Q&A: How the 2 Women Behind Gastropod Turned a Passion Project Into a Steady Income

And the hard truths they want aspiring podcasters to know

One thing you’ll hear somewhat frequently when listening to Nicola Twilley and Cynthia Graber is that they are the only staff behind Gastropod, a biweekly podcast that “looks at food through the lens of science and history.”

No audio engineers. No producers. No backing from a media conglomerate or podcast network. The two veteran journalists are completely independent and painstakingly build each 45-minute episode together.

It’s a good thing they mention it, too, because otherwise you might mistakenly (but understandably) believe that a much larger team is behind each exhaustively reported and produced episode, covering anything from the origins of balsamic vinegar to the seemingly magical properties of Asian fungus koji.

Gastropod began as an ambitious passion project in 2014, and after more than three years and 72 episodes, the duo has amassed an audience of 100,000 downloads per installment, a growing roster of advertisers and more than 580 five-star reviews on...



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