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Alex Blumberg

Producer & Host of StartUp Podcast, Producer of This American Life & Host of Without Fail & Homecoming
Alex Blumberg is CEO of Gimlet Media (2014), the award winning network of podcasts he co-founded with Matt Lieber and recently sold to Spotify. Gimlet Media currently produces nearly thirty podcasts, including Two Princes, Reply All, Homecoming, and Sandra, starring Kristen Wiig and Alia Shawkat. In season one of the podcast, “StartUp,” Blumberg strived to honestly present both the positive and challenging moments in his journey as an entrepreneur to establish Gimlet Media. Zach Braff starred as Blumberg in ABC’s show, Alex, Inc. (cancelled after one season), based on “StartUp.” Blumberg is also currently hosting “Without Fail.” Alex Blumberg is a producer and writer who got his start in public radio. He used his experience at This American Life to found his company, Gimlet Media. For fifteen years, Blumberg was producer of NPR’s “This American Life.” Blumberg and Adam Davidson’s critically acclaimed analysis of the 2006 subprime mortgage crisis, “The Giant Pool of Money,” was the most downloaded episode of this series. It received the George Polk Award in Radio Reporting and was placed on NYU’s Top 10 of the decade list. Davidson and Blumberg went on to produce and co-host “Planet Money” (2009), which offers an engaging take on economic change. Blumberg is renown for his famous experiment gone right, “Planet Money Makes a T-Shirt” (2013). Blumberg has been featured in The New York Times, The Guardian, American Journalism Review, Nieman Lab, The Washington Post, Times Inc, MSNBC, Editor and Publisher, Goldman Sachs, and Podcast Movement 2016. Blumberg is a coveted key note speaker and has made guest appearances on more than thirty podcasts, including Reply All, Rose Buds: The Most Dramatic Podcast Ever, Builders, META, Recode Media, Media Business Matters Podcast, and the James Altucher Show. Blumberg’s spouse, Nazanin Rafsanjani is a creative director at Gimlet and formerly produced the Rachel Maddow Show. She was featured on StartUp’s first season. In an episode of This American Life called High on the Corporate Ladder, Blumberg discussed his father Richard’s struggle with using cannabis on the job.
Recent episodes featuring Alex Blumberg
Introducing How’s Work? with Esther Perel
Without Fail
This week, we’re sharing the first episode of Esther Perel’s new show How’s Work? In it, the couples therapist behind the beloved show Where Should We Begin? sits down with coworkers, cofounders and colleagues, and brings her inimitable perspective to workplace relationships and conflicts.
Alex Talks to Ira Glass
StartUp Podcast
In November 1995, Ira Glass quietly launched the first episode of This American Life. The rest, as they say, is history. Today his show is a colossal success and Ira Glass is a household name. But in the intervening two decades, Ira has left an indelible mark on the industry by helping to shape hundreds of podcasts as well as hundreds of podcasters — including Alex. On this episode, Alex sits down with his mentor and former boss to talk about the early days at This American Life, what Ira taught Alex, and how being a good boss means learning to set people free.
The Man Who Changed the Future of Florida Elections
Without Fail
When Desmond Meade got out of prison after serving time for a nonviolent felony, he was homeless and wrestling with addiction. A decade later, he started a campaign that very few people thought was winnable: amending the Florida constitution to restore voting rights to people with felony convictions. His unusual path to success on this politicized issue? Avoid politics, and appeal to principles.
Alex Talks to Hollywood Hitmaker Nina Jacobson
StartUp Podcast
Nina Jacobson is a force in Hollywood. She’s behind some of the biggest movies of the last 20 years: The Sixth Sense, Pirates of the Caribbean, The Chronicles of Narnia, The Hunger Games, and most recently Crazy Rich Asians. She’s had a lot of success. But also some pretty big failures: a public firing, some box office flops. Nina walks Alex through her failure resume and talks about what it takes to make a hit.
Alex Talks to Fashion Icon Dapper Dan
StartUp Podcast
Dapper Dan made a name for himself as one of Harlem’s premier fashion designers in the 1980s, creating unique leather designs covered in counterfeit logos from brands like Gucci and Louis Vuitton. But when the fashion houses found out, they shut him down. So how, 20 years later, did Dapper Dan make it to the top of the world that put him out of business? We created a playlist of some of the songs that name-drop Dapper Dan, from artists like LL Cool J, Missy Elliott, and Pusha T... You can find it exclusively on Spotify, at open.spotify.com/playlist/6Gl7MBd1RvVT4ihFVrSaqF?si=H6XBdhYHTTW8aBzbUhLXaQ.
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New York, NY, USA
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421
Podcast Count
38
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1 week, 4 days