How to Listen to Keep the Channel Open

Keep the Channel Open posts new conversations every other Wednesday, talking with artists, writers, and curators in depth about their creative work. You can listen here on the KTCO website (as well as find detailed show notes and transcripts for each episode) or on your mobile device via a podcast app.

If you’re already an experienced podcast listener, thanks for including KTCO in your listening! You can find the show in your favorite podcast app, and if you’d like to help the show out, consider sharing this page or leaving a review via Apple Podcasts.

If you’re brand-new to podcasts, welcome! There are a ton of great shows out there, and I’m so pleased that you’ve decided to start with KTCO. Here are some step-by-step instructions on how to listen:


Podcast Apps

Every episode of KTCO is available here at the website, and you can listen via the embedded player on each episode page. However, the best way to listen to podcasts is to use a podcast app (or “podcatcher”). Using these apps you can search for new shows, download and try out individual episodes, and you can subscribe to your favorite shows. When you subscribe to a podcast, the app will automatically download new episodes as soon as they’re posted, so you can be sure you’re always up to date with the latest!

Here are a few options:

  • On iOS devices: Apple’s Podcasts app is the most popular one in the world, and it’s not only free, but it comes pre-installed on every iOS device. So unless you’ve deleted it, you already have this app on your device! Some other popular podcast apps include Overcast, Pocket Casts, Downcast (my personal favorite), RadioPublic, and Stitcher. Click on any of those links and you’ll be taken directly to the App Store, where you can download the app of your choice. (Overcast, RadioPublic and Stitcher are free. Downcast and Pocket Casts each cost a few dollars.)

  • On Android devices: Google has its own podcast app now—called, descriptively enough, Google Podcasts, which is available in the Google Play store as a free download. Pocket Casts, RadioPublic, and Stitcher are also available for Android.

  • If you already use Spotify: You can listen to many podcasts (including KTCO!) directly in the Spotify app. You can use Spotify’s search feature to find podcasts by title, and Spotify will also recommend new shows based on what you’re already listening to.


Downloading and Listening

Once you’ve decided which app you want to use and downloaded the app to your device, it’s time to start listening!

  • If you already know the title of the show you want to listen to (perhaps one of your friends mentioned it or you heard about it on the radio), you can enter the title in the search feature of your app to find it. (Depending on the app, this might be a search bar on the main screen, or you may need to touch “Search” or “Add” to get to a specific search screen.)

  • Many apps also have a browsing screen, where you can find shows based on category (such as “Arts & Literature,” “Sports,” “True Crime,” “Pop Culture,” and so on).

To add KTCO to your app, here are a few links that will take you directly to the show (just choose the link for the app you’re using):

Once you’ve found a show you’re interested in, you can see an episode list that will let you download individual episodes so that you can try out the show. If you decide you like it, you can then subscribe, and the app will automatically download each new episode as soon as it’s released. (The specific steps for how to download and subscribe depends on which app you’re using, so check out your app’s website for more detailed instructions.)


Recommended KTCO Episodes

Here are a few episodes of KTCO that might be a good place to start:

  • In our very first episode, I talked with mixed-media artist Trinh Mai about the importance of connection, respect, and compassion in the stories she tells.

  • In episode 38, writer Brandon Taylor and I talked about inventing around the margins of the stories he takes in, and how and why he always resists the reductive take.

  • In episode 39, I talked with Dr. Rebecca Senf, Chief Curator at the Center for Creative Photography, about the breadth and depth of the Center's archival collection, and including a moving discussion about the journals of Edward Weston.

  • In episode 42, photographer Jess T. Dugan and I talked about her approach to making portraits, and about her book To Survive On This Shore, a collection of portraits of transgender and gender non-conforming people over the age of 50.

  • In episode 52, I talked with science fiction and fantasy writer Sarah Gailey about speculative Westerns and about the lives of Lucius Beebe and Charles Clegg, the United States’ first celebrity gay couple.

You can also browse our archive by date, guest, and genre via our episode index.


Other Great Shows

One of my absolute favorite things to do is share great work, and there are so many fantastic podcasts out there. If you enjoy KTCO, here are a few more arts and literature shows you might also like:

Happy listening!

-Mike