Julie Snyder, one of the first producers at This American Life, is the co-creator of Serial and S-Town. Serial Season 3 is out now.

“I am constantly second-guessing myself. I am full of regret and recrimination all the time. I don’t pride myself on it cause it probably goes too far, but in other ways I do feel like I am a person who is very flawed and I make mistakes and I try and learn from them. And I try to be very open to other people’s thoughts and input and everything like that. So to be that open to criticism after season one [of Serial] was rough for being that open because we just got so much attention. I could feel people being like, ‘Oh, go cry on your bags of money.’ It was huge. I got that, but at the same time, it was hard to ignore.”

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  1. The Longform Podcast Live: The Mastermind book release party with special guests
  2. Serial
  3. S-Town
  4. Longform Podcast #159: Ira Glass
  5. Longform Podcast #239: Brian Reed
  6. Longform Podcast #273: Zoe Chace
  7. [7:20] Courtroom 302: A Year Behind the Scenes in an American Criminal Courthouse (Steve Bogira • Vintage • 2006)
  8. [58:50] Snyder on This American Life
  9. [59:05] "Throwing the First Punch" (This American Life • Mar 1998)
  10. [1:11:45] "Ira Glass's Commencement Speech at the Columbia Journalism School Graduation" (Ira Glass • This American Life • May 2018)
  11. [1:18:10] "Harper High School—Part One" (This American Life • Feb 2013)
  12. [1:18:15] "Harper High School—Part Two" (This American Life • Feb 2013)
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