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"An excellent literary podcast." The Paris Review

“The perfect way to get the story behind your stories.” BuzzFeed

"Fabulously smart." —The Rumpus

"Easily one of the best podcasts on the web." —Electric Literature

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Otherppl with Brad Listi is a weekly podcast featuring in-depth interviews with today's leading writers. All episodes are available for free. Follow on Twitter @otherppl and on Instagram @otherppl.podcast.


Hundreds of conversations with today's leading writers, including George Saunders, Roxane Gay, Cheryl Strayed, Jonathan Franzen, Brad Phillips, Ottessa Moshfegh, Giancarlo DiTrapano, Susan Orlean, Dean Koontz, Hilton Als, Tom Perrotta, Min Jin Lee, Steve Almond, Tim O'Brien, Edwidge Danticat, Matthew Zapruder, Lynne Tillman, Jonathan Lethem, Sheila Heti, Tao Lin, Lauren Groff, Sarah M. Broom, Daniel Handler, T.C. Boyle, Celeste Ng, Aimee Bender, Ben Fountain, and more.

praise for otherppl:

“…the preplanned responses of NPR personalities sound somewhat counterfeit when stacked against the largely, if not completely, unscripted monologues that open rawer podcasts, such as Marc Maron’s ‘WTF’ and Brad Listi’s literary ‘Otherppl’ podcast. Mr. Listi, for instance, frequently allows for lengthy pauses in between sentences that convey, without stage directions, the process of someone thinking aloud.” New York Times

“…[an] excellent literary podcast….On each episode, Listi, a Los Angeles–based writer, talks to another writer or a book-world denizen of some kind. The talks resemble conversations between friends. Occasionally the discussion centers on the guest’s new book; sometimes it hardly comes up. Occasionally you’ll hear at length about the guest’s biography; sometimes you’ll hear nothing about it. The program’s unpredictability is part of what makes it work: you never know what you’ll hear, but you can be certain that with Listi, a wonderful conversationalist with a unique ability to draw out his guests, you’ll get a better sense of the guest than you might from a formal interview. I’ve picked up books by his guests simply because the authors are compelling human beings.” The Paris Review

“…fun, quirky, in-depth…” NPR


“Good from the word ‘go.’…funny, pointed, thought-provoking.  If there’s any justice in the world, this will become huge.”  McSweeney’s


“This isn’t your average podcast.” New in Books

“What’s awesome here is the personal questions, the open quality of the interviews…Listi is a damn good interviewer with an ability to discuss just about anything. His discussions of religion in particular make for an awesomely intimate environment that many other interview podcasts just don’t have.” Book Riot

“Excellent.”  Largehearted Boy

“In a world full of distractions — where almost everything I encounter is practically begging me not to write — Brad Listi’s podcast has made me hit the pause button on my iTunes, blow off social obligations, and sit my ass down in a chair and write. The show is funny, insightful, entertaining, affirming, and, more than anything — inspiring. It’s easily one of the best podcasts on the web.”  Electric Literature


“The perfect way to get the story behind your stories.” BuzzFeed

“Listi’s interviews are somehow both more relaxed and more personal than the typical author conversation.” The Millions


“The one podcast I listen to regularly…[Listi] interviews writers and he does it in this really weird, interesting organic way. It’s never the boring, ‘What is your process…’ questions.” Refinery 29


“Listi gets the big names — Susan Orlean, Colum McCann, George Saunders — but he often gravitates to lesser-known writers, and often, after listening to an interview, I’ve wanted to rush out to buy the book by the author so I could spend more time hanging out with him.” Chicago Tribune

“Hearing it for the first time, one wonders why it took so long for this podcast to arrive. The thread that runs through every show is Listi himself: intelligent, self-conscious and completely open about his own idiosyncratic approach to life as a writer and reader.” HTML Giant


“Always engaging and often revelatory…one more cog in a burgeoning literary media empire.” Filmmaker magazine


“[Otherppl] stands out from book talk media outlets both in content and tone, and Listi’s interview style tends to be more candid, personal and often bold than the rest.” Vol. 1 Brooklyn


“Fabulously smart.”  The Rumpus


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