The remarkable reception I’ve received on HackerNews (one person called the show "the best 3 hours of entertainment and critical thinking [he has had] in a long time") motivated me to invest even more time and energy into The Program, a labour of love for me and everyone else involved. So I have made ten episodes in total and officially launched the show two weeks ago.
Five days after the release, The Program has been featured on Apple Podcasts' New & Noteworthy list in Canada. Less than 48 hours later, it topped the Canadian Fiction chart, beating out heavyweights such as Welcome to Night Vale and Gimlet’s newest fiction offering.
This auspicious start owes a lot to the feedback I’ve received here (thanks to everyone who completed the survey back then!) and the general intellectual stimulation this website provides. There are full episodes that have been inspired wholly by articles HackerNews’ readers shared and discussions they provoked - in fact, some upcoming stories incorporate comments from the threads almost verbatim  . So I wanted to share the show with you and let you decide if I’m right to believe you’ll find it interesting. You can find the first six episodes at https://programaudioseries.com or simply search for “the program audio series” (full title) in your podcast app.
Thank you all for making HN such a precious place! If you have comments or feedback, feel free to share them here so we can continue the conversation.
What have you found helpful in finding an audience for your show? One of the big challenges of a podcast is that it's relatively high friction to get new listeners, especially for a deep, complex show like The Program. I'm curious how you get momentum behind it and convince new listeners to check it out.
hope you enjoy the show!
The previous episode was as good as expected, and I can't wait to listen to the latest one. It's a bit sad that I work from home, I'd love to have to commute tomorrow so I could listen to it on the train...
The ideas, the writing, the chosen music, and especially the production quality is top notch. I don't know how he does it or where he's got his budget from, but this sounds better and more professional than almost all other podcasts, totally on par (or even better) with content produced by BBC etc.
If Black Mirror went back to its pre-Netflix roots and had an audio version, THIS would be it!
(nah, actually was already convinced by the upvotes, comments, and description; all episodes on my Play Later list)
Anyway, good luck and I can't wait to listen to the new eps!
I found the show on Google podcasts although it wasn't a top entry. I have no vested interest, but I've found Chartable worthwhile. They provide a link that detects the device and then route the clicker to Apple podcasts or Android etc.
I use it for my podcast called The Chat Bubble. It's about messaging (SMS & Messenger) as a marketing channel. Shameless Plug - https://link.chtbl.com/5aq29ViJ
Alternatively you can copy/paste the RSS link into the search bar in the app: https://rss.whooshkaa.com/rss/podcast/id/9740 (I haven't done this myself, but people tell me it works)