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.
While the seniors danced at Prom Night 2001 in Hoisington, Kansas—a town of about 3,000—a tornado hit the town, destroying about a third of it. When they emerged from the dance, they discovered what had happened, and in the weeks that followed, they tried to explain to themselves why the tornado hit where it did. Plus other stories that happen on Prom Night.
Words can seem so puny and ineffective sometimes. On this show, we have stories in which ordinary people make last ditch efforts to get through to their loved ones, using a combination of small talk and not-so-small talk.
As the granddaughter of Westboro Baptist Church founder Fred Phelps, Megan Phelps-Roper was raised in a culture of hate. Her family was known for their hateful rhetoric and practice of picketing the funerals of gay people and soldiers. For more than 20 years, Megan didn't imagine a life outside the church—until she got a Twitter account.
Desperate to know what happened to his family, a man obsessively decodes the only information about them he can get. That, and other stories of people looking into the void for answers.
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Creator Details

Location
New York, NY, USA
Episode Count
367
Podcast Count
38
Total Airtime
1 week, 2 days