Substack may be the home for great writing, but it also offers a direct way to connect with readers using audio.
Writers are exploring the many ways to use podcasting to complement their publications, from pairing podcast episodes with their writing to bringing their Substack to life by adding short audio notes, reading aloud to subscribers, or sharing new music.
There’s a lot to explore, and this thread is a chance for all of us to share what we’ve been listening to and inspired by recently.
How to join the thread:
Do you host a podcast on Substack? Introduce yourself and your work. No need to include a link to your publication: When a fellow writer clicks on your name, they will land on your profile.
Do you know of a Substack doing great things with audio? Give them a shoutout in the comments so others can check out their publication. Be sure to share a link to the publication you admire, and why.
Our team will be in the thread today from 10 a.m.–11 a.m. PST / 1 p.m.–2 p.m. EST in discovery and celebration mode with you all.
Want to learn more about podcasting on Substack? Here’s a guide to getting started.
Recently one of my favorite authors, Etgar Keret, had Molly Ringwald (yes, that Molly!) read his short story aloud and used that as the audio for his post, which I loved: https://etgarkeret.substack.com/p/a-brief-history-of-us
Our ears are ringing! We've got a list of podcasts to check out. Thanks for sharing in this month's special thread.
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Thank you for asking this wonderful question. I've been doing audio versions of my essays recently, and people seem into it! It reminded me that giving readers different ways to interact with words and thoughts and feelings can be powerful.
And my recommendation? Saeed Jones' voice notes are like texts from a friend! https://saeedjones.substack.com/
Patti Smith’s “Message for Tonight” is pretty epic https://pattismith.substack.com/p/a-message-for-tonight
Hi all - I use the podcast feature the same way that Wu Fei (https://wufeimusic.substack.com/) does, and that's to share new original music.
So, I don't think I'm publishing the actual "podcast" anywhere (I think I have that option turned off), so my hope is that folks just sit with the song in the post itself, which I think has been working.
Thanks for sharing all your great work!
Hi everyone! On Substack I host a podcast called Unruly Figures, a celebration of history's greatest rule-breakers. I cover people like Jean-Michel Basquiat, Anne Bonny, and more. It's been so fun and I really love the flexibility Substack gives me.
I love what Ælfgif-who? does with audio for her posts! https://florencehrs.substack.com/p/balthild-from-enslaved-captive-to
Hi! I write pieces on Truth and Consciousness AND just yesterday launched "Listen to This Article" for my articles on astrology, non-dual spirituality, and the Divine Feminine. Give it a try if you like! My first piece is "New Moon in Aquarius: The Awakened Heart." 💖 Thanks, Substack and this great community!
Hi y'all! I'd love to add more podcast / audio Substacks to my "reading" list. I struggle to listen to audio and then remember what I listened to (definitely more of a visual processor), does anyone have any recommendations of great podcasts they've loved here on Substack that are accompanied by a transcript? I really like the feel of reading through those transcripts as they have a different quality to a written piece, and, of course, having the option to listen to the audio if I'm feeling like that's manageable on any given day.
I'd also like to share this audio from the latest think piece I did. https://carriekaufman.substack.com/p/driving-ideals
Beginning to create specific episodes of my podcast BrandAPeel: Brand Storytelling in the Digital Age for my Substack. Thank you for all information providing great onboarding ideas and connections.
Do listen in to Anil Bahuman at http://warli.substack.com. He talks about mythology of the Norse gods and Ramayana. Very interesting!
Hi! I am Tyler Knott Gregson and I record "Signal Fire" and my Sunday Edition every week. I publish essays on life, poetry, art, Buddhism, and just about everything else. Hope to see you there!
As for other Substacks doing great things with audio, this is why I'm here, to find more!
Thank you for adding the podcast feature! It’s made getting into this medium much easier for me. I also love how it seamlessly integrates with Spotify and Apple Music. My podcast is just a reading of that week’s newsletter but I hope to someday add interviews and such.
