Podcast

Sampler

Sampler brings you the best moments from the world of podcasts. We'll feature bite size tastes from a variety of shows plus we'll talk with podcasters to find out why they do what they do. Sampler is hosted by Brittany Luse and a different special guest each week.

Episodes

  • Gimlet Presents: Uncivil

    Oct 09 2017

    America’s divided. And it always has been. Uncivil, Gimlet’s new history podcast, takes you back to a time when America was so divided that it split in two. In each episode hosts Jack Hitt and Chenjerai Kumanyika ransack the official history of the Civil War… that boring, safety-first version you were taught in school. They’ll bring you untold stories of covert ops, mutiny, counterfeiting, and the 1860s version of drone warfare. And give you a better sense for how these forgotten struggles conne...more

  • Premiere Episode of The Nod!

    Jul 17 2017

    It's finally here! Listen to the first episode of The Nod, Brittany's new show from Gimlet Media co-hosted with her best friend Eric Eddings. And when you are done listening, you can find out more about the show and subscribe here.

  • Introducing Mogul

    Jul 11 2017

    Brittany is back with another recommendation: Mogul: The Life and Death of Chris Lighty.  It’s the story of the birth of hip-hop and a hip-hop legend, but it’s also about the darker side of the industry. It’s the story of how a kid from the Bronx, managed to rise so high. And how, when he got there, everything went so wrong. Hear the entire Mogul series here.

  • Introducing The Pitch

    Jul 07 2017

    Gimlet has its first reality show, and it's called The Pitch. Listen as real entrepreneurs pitch to real investors--for real money. In this episode, a startup founder pitches his plan to disrupt the hotel experience by transforming what happens when we look in the mirror.

  • Introducing The Nod!

    Jun 22 2017

    A sneak peak of Brittany's new show from Gimlet Media, hosted with her best friend Eric Eddings. Premieres July 17th!

  • #31 True Crime

    Oct 17 2016

    "True Crime" is perhaps the most talked about genre in podcasting but it's also a type of podcast that Brittany just can't stomach. Tracy Clayton of Buzzfeed's Another Round joins the show to discuss her love of these shows. Plus, Brittany talks to the creators of the only true crime podcast she's been able to enjoy.And a warning: since this episode is about true crime, the content may be disturbing to some listeners. There will be descriptions of sexual assault and violent crime,...more

  • #30 'Ladies of Flavor'

    Oct 04 2016

    Aminatou Sow, co-host of the Call Your Girlfriend podcast, joins Brittany to talk about cultural expectations of women.**Warning, this episode contains adult language**Episode #30 features clips from the following shows (please click below for hyperlink to episodes):Strangers, "The Waxing Virgin - Then and Now"Radio Diaries, "Episode 49: Majd's Diary, Two Years in the Life of a Saudi Girl"The Facts:"The Waxing Virgin" from Strangers was produced by Lea Thau and Paul Dreux Smith."M...more

  • #29 'Cheat Codes'

    Sep 27 2016

    Brittany shares one of her all-time favorite podcasts.Episode #29 features clips from the following shows (please click below for hyperlink to episodes):Myleik Teele's PodcastThe FactsThis episode was produced by Sarah Abdurrahman, Kate Parkinson-Morgan and Brittany Luse.It was edited by Annie-Rose Strasser and Peter Clowney.Our theme music was made by Micah Vellian and our ad music was made by Mark Phillips. The show was mixed by Haley Shaw.Sampler is a production of Gimlet Media.Our Spons...more

  • #28 'Cinderella With Micro Braids'

    Sep 19 2016

    Fall's arrival has Brittany thinking about the new slate of TV shows, the start of the film/TV awards season and the state of representation in the media. Aisha Harris, host of Slate's Represent, joins Brittany to discuss some of the best podcast moments about diversity in Hollywood.Episode #28 features clips from the following episodes (please click below for hyperlink to episodes):Filmspotting, "#539 Mad Max/Fury Road and Top 5 Car Scenes"Slate's Represent, "The 'Racism Is Solved' Ed...more

