Mos Steph

Producer at This American Life. Snap Judgment alumna. Sometimes I make a podcast called Stagedive.
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It’s like, everybody in public radio! Eating hot pot! (And a lot of shredded spicy potato-radish something or other.) I spy: Daniel Alarcon, Kara Oehler, Roman Mars, Sam Greenspan, Mooj Za and Evan Tenenbaum. You recognize other friends? 

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Public radio has a rep for being old and stodgy—many say it can’t be freshened up. But take a look at a random sampling of my Soundcloud listeners.

Evidence, I think, that it’s totally possible to attract a younger audience to radio, don’t you think? 

Ira mentions us and a bunch of other amazing new NPR shows in his letter about why Car Talk should be taken off the air after Click and Clack retire. I agree with everything he says. It’s time for public radio to evolve. 
Check out my take on how to keep public relevant here. 

Ira mentions us and a bunch of other amazing new NPR shows in his letter about why Car Talk should be taken off the air after Click and Clack retire. I agree with everything he says. It’s time for public radio to evolve. 

Check out my take on how to keep public relevant here. 

Yo dudes. Check out this quick little podcast that I cut together for Public Radio Music Month (or Public Radio Appreciation Month, you know, whatever.) Thao interviews Jad and Robert of Radiolab…and then Jad and Robert wind up singing us a lovely song. 

Working with Thao to make this story was a complete blast. I brought her into the studio to track a couple of times. We didn’t get to score it until much later because of complications. Sometimes she was on tour, and one time I asked her to come to Oakland from SF and she promptly crashed her zipcar on the way. Ouch. When she did finally make it out, though, she brought a banjo, a guitar, an amp and a bunch of effects pedals into the studio and she got all Godspeed You Black Emperor on me. The finished product is badass. 

When indie rockstar Thao Nguyen isn’t rocking the stage around the globe, she’s listening to public radio. So of course we had to bring her in to tell a tale about her sweet, lovely grandma—who you definitely don’t want to mess with.

Thao composed all the instrumentals in this segment specifically for this story. The other two songs are from her album, We Brave Bee Stings and All. She is currently performing at Radiolab’s live show and is working on a new album.


I interviewed Mike Deni of the band Geographer for this week’s Snap Judgment. He tells a pretty fucking fantastic story about his first true love. Listen—he’s hilarious. (I’m particularly stoked about this because Geographer is one of my favorite bands! Animal Shapes? That album KILLS.) 

If you’d like to hear more stories like this one, featuring bands like Garbage, Yeasayer, Justice, etc.—please go to stagedivepodcast.com, my music podcast where I interview musicians and score their stories with their own music!

publicradiomusicmonth:

Public radio has long championed independent artists, supporting emerging talent and exposing their music to a wider audience.

But don’t take our word for it. At San Francisco’s 2012 Noise Pop Festival, a handful of guest musicians came together to discuss their own personal experiences with public radio and how it has influenced their careers.

Special guest musicians include Thao Nguyen, Zach Rogue, John Vanderslice, Kevin Johnson, Zoe Keating, Quinn DeVeaux, Sean Hayes and Jhameel in a panel moderated by radio producer Stephanie Foo (NPR’s Snap Judgment). Video produced by Natalie Rold.

It’s me, for public radio music month! Subscribe to their tumblr!