Q&A with Ginger Campbell, Podcasting Veteran

Happy PRIDE! Who said you only celebrate one month of the year!? We’d like to take the moment to highlight one of Libsyn’s podcasters – Ginger Campbell.

Ginger is an experienced physician with an interest in mind-body medicine, the brain, and consciousness. She is the author of Are You Sure? The Unconscious Origins of Certainty and the host of 3 podcasts – Brain Science, Books and Ideas, and Graying Rainbows: Coming Out LGBT+ Later in Life.

Are you more of a listener and not a reader? Ginger recorded in depth audio about her experience in having multiple podcasts. Scroll down the page to listen! It is NOT to be missed 💪🏽

What is the message you want to share with the LGBTQ+ community?

My show is aimed at people who are coming out LGBT+ later in life so my primary goal is that they will feel less alone.

While I share LGBT history and resources, I focus on providing a place for storytelling. Interestingly, the show has quite a few younger listeners, so I want them to get a better understanding of how much things have changed, but I also want them to appreciate how fragile our new rights really are.

The biggest lesson that comes from hearing many diverse stories is that there is no one-size-fits-all approach to coming out and the process never really ends.

Do you have a favorite episode so far? If you can even pick!

Let’s narrow our focus to Graying Rainbows. Early on I had a wonderful interview with Susan Stryker, author of Transgender History, but since the show has shifted to storytelling several episodes stand out. Ironically many are stories about coming out from conservative faith traditions. One guest Midge Noble came from the Southern Baptist Church and she shared how she nearly committed suicide. Another guest Elana Knopp came out of Orthodox Judaism and her story of going to college while raising 5 kids was truly awe inspiring. Finally I have to mention Shelly Johnson from the podcast Latter Day Lesbians. After sharing her story of coming out from the Mormon church she told us about how her father came to accept both her and her partner without changing his beliefs.

That was an incredibly important lesson because it is important for people to know that they may be able to reconnect with their loved ones, even if they don’t change what they believe.

How do you schedule your time with three podcasts, do you have advice for podcasters trying to have more than one show?

My advice is that if you want to have multiple shows, consider releasing them on alternate weeks. This is especially important if you are a solo podcaster. Even though weekly is considered mandatory, the right frequency depends on your content.

I have had two shows ever since I started  and I launched my third show in 2018. Although Graying Rainbows started out as a weekly show, I cut it back to twice a month so that I could continue to produce Books and Ideas and Brain Science. Then, at the beginning of 2020 I took it to monthly so I could experiment with producing two episodes of Brain Science.

In the beginning I put out Brain Science every other week and Books and Ideas an average of once a month. After two years I reduced Brain Science to monthly. It continued to be highly rated and passed 10 millions downloads in 2018. The reason I had two shows was so I could feature books and guests that did not fit on Brain Science. Books and Ideas was never as successful because it didn’t fit into a clear niche, but I kept producing it because I enjoy variety.

If you want to listen to Dr. Ginger share a nuanced answer to the above question, tap play!




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