5,000+ aspiring podcast hosts pitched their ideas to the Casting Call competition. But only three can become finalists. Host Jonathan Goldstein documents the vetting process and seeks counsel from his friend and colleague, Gimlet CEO Alex Blumberg.
We narrowed down 5,000+ entries to six semi-finalists. Which three will become finalists? To decide their fates, host Jonathan Goldstein brings in an esteemed panel of judges: Aminatou Sow, Nazanin Rafsanjani, and Anthony Casalena. Hear their opinions and find out which contestants will make pilots of their shows.
The moment you've been waiting for. This episode was recorded live, which means you get to listen in on the conversations between host Jonathan Goldstein, the Casting Call finalists and judges. You'll hear what post-podcast pilot life is like for the three finalists, and who wins the Casting Call grand prize: A mini-series produced by Gimlet Media.
Premieres November 8 — So Help Me is a show about self help and what happens when you try to figure yourself out. Profoundly flawed but hopeful host Anna Ladd tries different self help methods to fix everything from her attitude to her apartment, and learns from experts and others who have tried them along the way.
In 2018 Anna Ladd won Gimlet’s Casting Call competition - a search for the “next great podcast host.” Her prize for winning was that Gimlet would help her make a podcast mini-series. But when she moved to New York and started to make the show she realized the dark secret of reality show success: Just because you win a contest doesn’t mean you know what you’re doing. Making the show was overwhelming...
When Anna moved from a large apartment in Philadelphia to a small apartment in Queens, she had to get rid of most of her possessions. Throwing stuff out felt good until she got to three large plastic bins in the corner of her apartment. They were filled with all the art she’d made in Art School. For weeks, she couldn’t bring herself to throw the art away. To understand why, she turned to a 4’7 Japa...