News Whore: Mandy Stadtmiller Is Funny, Raw and Fearless

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Writer, comedian and xoJane deputy editor Mandy Stadtmiller is not afraid to be brutally honest – about herself or the people she interviews. And she brings the same delicious no-holds barred attitude to her latest project: News Whore. An irreverent, NSFW and always funny free podcast, News Whore debuted a few weeks ago and has already rocketed to #22 on the iTunes podcast charts. That's huge!

The podcast covers Mandy’s perspective on celebrity, life, dating and being single in New York City. Check it out – it's hilarious. (If you're not sure how to listen to a podcast, just watch this 1 minute video and you're in business.)

So far Mandy's got 3 episodes out with her co-host Graham Smith, and there are more on the way. We caught up with Mandy by email to find out who here next guests will be – and what's really going on behind the scenes while we're listening.

How did you get the idea for the podcast - what's the backstory? I've always loved radio. I did a few different shows when I was in college at Northwestern, and my good friend Bonnie McFarlane was telling me one day about her podcast on the Riotcast Network. She put me in touch with Rob Sprance who runs the network and told me he was a fan of my work. I did his podcast (also on his network) and he kept badgering me to do one. When The NY Observer contacted me to do a profile, the reporter asked for a "scene" I could give her that captured my life. I realized this was the perfect kick-in-the-butt I needed to finally make the podcast a reality.

And the name? I came up with the term News Whore - a play on News Corp, ownership of female sexuality, and the phrase media whore - after leaving the The New York Post. I soon realized I could use it for multiple endeavors, including a new podcast. I love Marc Maron's podcast WTF, in which he interviews a single guest, and I decided to use this Q&A format for my show as well. A lot of times the interviews that I've done before (like my interview with Artie Lange a few years back which went to number 1 on the entire NY Post Web site) are the most fascinating parts of the entire process. This podcast captures that and incorporates some of the media savvy, cynicism, humor, authenticity, transparency, raw honesty and fearlessness that I consider core attributes of my personality and interviewing style. I do best riffing with someone else, so I knew I needed a great co-host. I have that in my brilliant (quite honestly) co-host Graham Smith, who also happens to be one of my favorite musicians and is the creative mind behind the band Kleenex Girl Wonder.

Who are some of the upcoming guests we can look forward to? Down the road we've got Jim Norton, Courtney Love and Taylor Negron.

Any dream interviews you'd like to have on the show? Louis C.K., Stephen Colbert, Elvis Costello, Janet Malcolm and Tom Junod.

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We can't see you on the podcast - what's going on in the studio while you're on air? When my dog is around he's is always trying to eat the mic. My apartment is pretty low-rent furnished and before Colin Quinn came over I quickly cleaned up the place. I didn't notice I left the vacuum cleaner right next to where Colin was sitting until he firmly gripped it as he started telling me stories about being an admitted pervert.

You're also the deputy editor of xoJane - how does the podcast feed in to your work there? It's awesome. I've had several people turned on to xoJane stories that I've talked about on my podcast, and it's great to have fans of podcasts in general now discover the site through News Whore.

What are you waiting for? It's funny and it's free. Check out News Whore and follow Mandy on Twitter @mandystadt.

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[Photos via Mandy Stadtmiller]