Fun Friday: The Culture Caucus Podcast

My friend John Heilemann (Bloomberg Politics, Game Change, etc) and his friend Will Leitch (Deadspin, etc) have launched a podcast called Culture Caucus. They are going to talk about sports, television, film, and culture at large and its intersection with the body politic.

The first episode has two parts. The first part is about the changes in late night television shows, who is rising and who is falling, and how politicians think about going on these shows. I sat through the taping of this part and I found it fascinating. The second part features me talking about tech and Twitter.

It’s a long podcast, almost an hour in total. Here is the first episode. I hope you enjoy it. You can follow Culture Caucus on SoundCloud here.

#Current Affairs#Politics#Television

Comments (Archived):

  1. pointsnfigures

    Just saw in the WSJ where Pau Gasol and Nikola Mirotic of the Bulls hang out at the Lyric Opera and Chicago Symphony to relax. Gasol signed with the Bulls primarily because of all the culture in the city (Lyric, Symphony, Stage, Art)

  2. Sebastien Latapie

    I’ve never watched late night television on the three big networks until Colbert came on. He’s just great to watch and his interviewing is excellent. Very interesting podcast!

  3. awaldstein

    I’m in.I start each day with a podcast now at 5am in the gym.Has changed my life.

    1. SubstrateUndertow

      WOW !Communications poetry. What great writing style.Everyone here should read this !You have magically transposed that podcast “cadence of thoughts and language” over into written form.

      1. awaldstein


    2. Bruce Warila

      Dead on. I read your post last week and meant to comment with a link to Ira Glass talking about storytelling.…Unrelated, but how do you get yourself into the gym at 5AM? Bed by 8?

      1. awaldstein

        Thanks for that.Actually up at 4 lately which I admit is crazy.Bed by 11ish, every 5-7 days just zone out and fall asleep at 8.I’m kinda liking it along with removing myself from social nets except as play and revamped diet (kind easy as I live with a founder of green food wellness company).

        1. Lawrence Brass

          Some coffee in the mix? With 5 hours sleep I would be in zombie mode all day, need 8 to be fully functional.

          1. awaldstein

            I’m super lucky that i need little and can sleep anywhere when I do need it.Coffee? Two double expressos from my ancient La Pavonie when at home.

          2. Kirsten Lambertsen

            How I envy people like you. What I would GIVE to get by on 5 or 6 hours of sleep. The things I would accomplish!

    3. ShanaC

      How do you wake up so early?What’s the trick

  4. kirklove

    I want to get into a podcast or two. Folks send me a lot. I just don’t have the patience for “conscious listening”. Audio has always been a background activity for me.

    1. fredwilson

      arnold’s use case, in the gym, is a good one. it’s hard to multitask on the treadmill. the most obvious example is the car. podcasts are great if you commute by car.

      1. awaldstein

        I was with Kirk till I moved them to the gym.Yesterday I killed myself doing intervals while listening to Iggy Pop do a BBC podcast on William Burroughs interviewing everyone from Ginsburg to Gregory Corso.This is food for the brain.

        1. LE

          You shouldn’t be killing yourself. If you injure yourself you won’t be able to exercise at all (or be greatly restricted) and you could end up needing PT. Which is a total time sink. And injuries in the upper years take forever to heal. Stuff you already know but I thought I would hassle you just the same for your own good.

          1. awaldstein

            It’s a metaphor my friend!And yes interval training (remember bear crawls!) is by definition a process of bringing your body to exhaustion in a short amount of time. Rest and do it again.Why they are great if you are in shape and stretch is that you don’t hurt yourself because it is your body weight.Really great stuff. Never felt better. Just came back from skiing some serious hills in deep powder and nailed it.

        2. kirklove

          Go Arnold!

          1. awaldstein

            Exercise and nutrition are food for the brain–I’m convinced.

      2. kirklove

        Yeah, we’re thinking of getting a car. Then I’m sure my podcast listening will go up. I do listen to Sports radio when we rent a car. Though the pull of XMU is strong 😉

        1. falicon

          SirriusXM channel 88 (NFL) & 80 (ESPN) are my go to commute listens…the rest of the presets are various music genres I enjoy and bounce around when I tire of the sports talk.When I’m not listening to one of those…my other go-to option is an audio book via audible….

