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Podcasting 101 with Hrishikesh Hirway of Song Exploder and The West Wing Weekly

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Are you bursting with ideas for podcasts but have no clue where to begin? Hrishikesh Hirway, the man behind two beloved podcasts, Song Exploder, and The West Wing Weekly, will be leading a workshop at The Line Hotel on how to get your ideas off the ground and into the air.

From conception to distribution, Hrishikesh will break down the creation of a hit podcast and take you through his process of producing a hit podcast. Developing a unique voice, interview techniques, sound recording basics, all the ways to distribute (ie: Itunes), and recommended equipment and apps to produce your own podcast will all be covered. You’ll leave the workshop with everything you need to get started telling the stories that matter to you.
  • Hrishikesh Hirway is a musician and designer who started making podcasts in 2014. He's the host and creator of the award-winning music podcast Song Exploder. The New York Times wrote:"In the world of beautifully produced podcasts, Song Exploder is the beacon." In 2016, he created The West Wing Weekly podcast, which he co-hosts with West Wing actor Joshua Malina. He helped Google launch their first original podcast, which he also hosted. Hrishikesh has interviewed a wide range of guests, including Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Lorde, Aaron Sorkin, Solange, Allison Janney, and Metallica. Hrishi has been an artist-in-residence at the Sydney Opera House and has spoken about podcasting at Intel, Pinterest, IDEO, Etsy, Google's Design Conference, and Yale University. His podcasts have received over 50 million downloads.

  • Please arrive 15 minutes early and check in at the Poketo store inside The Line Hotel. Valet parking is available at the hotel at a reduced rate of $12 for workshop attendees. Otherwise, there is offsite street parking available nearby. Light snacks and refreshments will be served and you’ll also receive a 15% discount at the Poketo shop in the lobby as well as all future workshops.

    In need of a little post-workshop R&R? Book a room online at with code: POK3515 and receive a very special Friends and Family rate from Poketo.

    If you are no longer able to attend, we are able to provide online store credit only if the cancellation is made more than two weeks prior to the course date. Should you have any questions, or if this workshop is sold out and you would like to be put on a waiting list, please visit our Workshops FAQ page or email