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Lauren Ober

Reporter/Producer

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 All Things Considered, Morning Edition, Here and Now, Studio 360, PRI's The World and Latino USA, as well as podcasts like Criminal, 99% Invisible, KCRW's UnFictional and Gravy

Lauren is currently the producer of Orbital Path, a podcast from PRX about the cosmos and our place in it. She also serves as 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 and the Transom Story Workshop. A proud Pittsburgh native, Lauren has a deep and abiding love for pierogi.


Articles Written by Lauren Ober

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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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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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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 ...
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Metro Connection Segments Why The Clara Barton National Historic Site Was 60 Years In The Making...
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Metro Connection Segments Lifelong Montgomery County Resident, Coach Warren Crutchfield Reflects On A Life ...
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Metro Connection Segments Inside The HQ Of D.C.'s Short-Lived But Influential Lesbian Separatist Collective ...
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Metro Connection Segments In Damp Metro Tunnels, Prehistoric Plants Thrive ...
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Metro Connection Segments In The Midst Of Housing Crisis, Why Is D.C. Selling Off Public Housing? ...