  • #27 'This Feels Terrible'

    Sep 12 2016

    Two comedians, each with their own popular podcast, fall in love. And while recording their shows, they inadvertently capture the many ups and downs of their relationship.Episode #27 features clips from the following shows (please go to our website www.gimletmedia.com/sampler for links to the shows):This Feels Terrible with Erin McGathyHarmontown with Dan HarmonThe FactsSpecial thanks to Erin McGathy, Dan Harmon, Dustin Marshall and Feral Audio.This episode was produced by Sarah Abdurrahman, Kat...more

  • #26 Childish Podcasting

    Aug 29 2016

    Brittany listens to an up-and-coming podcaster with an inspiring approach to hosting. And her boss tries to convince her that podcasts can be a part-time babysitter.Episode #26 features clips from the following episodes (please go to our website www.gimletmedia.com/sampler for links to all episodes):The Show About Science, "Episode 1: Science With Mom"The Show About Science, "Episode 2: Sea Creatures with Adam"The Show About Science,"Episode 3: Food Science With Shannon"The Show About Scien...more

  • #25 'Paul F. Tompkins, The Mayor of Podcastland'

    Aug 22 2016

    Comedian and actor Paul F. Tompkins joins Brittany to discuss his prolific podcasting career. Also, Paul explains why he loves playing characters and hates "lazy comedy."**Warning, this episode contains adult language**Episode #25 features clips from the following episodes (please go to our website www.gimletmedia.com/sampler for links to all episodes):Comedy Bang Bang, "Episode 303: Puttering Around"Comedy Bang Bang, "Episode 31: Happy Black Friday"Ice-T: Final Level, "Episode 2:...more

  • #24 'The Games We Play'

    Aug 08 2016

    Gimlet producer Matthew Nelson guides Brittany through the world of sports fandoms, team loyalties and athlete rants.**Warning, this episode contains adult language**Episode #23 features clips from the following episodes (please go to our website www.gimletmedia.com/sampler for links to all episodes):Snap Judgment, "The Legend of Steve Davies"Pardon My Take, "Michael Rapaport 5/18/2016"espnW presents Be Honest with Cari Champion, "Kanye Rants. I Rant. We All Rant."The Starters, "The Drop - Frida...more

  • #23 'A Binder Full Of Men'

    Aug 02 2016

    As the election season heats up, Gimlet editor Annie-Rose Strasser highlights podcasts that help us understand the grueling, complex world of campaigning. Plus, Brittany gets the details on a politician’s “binder full of men.”**Warning, this episode contains adult language**Episode #23 features clips from the following episodes (please go to our website www.gimletmedia.com/sampler for links to all episodes):No One Knows Anything, "How to Destroy A Man With A Haircut"Politically Re-Active, "...more

  • #22 'I’m An Obliger'

    Jul 25 2016

    The sister duo of Happier Podcast visit the office to talk good habits, self-knowledge and balance. Also, the sisters listen to stories of people struggling to find happiness and dole out some helpful advice.**Warning, this episode contains adult language**Episode #22 features clips from the following episodes  (please go to our website www.gimletmedia.com/sampler for links to all episodes):Tax Season, "The Therapy Episode"One Bad Mother, "Episode 23: Mom Guilt"The Tell ...more

  • #21 'Straight Outta Melbourne'

    Jul 18 2016

    Wendy Zukerman, host of the new Gimlet show Science Vs, introduces Brittany to some of her favorite Aussie podcasts. Science Vs launches July 28, and you can check out a sneak peek wherever you listen to podcasts.**Warning, this episode contains adult language**Episode #21 features clips from the following episodes (please go to our website www.gimletmedia.com/sampler for links to all episodes):Australian Broadcasting Corporation's Burn Your Passport, "Episode 6: Th...more

