How Stitcher’s Jenny Mast Uses ‘Wolverine’ Podcast to Distract You

5 Questions: “Most people are listening to podcasts by themselves, in the car, or on a pair of headphones,” executive producer for Stitcher Originals says

Last Updated: January 30, 2019 @ 2:24 PM

Jenny Radelet Mast knows you listen to podcasts in your car, inching forward in traffic. Or at the gym, while you struggle through a workout. Or while you’re doing chores. So she makes sure Stitcher podcasts like Marvel’s ‘Wolverine: The Long Night’ do everything they can to make you forget all that and focus on an immersive story.

Stitcher, which began in 2008 as an on-demand radio service that hosted other people’s podcasts, now boasts projects like “Wolverine” (which has been renewed for a second season), Vox’s weekday news series “Today Explained” and “Reading Rainbow” star Levar Burton reading short stories.

“Wolverine” has kept audiences listening by using sounds you would hear in the room with the characters to enhance the dialogue. The third episode uses a litany of effects to set a grim, captivating scene: manic clicking, a creaking door, a sloppy sip, the start of a lo-fi Youtube clip. Then a rooster crows and someone draws a knife from a scabbard.

On Friday, January 18, “Wolverine: A Long Night” won best scripted podcast at the first ever iHeart Podcast Awards.…

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