is poised to be a major player in that Brave New Future. I'm hoping smaller concerns like RiotCast will have a real impact as well. RiotCast has an amazing lineup and the RiotCast iPod and Android app will be a game-changer.

I'm pretty sure we'll all be using libsyn to present our content to the world, as well.

Now you know if you've been too embarrassed to address some funky weird health issue with your Doctor, you can do it via Weird Science, so subscribe in iTunes, or listen straight from Facebook!

Wanna get going with your own podcast? Start HERE


An Ecclectic Mix of Great Podcasts For The Summer

great podcasts for summer listening

Summer time, such a fantastic time to discover new podcasts

We asked on our Facebook Page to get some suggestions of great podcast listening for the summer. Here is a great little list for you to discover some great content, described by the podcasters themselves :)

Hope you enjoy :)

Podcast Suggestions for the Summer

Paladin Corps Book One K. Gainor

A brand new author, who’s first novel is completed and released in it’s entirety as a Podcast. It’s a fun mix of light science fiction, action and intrigue, and all available for free.

It debut’s August 1st on podiobooks, but it was out there first on Libsyn. People can check it out, and learn more about the author at Subscribe RSS, iTunes

Take The Red Pill Podcast

Summer heat weighing you down, keeping you immobile? Does the heavy humid air prevent you from wanting to move?

Listen to Take The Red Pill Podcast, leave your body behind and let your mind wander to the furthest reaches of the cosmos. Beat the heat, let your consciousness retreat, subscribe to Take The Red Pill. RSS, iTunes, Facebook.

Bigg Success

These podcast episodes about living life on your own terms are short and sweet. Perfect listening during a morning walk in the sun, a rest in the shade, a swing on the hammock, or a drive to the lake.

Here’s to summertime and your BIGG Success. Subscribe iTunes, Facebook

Shoddy Radio

Shoddy Radio is funny. It is not a comedy podcast “about” comedy, every episode will make you laugh. Honestly. If you listen to two full episodes and don’t laugh once… then you’re doing it wrong! Listen some more, until you get it right.

There’s an awesome group of guests lined up for this summer so now is the perfect time to hop on board. Subscribe iTunes

The Recovery Room

Ladies and Gentlemen, Welcome to… 
The Recovery Room 
Join LIVE at 7pm (EST) This podcast is about everyday life. Roast Master, American Muslim with lots of opinions. Why not? Subscribe RSS, Facebook

Young PR Pros

The podcast helps students prepare themselves for a career in public relations. What better summer listening than getting tips to land a summer job or a full time career in September. Subscribe iTunes, Facebook, RSS

DUH Podcast for Horse Owners

DUH Podcast for Horse Owners is perfect summer listening. What better way to spend a lazy summer evening than on the back of your horse?

Picture this - moseying down the trail on your horse while listening to them share their horse experience. It would be like having two extra riders along. Heck, that’s almost a posse! Come on. Ride! And, with the new podcast app from Apple, our podcast is even easier to find. Subscribe iTunes, Facebook, RSS

Do you have other podcasts to share for the best summertime listening? Share in the comments below!

Image credit via CC MIAMI SUMMER 07 #16 by [le]doo (francis)


libsyn Stats Got a Little Love

You may now behold your beloved stats via your iOS devices

As you can see from the twitter updates above, folks think they look purty :)

And they do look quite lovely, all those charts and pretty colors…that is if you’re into stuff like that.

Now you can obsessively check your stats from your iOS device every single moment of the day.

The nasty flash has been eradicated.

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Summary of downloads added

Now you can get more granular in looking at your stats for Daily Totals, Weekly Totals and Monthly Totals.


Great way to check if any particular marketing strategy that you used helped you get more downloads!

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So what do you guys think?

Leave us a comment and let the devs know your thoughts! Give them some love! If you have feedback, even better!


Rockin' New libsyn Podcasts: DIS Unplugged Roundtable Discussion About All Things Disney World

This series is all about libsyn's newest podcasters. Its sole purpose is to introduce these awesome podcasts to the world as well as share their podcasting insight to empower the community!

Q & A with Pete Werner From DIS Unplugged

When did you start podcasting?

We started our show in July, 2006

Why did you start podcasting?

I was inspired by watching what Leo Laporte was doing. I loved the way he provided a wide variety of honest information about technology, and I wanted to do the same thing about Disney and Disney vacations.

What's your show about?

Our show is an unbiased resource for anyone planning a Disney vacation. We cover the gamut of Disney offerings, from Walt Disney World, Disneyland, Disney Cruise Line and Adventures by Disney.

What's your podcasting set-up? Hardware, software, CMS, etc.

We record a roundtable format show, with 5 members of our team each week. We use Sennheiser mics, a Presonus StudioLive 16.4.2 board with two Mac Mini's for Skype guests and a Mac Pro running Adobe Audition for recording.

How have you promoted your podcast?

I'm the owner of a large Disney fan community, and and we promote the show on our site, as well as on Facebook and Twitter.

What do you know now that you wish you knew when you started?

Be yourself! We were nervous about being on a podcast in the beginning and made a lot of mistakes. Your audience can tell when you're being genuine and sincere, and when you're not. Respect them by being sincere and they'll respect you with their support.

Are you getting ready to do some vacation into the Disney vacation world? Well then, you're gonna have to subscribe to this podcast :)

Are you ready to start podcasting? Come JOIN the libsyn family!


Publish Your Episodes Directly To Wordpress!

Wordpress OnPublish Is Out!

We know a ton of you use Wordpress for your podcast website. We wanted to make your publishing process a little bit easier by allowing you to cross-post directly to your self hosted Wordpress site from within your libsyn dashboard!

This is the first step in providing better support for you guys that use Wordpress.

The process works exactly like the cross-posting to Twitter and Facebook provided by OnPublish.

Everything is done directly from within your libsyn Dashboard. When you choose to publish your latest episode to Wordpress an audio or video player will appear as your latest post within your Wordpress site!

Here is the full TUTORIAL.

From within the libsyn dashboard you can also mark the post to be in draft mode, so that you can add all of your show notes information when you log into your Wordpress site.

*NOTE: To be absolutely clear, this feature works only for those of you that are using a self hosted Wordpress website. 

One stop for publishing

From within your libsyn account you can now publish directly to:

  • Twitter
  • Facebook (Page or Profile)
  • Wordpress
  • Smartphone app (if you happen to have one)

What’s great about this as well is that you can schedule each individual location to post at a different time if you so choose!

This can help you keep the momentum going in terms of promoting your work across the different social media sites.

Feedback Please!

The devs are working so very hard to offer up better functionality for you guys, and we need you to let us know what you think.

Does this Wordpress functionality work for you? Does it make your workflow easier? Does this not help you out at all?

Let us know in the comments! Help us help you keep podcasting!