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Jacob Fenston

Senior News Editor for Special Projects

Jacob Fenston edits stories and special projects at WAMU. He is also responsible for the sound design, editing and produciton of The Big Listen

He has produced and edited WAMU's Metro Connection, and reported feature stories for the show. His work has also appeared on national shows, including NPR's Morning Edition, All Things Considered, and Here & Now, and has been recognized by regional and national awards. But his best story ever did not win any awards, even though it required recording audio while riding a bicycle the wrong way down busy Oakland, Calif. streets.

Before coming to WAMU, Jacob was a reporter at KBIA in Columbia, Mo., covering issues of health, wealth and poverty in the rural Midwest. In a previous life, he was a stage manager for a theater company in Portland, Oregon. While in Oregon, he started producing radio as a volunteer at community radio station KBOO. Jacob is a native of the great state of California, and has a masters in journalism from U.C. Berkeley.


Articles Written by Jacob Fenston

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Hello, and welcome to the Season 1 finale! Can you believe we've made 15 of these things? We sure can't. If you've been with us since the beginning, you have our eternal gratitude. If you're a new listener, welcome! Thank you for visiting. We hope you stick around. We'll be back with even bigger listens later in the summer.  We're going to get this shebang started with ou...
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Hey, pals! It's almost summer here in the Northern Hemisphere. And that means it's road trip time! So pack up the kids, put the dog on the car roof and let's hit the asphalt!  We start our trip very close to home — at the D.C. Public Library. A few years ago, this venerable institution invested in a bunch of digital technology — video and audio recording equipment, 3D...
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Greetings, and welcome to this week's episode. It's action-packed, so in the words of my good friend, Nate, let's get this party started! P.S. - Nate is 5. We kick things off with a chat between Jacob and Lauren about the grim state of affairs for non-straight-white-men in podcast land. Basically, we looked at the top...
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Hiya, pals! This week on The Big Listen — we're celebrating moms! So if you're a mom, or if you have a mom, or if you know a mom, this episode is for you. We start the show with a chat with Tally Abecassis. She's a documentarian who hosts the podcast First Day Back. And she's also a mom. But sadly, Tally's own mother died about eight y...
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Hello, and happy spring! Let's get started, shall we?  On this week's episode, we are joined by the mother/daughter crimefighting podcasting duo, Gretchen and Eliza Rubin. Gretchen is th...
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Campaign cash was at the center of the Democratic primary in Maryland’s 8th Congressional District — indeed it was the most expensive race for a House seat in the nation. But it was ultimately Jamie Raskin, who spent the least of the three front-runners, who won the race. Three months ago, this election b...
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Hey, pals! Welcome to our 10th EPISODE!!! We've been cranking these little gems out for a minute and 10 feels like an achievement. Thanks for making it happen!  This week, we talk about the power of sharing with Audible Originals producer Kelly Prime. She used to sling wooly socks and puff coats at the Outdoor Gear Exchange in Burlington, Vt. And that gave her and her cow...
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Greetings from WAMU HQ! There's so much happening here. Spring has sprung, allergies are bananas and my boss brought her dog to work! Fun times!  On this week's show, we peer into the brain of public media idea factory Melody Joy Kramer about a little thing she and her co-cons...
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Hello, and thanks for joining us!  This week on The Big Listen we're cracking cases, locking up baddies and throwing away the key. It's our special true crime podcast episode! We're exploring all the different types of true crime shows out there in this post-Serial landscape. And there are lots. And lots.  First, we'll...
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Ivanhoe Donaldson, a civil rights activist and political operative often known as Marion Barry's "alter ego," passed away on Sunday at the age of 74. Though he was once one of the most powerful men in local D.C. politics, his role in the city and Barry's career have largely been forgotten. In 1978, just days before Barry's first election as mayor, The Washington Post ...
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Greetings from TBL HQ! We're glad you're here!  This week on The Big Listen, it's FIELD TRIP TIME! For this episode, we leave the studio and head downtown to the Government Accountability Office to visit with Jacques Arsenault. He produces the GAO's podcast, the GAO Watchdog Report. Wh...
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Hot spit, do we have a good show this week! And that's not just because it features LAUREN'S MOM!  Speaking of Lauren's mom, aka Killa K, she reluctantly agreed to be on the show to talk about her podcast listening habits. Literally, Lauren had to force her to go into the studio (shoutout to ...
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Hiya, pals! Welcome to The Big Listen. I'm Lauren Ober and I'll be your hostess with the mostess. So buckle up and get ready for a rootin'-tootin' hour of podcast delights. Am I embarassed about that last line? A little.  Anyway... first up on this week's episodes, we visit with Melissa Locker. She's a podcast reviewer (among other things) for ...
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Hey, there friends! We took a little break after our three pilot episodes, but we're back and badder than ever! Thanks for all the feedback (good and bad) and for the well wishes. And to that person who sent me underwear in the mail, well that's just weird.  This week we kic...
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Hey, pals! Just a quick note to let you know The Big Listen is coming back with a full season of 12 episodes. The first new one will drop Friday, March 11, and air Sunday, March 13th at 6pm on WAMU 88.5. It'll be chock-a-block with podcast delights. After our first three pilot episodes, we asked for your feedback to help shape the show. We got tons of great suggestions that we...
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Welcome, pals! Another fine episode of The Big Listen is upon us. It's bursting at the seams with podcasts galore. So let's have a look. Want to know how podcasters are like Danish cows? Yeah, you do. And FOTBL (Friend of The Big Listen) Susanna Sommer is going to tell us. She's the host of P1 Podcaster...
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Hey-oh! Welcome to episode two of The Big Listen! It's rip-roaring and action-packed, so let's get right to it. We know you loved Judy from Episode 1. But she's wintering in Boca Raton and she's...
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Get a taste of The Big Listen, a dishy new show all about podcasts and the people who make them. Hosted and curated by Lauren Ober. Produced by WAMU 88.5 in Washington, D.C....
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Hold on to your hats, friends. The first episode of The Big Listen is jam-packed with fun stuff. We hear from Adam Davidson, one of the Adams behind the show Surprisingly Awesome, about his love of boring subjects like concrete and mold. And we chat with Megan Tan of ...