The Midroll Staff Pick Notable Podcast Episodes of 2014

As we cross the days off our calendar on the way to New Year’s Eve, it’s the time when year-end best-of lists sprinkle the internet like freshly fallen snow. Here at Midroll Media everyone listens to hours and hours of great podcasts, and we have so many amazing shows on our roster, that it would be nigh impossible to assemble a definitive best-of list. But there are some episodes that stand out because they kept…

Read More

W. Kamau Bell Presents a Funny and Candid Discussion on Race and Policing

Following the grand jury verdicts in the deaths of Michael Brown and Eric Garner, and the nationwide protests that have followed, many people might wish to have an unflinchingly honest conversation about race and policing with an actual member of law enforcement. That’s exactly what W. Kamau Bell did. Bell is a comedian known for funny and politically incisive work on his FX television show Totally Biased and his new Wolfpop podcast Denzel Washington is…

Read More

Why Neil deGrasse Tyson Hosts the StarTalk Radio Podcast

Astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson is the Director of the Hayden Planetarium, has written ten books, hosted three television series, gives public lectures, and makes many guest appearances on talk shows. As a result he is one of the most well-known science educators. Yet, because of his mission to educate and make science accessible, it occurred to him to consider these questions: "Who is going to buy my book? Somebody who likes science or thinks they…

Read More

Midroll Shows Named in Slate’s 25 Best Podcast Episodes

As part of the publication’s “special issue” on podcasting, Slate writers David Haglund and Rebecca Onion have named “The 25 Best Podcast Episodes Ever.” There are some truly classic choices on their list, such as The Ricky Gervais Show (season 1, episode 7), 99% Invisible’s episode dedicated to “The Sound of the Artificial World,” and, not surprisingly, the first episode of Serial, which kicked off many a new podcast obsession this year. We’re so pleased…

Read More

Nerdist President Adam Rymer Says Podcasting Is “a Must-Have”

In about four years Nerdist Industries has grown from founder Chris Hardwick’s podcast and website to become the successful digital arm of Legendary Entertainment, which acquired the company in 2012. Today Nerdist offers daily tech news, a YouTube channel with more than a million subscribers, the NerdMelt Showroom performance space, and now a new online store full of branded merchandise. President Adam Rymer joined the company in March of this year, after successful stints as…

Read More