Day One
Friday
March 1

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The World Through Poetry with Tracy K. Smith

Main Hall

Join U.S. Poet Laureate Tracy K. Smith for the first live rendition of APM's new daily poetry podcast, The Slowdown. For this debut, Smith is joined on stage by Danez Smith for a reading and conversation of select works, followed by a poetic exercise with festival attendees lead by Smith.

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Tape: the Jad Abumrad Interview

Main Hall

Host Mooj Zadie sits down with iconic co-host and founder of Radiolab, Jad Abumrad for a live episode of Tape, a radio show about people who make radio. Listeners are invited into an intimate two-way conversation touching on the creative, compositional and philosophical dimensions of Abumrad's work.

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Reclaiming history with Science Friday

Main Hall

A rare stage performance from Science Friday’s Undiscovered, blending audio and projections to tell the overlooked history of the first woman to circumnavigate the globe.

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The making of crimetown with Zac Stuart-Pontier

Simplecast Lounge

Zac Stuart-Pontier, co-creator and host of Crimetown, takes us through his creative and journalistic process. This session is a deep dive into Stuart-Pontier's vision as a documentarian, and the inner workings that make a show like Crimetown cut deep.

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The Great Audio Debate

Main Hall

In this presidential debate-style session, industry insiders go head to head on the big questions and philosophical debates taking place right now in audio. Moderated by Ben Riskin of Endeavor Audio with candidates Ken Freedman, WFMU, Sachar Mathias, BRIC TV and Radio and Lindsay Bowen, Pandora

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Your View, Your Voice

Main Hall

Developing your voice is about having something to say and establishing a point of view. What story needs to be told? Are you the person to tell it? Why is it relevant? Five podcast industry insiders share how they use audio as a medium to personify ideas, experiences and learnings to captivate audiences.

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expressing the written word through sound

Simplecast Lounge

The literary landscape is ripe with stories, but it takes a strong editorial instinct to know what works can translate into audio, and how to do it. Enter Julia Barton and Jacob Smith, both editors at Pushkin Industries who have developed their own approach to expressing the written word through sound.

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VICE News: The Making Of "Chapo"

Main Hall

Join the team behind the acclaimed new podcast 'Chapo: Kingpin on Trial' for a behind-the-scenes look at the making of the 8-part bilingual documentary series which uncovers the extraordinary rise and fall of Mexico's most infamous alleged drug kingpin, Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán. Get the inside look at how VICE News produced one of 2018's most captivating podcasts.

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Dan Taberski and Nick Quah in conversation

Main Hall

Dan Taberski is a 21st century renaissance man. The filmmaker turned podcaster (and quilt maker) turned heads with the daring investigative show, Missing Richard Simmons. In late 2018, he released Surviving Y2K, with strange stories from the turn of the millennium. In this profile, Vulture podcast critic and Hot Pod Editor Nick Quah breaks down scenes from Taberski's work, and how he's moved across mediums to create unforgettable audio.

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Pumping the volume on The Sound of Radiolab

Simplecast Lounge

With a wildly distinctive blend of music and effects Radiolab, has crafted a unique audio fingerprint all it's own. In this profile of Sound Designer (and ex-Marcy Playground bassist) Dylan Keefe by Radiolab's Producer Simon Adler, learn how each story is composed for the show with music in mind.

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Radiotopia Listening Party

Cinema

Chop it up with your favorite Radiotopia producers. It's a mix and mingle radio-style with the creative minds behind Criminal, The Kitchen Sisters Present, Everything Is Alive, The Truth, Radio Diaries and ZigZag playing clips and answering questions.

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How The Brands You Love Started Podcasts

Simplecast Lounge

There are now 525k+ active podcasts to tune in to — and they’re no longer just coming from independent podcasters. In this session, hear from audio producer, Alexandra DiPalma and fashion editor from Barneys New York, Anna Deutsch on working with brands to tell human stories.

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All Day

Machine of Unfamiliars Exhibition

Art Suite

The Machine of Unfamiliars is an automated secrets generator—a visual and audio installation featuring the voices of your neighbor, the woman sitting next to you on the bus, that one coworker who seems to have everything figured out, and maybe even you. Designed by Love + Radio’s Nick van der Kolk. Experience the installation in the dedicated art suite on the 8th floor of Wythe Hotel.


Day Two
Saturday
March 2

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Stitcher Networking Breakfast

The Ides

Meet the members of your audio community over complementary pastries and coffee provided by Stitcher. Take in sweeping panoramic views of New York City and gear up for a full day of sonic experiences.