  • #20 'Science O'Clock'

    Jun 27 2016

    Brittany travels to NPR to meet the women behind the hit science podcast Invisibilia and learn more about their latest season. Things quickly get emotional... and a little musical.**Warning, this episode contains adult language**Episode #20 features clips from the following episodes (please go to our website www.gimletmedia.com/sampler for links to all episodes):Love Me, "Episode 4: Falling"Invisibilia, "Entanglement"Slate's DoubleX Gabfest, "Are Hobbies Sexist?"How to Be Amazing with ...more

  • #19 'Belinda Blinked'

    Jun 20 2016

    Brittany bravely leads us into the raunchy, bizarre world of "My Dad Wrote A Porno," which is exactly as it sounds: a man reading aloud his father's amateur erotic novel.**Warning, this episode contains adult language and sexual content**Episode #19 features clips from the following episodes (please go to our website www.gimletmedia.com/sampler for links to all episodes):All clips featured in this episode are from the show, My Dad Wrote A Porno.Episode 1: "The Job Interview"Episode 12: "The...more

  • #18 'Tickle Me'

    Jun 13 2016

    We asked listeners to recommend funny podcast moments, and boy, did they come through! Our senior producer Sarah plays some of the best suggestions for Brittany.**Warning, this episode contains adult language.**Episode #18 features clips from the following episodes (please go to our website www.gimletmedia.com/sampler for links to all episodes):The Great Debates, "Episode 68: Parades Are a Waste Of Time and Resources" (recommended by listener David Hart)CoolGames Inc, "Episode 9: Basketball...more

  • #17 'Kale-flavored Cheez-Its'

    Jun 06 2016

    Brittany dives deep into the art of storytelling and interviewing with Max Linsky, co-host of the Longform podcast.Episode #17 features clips from the following episodes (please go to our website www.gimletmedia.com/sampler for links to all episodes):Longform Podcast, "#75: George Saunders"What the Hell Happened in East New York? Episode 1: 'Obsession'Modern Love, "My First Lesson in Motherhood"Dunkumentaries, "Episode 1: Sneaker Wars"The Bill Simmons Podcast, "Episode 87 wit...more

  • #16 'Yikes!'

    May 23 2016

    Brittany plays some surprising clips for the people who got her into podcasting: the hilarious Kid Fury and Crissle, hosts of The Read.**Warning, this episode contains adult language.**Episode #16 features clips from the following episodes (please go to our website www.gimletmedia.com/sampler for links to all episodes):The Read, "Kanye, Shut Your Black Ass Up"The Crimson Wave, "Episode 45 - Ashley Moffatt"Doug Loves Movies, "February 4 - Ben Schwartz, Noel Wells, Neal Brennan and Ken R...more

  • #15 ‘Mother Podcast’

    May 16 2016

    Sarah Koenig, host & co-creator of Serial, tells Brittany about her love of improv, why she can't watch crime shows anymore, and how the podcasting world has boomed in the wake of Serial.**Warning, this episode contains adult language.**Episode #15 features clips from the following episodes (please go to our website www.gimletmedia.com/sampler for links to all episodes):Hello from the Magic Tavern, “Episode 53, Tom the Nominee”The New Yorker Radio Hour, "Episode 17: Cuba Gooding Jr...more

  • #14 'All The Ways To Say Lemonade'

    May 09 2016

    **Warning, this episode contains adult language.**Episode #14 features clips from the following episodes (please go to our website www.gimletmedia.com/sampler for links to all episodes):NPR's Morning Edition, "Beyoncé's 'Lemonade' Is Defiant In The Midst Of Upheaval"The Read, "Lilac Lemonade"Slate's Trumpcast, "No Koch Money," (sketch by Steve Waltien of Second City)Jalen & Jacoby Show, "Warriors Breakin' Records Even Without Wardell, 1st Round Sweeps, Lemonade Served, Bryon Scott Fired and ...more

