Casting Call documents the search for the next great podcast host. Our esteemed panel of judges joins host Jonathan Goldstein to vet ideas from aspiring podcasters across the country. Meet our host and judges below.
Jonathan is host and producer of Gimlet Media’s award-winning Heavyweight podcast. He's also a regular contributor to This American Life. Prior to joining Gimlet Media, Jonathan hosted the CBC’s Wiretap radio show.
Aminatou is the co-host Call Your Girlfriend, a podcast for long-distance besties everywhere. Call Your Girlfriend features in-depth discussions of a range of topics from pop culture to politics, and interviews with other inspirational women. You can listen to Call Your Girlfriend here. Aminatou is based in Brooklyn and currently her favorite podcasts are Keep It, Who Weekly, Embedded, 99% Invisible, Slow Burn, Nancy and The Heart. Her wildest dream would be for Christiane Amanpour to host a podcast. Somebody get on this, thanks.
Nazanin is the Vice President of New Show Development at Gimlet Media. She was previously the Creative Director of Gimlet Creative, Gimlet Media’s in-house advertising agency. Prior to joining Gimlet in 2015, Nazanin was a career journalist and was most recently a senior producer at MSNBC’s The Rachel Maddow Show. Before that Nazanin held various reporting and producing positions at NPR, WNYC and ABC News. Fun-fact: the Alex, inc. character Rooni Schuman is based on Nazanin.
Anthony Casalena is the Founder and CEO of Squarespace, which he started from his dorm room in 2003. During the company’s early years, Anthony acted as the sole engineer, designer, and support representative for the entire Squarespace platform. In addition to running the company and setting overall product strategy, he remains actively involved in many departments of the company. He also bought Squarespace’s very first podcast ad in 2009. Anthony holds a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science from the University of Maryland.
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