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Chhavi Sachdev runs Sonologue and is India's second most experienced podcaster, having started putting out podcasts on her own and for clients like the Blue Frog in 2008... long before Serial, leading her mother to tell other people "I don't know what she does. Something to do with radio on the Web."
Over the last 10 years, she has developed and launched several podcasts that are successfully running, as well as produced the LSDcast - India's definitive podcast about love, sex, and dating, and Tall Tales Takeaway -- bite size true stories, told live.
She also conducts workshops on DIY podcasting, audio editing, and consults for organizations that need a little handholding in the audio format.
To pay the bills, Chhavi is a freelance multimedia journalist and producer covering science, health, development, sustainability, and women's issues extensively. She has co-hosted episodes for BBC's World Hacks and CrowdScience and she's a frequent presenter on PRI's The World, BBC's Health Check and several Deutsche Welle programs.
She listens to podcasts while exercising, doing chores, and also when she's felled by migraines.
Two of the most iconic men of an era met—once! And the photo of that meeting, for the more than three decades, was the most requested picture from America's National Archive. The two men were American president Richard Nixon (pre-Watergate) and Elvis Presley.
They met in 1970 at the Oval Office, and the reason makes for a really interesting episode of Stuff You Should Know.
I don't know if I should say here, but the reason's pretty funny, and the hosts do a good job of building the scene and supporting the story with facts from other sources.
I'll give you a hint, though: Elvis went to meet Nixon to ask a favour. And the background for that favour includes guns, drugs, and rock 'n' roll.
Apparently the meeting was forgotten and buried for many years. For some reason it didn't make headlines at the time. But it's been made into two movies, including one in 2000 starring Michael Shannon (surprising to me, because I think a 15-minute anecdote is enough).