          1. kirklove

            ESPN is tough to take for me any more. A lot of blowhards.I do like PTI though and Highly Questionable

          2. falicon

            I mostly just listen to Mike & Mike on the way in…it’s really the only show on ESPN that I can take these days (and I still only do bursts of that before switching off to other stuff).

          3. kirklove

            Oh man I can’t take Mike Greenberg. Dude loves to hear himself talk. Only person worse is Colin Cowherd or maybe Skip Bayless.

          4. falicon

            🙂 Cowherd is on Fox now…but I get ya…sort of the job for them though, so can’t really blame ’em.

          5. pointsnfigures

            +1000. I only watch live sports, and PTI. That’s it.

        2. fredwilson

          i was listening to NBA radio this morning in the car. they were talking about the game where Kobe went for 81 with Brian Shaw. sports talk radio is fucking awesome.

          1. JamesHRH

            There is a lot of great sports talk out there:- Cowherd on Fox ( ex-ESPN )- LeBatard on ESPN is unique, but very very smart- Bomani Jones on ESPN is FANTASTIC.- local talent varies, obv.- not a Mad Dog / Stephen A Smith style of talker fan- Sarah Spaghn ( sp?) fills in on ESPN & she is excellent as well

      3. Richard

        Or the trivial use case, you commute by walking !

      4. ShanaC

        I can’t do gym and listen. I lose count

    2. LE

      Background activity = yes. Back when I used to commute a far distance by car (which was a long long time ago) I remember listening to Stern on the radio to pass the time (he has just started to simulcast in Philly). I remember thinking “Stern is really funny (sometimes) but I wouldn’t listen to him if I wasn’t in the car”. This is quite different than music which is also a background activity but because it tends to evoke a great deal of emotion you don’t mind making a bit more dedicated time for it.Now with books that is something that you will take the time for even when it doesn’t evoke emotion. I speculate that part of the reason for that is that books go at the speed you want them to go at as opposed to audio information goes at the speed of the presenters (so you are more trapped).

      1. kirklove

        I used to listen to Stern daily. Even went to his rally in Philly. #bababooey

        1. LE

          Dell’Abate was originally hired for $150 a week, with duties including getting Stern’s lunch and scheduling guests for the showI remember [1] when he hired #fafafohi. Stern (who like the Andy character on Weeds goes for the defectives) knew immediately when he heard that he stutters that it would work.[1] But don’t remember what I watched on Netflix last night.

  5. Salt Shaker

    Always admired Will’s writing. Smart and funny. Big Cardinals fan, if I recall correctly.

    1. fredwilson

      huge cardinals fan. he was wearing a cardinals pin on his suit jacket when we did the podcast

  6. William Mougayar

    Is there an easy way to queue up podcasts into Soundcloud so I can listen to them later when in the car or treadmill? Currently, I save anything for “later” into Pocket via their plugin (also available on mobile, Share To).

    1. awaldstein

      great question.I find easy access to these on my phone as issue unless you working within something like the PRI or ThisAmericanLife paid aps.

      1. William Mougayar

        I think we just need an “Add to Soundcloud” bookmarklet.

  7. JaredMermey

    Are they (or do they intend to be) on Stitcher?

  8. jason wright

    disintermediation of political pollsters in real time has to be the next paradigm of political media

  9. creative group

    Realizing the time it takes to read Fred’s blog, determining if any content even pertains to us and then deciding to respond takes valuable time we could use elsewhere to create more income.With consistently reading a few of the contributors on this blog the question is how do you find the time in your day to make money if your entire day is consumed with social media. (Those who are not independently wealthy, retired or working as a board of Director)FacebookInstagramTwitterWhatsup ChatGoogle HangoutsWe missed a few we are sure.

    1. pointsnfigures

      I invest in startups. Risky, no liquidity. But, fun when it works. I also have traded my own money since 1988. Like having your own private hedge fund. Been in the trading business since 1986. Never had a customer. Some days my wife shops are Hermes, and some days she goes to WalMart. Now that the floors are gone, I am in front of a fucking screen all day sitting by myself. I surf the net to keep me from doing anything really fucking stupid on the screen. Last Tuesday was a day and a half………..I made 3 trades the whole day thank goodness