The Big Listen
There are tens of thousands of podcasts out there. So how do you know what to listen to? The Big Listen is a one-hour broadcast show from WAMU 88.5 and NPR that stitched together the best offerings from the expanding podcast universe. On The Big Listen — THE broadcast about podcasts from WAMU and NPR — host Lauren Ober introduces you to podcasts you might not have ever heard of, and gives you the inside scoop on shows you already love. Through interviews, listener recommendations, show snippets and more, The Big Listen helps you curate your perfect playlist.
About the Host
Lauren Ober is the host of The Big Listen. Before taking the helm, she was an award-winning radio producer for WAMU’s weekly newsmagazine, Metro Connection. Her stories have been heard on public radio shows like NPR’s All Things Considered and Morning Edition, Here and Now, PRI’s The World and Latino USA, as well as podcasts like Criminal, 99% Invisible, Gravy and KCRW’s Unfictional. Previously, Lauren served as producer of PRX’s Orbital Path about the cosmos and our place in it. In 2015, Lauren was a recipient of the French American Foundation Immigration Journalism Fellowship and traveled to Russia to report on LGBT immigration. Currently, Lauren is a board member of the Association of Independents in Radio (AIR). She is a graduate of the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University, American University and the Transom Story Workshop. A proud Pittsburgh native, Lauren has a deep and abiding love for pierogi. She currently lives in the 51st state with her recalcitrant mutt, Raffie.