What is Closer Than They Appear?
Closer Than They Appear is a podcast created by me, Mark Lukach. It features original essays on different themes from my life as a stay-at-home dad. The goal is to release a new episode each week, but don’t be too upset if they are late every now and then.
Who are you?
I used to be a high school history teacher for 6 years, but I figured I was making too much money as a teacher so I’d become a freelance writer. I’ve written a book but you haven’t read it because it’s not published. Some of my writing has been published in The New York Times, GOOD, The Awl, Surfer Magazine, The Wirecutter, stuff like that. If you want to see some of my best writing clips, check out my website.
How many kids do you have? How old are they?
My wife and I currently have one son, named Jonas. At the time the show was created, he was four months old. We hope to have more kids in the future.
What recording equipment do you use?
I have no experience in public radio, so my equipment is pretty basic. I speak into a Snowball Microphone, which is a great at-home recording microphone for amateur podcasters like myself. I edit on Garageband because the software came free with the computer. My headphones are pretty crappy.
Where do you host the podcast?
I host the show at libsyn.com. They seem like pretty good people to work with. No complaints from me so far.
What are your favorite podcasts?
I listen to a bunch of them, but I’d say that two stick out as particularly inspirational for this show: 99% Invisible, and The Memory Palace. In fact, much of the formatting of the show is a direct rip-off from how Roman Mars and Nate DiMeo do things at their shows, which might be the best short podcasts that I’ve ever listened to.
Can I contribute to Closer Than They Appear?
Yes. I think it would be fantastic to have contributors share their story ideas for the show. If you have your own essay about your life as a dad, whether you stay at-home like I do, or work 100 hours a week, a major goal of this show is to hear from many perspectives. Email mark [dot] lukach [at] gmail [dot] com to be in touch. If you want to record yourself reading your own essay, that’s pretty easy to do. We’re not aiming for radio-quality recordings here, so it shouldn’t be hard to make that feasible.
Will I get paid?
As of right now, no. I’d love to. But I’m not getting paid for this either. If somehow this turns out to generate some income, one of the first things I want to do is pay contributors because I want the show to have good content. I’m willing to do this for free because it’s a much-needed creative outlet, but I know that not everyone can do things for free these days.