  • #13 'Hit Me With Your Best Shot'

    May 02 2016

    **Warning, this episode contains adult language.**Episode #13 features clips from the following episodes (please go to our website www.gimletmedia.com/show/sampler for links to all episodes):StarTalk Radio - George Takei and the Legacy of Star TrekFlash Forward, Episode 2, Love at First Bot On Being, with Nikki Giovanni - Soul Food, Sex, and SpaceThe Longest Shortest TimeThe Facts:This episode was produced by Rose Reid, Sarah Abdurrahman and Brittany Luse, with help from Kate Parkinson-Morg...more

  • #12 'Three Ways to Fillet A Fish'

    Apr 18 2016

    **Warning, this episode contains adult language.**Episode #12 features clips from the following episodes (please go to our website www.gimletmedia.com/show/sampler for links to all episodes):The Eater Upsell, Episode 17: Alton Brown Is The Food World's Philosopher KingThe Sporkful: Other People’s Food Pt. 1: White Chef, Mexican FoodThe Sporkful: Other People's Food Pt. 2: What's 'Poor People's Food?'The Facts:This episode was produced by Rose Reid, Sarah Abdurrahman and Brittany Luse, with help ...more

  • #11 'My Stomach Was In My Butt'

    Apr 11 2016

    Brittany cracks the archives and pays a special tribute to Orson Welles. And Sampler's senior producer Sarah Abdurrahman plays Brittany some spooky stuff. **Warning, this episode contains adult language.**Episode #11 features clips from the following episodes (please go to www.gimletmedia.com/show/Sampler for the hyperlinks):Orson Welles' 'The Hitchhiker,' by Lucille Fletcher, featured on Relic RadioLimetown, Episode 2: 'Winona'The Truth, 'Don't Touch a Thing' No Sleep Podcast, Season 3, Episode...more

  • #10 'Raising My Eyebrows'

    Apr 04 2016

    This week, Anna Sale talks Death, Sex, and Money with Brittany. **Warning, this episode contains adult language.**Episode #10 features clips from the following episodes (please go to www.gimletmedia.com/show/Sampler for the hyperlinks):Death, Sex, and Money Episode with Dan Savage: Dan Savage Says Cheating Happens. And That's OK.First Time, Last Time with Joe LoyaFresh Air with Tim Gunn: On and Off the Runway 'Life Is a Big Collaboration'Only Human, 'Who Are You Calling Inspiring?'The Facts:This...more

  • #9 'Crimble Bramble'

    Mar 28 2016

    This week, special guests from ReplyAll hosts Alex Goldman and PJ Vogt play Brittany some funnies - all clips from comedy shows. **Warning, this episode contains adult language.**Episode #9 features clips from the following episodes (please go to www.gimletmedia.com/show/Sampler for the hyperlinks):Comedy Bang Bang Episode #148You Made It Weird #51 with Kurt BraunohlerBone Zone #199 with Mark ProkschThe Facts:This episode was produced by Rose Reid, Sarah Abdurrahman and Brittany Luse. It was edi...more

  • #8 'Happiest Place on Earth'

    Mar 14 2016

    This week, Brittany and co-host Chris Neary dive deep into one podcast all about Disney, and the love story behind it. Featuring an interview with the host of "A Window to the Magic," Paul Barriehttp://www.windowtothemagic.com/podcast.html The Facts:This episode was edited by Caitlin Kenney and Annie-Rose Strasser.It was produced by Sarah Abdurrahman, Chris Neary, Matthew Nelson, Rose Reid, and Brittany Luse.Our theme music was made by Micah Vellian.  Our ad music was made by Mark Phillips....more

  • #7 'Relationship Goals'