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Design Matters Live with Roxane Gay & Debbie Millman

Main Hall

An in-depth look at the life and work of author Roxane Gay. This intimate conversation recorded for Debbie Millman's Design Matters Podcast, will touch on Gay's creative process, the contemporary writing landscape and an inside look at her latest projects.

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New trends in music with complex and pigeons & planes

Main Hall

Music curation is rapidly changing. Thankfully there are editors with their fingers on the pulse, discovering artists on the rise and elevating new projects. In a powerful conversation, Complex editor-in-chief Damien Scott and Pigeons & Planes founder Jacob Moore come together to dissect new trends in music and the rise of unexpected voices.

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Animal Meditations with Ashley C. Ford

Main Hall

As the lights dim, close your eyes and let yourself be carried into the world of... a cicada. Ashley C. Ford takes the stage for a live rendition of Animal Meditations, the captivating guided meditation podcast that brings listeners to momentarily embody an animal, taking on its form and exploring its environment.

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Saving the Sounds of Brooklyn

Main Hall

The sound of a person’s voice carries with it character, the places they have been, and stories that words alone cannot tell. Audio archivists Zaheer Ali, Taina Evans, and Molly Schwartz discuss why sound is a vital part of cultural preservation and their work with the Brooklyn Public Library.

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Spatial Relations

Performance Suite

Musicians Peter Silberman and Nicholas Principe, performing as Spatial Relations, create an enveloping sonic space for attendees to inhabit at their leisure. Join them on a sonic journey in an intimate Wythe Hotel guest room for minutes or hours.

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Chroma x Bunny Jr. Tapes: The Art of the Audio Archive

Simplecast Lounge

Chroma leads a conversation with Jezenia Romero, artist and creator of cassette label Bunny Jr. Tapes. Digging deep into themes of audio archives, womxn of color in music, and Romero's own process as a curator and archivist. The session invites the audience to both listen and thoughtfully engage with their own relationship to audio history.

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Documenting the Nameplate

Simplecast Lounge

Join us for a rare conversation and presentation on Documenting the Nameplate, a cultural archival project from Marcel Rosa-Salas and Isabel Flower. Their collaborative project aims to foreground plurality and nonlinear history-making, celebrating nameplate jewelry and its myriad styles and cultural traditions.

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Into the shadows with Kaitlin Prest

Main Hall

Enter the world of The Shadows, the first audio fiction from CBC Podcasts produced by Kaitlin Prest. In this On Air Fest exclusive, Prest shares unreleased scenes, blending lush sound design with intensely intimate storytelling into an experience that won't be repeated.

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The Kitchen Sisters Live: Keep the Electrons Flowing

Main Hall

Iconic independent producers Nikki Silva and Davia Nelson are joined Prince's recording engineer, Susan Rogers, with special guests and recorded treasures from The Keepers series.

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Portrait as story, the photo work of paper monday

Main Hall

The creative duo behind Paper Monday, Bee Walker and Rog Walker, present audio-visual portraits exploring identity and the creative experience.

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Nick van der Kolk In Performance

Main Hall

The Machine of Unfamiliars is an automated secrets generator. For eight years, Love+Radio's Nick van der Kolk has been recording the secrets of hundreds of strangers. For this performance, Nick is sharing a selection of secrets on stage, inviting listeners to momentarily step into the unfamiliar.

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Playground Youth Radio Hour with Elle Clay

Simplecast Lounge

Playground Youth board members Zenat Begum, Tann Parker and Rifat Begum host a conversation on the importance of creating accessible platforms for QTPOC folks to speak their truth and cultivate a narrative for documenting culture, building archives, and unpacking what it means to be part of grassroots media. Jaylen Strong will lead a breakout dialog on the power of storytelling as radical healing, and Playground will interview Elle Clay, humorist, producer, and host of the SPORTS BRA podcast.

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It’s Personal: The changing definition of a successful podcast

Simplecast Lounge

Success can seem like a monolith across the podcasting industry—everyone wants to be "the next Serial." But is that really true? Hear from industry-leading experts Mitra Kaboli and James T. Green about the personal journey of podcasting success, and why there’s no better time to start a podcast than now. Moderated by Stephanie Kariuki.

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Fortune Favors The Bold: What We Talk About When We Talk About Money

Simplecast Lounge

In the era of candid conversations, money is still a taboo topic. Could being more comfortable talking about money lead to more financial literacy? Join your favorite podcasts hosts and producers for a dialogue on how they approach the difficult conversations to tell exciting stories. Presented by Mastercard and their podcast, Fortune Favors The Bold.

