American Public Media Launches New Podcast Network, Infinite Guest

Meggan Ellingboe

A dozen podcasts, including six brand new programs from hosts such as award-winning writers Sherman Alexie and Jess Walter, etiquette experts Lizzie Post and Daniel Post Senning and PBS Idea Channel host Mike Rugnetta

(Aug. 27 2014; St. Paul, Minn) – American Public Media today launched the Infinite Guest network (, which includes six new podcasts, three hit national radio shows, and three existing podcasts with an already strong following. Fans of some of the country’s most fascinating people will have a new way to spend time with their favorite artists.

New podcasts from Infinite Guest include offerings from writers Sherman Alexie and Jess Walter, hip-hop artist Open Mike Eagle, etiquette experts Lizzie Post and Daniel Post Senning, PBS Idea Channel host Mike Rugnetta and others. The personality- driven network gives hosts the freedom to work in a new setting while engaging with notable guests, existing fans, and new listeners. From best-selling authors to unconventional musical acts to the best food, culture and comedy shows featured on public radio, Infinite Guest has something for every curious mind.

“We know that listeners are moving to mobile platforms and they are hungry for rich conversations and content from interesting people,” said Peter Clowney, Managing Director of National Content Development and Arts & Ideas Programming. “Infinite Guest allows creative and thoughtful hosts to make great shows that fans will love to hear, whenever they want and wherever they are.”

Popular podcasts from public radio shows The Dinner Party Download, Wits and The Splendid Table will anchor Infinite Guest. The network also will feature rising podcast stars such as Karina Longworth and her forgotten Hollywood histories on You Must Remember This, and music lover and video game soundtrack explorer Emily Reese on Top Score.

“It’s really exciting to work with so many talented hosts as they develop their voice in a new medium,” says Steve Nelson, Infinite Guest Program Director. “They’re the kind of people you want to hang out with, and you’ll be able to do that any time.”

Play, exploration and discovery mark the ethos of Infinite Guest. Meeting the needs of the growing mobile listening audience, the network will provide an on demand audio experience where some of the most fascinating people will take listeners into the heart of culture, life, food and comedy.

Infinite Guest will launch with a dozen podcasts.

New Podcasts:

A Tiny Sense of Accomplishment: Authors Sherman Alexie and Jess Walter are friends. That
friendship has led to phone calls where they’ll talk about the state of the world to the projects
they’re working on, or to the real important stuff, like professional basketball. A Tiny Sense of Accomplishment takes these wide-ranging conversations, adds readings from each author, a fascinating guest or two, and gives them to you in podcast form. @Sherman_Alexie @1JessWalter

Big Appetites: Pati Jinich, host of Pati’s Mexican Table, and Sally Swift, co-creator of The Splendid Table, join forces on Big Appetites. Their goal, in Pati’s words, is to make people “hungry for more,” be it for food or new experiences. The two friends discuss food from all over, their “go-to” cookbooks and recipes, and pretty much whatever else is on their minds. @PatiJinich @SalSwift

Awesome Etiquette: Liz Post and Daniel Post Senning of the Emily Post Institute answer your questions about etiquette in the 21st century. Awesome Etiquette guides listeners through everything from traditional etiquette quandaries to newly-emerging issues in the modern world. @EmilyPostInst @LizzieAPost @Daniel_Post

Home Dunk: Wits host John Moe loves sports. On Home Dunk, John and his guests talk about the stories of sports in a smart, friendly way, from the vantage point of people who didn’t necessarily make the team. They will also tell you which NFL mascot would win in a fight. We’re sorry, Cleveland. @JohnMoe

Reasonably Sound: Do you enjoy sound? You’re reading a podcast description right now, so chances are you do. PBS Idea Channel host Mike Rugnetta does, too. And on Reasonably Sound, Mike will provide context, explanation and a little celebration of the complexities and awesomeness of audio, and the various cultures which surround and have grown around it. Not just for audiophiles, Reasonably Sound will be your guide to the world of sound. @mikerugnetta

Secret Skin: Open Mike Eagle is an L.A. based hip-hop artist. On Secret Skin, he and his guests examine what’s really going on behind the face that hip-hop artists put on for the public. The injokes. The heavy stuff. The tour stories. The day-to-day struggles and absurdities of being a working musician. The Secret Skin. @Mike_Eagle

Hit Radio Shows:

The Dinner Party Download: Welcome to The Dinner Party Download, a fast and funny hour of culture, food and conversation: “public radio’s arts & leisure section.” In every episode you’ll learn a joke; bone up on an odd bit of history and then wash it down with a themed cocktail recipe; meet artists of note; have your burning etiquette questions answered; savor an emerging food trend; and hear your new favorite song. Plus, unconventional wisdom from hosts Rico Gagliano and Brendan Francis Newnam. @dinnerpartydnld @RicoGagliano @BFNewnam

Wits: Wits is a live public radio show that brings world-class comedians, actors and musicians to the stage where host John Moe gives them and the audience the time of their lives. Wits mixes improv, sketch comedy, conversation, music and genuine beauty in a program praised as “one of the rare public radio comedy shows that’s actually funny” (Huffington Post) and “on course to become a national hit” (USA Today). @JohnMoe @Wits

The Splendid Table: The Splendid Table is public radio’s culinary, culture and lifestyle program that celebrates food and its ability to touch the lives and feed the souls of everyone. Each week, award-winning host Lynne Rossetto Kasper and her guests lead listeners on a journey of the senses and hosts discussions with a variety of writers and personalities who share their passion for the culinary delights. @SplendidTable

Existing Podcasts

You Must Remember This: You Must Remember This is a storytelling podcast exploring the secret and/or forgotten histories of Hollywood’s first century. It’s the brainchild and passion project of Karina Longworth (founder of and former film critic for LA Weekly), who writes, narrates, records and edits each episode. It is a heavily researched work of creative nonfiction: navigating through conflicting reports, mythology, and institutionalized spin, Karina tries to sort out what really happened behind the films, stars and scandals of the 20th century. @KarinaLongworth

Life of the Law: Take a look. The law is all around us. It’s what makes us who we are and defines how we live together every day. Life of the Law invites you to join us as we explore how the law works. The more we pay attention to what it is, the more we can engage in conversations about what we want it to be. @TheLifeoftheLaw

Top Score: Some of the scores for video games are incredibly intricate and deserve recognition, which is why we’ve created Top Score: a series of podcasts dedicated to the music that accompanies soldiers through battles, sorcerers through forests and aliens through space. @TopScorePodcast

About American Public Media

American Public Media Group is the largest station-based public radio organization in America, combining multi-regional station operations, national content creation and distribution in one organization. With a portfolio that includes A Prairie Home Companion®, BBC World Service, Marketplace®, and the leading classical music programming in the nation, American Public Media (APM) is one the largest producers of public radio programming in the world. Supported financially by contributions from more than 210,000 listeners, its multi-regional station operations include Minnesota Public Radio, a 45-station radio network serving nearly all of Minnesota and parts of surrounding states; Southern California Public Radio, a three-station network serving Los Angeles, Orange County and the Inland Empire; and Classical South Florida, a three-station network serving South Florida, from Naples to the Palm Beaches and Miami to the Keys. APM programming reaches more than18 million listeners on more than 900 radio stations nationwide each week. American Public Media’s nearly 225,000 participant-strong Public Insight Network promotes deep connections between journalists across the country with the communities they serve.

Source: Data are copyright Nielsen Audio. Data are estimates only.