    Mar 07 2016

    This week, Brittany guides us through the world of relationships...with a special interview from Relationship Goals podcast makers Danyel Smith and Elliott Wilson.**Warning, this episode contains adult language and material.**Episode #7 features clips from the following episodes:Grownups Who Read Things They Wrote When They Were Kids Episode 212: "Mom always said MSN was the devil" (Toronto) -  https://grownupsreadthingstheywroteaskids.com/episode/212/StarTalk Radio - Cosmic Queries - Scien...more

  • #6 'We Slay'

    Feb 29 2016

    This week, Brittany covers southern idioms, Beyonce, and Trump with Another Round hosts, Heben Nigatu and Tracy Clayton**Warning, this episode contains adult language.**Episode #6 features clips from the following episodes (please go to www.gimletmedia.com/show/Sampler for the hyperlinks):Another Round Episode 25: Stop Telling Women to Smile (with Tatyana Fazlalizadeh) and  Episode 39: The Betrayer of the Patriarchy (with Anil Dash) The Read Podcast, "BEYmergency: Formation"Reveal Podcast, ...more

  • #5 'I Don't Sweat'

    Feb 22 2016

    This week, Gimlet CEO and StartUp host Alex Blumberg plays a special podcast playlist for Brittany. **Warning, this episode contains language not suitable for children.**Episode #5 features clips from the following episodes (click on show title for link):Marc Maron WTF Episode 613 with President Barack ObamaAnother Round Episode 28, "Madame Secretary, What's Good?" (With Hillary Clinton)How to Do Everything Episode 93, "Sonia Sotomayor and Some Other Things" and  Episode 150, "Yes, No, and ...more

  • #4 'My Thorn and My Muse'

    Feb 15 2016

    This week, host Brittany Luse plays a special playlist for podcast lover Molly Ringwald.**Warning, this episode contains content and language not suitable for children.**Episode #4 features clips from the following episodes (click on titles for link):You Must Remember This, #29 Star Wars Episode III: Hedy LamarrRonna and Beverly Episode #120 with Jessica St. Clair, "Two Bevs Don't Make a Right"Mental Illness Happy Hour with Sara BenincasaThe Moth, "Mothering in Captivity"The Facts:This episode w...more

  • #3 'Tiny Bank Teller'

    Feb 01 2016

    This week Sampler brings you a few more golden gems of audio from three different podcasts... and returning guest co-host Chris Neary interviews husband and wife podcasters chronicling their journey of loss and hope on their show, Going Blind Sucks.**Warning, this episode contains content and language not suitable for children.Episode #3 Features Clips from:Combat Jack Show- The Raymond Santana "Central Park 5" EpisodeThe Heart - Gina GoldGoing Blind SucksThe Facts:This episode was edited by Ale...more

  • #2 'Denzelishness'

    Jan 25 2016

    This week on Sampler, special guest, comedian W. Kamau Bell, co-host of the podcast, Denzel Washington is the Greatest Actor of All Time, Period, talks with host Brittany Luse about Hollywood, race, botulism, and of course, Denzel.**Warning, this episode features content and language not suitable for children.Episode #2 Features Clips from:Training DayThe W. Kamau Bell Curve; “Ending Racism in About an Hour"Denzel Washington is the Greatest Actor of All Time, Period. Episode #54Soundings from th...more

  • #1 'Magic and Tonic'

    Jan 20 2016

    Sampler brings you the best moments from the world of podcasts. Each week, we'll feature bite size tastes from a variety of shows plus we'll talk with other podcasters to find out why they do what they do. Sampler is hosted by Brittany Luse. This week’s guest co-host is Gimlet senior producer Chris Neary.**Warning, this episode features content and language not suitable for children.Episode #1 Features Clips from:Bodega Boys’ episode #4Dead Authors Chapter 27Desert Island Discs featuring Tenness...more

  • Sampler Trailer

    Dec 17 2015

    We listen to a LOT of podcasts and bring you the hand-picked moments you just have to hear. Sampler launches the week of January 18th. Original music written and performed by Elori Kramer and Jesse Rudoy.