Two short weeks ago we were celebrating the end of David Letterman’s late night career. Now, we’ve got a new podcast from his replacement, already marking a distinct update to The Late Show. This week’s highlights include the new Late Show Podcast as well as an interview with the creator of some of the funniest TV and film of the last 25 years, podcastiversaries, and helpful tips for recent grads.
The Late Show Podcast: Three months ahead of the start of his new late-night TV show, Stephen Colbert launched a podcast that gives fans a peek behind the curtain to see how the show is being built. The first episode of The Late Show Podcast was released on Wednesday and featured Colbert, executive producer Tom Purcell, and head writer Opus Moreschi. The three discussed what they’ve been doing since the end of The Colbert Report in December, from picking out wide chairs for the theater to searching for the identity of the new show. All this from the comfort of a windowless room in the Late Show team’s temporary headquarters situated above the offices of John Oliver’s show, 60 Minutes and a police academy annex.
The Nerdist: Mike Judge, creator of TV shows Beavis and Butt-head and King of the Hill and movies Office Space and Idiocracy, visited The Nerdist this week. Judge talked in detail about his career, from his early work as an engineer to how he got into animation, all the way up to his most recent project, Silicon Valley. Sprinkled in between were fantastic peeks at Judge’s early process for getting discovered (mailing VHS tapes to TV networks and production companies), the origin of Beavis’ alter ego, Cornholio, and whiteboarding the final episode for the first season of Silicon Valley.
Story Corps: Story Corps marked ten years on the road this week with a selection of stories from 2005, the first year the show started sending their Airstream trailers across the country to gather stories directly from the people telling them. Stories included the son of a Pittsburgh steelworker remembering his father, a Mississippi judge who befriended a frequent defendant in his court, and a daughter talking with her mother about how she came into the U.S. from Mexico and the early, difficult years their family faced.
Death, Sex & Money: The Death, Sex & Money podcast this week celebrated its one year anniversary with an episode recorded live in New York. Host Anna Sale talked with two guest couples, Simon Doonan and Jonathan Adler as well as W. Kamau Bell and Melissa Hudson Bell, and poet Tracy K. Smith. Interspersed with the interviews was a poem by Smith and music from Luscious Jackson. At the end, Sale reflected on the life-changing event of her divorce and the comforting words from her father that led her to start the podcast.
Adulthood Made Easy: Since the beginning of May, Sam Zabell has been doing a series of episodes of Adulthood Made Easy aimed at helping recent college graduates handle common issues the may face beyond college. This week’s episode included an especially helpful discussion with Kathleen Harris, executive at Levo, about interviewing for a job. From anticipating some of the most common iterview questions to developing your elevator pitch, this episode can help recent as well as not-so-recent grads brush up on their interviewing skills.