Exploiting the Archives! My Podcast Appearances, from Analyze Phish to WTF


There are few things in this world that I love more than the medium of podcasting. I love everything about it: the intimacy, the freedom, that special spiritual connection between podcaster and podcast fan, the advertisements about college kids with a passion for cheap watches disrupting the whole industry. 

I dig podcasts. In times when I’ve felt sad and lost and alone, I’ve drawn enormous comfort from the soothing voices of my favorite podcaster. I can’t quite recall what my gateway drug for podcasts was. It might have been Never Not Funny or Comedy Bang Bang or even WTF, but I fell instantly and I fell hard and because there’s no separation between my passions and my career, I soon found myself writing extensively about podcasts as a way of evangelizing on behalf of the form and my favorite practitioners. 

I soon found myself not only writing about podcasts but appearing on them as well. In November of 2012, for example, I found myself being interviewed on one of my favorite podcast, Marty De Rosa’s Wrestling With Depression. You can check out the interview here: http://wrestlingwithdepression.com/interview-w-nathan-rabin/. Earlier this year I returned to Wrestling with Depression, this time to promote Nathan Rabin’s Happy Place, despite the site not debuting until about a month after the podcast. D’oh! Regardless, I highly recommend Wrestling with Depression, whether I’m on it or not. Here’s the second podcast: http://wrestlingwithdepression.com/episode-147-nathan-rabin/

While I technically didn't appear on Serial, I committed the murder at its core, so I'm counting it.

While I technically didn't appear on Serial, I committed the murder at its core, so I'm counting it.

Now I don’t want to brag, but I have something of a reputation for publicly battling depression and mental illness. It’s kind of my brand, like failure and sadness. I leveraged that reputation as a big-time depressive for an appearance on another one of my favorite podcasts, Paul Gilmartin’s Mental Illness Happy Hour. Listen to this episode from deep into the year I spent writing and researching both You Don’t Know But You Don't Like Me and Weird Al: The Book: http://mentalpod.com/Nathan-Rabin-podcast


Speaking of depression, I was one of four guests on the 300th episode of WTF, along with Jesse Thorn, Pete Holmes and Andy Kindler as an expert on podcasting. That was pretty intense. http://www.wtfpod.com/podcast/episodes/episode_300 

While we’re discussing giants of the industry, I should probably mention that I had the surreal honor of podcasting alongside Scott Aukerman, Harris Wittels and the dude from Islands for an episode of Analyze Phish I will never forget, despite probably saying about ten words the entire podcast: http://www.earwolf.com/episode/a-crazy-moment-in-phishtory/


I’m proud of many things about my life and career, including that I have my own Earwolf page, with links to my appearances not only on Analyze Phish but also The Fogelnest Files (I not surprisingly found Fogelnest to be a kindred spirit and all-around great guy) http://www.earwolf.com/episode/stone-cold-juggalo/ and Sklarbro County, http://www.earwolf.com/episode/sklarbro-county-60/

While promoting You Don’t Know Me But You Don’t Like Me, I did my old pal Allison Rosen’s podcast, where we got to talk about doing a poorly rated, extremely disreputable basic cable panel show with the likes of Erik Estrada and Jimmie “J.J” Walker: http://www.alisonrosen.com/2013/08/ariynbf-197-with-nathan-rabin/

Last and definitely not least, I’ve been on my pals podcast Alcoholllywood a number of times. 

Here are some links: 







Goodness, I’ve guested on a lot of podcasts. Almost makes me think I should maybe launch one of my own, based on this here website. Huh. That is definitely something to consider, I tease annoyingly. 

Regardless, enjoy my mellifluous voice and whispery-soft, then screamingly-loud cadences. Like all writers, I’m even more delightful in an exclusively audio form! 

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