By now most online denizens have heard that U.S. President Barack Obama was a guest on Marc Maron’s WTF podcast last week. According to the New York Times, the episode set a new podcasting record, with more than 900,000 downloads in the first 36 hours. Wow.
What you might not know is that the president’s office – not Maron – initiated the interview. Once plans were set, the president flew by helicopter and made his heavily guarded way to Maron’s garage in Los Angeles to record the interview, in which they discussed race relations, gun violence, fatherhood and more. You can read more about the background to the story in this Slate article.
As podcasting continues to grow in popularity, we podcasters revel in the visibility an interview like this brings to our medium.
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