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Machine of Unfamiliars Exhibition

Art Suite

The Machine of Unfamiliars is an automated secrets generator—a visual and audio installation featuring the voices of your neighbor, the woman sitting next to you on the bus, that one coworker who seems to have everything figured out, and maybe even you. Designed by Love + Radio’s Nick van der Kolk. Experience the installation in the dedicated art suite on the 8th floor of Wythe Hotel.

Day Three
Sunday
March 3

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Freshbooks Networking Breakfast and panel

Main Hall

Meet and connect with festival attendees over complementary pastries and coffee provided by Freshbooks, followed by #imakealiving live, a panel conversation between small business owners who share how they brought their ambition into being.

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Jenna Wortham and Mona Chalabi in Conversation

Main Hall

From the deep depths of the Internet to the pop and sizzle of Hollywood, Jenna Wortham is one of the most exciting critics of this generation. In conversation with data journalist Mona Chalabi, the two friends talk about the cultural phenomenon and important narratives on their radar.

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The Creative Independent: Finding Your Voice

Simplecast Lounge

In this live taping of The Creative Independent Transmissions Podcast, editor-in-chief Brandon Stosuy hosts a conversation with authors Lynne Tillman and Chelsea Hodson. Listen in as they investigate ideas of finding your voice, intimacy and expression in the digital age.

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Adobe’s Wireframe Live with Khoi Vinh

Simplecast Lounge

Join Wireframe host Khoi Vinh as he explores what it means to apply the primarily visual rules of UX/UI design to the world of audio and voice.

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Overshare

Simplecast Lounge

A live taping of Overshare, the podcast hosted by Working Not Working co-founder Justin Gignac. In a world of carefully curated portfolio sites and Instagram feeds, Justin sits down with his favorite creatives to get past the highlights and discuss the tough stuff we don't talk about in public often enough.

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Queer Art Radio

Simplecast Lounge

Join us for a live taping of the show Queer Art Radio hosted by two critically-acclaimed art world insiders Allie Rickard and Lauren Argentina Zelaya.

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James & Jerome In performance

Main Hall

Artist duo James & Jerome perform an excerpt of a never-before-seen work of musical storytelling, The Conversationalists. This piece will be experienced at once as a piece of theater, a cinematic event, a concert, a radio play, and a story.

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3:00am - 3:45am

queering podcasting

Main Hall

A performance by Fran Tirado and Sarah Burke of Broadly's Queerly Beloved followed by a conversation with Nancy co-hosts Kathy Tu and Tobin Low about the future of LGBTQ audio making and community building.

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TBD with Tina Brown and Amber Tamblyn

Main Hall

Legendary editor Tina Brown takes the stage for a live rendition of her podcast TBD with special guest, Amber Tamblyn.

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Artforum and the Story of Critique

Main Hall

Join Artforum editor-in-chief David Velasco and frequent contributor Tobi Haslett as they consider the history, opportunities and responsibilities facing thinkers today.

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ESPN'S 30 FOR 30 PODCASTS

Main Hall

ESPN 30 for 30 celebrates its ten year anniversary at On Air Fest showcasing talent behind their documentary storytelling in film and audio.

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Disco Tehran Vinyl Party

Simplecast Lounge

Join Mani Nilchiani and Arya Ghavamian of Disco Tehran as they spin an eclectic mix of vinyl records and talk about the cross-cultural impact of global music in New York City.

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Worldbuilding Through Audio

Simplecast Lounge

Join a talented roster of sound designers and producers who specialize in genres spanning from audio dramas to science fiction describe how they create evocative sonic landscapes.

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Behind the Mic: Intimate Conversations with Creators

Simplecast Lounge

An advocate for the artist's journey, Tina Essmaker leads a conversation on cultivating craft and how to sustainably nourish creativity with ZigZag Co-Host, Jen Poyant.

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All Day

MACHINE OF UNFAMILIARS EXHIBITION

Art Suite

The Machine of Unfamiliars is an automated secrets generator—a visual and audio installation featuring the voices of your neighbor, the woman sitting next to you on the bus, that one coworker who seems to have everything figured out, and maybe even you. Designed by Love + Radio’s Nick van der Kolk. Experience the installation in the dedicated art suite on the 8th floor of Wythe Hotel.

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Industry
Events

9:00am - 5:00pm

Hot Pod Summit

Main Hall

Hot Pod Summit will open On Air Fest with an exclusive business summit in partnership with work x work.

THUR FEB 28
BY INVITATION OR LOTTERY APPLICATION

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