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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.
I've been to only one baseball game in my life (I'm not a fan), but I've seen enough American movies that even if I hadn't witnessed a game, I'd still know what type of music this podcast episode references. There are these riffs and fanfares that mark certain tense moments, and sometimes even serve to troll the visiting team. But, just think about that. There is a live organist at baseball stadiums! There's an organ near the diamond! That's just odd and that's what Every Little Thing is looking into. How did it get there? And why is it still there? As caller Robert says, the organ is associated with places of worship in most places. It doesn't exactly go with shortstops and runs and strikeouts. The organ as a musical instrument actually got its start in an arena of death. I loved learning that it took ten people to play the organ back in the 12th century, pumping twenty bellows with their feet.Tracing the history of organs to spectator sports then churches, then circling back to providing entertainment to silent movies and then live events again was fun.My favourite was the madcap story about the Red Sox's organist's audition and I was so enthralled to hear the legendary White Sox's organist Nancy Faust speak and also play. Faust was essentially the first live scorer and commentator on the game to use ... music. A totally charming episode for music, trivia, history, and sports lovers!