On Amtrak and on planes, I like Marc Maron's interviews with comedians.
Love and sex advice from Dan Savage.
A lively chat about books, movies, music, television, and comics.
Intimate conversations with today's biggest luminaries.
Design, architecture & the 99% invisible activity that shapes our world.
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Writer, editor, producer; NPR
Who are you, and what do you do?
My name is Melody Kramer and I’m a digital strategist and associate editor at NPR. I’ve also worked at WHYY’s Fresh Air with Terry Gross and NPR’s Wait Wait Don’t Tell Me. I’m a writer, editor, and producer.
What podcasts do you listen to?
These are the podcasts that I download automatically from iTunes: WTF with Marc Maron, Savage Love with Dan Savage, the Pop Culture Happy Hour from NPR, Fresh Air, 99% Invisible, and Backstory. I also really like Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee, which is a videocast by Jerry Seinfeld. And I have a shower radio—courtesy of Fresh Air‘s Terry Gross and Danny Miller, who were upset that I didn’t own an actual—where I generally listen to Morning Edition while getting ready for work.
A great way to get into 99% Invisible—Roman Mars’ podcast about design—is to listen to the piece on NPR’s set broadcast clock. There are certain cues the directors of each broadcast have to hit—and if something goes terribly wrong, that’s where a decent song clip can really save your tush.
How do you listen to podcasts?
I listen to podcasts mainly when I cook and when I travel. I have been trying to cook more — as a way to save money and eat healthier food. An episode of Savage Love—Dan Savage’s podcast about sex and relationships—lasts about the length of cooking a pretty decent meal.
On Amtrak and on planes, I like Marc Maron’s interviews with comedians. Laughing to yourself on a plane is always appreciated by others in the row. And I watched several episodes of Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee with my partner on one of our earliest dates—which I would highly recommend, to set the mood. (What mood I set, I’m not sure.) But it worked—we’re still dating and keep up with the new episodes.
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