Hello friends! My days are spent studying the reflective questions of stunning humans like Stephen Hawking, Maya Angelou, Kobe Bryant, and across varying industries/topics such as Olympic athletes, health experts, entrepreneurs, designers, and writers. You can hear their stories on my show Behind the Human and also personally slow down and reflect on some quality questions in my Substact Better Questions.
If you know of any great Substact's providing quality Mental Fitness practices and prompts, please let me know! I'm always learning and curating the best information I can find to help our minds thrive. 🧠💪
I love Matt's Education of an Angel investor :) very informative from his perspective and decades of experience https://matthewstafford.substack.com
Hola! Escribo sobre criptomonedas en Español! Espero puedan leer https://randomcripto.substack.com/p/que-hacer-cuando-todo-se-derrumba?r=4ygoo&utm_campaign=post&utm_medium=web&utm_source=direct
Cody Kommers, PhD student in social psychology at Oxford, writes about psychology, travel, and the creative process, especially in writing and science.
Fascinating stuff, plus his writing is excellent!
Our first anniversary of The Other Hand podcast, all things business, finance, politics in Ireland (with lots of other stuff on the U.K. EU and US). It’s been fun and the Substack platform is easy to use. We’ve grown continuously throughout our first year and look forward to more success.
Hi. I'm Carrie Kaufman, and I recently started You're Overthinking It, which explores with humor and storytelling the unspoken rules we encounter in every day life. I was a public radio host, and so audio is included. Every Wednesday, just for fun, we do a Word Drill where someone gives me a word and I tell a story about it. Here's the link to our latest one: https://carriekaufman.substack.com/p/word-drill-catastrophize
Women in Tech womenintech.fm 🙌
I write Night Water, an idiosyncratic pop culture newsletter. I’ve been doing interviews in the newsletter for a while, but I just did my first podcast episode last December to bring a new dimension to an interview: https://www.nightwater.email/p/vermont-green-football-club
I have some more interesting audio content coming up.
I was very excited when Tegan and Sara joined Substack: https://teganandsara.substack.com/
Naturally they are doing some fun stuff with the audio feature!
A write a hybrid fiction called "Nobody's Property" that combines text, pictures, and audio from the Wild West days of podcasting circa 2010. It all circles around the disappearance of a young woman in Germany 50 years ago.
We are using substack to host our podcast. It has had unexpected benefits. It allows us to periodically post text-only updates and content, it allows us to promote it in both podcast AND newsletter vehicles (The Sample has been a great driver of newsletter subscriptions), and a very easy transition of/when we move to paid.
The podcast/newsletter is super niche - we analyze and comment upon the “public” events in early 1960s marvel comics as of the events were real. But as they say, “most don’t like it. But those who do, like it a lot!”
(I also drop irregular podcast episodes in my other newsletter, but it is definitely a newsletter first, with interviews, unlike Super Serious that is definitely more of a podcast than a written form)
My podcast is: https://grassjournal.co. It's about wildness.
Tecnología - Comercio - Innovación - Experiencia del usuario, en mi podcast en español. Este espacio se trasmite también en Imagen radio de México / Puebla. Gracias por escucharme y recomendarme!
Hey y'all shameless plug here. My Podletter is all about Solo Tabletop and Worldbuilding. I am a Professional Dungeon Master, Fantasy and Drama enthusiast with a penchant for playfulness. Whether you are a fan of Critical Role, Dimension 20, or any Actual Play podcast or shows come get your fix over at The Inkyard!
The Ink n Bones Podletter, focuses on solo play, and Worldbuilding. Catch our campaign every Friday and home your skills with a GM break down every 1st and 3rd Monday. There is plenty more coming down the pipe line and can't wait to "explore something other than ourselves" with you!
Lucy Tobias started a new podcast called Pivot Point - interviews with people who have done something that changed their lives - a pivot point. Short, entertaining. Enjoy
Hey everyone! I write Letters by Deepa, where I write short personal essays exploring self and identity, sex and relationships, motherhood and family, and the creative process of writing my first memoir, all from the perspective of a Filipina-Indian immigrant in Europe.
