A slight bruise to your sooo LA postcard; however, nice to see that it made its journey across the country in otherwise good shape to join the others in my collection. Good choice Traci, and I love it! Thank You.
About The Stacks Podcast
Has “Badass” become a compliment? Yes, I think it has! Listeners and guests of Traci Thomas’ The Stacks Podcast looove her, so maybe she’ll accept the title. 🙂 Read on to see how it began and how it’s going!
How did you choose The Stacks as your podcast name?
The name came to me after tossing around a bunch of bookish ideas with my good friend, and genius wordsmith, Billy. We had funny ones that were punny and silly, but in the middle of the night, I just woke up and the name had come to me.
Date of first episode?
April 4, 2018
Schedule of episodes?
Every Wednesday, and now we have The Short Stacks (shorter interviews with authors) that air every other Monday.
Book selection process?
I work with my guests to come up with a book they’re excited to read and that I think will be fun to discuss. Sometimes the book is easy to decide on (Bad Blood by John Carreyrou, for example – Episode 28) and sometimes we do a bit of back and forth before we land the correct book (Open City by Teju Cole – Ep. 38, took a little more time).
We’ll discuss any genre on the show, true crime to historical fiction. I’m excited about 2019 as we begin to take on poetry, short stories, self-help and more.
Favorite book title discussion?
Hmmm, that’s a tough one. I have my favorite conversations, which weren’t always my favorite books to read. I also loved books and not felt as moved by the discussion. Which is all to say, I’ll let the listeners decide their favorites on their own.
Most challenging (or worse) book title discussion?
I really enjoyed the conversation around New Boy by Tracy Chevalier (Ep. 10) with my guest Vella Lovell, but neither of us cared for the book at all.
How do you choose your guests?
I try to get a variety of guests from all walks of life who love to read. Sometimes they’re friends of mine (Becca Tobin – Ep. 22, Jay Connor – Ep. 20) and sometimes they reach out to me (Jo Piazza – Ep. 24). I am only committed to having a diverse range of guests, including gender identity, race, sexual orientation, background, etc. Oh, and that they like to read.
Are all of your guests authors?
Nope. I’ve had a handful of authors, sure, but I’ve had actors, choreographers, TV writers, journalists, podcast hosts, reality TV stars, and more. Diversity is key!
Each guest comes on the show for two weeks. The first week is an interview about their reading tastes. The second week, we discuss a book that we’ve read together, and whatever else comes up. The conversations are casual and not pretentious (I hope).
Favorite type(s) of discussion(s) with your guests?
I just love talking about books with people, and so far I’ve really enjoyed every conversation with my guests.
A good interview is when:
We have a great conversation about books or life or justice or whatever it is we’re talking about.
Recording location, and typically, where is your guest?
We record in my home in LA. The guest is in the room with me. For the new series – The Short Stacks – I will record over the phone if need be. But, some of those are recorded in my home as well.
What equipment do you use and does your guest have to have special equipment?
I use some microphones and things I found on Amazon. I’m terrible with tech, so I just looked things up on YouTube and tried it. The phone interviews – I use Skype and so does my guest.
How can listeners subscribe to the podcast?
They can go to the Contact menu item on my website and choose one of the applications.
What is the name of your website?
The Stacks. Visitors to the site will find reviews, projects, and everything else going on with The Stacks. – https://thestackspodcast.com/
What generation are you in?
I’m an elderly millennial.
What’s your “day job?”
I teach indoor cycling at Flywheel Sports.
Is writing (freelance, a book, etc.), public speaking, or creating a product line in your future?
Yes. I would love love love to be able to podcast as my main job. I love it so much. So tell all your investor friends. However, I think I would keep teaching at Flywheel, because it gets me up and active.
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