Feature: Kin – a podcast for unheard voices

So I have found myself listening more and more to podcasts lately. I am no longer untangling my head phones in my pocket to listen to albums on a commute but to listen to reviews, interviews, stand up comedy and a multitude of other things.

For those of you that don’t know, Podcasts are audio files which can be downloaded or streamed on your computer, iPhone and other media players. It originated from combing ‘broadcasting’ and ‘Ipod’ and podcasts are growing in popularity like wildfire.

I managed to grab an interview with the creator of the podcast Kin. We spoke about how podcasts are becoming more mainstream, how to go about creating one yourself and what inspires a podcaster.

A little more info on the podcast Kin to start with and for those of you that have not listened to it. Kin is a podcast brought to you by Sarah Kosar and a friend and has been in circulation for just over 6 months. Kin works on pushing the boundaries of social conversations and giving a voice to people that would not otherwise be heard. Kosar is a London based American playwright and along with her friend release a new episode on the last Sunday of every month.

On the creation of Kin Kosar says that the idea “spawned from my love and routine of listening to a podcast every morning on the way to work, I listen to at least one a day”. She continues with:

“I was chatting away to my mum on skype one evening after a night out and I started to record the conversation on the down low. We were having a great conversation not just as mother and daughter but as adults. I played it back to my friend the next day and we both agreed that there was something there.”

I myself only really got into podcasts last year in NYC so I wanted to know what podcasts inspire a podcaster. “Serial has done massive things for the podcast community. [A true crime podcast that has topped the iTunes charts and gained worldwide listeners.] Podcasts are breaking into the mainstream medium and as a podcaster it is good to know what others do well and learn from them whether it’s something they do well or bad. Other podcasts that I listen to are Death Sex and Money and StartUp, to name a few.”

Kosar gave a good insight into how easy it can be to create and maintain a podcast. “Having a degree in film did give me the basic knowledge and editing skills but podcasts are so low cost and easy to make. We started off with just our laptop and microphone and have learnt as we have gone on, on average each of our podcast takes 2.5/3 hours to make.”

With both Kosar and her friend being of a creative nature I wanted to know if podcasting and their other careers ever cross over or aid one another. Kosar mentions how “ being a playwright helps me to find the narrative in peoples stories. Quite often the stories of the people who we interview don’t have a movie quality but the listeners need that.”

Having listened to all of their podcasts to date, I really enjoy how easy and fun they were to listen to. I particularly enjoyed ‘No one puts pasta in the corner’ it actually made me laugh out loud on my morning commute and Kosar explained that for instance “that episode ties into a show I am writing of a similar pasta related title, with having a podcast along side my other line of work it becomes a slight case of the question is life imitating art or art imitating life.”

After meeting the lovely Kosar I am excited for them and the growth of Kin and the growth of the podcast community. It goes to show that with hard work you can have parallel careers and how with being creative you can create your own work. The dream for Kin is to have “Kim Kardashian on the show, come on Kin, Kim, It’s perfect”. Make sure to check out Kin on social media and to listen to their podcasts on your morning commutes.

Find out more on Sarah’s personal website and you can find Kin on iTunes and Sound Cloud.