I've experimented with reading my essays using Substack audio. So far it's been warmly received, and I'd love to do more of these in the coming year. Please give these posts a listen, I would love to know what you think.
1) Gold (on body image as a teenage girl) https://deepa.substack.com/p/letters-by-deepa-02-listen-to-gold
2) Summer whites (wearing my father's clothes as a tribute to his memory) https://deepa.substack.com/p/letters-by-deepa-10-listen-to-summer
I talk about the growing technocratic totalitarianism in western democracies.
If you like baseball and the Blue Jays in particular, check out Andrew Stoeten the batflip https://stoeten.substack.com/ I really enjoy it and he's been doing it for years.
How can I get Substack podcast featured here? https://mickeyz.substack.com
Hola from Cafecito Break. We are freedom lovers in NY covering the Freedom Rally’s. Tuning in. Being present with our 🎤 mic, with coffee, laughs & wisdom. by The Perez Sisters Wepa! 🌹😇🇺🇸🇵🇷🤗😘🗽🗽 We will be sharing updates via our posts and podcasts. You are invited to check it out. Gracias. Happy to be here.
I have a podcast :)
There are three Substack.com writers (besides Glenn Greenwald) that I always enjoy:
Most progressive solutions start just like this. Answers are in that video. Watch sign the petition for proper pathways forward to meet needs not wants.
We've past 124 signatures in a days time. Lets keep the petition growing our goal is all people of this precious planet our home our children's ❤ home.
This is our petition for the people because president Biden and UN are blocking this we bring it to the people.
My first podcast, Love Letters, is scheduled for publication at 8 am tomorrow, the 4th. I am still finding my way around the platform. I will be reading writings and vibrationally active transmissions. Still watching and learning about options for structuring content.
I love podcasting on Substack! What a great platform. I confess, I've got two separate podcasts now, including one with my wife, Gail Thorpe.
Also wanted to share a resource I use to help with recording and editing audio: Podcastaudiolab.com
Fun and quirky essays, audio pieces by one of my new faves. I loved a recent essay about the author driving Julia Child. Check it out:
Hey guys! I host and produce Tuckered Out with Ami Thakkar (Tuck-er) where I interview South Asian trailblazers, prominent voices, and experts all over the world. We talk about the ups and downs of growing up brown, our honest personal and professional journeys, how/if being South Asian made us question pivotal moments in our lives, and what we are currently working on to fulfill our souls.
Just wrote about my latest interview with Sujata Day, who wrote, produced, and directed Definition, Please now out on Netflix! It's about coming-of-age films and how they are evolving over time.
Great to connect with everyone!
There’s something about that “Old Man River” which brings out the storyteller. Reflections from the River comes from the banks of the Mississippi River, upstream from Memphis, downstream from St. Louis, where the aircraft carrier sized tows negotiate the twists and bends of America’s artery. In these five to ten-minute vignettes a modern-day Mark Twain, with the occasional O. Henry twist to an ending, holds a mirror to middle America, its challenges and its strengths. Author and speaker, Bill Enyart, draws from the well-springs of working-class Midwestern roots, tempered by his rise from enlisted military ranks to Major General and then US Congressman to tell stories that reveal much of the American soul and the path American military men, women and their families tread. Humor, duty, grief and comradeship share the stage. Audio production by Tom Calhoun at paguytom.com. Cover photo by Staff Sgt Lally Laksbergs, Army National Guard. Email comments or questions to: bill@billenyart Billenyart.com
I talk about the process of creating my first album.
I made the first (and only) multimedia video book. The chapters are embedded, in no particular order, here:
Close your eyes and it's an audio book. Open your eyes and it's a podcast. Thanks. G.
Hello! I'm Toby, I produce a podcast called Woke Up! with Mad Dug and Anthony Anderson.
I'll write cricket articles. Check here. https://saikrishna99.substack.com/