How/why/when did you start You Must Remember This?
The short version of the story is that I started the podcast in April 2014 because a) I wanted an excuse to research stories from Hollywood history more extensively than most of my freelance opportunities would allow but without the commitment of writing a book, b) I wanted to do something exactly the way I wanted to do it, for better or for worse, and c) as a podcast listener I felt like there were never enough podcasts to listen to so I figured there was room for one more. So I wrote a script, borrowed some recording equipment and taught myself how to use GarageBand, and ten days later I had a first episode, which I put on SoundCloud and solicited feedback on. I produced episodes when I could in between freelance commitments and the teaching job I had that semester, and then when the semester ended I decided to try to produce the podcast full-time. More details on this can be found in this interview.
Where is episode #1? I can't find it.
Episode number one, "The Hard Hollywood Life of Kim Novak," is our "lost episode." I didn't know that it was a bad idea to use large swaths of copyright music in a podcast when I made it back in April 2014 -- I didn't think enough people would hear it for it to matter. In fact, I used a lot of pre-recorded copyright music in the first ten episodes, but when the show was invited to join the Infinite Guest network in August 2014, I re-edited nine of those episodes to minimize the use of music that I didn't have the rights to use. But the project file of the first episode got corrupted, so I can't re-edit it, so it can't be part of the iTunes feed or an "official" episode on which advertising is sold. However, it is somewhere on the internet, and if you search for it, you should be able to find it.
What equipment do you use to record/edit?
I use a Rode NT1 mic, plugged into an Avid Mbox, plugged into a MacMini or iMac. I record using GarageBand. I edited episodes 1-55 myself using GarageBand. Episodes 56-86 were edited by Henry Molofsky. The more recent episodes have been edited by Sam Dingman and Jacob Smith of Panoply/Slate Podcasts.
How long does it take to make a single episode?
The production cycle for each episode is about a week -- meaning from when I sit down to start writing the script to when the finished episode is posted on iTunes -- but in most cases I've been reading about the subject and watching relevant movies for weeks or months before that.
Do you have any plans to do an episode on XYZ celebrity/director/film/etc?
I generally don't announce my plans for specific episodes in advance, but maybe!
Do you need any help with research/are you looking for an intern?
Would you be willing to write for my website/magazine/etc?
I'm just too busy for freelance work right now, but thanks for thinking of me!
How can I ask questions about the show that I don't see answered on this website?
You can tweet @rememberthispod or email firstname.lastname@example.org