About

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Hello and welcome to my site. I am a podcaster, documentary maker, radio producer and the co-founder of Tempo & Talker

For nearly 20 years I’ve made audio content for BBC Radio as well as working at The Guardian, The Economist and the Royal Society of Arts. 

In 2019, both the NME and Esquire named Listen Up – The Oasis Podcast as one of the best podcasts of the year. 

Recently I’ve been working with the band Pink Floyd on their audio series, The Lost Art of Conversation.

I particularly like making documentaries and for much of 2019 I was exploring the history of music and technology for the BBC. Love the electric guitar? Fascinated by the Hammond Organ?  If so click on the links to hear examples of my work. 

I’m often sent on assignments to meet such fascinating figures as Jagari Chanda, Zambia’s first ever rock star and leading light of Zamrock! And incredible people such as these Syrians, or this courageous Irish woman.

I really enjoy making programmes and podcasts about ideas such as this one on creativity for The Economist or this one on the Intellectual Dark Web. I am currently producing the RSA Polarised Podcast which investigating the political and cultural forces driving us further apart.

Film is a passion and I’ve made documentaries on everything from the cinema of 1971 to The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp. I once spent an afternoon in Woody Allen’s private screening room. He seemed very tired.

For many years audio producers were a rare breed but thanks to the rapid evolution of the podcasting industry (especially in the US), it’s a more interesting time than ever to be in the business of pricking up ears.

Thanks for taking the time to read about my work. I am also a trainer. Want to learn more about podcasting? Come along to my next Guardian Masterclass. Just click here!

Or if you are thinking about starting a podcast, want to find out more about radio journalism, or keen to understand the nuts and bolts of audio production then head over to my production company’s site, Tempo & Talker and drop me a line.

Thanks!

Craig Templeton Smith