What podcasting means to me
The other weekend, I walked up to the red door at Women’s Audio Mission just as Lisa turned onto the side street in the back of a Lyft. The symmetry felt like good news: we were back. Veronica, the producer we’ve always worked with there, opened the door and ushered us in. We plunked down in our chairs and I felt right at home.
Since Lisa and I started making Should We in 2015, podcasting has gradually become my favorite medium to work in. Is that possible? Our podcast started as a way to avoid writing—no surprise. It became a bigger and bigger deal as we realized how easy it felt to make room for the kinds of conversations we love to have, and to hear as listeners: spacious, true, full of surprises. Our first season was raw, our second season was more structured, our third season was full of ambition, and our fourth season is simple: just us, recording real talk whenever we feel like it.
Albert Lee once shared with me and Lisa that his job as a coach is to create space for clients to hear themselves think. That’s what podcasting is for me: a way to hear Lisa think, hear myself think, and leave plenty of room for listeners to hear themselves think, too. It’s different from writing—more ragged. What I love about rough edges is that they’re a way in.