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Plan a Podcast: Good Ideas to Great Episodes

with Jeff Emtman

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  •   01 Class Introduction

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About The Class

How to Make the Podcast of Your Dreams a Reality

There’s a big difference between a great idea and a great podcast. Just ask Jeff Emtman, who founded the successful documentary podcast “Here Be Monsters.” Before he ever picks up the microphone, Jeff has an elaborate preparation ritual, a process involving bathtubs, strategic forgetfulness, and good old-fashioned journaling.

Jeff will show you how to zoom in on the important parts of a story and forget the fluff, conceptualize sound and a story’s “dream tape,” and use self-doubt and existential dread as a creative tool. You’ll come away with real-world techniques for preparing for your podcast so that you can make your best work.

In this class, you’ll learn how to:

  • Get over your fears of actually starting work on an episode and take the first leap.
  • Compartmentalize and benefit from pre-production jitters.
  • Focus on research at the beginning, not story structure.
  • Prepare for the interview, both practically and conceptually.
  • Use sound to deepen the impact of an episode.
  • Doubt your story so you can find its flaws and improve it.
  • Experiment with and subvert conventional structures.

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Lesson Plan

  1. 01

    Class Introduction

  2. 02

    Sparking Your Idea

  3. 03

    Imagine Your Dream Tape

  4. 04

    Leverage Sound

  5. 05

    Doubt Your Story

  6. 06


  7. 07

    Writing the Prep List

  8. 08



Meet Your Expert

Jeff Emtman

Jeff is a photographer, musician and podcaster. His art is focused on belief and fear, with his best-known project being Here Be Monsters, a podcast about the unknown that he started in 2012. ... read more

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  • Timothy

    September 2019

    This class has a lot of really interesting insights and ideas. It is definitely focused more on narrative/interview/experimental style podcasts, but I think anyone interested in any aspect of podcasting would enjoy listening to Jeff speak on the subject. He's a really unique person with a really neat perspective on the medium, and sound in general.

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